Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Review: By Chance by Cat Grant

By Chance (Courtland Chronicles #1) by Cat Grant
Novella: 103pgs
4 Pants Off

A life of wealth and privilege doesn’t equal happiness—just ask Eric Courtland. Growing up with a cold, unfeeling father and unstable mother has taught him exactly what he doesn’t want out of life or love. The troubled young man prefers a solitary life and is content to keep it that way until a campus emergency saddles him with an unwanted roommate.

Popular, wholesome, straight Nick Thompson is far more temptation than Eric’s prepared for, but Nick’s warm, easygoing manner gradually cracks through Eric’s prickly protective shell.

After Eric suffers a traumatic attack, their friendship gives way to an intense passion. Eric’s no stranger to casual sex, but what he feels for Nick is something deeper, and more fragile.

Independent Eric doesn't know the first thing about being in a relationship, much less with a lover who can't even admit he's gay. But conservative Nick can't seem to find his way out of his own personal closet.

Rock, meet hard place.

Eric Courtland had lived a life of privilege but the downside was being with his family. He's learned to keep everyone at arms length and cannot see himself connecting with anyone. He even pays off the person in charge of the dorm rooms so he can always have his own room. When a flood leaves many students without a room, there is no choice but to put another person with Eric. Lets just say he doesn't take it quite well and his new roommate Nick gets the fire of his anger.

Eric is unwilling to compromise so Nick gets to hit couch, but even though he rather be alone he can’t help but be attracted to Nick. Tentatively the men begin a friendship and it becomes more after Eric is attacked in a bathroom hook up gone bad and Nick provides comfort. A kiss has them both scared even more so for Nick, because now he has to question his sexuality.

Their relationship is a series of difficulties with Eric being openly gay and Nick never even knowing he had a closet to climb out of. Bring in Eric's rich family matters and you have yourself a recipe for disaster, emotions are running high and Eric's douchebaggery comes out in full effect. Luckily, Nick has his friend Ally (a past girlfriend) she really is strong character and provides the support that Nick so obviously needs, even putting aside her own feelings and making sure her friends are happy.

It’s a character driven story, and at most times the characters were frustrating. However, I did enjoy them a lot and found myself so caught up in their story and blossoming love. The glimpse into Eric's family life provided a nice foundation so the reader doesn't end up completely hating him. The ending annoyed me a bit (Eric pulls a douche move again) and the separation and reconciliation was just "meh". Plus, it left me doubting Eric’s feelings (man he just has a destructive type of nature).

This is a re-release of the series so I do know that it becomes m/m/f O_o and I am not sure I am on board for that. I'm not sure I really want to know how the characters develop into making it into ménage. However, I am very interested in how Nick/Eric relationship progresses cus this book ended on HFN feel.

Should You Read It? If you are a fan of Cat Grant, yes. It’s a good read with interesting characters, and who doesn't love a good college coming out. I doubt I will be continuing on, but I am glad I read By Chance.

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