Title: A Chance at Love
Author: Silvia Violet
Publisher: Self published
Release Date: May 8, 2018
Page Count: 244 pages
Reviewed by: Kristin
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
On the flight back home to San Diego, Chance Emerson meets an intriguing older man. They flirt, and Chance hopes for more, but the man never calls. Months later, they meet again at a charity auction. Chance decides this time he isn’t walking away.
Darren Walsh can’t stop thinking about the gorgeous grad student who almost had him joining the mile-high club. When Chance suggests they hook up, Darren says the only thing he can—yes.
From their first moments together, Chance and Darren know there’s more between them than lust, but their differences in age and income make a real relationship challenging. They decide to keep things secret, yet as they learn more about each other, Darren realizes he wants something real and open. To have that, he’ll need to convince Chance that he has a place in Darren’s world, and Darren will have to take some risks of his own.
Blurb is actually fairly accurate, so I won’t rehash.
This was a kick-back, low angst, feel good read. Darren makes some assumptions about his seat-mate on a first-class flight based upon pajama bottoms and cheesy poofs. Chance manages to engage the stuffy man in a suit and both men find a connection. For myself, I liked that aspect of the story, that not everything is what it seems if you judge appearance only.
A couple of things to comment on: while this wasn’t a “Pretty Woman” plot, it certainly flirted with the trope. And an argument could be made that “Pretty Woman” has probably ruined anything written since it came out… Anyway, Darren buying Chance a tux, paying for meals, sending the driver around. On one hand, how else does a writer show the disparity in income? On the other hand, paying for a custom fitted tux without discussing ahead of time…not cool.
The keeping of the relationship a “secret” so the “real world” couldn’t intrude felt wrong to me and never quite felt right in the over all plot.
Darren and Chance meet at a fundraiser. Chance is a PhD student who should be used to criticism. So I found his discomfort at a second fundraiser, because of one stuffy and stuck up woman, a bit odd.
Which lead to The Big Misunderstanding and had me rolling my eyes. I won’t give spoilers here, but this was perhaps the biggest part of the plot that didn’t work for me.
Those items being said, and as I noted initially, I did enjoy this book. I liked both Chance and Darren – they were different enough that their characters complemented each other. Joon skirted the lines of the Nosey Bestie, but even his character added a splash of color to the book. Darren and Chance were each shown in their “element”, the worry over the age difference is a legit one that many couples cope with, and I just liked how everything unfolded.
This was perfect for a quiet Saturday afternoon with a cuppa tea.