Better Than Chance
Title : Better Than Chance
Series : Better Than Stories, Book 2
Author : Lane Hayes
Publisher : Dreamspinner Press (BUY IT HERE)
Genre : M/M, Contemporary
Length : 200 pages (e-book)
Published : January 22, 2014
Rating : ★★★★
Jay Reynolds has a crush on his project leader at work, but an office romance with Peter Morgan isn’t likely to happen since Peter is straight. Worse, Jay soon fears Peter is homophobic, and his initial infatuation turns to loathing. But one fateful night, Jay is forced to acknowledge things aren’t quite as they seem with Peter. Suddenly, his crush is back and unbelievably, Peter is interested too.
They begin a friends with benefits arrangement, which becomes difficult for Jay when he starts falling for his sexy boss. Peter’s past issues keep him from committing, and Jay has to decide if he can be satisfied with friendship if Peter isn’t ready to take a chance on anything more.
I was looking forward to this book. I absolutely love the first book in this series, Better Than Good. It’s about a different couple so can be read as a stand alone. It basically tells how an established couple from the first book falls in love so reading it out of order may in fact be a good thing. You’ll want to read Better Than Good though. I enjoyed this one almost as much as the first one. The angst seemed toned down in this one so I didn’t get smacked in the face with it like the first book in this series. This was sort of a nice slow impending heartbreak but the MCs just couldn’t resist falling in love and letting their issues float outside their bubble of lust and happiness.
Jay is a lobbyist in DC. He’s assigned to be on a new project with a team whose leader is the gorgeous Peter. Peter gets a bit particular about Jay’s work specifically, which rubs Jay the wrong way. Starting a battle, if only in Jay’s mind. Jay’s still attracted to Peter but he doesn’t like him so he’s conflicted which kind of turns their encounters into mini blow ups. Again, totally Jay doing his crazy reading things wrong thing again. One night Peter comes to his rescue and things get more complicated. Now he’s sexy and probably a nice guy. Jay thinks Peter’s straight, but shocker, he’s NOT. Jay practically dares Peter to do something about the attraction he’s sensing between them and Peter does. They decide after trying to fight it that they just need to spend one night together to get it out of their systems. It doesn’t work.
The story is told from Jay’s POV and it’s a fun one. I loved his nervous babbling and over thinking everything. I’d be exhausted if I were him. Peter had all the issues. Him thinking he isn’t “boyfriend material” and issues with his mother were pretty much the entire conflict in the book. I thought the chemistry between the MCs was smoking hot. Peter could hardly keep his hands off Jay and not just in a sexual way. He was literally drawn to Jay. Those little touches and looks really elevated the love story aspect for me. I caught myself smiling quite often. Then there was Jay trying so hard to just live in the moment and not fall in love with Peter. It was inevitable. Peter fell in love too. He was just so stuck in his head.
The story is pretty straight forward and it’s easy to read a hundred pages before you know it. I would recommend this one and the first one. If you’re looking for a sweet, funny and sexy read with a little angst pick this one up!
Rated 4 stars by Whit