Chasing Eddie (Kirstin’s Review)


Title: Chasing Eddie (Golden Gate Love Stories Book 3)
Author: Frank W. Butterfield
Publisher: Frank W. Butterfield
Release Date: February 10th, 2019
Genre(s): Romance
Page Count: 152
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 1 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5

Blurb:

Eddie Smith is a chubby bear of a guy who lives in Daytona Beach and doesn’t work much anymore but isn’t retired.

Whit Hall has just retired as a tight end for an NFL expansion team and lives in San Antonio.

At 52, Eddie feels at home with himself and has learned how to roll with life. He’s happy enough where he is and doesn’t expect much to happen anytime soon.

At 35, Whit is ready for a life that put less of a strain on his body. He’s banked plenty of dough but doesn’t know what to do next.

. . .

About to sit down to his favorite take-out lasagna, Eddie gets a call from a friend who wants to hire him to help Whit figure out what’s next in his life.

Eddie is a kinda, sorta life coach and might be able to help but seriously doubts it.

Reluctantly, he climbs aboard his friend’s private jet and flies to San Antonio. Once he arrives, he ends up getting a whole lot more than he bargained for. Whit Hall is aggressive, he’s angry, and he’s under a lot of pressure.

It’s a good thing Eddie (sorta) knows what he’s doing!

. . .

Now that he’s retired, Whit is looking for the next thing.

He’s set, with plenty of bank. And he’s doing what he can to deal with his parents, who are all up in his business. A lot.

Then, one Wednesday morning, he opens his front door. Before he knows it, Whit is chasing Eddie Smith out of his house, down the street, and even further.

It’s a good thing Whit is (kinda) in shape for this new type of chase!

. . .

Neither man wants to go far…

But unexpected changes are chasing them both…

Wherever they end up going, and whatever ends up happening, this will be the beginning of something new and wonderful for them both.


As much as I wanted to love this story, it just wasn’t for me, unfortunately.

Eddie is a bit of a wild card. He travels a lot, but calls Florida his home. His friends call him a Life Coach, but he doesn’t seem big on that term. Honestly, he just kind of does and says whatever he feels like and urges others to do the same.

When his friends ask him to meet with Whit Hall, who just retired from his football career and is not sure how to proceed, things get tangled. Whit may or may not be gay. He is very tied up with his parents who are extremely religious.

I had a hard time with the ghosts that Eddie listened to in his head. I had a hard time with his personality as well. I just didn’t really care for him at all. He just seemed overly brash.

There was an insta-love story line that came out of nowhere to me, which just had no emotion or feeling backing it. It was like two strangers professing their love after meeting on a street corner. None of it seemed real to me.

I will say, I did enjoy the writing. It was unique and engaging and fun. I loved the little quips from Eddie about no ice in his water and other cute little quirks. I was entertained by the story, but in the end I just didn’t buy into it.

Golden Gate Love Stories series


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Author

Reading has become such a huge part of my life as an adult. I love the escape, but I also try to take something from each story for myself. I am a lover of words. I love dialogue. I love a slow burn and a happy ever after.

Favorite Authors: Garrett Leigh, Amy Lane, Mary Calmes, Lane Hayes, T.J. Klune, Roan Parrish, N.R. Walker, Cara Dee, Anyta Sunday

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