Monday, February 17, 2014

Review: Better than Chance by Lane Hayes

Better than Chance (Better Than #2) by Lane Hayes
Dreamspinner Press
Novel: 200pgs
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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 all types of excited to read this story, first being introduced to Jay and Peter in Better than Good. I really liked them for their brief but important role in the story so I was excited to read their love story, until Jay turned out to be a character I really didn't like (yeh fa realz).

Jay Reynolds has got a crush and its serious. He is so in love with his all male team leader Peter Morgan and he's just happy to have some eye candy. Suddenly, Mr. Morgan isn't looking as sexy as before when Jay suspects that he might be homophobic and he keeps hating on his work. Jay sort of gets a change of heart when Peter acts as a Good Samaritan and help Jay and his friend Aaron out when Aaron gets drugged from a douchebag. While he's not 100% convinced that Peter isn't still an asshole he's grateful for the help. Perhaps, he misjudged the man and its not exactly a hardship trying to find out.

The men begin a "friends with benefits" type of relationship and its glorious. With the ground rules set there is no way this thing can fail and the chances are low for either of them getting hurt that is until feelings start creeping in. From the get go Peter has declared himself a no commitment type of guy and he's got the past to prove it. Jay might be in over his head and he's got to decide if losing Peter was worth all of it.

First, Jay irked me! Like talk about shallow and dreaded all of his thoughts. I dislike characters that do the whole name brand dropping, dwelling on good looks, and things are just perfect in their perfect little world. Like that’s not always a bad thing but I feel like Jay had no story to tell and it was way less interesting that Peter's story. Now Peter, most definitely had something to say and I am disappointed that I didn't get his POV, just anything he was feeling would have been a great change. Eventually I was fed up with Jay's descriptions of his beautiful friends, this idol like worship he used to describe Peter and his pretty pretty everything.

Overall, it was a cute story and it was nice to read about how Jay and Peter came to be. A little disappointed in the set-up but I didn't dislike all of it and I did finish it, Better Than Chance wasn't a complete bust. I would read Lane Hayes again.

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