Title: Catching Chance (Gilcrest University Guys Book #2)
Author: M.E. Parker
Release Date: April 30, 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Coming Out
Page Count: 252
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
What happens when you suddenly get everything you ever wanted?
First, you don’t believe it’s real.
Then you want more…
Let’s be honest, gay nerds from small towns in North Carolina don’t get to date the hot, popular quarterback. It’s just one of those impregnable laws of nature. Even if he was my best friend growing up. Even if it turns out by some miracle that he’s gay too. So, forgive me if I was a bit skeptical when Chance Wyrick asked me to be his boyfriend. That sort of thing just doesn’t happen in real life.
Sure, he has only shared his secret with me. And yeah, we’ve been fooling around for a few weeks. But again, let’s be honest, who else does he have to fool around with? He has to keep his secret. I’m safe. I’m just the first guy he’s ever fooled around with.
I’ve been in love with him for almost as long as I can remember. I’ve fantasized about what it would be like to be his boyfriend. So, when he asked, of course I said yes. It doesn’t matter that he’s not out. It doesn’t matter that it has to be secret. It doesn’t matter that I have to pretend. All that matters is that he asked me to be his boyfriend and that I said yes.
That’s what I was thinking the day Chance Wyrick asked me to be his boyfriend. Everything was fine until it wasn’t. Everything was fine until I wanted more …
The author notes that “Catching Chance” could be read as a standalone, but personally I would recommend reading “Chasing Chance” first to get the background of Chance and Andy’s romance. While the first book ends with Chance and Andy realizing they love one another, “Catching Chance” is all about Chance coming to terms with coming out and believe me, it’s a rocky road.
Chance loves Andy, and truly wants to be with him, and their romance and growing relationship feels real and honest. I especially like the community that takes Chance to their heart – Andy’s friends Cam, Jordy and Ben as well as Chance’s team mate Travis and his girlfriend – and I love their coming out party for Chance.
Their relationship seems solid … except when they venture out into the real world. The path to really being together is a long (very long) and agonizing one for Chance. Chance wants to come out, but when confronted with friends and/or football fans, Chance is more than willing to leap back into that closet and pretend that Andy is just a friend. At almost 50% longer than the first book (175 pages vs. 252), the pace of this story is slow, too slow in my opinion. We get Andy and Chance’s POV in alternating chapters, often with the POV changing mid-scene which draws out the scene even longer. And maybe it is just me, but at times it is difficult to figure out exactly who’s POV we are getting.
I continue to find these characters interesting, and while it takes a long time, I like where Chance and Andy find themselves at the end of “Catching Chance.” Also I like the excerpt at the end of the book giving us the beginning of Cam’s story. However, the pacing of “Catching Chance” was a HUGE miss for me. 3.5 stars.