Title: Chasing Chance: Gilcrest University Guys Book One
Author: M.E. Parker
Publisher: M.E. Parker
Release Date: March 17th, 2019
Genre(s): Romance, Sports
Page Count: 175
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
There are moments in your life that become part of you. They become so ingrained in your memory that you can’t let them go, no matter how hard you try. Some may seem small and insignificant when they happen. Others are so big and important that you know, even while you’re in the moment, that your life will be forever changed. For me, almost all those moments—both the small and insignificant as well as the big and important—were moments I shared with Chance Wyrick.
If I were in a support group for hopelessly pathetic gays, I’d have to introduce myself by saying, “Hi, I’m Andy Michaelson and I can’t stop myself from thinking about Chance Wyrick.”
From the time we met, when we were only six years old, and for the next twelve years, he was my best friend. I fell in love with him along the way. I couldn’t say exactly when it happened, only that it happened.
Words of advice:
Never fall in love with your best friend, especially if he’s one of the most popular kids at school, the best high school quarterback in the state, or if he happens to be your next-door neighbor.
But most of all…
Never, I repeat never, fall in love with your best friend if he’s straight. Nothing good can come of it. Trust me.
Our friendship was over before we finished our last year of high school. My best friend became my ex-best friend. I hoped to forget about him when I went off to college. But Chance followed me there. So did all the memories.
I tried to forget him. I did. But he was more beautiful than ever. He was the starting quarterback for Gilcrest University. He was larger than life. He was impossible to ignore. We hadn’t spoken in years, but the memories still hit me out of nowhere, and they still hurt.
By the time I started my third year at Gilcrest, I was beginning to think I’d never be over him.
As it turns out, I was right…
Chasing Chance is the first book in the Gilcrest University Guys series. It’s a full-length, “friends to lovers” romance novel. It has “coming out” and “first-time gay” themes, is stocked full of STEAM, heartache, and laughter, and it has a guaranteed happy ending. The series will follow the love stories of four college friends. Chasing Chance is the first of two books that will tell Andy and Chance’s love story. Look for book two, Catching Chance, to come out next month!
While I was totally excited about this book, I have some mixed feelings about how it played out.
Chance and Andy have been best friends since they were just kids. They did everything together, to the point where Chance’s parents questioned/warned him about being gay. It just wasn’t an option in their home. Andy’s parents were glad to see him happy.
But when they were in high school, everything changed and Chance ghosted Andy when he came out. Now, in college, circumstances put them back into each other’s lives and they are weathering the storm of feelings that they both have for each other.
I think the jock/nerd trope can be really fun to read when it’s done right. To me this was very cliche. I felt like Chance got away with being so closed off and Andy put up with it all. Told from alternating POV’s we got in Chance’s head and could see how he felt, which helped me not completely hate him, but I just really wanted him to be a little less in the closet at the end of the day.
There wasn’t enough here for me to be okay with the relationship the way it was and not feel like it was getting into ‘dirty little secret’ territory.
The story ended abruptly with a blurb for book 2, which is the continuation of their story as they both go home for Christmas break. I’d have liked a bit more of a warning or some kind of wrap up of this book before just ending it, but that wasn’t to be. I’m hoping the next story will give Chance and Andy the relationship they deserve.