Title: A Chance for Moore (Moore Romance #1)
Author: Alex Miska, V. Soffer and Sean Lenhart (Narrator)
Publisher: Longtail Books
Release Date: October 9th 2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 8 hrs and 40 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
“I need you to teach me how to be gay.”
Logan Moore is finally ready to come out of the closet. His days of playing football are far behind him, he has graduated from the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), and his bakery, Moore Delicious, is finally in the black. Although he spends more time talking to his cats than he does people, he technically has time for a social life now that he has hired two new employees. In short, Logan is completely out of excuses to stay in the closet, where it is warm and cozy and he never has to worry about how to dress, what to say, or who is watching. So he turns to his older brother’s friend for guidance. And if that friend just happens to be his longtime crush and if one thing might lead to another…well, that would just be icing on the cake.
Chance Blevins is a math geek through and through, who is more than happy to spend his nights curled up with his dog, Luna. With a few toxic relationships in his past, Chance contents himself with friends with benefits and fantasies involving his best friend’s very straight soon-to-be brother-in-law, Logan. Because of a verbal slip the day they met and a teasingly demanded vow of secrecy, he believes that Logan actually works for the CIA, making him even further out of his league. When Logan comes to him for help with what he can only assume is a cover identity, he is more than happy to oblige.
A Chance for Moore is a quirky friends-to-lovers, first-time gay romance between two sexy, pet-loving geeks. It has a happily ever after ending as well as a gratuitous car chase, obscene bachelorette party pastries, grown men dressing their “furbabies” in ridiculous hats, and truly terrible math-based innuendo.
New to me narrator Sean Lenhart performs this story wonderfully. He has good character voices, nice timing, a delightfully emotive narration – it all worked together to make this, on the whole, a very pleasant listen.
There are some great points to the story – the characters are likable, the sex is hot, the humor is funny and on point. Unfortunately, while the narration was very entertaining and there is a very sweet HEA – they just couldn’t make up for the numerous flaws in the story.
The story is burdened with one completely nonsensical plot line, one terribly underdeveloped plot line, and another plot line that wasn’t well explained, and it all combined to make this at times a very frustrating listen.
1. Nonsensical: Logan Moore has known he is gay since high school. However, since he’s been a football player and seen the toxic atmosphere of the locker rooms both in high school and college, he’s remained in the closet. That’s not the nonsensical part – that actually makes a lot of sense.
Where it becomes illogical and irrational is after Logan is injured and no longer able to play football he remains deeply closeted, only telling his best friend Amelia. Why is that illogical and irrational? Because Logan’s younger brother Julian is also gay. And proudly and fiercely out. And no one, including their entire family, their extended group of friends, or anyone else has a single, solitary problem with this.
So, what the hell? It’s never explained why Logan has such a fear of coming out, he even goes to therapy later in the story about it, but it’s off page so we still don’t know! It was just, in my opinion, a badly handled plot line with no real explanation as to why the main character felt he needed to keep hiding his sexuality from family and friends for YEARS after he left football in college, went through culinary school, opened his bakery, and became financially solvent. It just doesn’t make sense.
Worse, when he does come out there’s a moment when Julian is seriously pissed, but that’s completely overlooked as well. The writers could have absolutely brought some non-manufactured angst into the story with this, but it’s a point that’s dropped entirely.
2. Terribly underdeveloped: The Stalker plot. Wow. There was so much that could have been done with this – instead it’s used as a poor foil to get the guys together and also keep them apart. The ridiculous angst that was built up with Logan’s coming out issues could have, again in my opinion only, been used to develop the stalker plot and use it for the drama in the story especially as the stalker is becoming progressively more vicious and escalating in attacks. Plus, when you find out who the stalker is…this plot line just goes away. There’s no real closure as to what happened or why. Super frustrating!
3. Not well explained: Chance has a history of feeling abandoned and a couple of terrible relationships under his belt, sure, but the whiplash of his I-want-him-I-can’t-have-him-I-need-him-I-need-to-leave-him back and forth was maddening, and frankly needed further explanation much sooner in the story so it would have been something the reader, or in my case listener, could have sympathized with. As it was I just want to hit him. Hard. With a car.
Bonus: What was with the douche-bag co-worker? This guy was a total tool and offered nothing to the story except to be a complete asshole to Chance. I didn’t get it. Were we supposed to consider him as a red herring? Where was his comeuppance? Why didn’t Chance report him to HR?
Some are things that would normally be ignored while reading a book because you can skim ahead, but that’s virtually impossible to do with an audiobook and still know what’s happening, so you have to listen to it all, which can exacerbate some areas that wouldn’t normally chafe because they’d be skimmed when visually reading.
This really needed some cleanup editing to deal with the convoluted plot lines and its glut of manufactured and unnecessary angst, while missing a plum opportunity to increase angst naturally through the stalker storyline.
Ultimately, this could have been a total “nope” for me but it was saved through the humor and the narration. Sean Lenhart certainly delivered a good performance and kept me listening until the end.
However, if you like humor, lots of hot sex, and don’t mind a bit of illogical storytelling, then your mileage may absolutely vary.
Story – 2 Stars
Narration – 4 Stars