Title: Chasing Chance (Gilcrest University Guys #1)
Author: M.E. Parker
Publisher: Self published
Release Date: March 17, 2019
Genre(s): Sports Romance
Page Count: 175 pages
Reviewed by: Tosha
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 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…
This was a very good start to what I feel is going to be an incredible series. The guys in this book are so very likable I cannot wait to get the full story behind some of the supporting characters in this book. The two main characters of this book are of course, Chance and Andy. These two men have known each other forever but that does not mean it was always smooth sailing for them. M.E. Parker did a very good job on this book and with all honesty I cannot wait for the next book about these two to comes out.
This book in my opinion is more of a background for Chance and Andy. Yes it is set in real time for them but there is a lot of past flashbacks in this book as well. This is what I consider a friends to lovers read but it is not easy for them to get to that point. As a matter of fact, it was heartbreaking how these two went from being best friends from the age of six to not talking to one another in their senior year in high school all the way to four years later in college where they see one another again by chance of fate.
Chance and Andy met when Chance moved in next door to Andy. From the moment they met they became best friends. They did everything together including camping. As a matter of fact camping became a ritual for these two. Each year before school started back their moms would take them camping. This happened for years but the last camping trip they took was the last time they talked to each other, right before their senior year in high school.
Andy is gay. He is out and he is proud. Chance is the star quarterback for their college team. He has always dated women but never really felt it was right for him. That is probably because he has always had these feelings for Andy but could never act on it.
Chance’s father is a preacher who believes and teaches homosexuality is wrong. So in Chance’s head he can hear his father repeating this to him. He knows his dad would never accept him if he was gay nor would it be easy for him on the football team either. So he hides from everyone, including himself. But recently Chance has decided not to hide anymore…or at least from himself anyway. After years of trying to ignore it, Chance can no longer do that. His biggest regret is losing Andy as his best friend. Now years later it seems as if fate is trying to correct a wrong by placing Andy and Chance in each other’s path again.
Will Chance be able to finally come clean with Andy and the feelings he has for him? Will Andy be able to forgive him? If he can, will Andy and Chance be able handle Chance being in the closet?
This was such a great read. I truly cannot wait for the next one to come out. I also cannot wait to get Andy’s best friend Cam’s story. He was a supporting character in this book and he made a huge impression on me. I cannot wait to find out his story. I feel like it is going to be a good one!!!