Chasing Eddie (CrabbyPatty’s Review)

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


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.

“Chasing Eddie” takes place in the Nick Williams and Carter Jones universe (the first book in the Nick Williams Mystery series is “An Unexpected Heiress” set in 1953) and while Nick and Carter have passed, their legacy is being carried on by Bob Jenkins and Mario Ossler who have inherited their massive fortune and charitable inclinations.

If you aren’t familiar with the Nick Williams series or have not read the second book in the Golden Gate Love Stories series “Their Own Hidden Island,” you may be a bit lost reading this one as a stand-alone.

In “Chasing Eddie” Bob is following in Nick Williams’ footsteps by playing matchmaker – in this case, 52-year-old life coach Eddie and newly-retired 35-year-old football player Witt Hall. The men share a Texas upbringing, but while Eddie has been out and proud since 18, Witt is deeply conflicted due to his uber-religious parents. Eddie wants to help Witt figure out his sexuality, his relationship with his parents, his post-retirement plans – you know, just a few details here and there.

There’s anger and distrust, followed by insta-love and an abrupt coming-out which feels very haphazard given that we really don’t know either character. We get Eddie’s POV only throughout and neither character seems fully-fleshed out so it is difficult to really buy into their love story nor the ending where the MCs are discussing major future plans within just a few days of knowing one another. Also the plot device that brings Nick Williams into the story feels contrived. Bottom line – while I enjoy the Nick Williams universe, this particular story just did not work for me and I give “Chasing Eddie” 3 stars.

Golden Gate Love Stories series

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Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.  Frederick Douglas I distinctly remember that day in school when, all of a sudden, those squiggles on the page made sense and I could read. It has changed my life in ways I still cannot comprehend. My favorite M/M tropes are friends-to-lovers, murder/mysteries, amnesia, hurt/healing and historicals. Shifters, vampires, paranormal? Meh ... not in my wheelhouse, but I'm a sucker for a well-written well-plotted book, no matter the genre. Favorite authors includes Brandon Witt, Rick R. Reed, Abigail Roux, Jay Northcote, JL Merrow, KJ Charles, Lane Hayes, Marshall Thornton and so many more. A few "badges" from NetGalley: 100 Book Reviews Reviews Published Professional Reader
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