Title: Chance to be King
Author: Sue Brown
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages/Word Count: 132 Pages
At a Glance: A very good, very Sue Brown story
Blurb: After working nonstop for two years, actor Eric Pawlowski desperately needs a respite from his grueling schedule and the crippling migraines that come with it. Thinking that a few weeks in a secluded cottage is just the thing, his vacation gets off to a rough start when he almost mows down the only other guy who lives on the remote road. Fortunately Thomas is quick to forgive, and soon he, Eric, and Eric’s two dogs are palling around like they’ve known each other for years.
But when Eric witnesses Thomas coldly order a lost stranger off his property, he starts to question how well he knows him. Despite a mutual attraction that has Eric cursing every time a well-meaning member of the nearby small town interrupts their attempts to get intimate, Eric wonders if acting on his desire for Thomas will get him involved in a situation he shouldn’t be in. When his rented cabin catches fire in the middle of the night and the firemen call it arson, it confirms Eric’s suspicions.
To keep Eric with him, it’s up to Thomas to come clean about who he is… and his involvement in a decade-old web of tragedy and revenge into which Eric has unwittingly walked.
Review: Sue Brown has always been a go-to author for me, and I just know when I see a book from her that I am going to like it. Lucky for me it seems the trend is holding true.
Eric is finally getting a long overdue vacation from his never ending job. Two weeks away with his dogs sounds a lot like heaven. Getting lost on the way to his cabin while half asleep just reassures him that he needs this break. Little did he know that almost mowing down a local while turning his car around will put him on a course that even Hollywood couldn’t have thought of.
Thomas leads a fairly secluded life. After almost being run over, Thomas finds a reason to be more sociable. That reason is Eric, the man renting a cabin on his property. The two men form a quick bond, and soon they are completely inseparable.
When Eric is awoken by a fire in the cottage he is renting, he barely escapes with his life. This leads to him staying at Thomas’s house and the two men end up growing closer, until Eric begins to notice Thomas acting hot and cold with no explanation.
After the fire is ruled arson, Thomas and the local authorities believe an event from his past is the excuse for the attack. Eventually Thomas and Eric have “the talk”, and all is revealed by both of them. The conflict for Eric is whether he can stay where there is trouble, and how in the world is he supposed to leave Thomas. Once all the revenge seekers and the ex-boyfriend angst are handled, Thomas and Eric have to figure out a way to balance their very separate lives if they want there to be a future for them.
Ms. Brown has once again written a wonderful story with some completely loveable characters that are slightly flawed but definitely not irredeemable. One aspect of her writing that is consistent from book to book is her knack for keeping the pace of the book moving steadily right up until the big reveal. I felt the relationship developed quickly but believably. No unrealistic insta-love here!
Overall, I feel this is a very good, very Sue Brown story, and I would recommend that every time.
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