Thursday, June 15, 2017

Review: Taking A Chance by Emjay Haze

TakingaChance-f500Title ~ Taking A Chance

Author ~ Emjay Haze

Publisher ~ NineStar Press

Published ~  12th June 2017

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance





Recent college graduate, Ethan Moore, flies to San Francisco for a job interview with an advertising firm. That evening, he goes to a gay club where meets a gorgeous man who seduces him, but leaves his hotel room in the morning with only a note. A few weeks later, Ethan begins his new job and discovers that the man he slept with is his boss, Chance Harlow. He's fallen for the playboy, but wants to keep their relationship strictly professional. His efforts fail miserably as Ethan keeps succumbing to Chance’s advances.

Ethan is selected to accompany Chance to Bali for a huge account. He will be spending ten days at a luxurious resort with the man he's fallen in love with. Chance has made his intentions known, and he won't pressure him, but if Ethan doesn't want him, there are plenty of men who will. Ethan struggles with this until one evening they are in the hot tub with two hot swingers who want to play. He flees after watching Chance make out with one of the men. Will Ethan finally give in to the playboy, or did his actions lose him the man he loves?


Freya’s Review

Recently graduated Ethan looks for a job and finds one in San Francisco. Unknown to him, when he visits for his interview, he sleeps with his future boss. Chance goes to clubs to pick ‘em up, fuck ‘em and leave ‘em. BUT, there’s something different about Ethan, and for the first time, he snuggles and leaves the guy his number. It’s not until Ethan turns up for his first day of work that Chance realises who he’s hired.

Ethan is a small-town boy, exceptional at his job, but innocent inside and out.

Chance is a man who likes what he likes, knows what he wants, and goes after it. Having been hurt years before, he’s become a player and a master of persuasion, with no intention of changing. Although, his exterior appearance belies what’s going on underneath. He seduces Ethan. He can’t leave him alone, which puts him at war with his player ways.

Ethan is in a world where he finds everything incredible. Regardless of his burning attraction to Chance, being the new boy, Ethan backs off wanting to keep their relationship more professional. So, it isn’t much of a surprise that Chance goes elsewhere. Then again, Ethan’s reasoning is sound, too. Both men make a good case for their actions.

Taking A Chance is a romp of a story, with an emotional journey. Chance isn’t as callous as the blurb makes out. If anything, I connected to his character more than Ethan’s. He’s the player with a heart.

Told in the third person from two POV’s, the small cast makes it an easy story to follow. The early chapters are littered with conflicting feelings between our two main characters which made riveting reading. When these boys get together, air conditioning wouldn’t have made much of a difference to the temperature in the room.

There is emotion, drama, and conflicts are short lived, which I’m sure will appeal to many. Personally, I prefer my drama/angst to have more of a punch and be drawn out a bit more. There’s a few whiplash 180’s on some actions and thoughts. Several phrases, too, were on repeat, which made some scenes have a Brady Bunch feeling. I also found the later chapters didn’t hold my attention the same as the earlier ones, mainly because they were a clean-up of issues, dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s. After leaving home, I wondered about Ethan’s family and best friend as all seemed amicable. Though I suspect including them in later chapters would add a side distraction to the main story. To this end, I congratulate the author on keeping the focus on Ethan and Chance.

Having said all that, I was entertained. Taking A Chance has some truly sweet and incredibly hot moments. It also leaves no questions unanswered between the two and no secrets hidden.

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