Authors: Christina Lee and Nyrae Dawn
Release: 7th September
Genre: M/M (contemporary)
Jamie Tolland has only ever known his small Oregon town. Same job, same friends, same gay bar. He feels obligated to stay, especially as his mother’s illness progresses. But when a situation presents itself in the form of a vintage sports car, he jumps on the chance to not only repair it, but also drive it to its new owner in LA.
Conner Murphy left Oregon years ago to make his life in West Hollywood. Like his unconventional parents, he’s always been a free spirit, never settling on one job or girl for too long. When he inherits his late uncle’s classic Chevelle, he’s more than happy to let his childhood friend Jamie help.
Jamie and Conner are as different as night and day. Even after years of living apart, they still have a blast together—but now it’s mixed with an undeniable spark of attraction. Before they know it, they can’t keep their hands off each other. For Conner it’s all new and exciting, but Jamie isn’t the type of guy who takes this sort of intimacy lightly.
Conner soon realizes that Jamie quenches something deep inside of him that no one has before, but he doesn’t know how to handle a real relationship. As Jamie’s time in LA comes to an end, and the more they struggle to get on the same page about their feelings, the more Jamie realizes that trying to tie Conner down is as futile as capturing the sun.
Chase the Sun is the second book in the contemporary new adult MM romance series entitled Free Fall written by authors Christina Lee and Nyrae Dawn. I have read books by both these authors and ended up loving the first book in this collaboration between them. There really was never any doubt that I would end up loving this one. These authors certainly have what it takes to pen a seriously awesome MM romance. A tale about two young men who discover so much more than friendship with each other.
Jamie Tolland and Conner Murphy grew up in the same small town in Oregon. While they were not super close friends, they both have fond memories of one another. After high school graduation Jamie stayed in the same town working at his dad’s garage, while Conner left for West Hollywood. Jamie loves his family and friends but that does not mean he couldn’t stand to have a little more excitement in his life. He does not hide the fact that he is gay; however, he’d love to have a little more freedom when it comes to that aspect of his life. After all, there is only so much you can do in a small town whose tolerance only goes so far.
When Conner’s uncle, a local in town, passes away and leaves him a classic car, Jamie offers to fix up the car and drive it to Conner in California. Conner is excited to show Jamie around, to show him a little of what he is missing out on by staying in a small town. Neither Jamie nor Conner are expecting the attraction that simmers between them as they spend time with each other. Jamie is openly gay. Conner, on the other hand, is walking into unchartered territory. While he’s certainly a free spirit and very fluid with his sexuality, he’s does not have much experience when it comes to anything but friendship with the same sex. As the pair explore things between them and take it beyond friendship, what is transpiring between them may mean different things to each of them. Jamie is not the type to take physical intimacy lightly, while Conner has never been in a serious relationship…ever. If anything is going to happen between the two young men beyond their short time together in West Hollywood, both will have to take a leap of faith and hope there’s someone there to catch them.
While this book did not really delve into some hard-hitting and touchy subjects like its predecessor, it was still very well written and made me feel. I became wholeheartedly involved in the beauty that was Jamie and Connor and so wanted them to get the happy forever as they build on their friendship. Both men were taken aback as to how deeply they began to feel for one another and as Jamie’s time was slowly coming to an end in West Hollywood they both had some hard decisions to make. The journey that both Jamie and Conner embark on was just as wonderful as the romance. Watching Jamie grow into his confidence and also watching Conner come to terms as to what he truly wanted out of life made this a more enriching read and truly made it more believable. I felt like there was a great balance between what Jamie and Conner were dealing with internally and the romance that was between them. This book certainly exemplifies how love and happiness can sneak up on you when you least expect it.
All in all, Chase the Sun is a great book that had me engrossed start to finish. I recommend this read for all lovers of MM romance. I certainly can’t wait for the next book in the series. Bring on Ezra!!!!
Connect with the Authors
Nyrae Dawn can almost always be found with a book in her hand or an open document on her laptop. She couldn’t live without books—reading or writing them. Oh, and chocolate. She’s slightly addicted.
She gravitates toward character-driven stories. Whether reading or writing, she loves emotional journeys. It’s icing on the cake when she really feels something, but is able to laugh too. She’s a proud romantic, who has a soft spot for flawed characters, who make mistakes, but also have big hearts.
Whether she’s writing young adult, new adult, or adult you can always count on a healthy dose of romance from her books. She likes to tackle tough subjects, and believes everyone needs to see themselves in the stories they read.
Nyrae is living her very own happily ever after in California with her gorgeous husband (who still makes her swoon) and her two incredibly awesome kids.
Once upon a time, I lived in New York City and was a wardrobe stylist. I spent my days shopping for photo shoots, getting into cabs, eating amazing food, and drinking coffee at my favorite hangouts.
Now I live in the Midwest with my husband and son—my two favorite guys. I've been a clinical social worker and a special education teacher. But it wasn't until I wrote a weekly column for the local newspaper that I realized I could turn the fairytales inside my head into the reality of writing fiction.
I write Adult, New Adult, and M/M Contemporary Romance. I'm addicted to lip gloss and salted caramel everything. I believes in true love and kissing, so writing romance novels has become a dream job.