Audiobook Review: Chase the Ace (London Lads #1) by Clare London

2nd Edition

Newly single in his late twenties, and bored with his quiet life in a London suburb, Daniel Cross soon discovers the lure of social media. Excited at the chance of tracking down his old mates from a schooldays sports club, he launches a personal quest to find out what kind of man each boy has become.

Dan’s first mistake is chatting online to a complete stranger—friending the wrong Carson brother on Facebook. But Nick Carson isn’t offended and offers to accompany Dan on the trip to find the others. It’s the first step to friendship and something more for both of them.

For Dan, the reunions with the “ Gang of Four” range from startling and heartening to disturbing. Nick’s company is a constant support, though neither of them are prepared for the exposure of personal secrets they’d thought long hidden. Dan begins to suspect he’s really looking for a direction in his own life—and the excitement and purpose he craves may be closer to home than a quest with its roots in a boyhood dream.

First Edition published by Amber Quill Press/Amber Allure, 2012.

Listening Length: 2 hours and 55 minutes
Narrator: Seb Yarrick

Reviewer: R *A Reader Obsessed*

Overall as a story, this was just ok. Not horribly bad but not phenomenal either.

Dan, having just gotten out of a relationship feels like he’s in a rut, and in an effort to perhaps do something fun and interesting, he decides to look up his teenage friends from a summer program they had all attended over a decade ago. When he gets help from an unlikely travel companion (an older brother of a past acquaintance) it’s all the more better since Nick apparently bats for the same team!

As Dan and Nick search out each person, they learn a bit more about each other and what they each want out of their own lives, all the while enjoying some side benefits. This touched on being out and proud, not apologizing for one’s lifestyle choices, and homophobia. Though I’m not complaining about the smex (ever), the level and intensity of it was incongruous to what seemed like a relatively benign, easy going road trip. However, things got deep and intense very quickly, and there were a few instances of surprisingly out of nowhere drama that made this all the more a quite disjointed story.

Had I read this on my Kindle, I might’ve just skimmed on through, but actually the narration from Seb Yarrick is probably what saved me from being exasperated and annoyed. He really brought the characters to life and I enjoyed what I assume were various authentic accents. This was a simple “read” for a lazy weekend, made all the better by the audio.

Thank you to the author/publisher for the audio in exchange for an honest review

See our eBook review HERE!

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