Chase the Ace
Title : Chase the Ace
Author : Clare London
Publisher : Amber Allure (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Contemporary
Length : 77 pages (e-book)
Published : December 1, 2012
Newly single in his late twenties, and looking for more fun than he gets from his boring job, Daniel Cross soon discovers the lure of social media. After a few hiccups, he’s excited at the chance of tracking down his old mates from the Scorching Summer Sports Club of 1990. He lost touch with his “Gang of Four” after that summer, but now he launches a personal quest to find out what kind of man each boy has become.
It starts well with a link to the first boy’s current address, through a mutual friend on Facebook, until Dan realises he’s been chatting online to the wrong man—Nick Carson isn’t an old school friend at all. It’s a genuine mistake, and Nick isn’t offended. He 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, heartening and disturbing. Nick’s company is a constant support, though neither of them are prepared for the exposure of personal secrets they’d thought were long-hidden. Dan begins to suspect that 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.
Oh my God!! That book was so good! I just loved Daniel and his quest so much! Yes I know it is a short book; and people seldom give mega stars to short books … because… well, they’re short. Logic at it’s finest, right? Well I did ! Because Clare wrote just the sweetest story which, when I ran through it ALL to my teenage daughters on a drive somewhere (oh, the glamorous life of Chauffeur to the Teens!) both of them went “aaaaw” at a certain point – which for spoilery reasons I can’t share with YOU! 🙂
Daniel is newly single, in a boring job, he has a well-intentioned but somewhat overbearing sister – his life is a bit blah. So what better than to look at your youth? Some 12 years ago he had spent Summer with friends that shared a common link. They were all gay. Maybe not fully out the closet at that age, but they knew they shared that bond and stuck together for the 2 months. A Gang of Four. For various reasons, some quite sad, their Summer Shenanigans never happened again. Life moves on. They are in their late twenties now and while some of the guys have kept in touch sporadically, Daniel has no definite point of contact for the guys – so when you’re looking for someone… who do you call? You hop onto Facebook. Obviously. Daniel’s embrace of the social network was hilarious! “Society media thing” and “twatting” on Twitter just had me giggling! He meets someone from the old days on-line and he can help with the first address, he also seems happy to help with the quest 🙂 but is he who Daniel thinks he is?
Meeting childhood friends is always scary and exciting. What are they like now? Is their life better than yours? As adults have they maintained some of their childhood traits? Are they happier than you? No matter what anyone says – at school reunions you want to have done the best, be the happiest, have the most fulfilling life. So Dan was pretty excited and somewhat nervous as he sets off to Brighton, with his co-questor at his side. What his questmate doesn’t know is… part of the quest focusses on a game the boys played Chase the Ace…. and dammit I can’t say any more….. just. Go. Buy the Book. It’s a goody!
Rated 4.5 stars by Barb