Title: A Chance at Love
Author: Silvia Violet
Publisher: Self published
Release Date: May 8, 2018
Page Count: 244 pages
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 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.
I have mixed feelings about this. The beginning and the last 20% of the book (abrupt ending not withstanding) get 5 stars. The middle gets 3. I’ll settle with 3.5 stars because it left a mostly good impression.
I absolutely LOVED Darren and Chance’s first interaction on the plane. Buttoned up lawyer that just turned forty meets gorgeous grad student who shows up wearing pajama bottoms and holding a giant tub of cheese balls. In first class! There was a bit of everything: banter, humour (I loved Darren’s inner voice), tension, chemistry. I could tell that the characters formed an amazing connection without it being insta-love.
I never doubted that connection but the middle of the story lost some of my interest. For starters, Chance was nothing like the fun guy Darren met on the plane. Not bad, just different. I liked how the romance developed but after a while it got way too cheesy and corny for my tastes. There was too much talk even during sex scenes.
The conflict of this story is real; there is a pretty big age gap and the characters belong in two completely different worlds. However, Chance’s freak out and the way he chose to act afterwards felt a little bit forced.
BUT I ‘ve been known to love some good relationship angst and seperation periods (not too big here, don’t worry), so the last part of the book was right up my alley.
In a different case, Darren’s grovelling would have felt too much and invasive, but in this case it was exactly the right thing to do.
“I can learn about your world too, even when I don’t fit in.”
The ending was a HFN, very swoon worthy but waaaay too abrupt for my tastes.