Each and every one of us has a dream. Some of them are clear and other ones we don’t know what they are until someone opens our eyes for us.
Chasing the Dream is a story of two people falling in love, but it’s about a man who has everything and nothing. He thinks he has everything he could want or dream about… until everything is taken away and then Brian begins to realize what’s truly important in life and it isn’t apartments in the sky, fancy cars, or friends who want him for his money. In fact, Brian has no idea what his real dreams are… until he meets Cade.
Sometimes all it takes is someone else’s struggles to open our eyes to what we truly have and exactly what we want.
Chasing the Dream
Author: Andrew Grey
Series: (Set in the Bronco Boys Universe) (Book 1 in Spin Off)
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 11 2016
Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Print
Born with a silver spoon in his mouth, Brian Paulson has lived a life of luxury and ease. If he’s been left lonely because of his family’s pursuit of wealth and their own happiness, he figures it’s a small price to pay for what he sees as most important: money.
Cade McAllister has never had it easy. He works two jobs to support himself, his mother, and his special-needs brother. They don’t have much, but to Cade, love and taking care of the people who are important to him mean more than material possessions. When Cade is mugged in the park, he can’t afford to lose what little he has, and he’s grateful for Brian’s intervention.
Cade is given a chance to return the favor when Brian’s grandfather passes away and Brian’s assets are frozen. Cade offers Brian a place to stay and helps him find work, and the two men grow closer as they learn the good and the bad of the very different worlds they come from. Just as Brian is starting to see there’s more to life than what money can buy, a clause in his grandfather’s will could send their relationship up in smoke.
Review by Cat Clontz
The death of his estranged but still beloved grandfather creates a tailspin in Brian Paulson’s life. Everything he’s always taken for granted as permanent has suddenly been revoked based on the last will and testament his grandfather left behind. Only by following the directives of the will through its executor can Brian put his life back to the way it was.
With a disabled brother in need of care and only he and his mother to provide for him, Cade McAllister is used to long days, short nights, and working his fingers to the bone.
Fate puts these two men together twice, and Cade’s big heart doesn’t allow for anything less than stepping up to help the clueless-to-reality Brian on that second encounter. The question is whether Brian is capable of success even with Cade’s assistance.
There were aspects of this book that I really liked, but there were a couple for which I didn’t particularly care. Brian’s efforts to follow the will’s directives created empathy in my heart. Andrew Grey is amazing at creating empathetic moments, and he most definitely succeeded in this novel.
The plot was solid, but there were aspects in varying subplots that didn’t really mesh due to the brevity of the attention given to them, creating a choppy feel to the whole. This choppiness was added to by a timeline that jumped sometimes by hours, yet other times by days so that the reader can never really get settled in any given pattern.
Brian and Cade are beautifully fleshed out and well written characters. I thoroughly enjoyed watching Cade walk Brian through his new reality, and I felt the abject disgust that Cade tried to keep from showing when Brian’s clueless snobbery came shining through. The development of the main characters throughout the book was well done.
I was disappointed, however, in that the executrix of the will was supposedly a very dear friend to Brian’s grandfather, yet she was completely unknown to Brian, and that her pivotal role in the book came across as more perfunctory than anything else. I thought a stronger bond would have developed between this character and Brian as they walked through the will, but it didn’t happen, making the scenes with her and the recordings of his grandfather feel more an addendum than a truly integral part of the whole.
The chemistry between Brian and Cade is solid, and the ending was incredibly beautiful, leaving me with the feel-good heartspace that I have noticed always comes with an Andrew Grey book. In the end, I’m rating this at 3.5 stars, and I’ll be rounding it up to four for sites that don’t accept halves. Chasing the Dream is a sweet book of loss, learning, and new beginnings!
**** Disclosure of Material: I received this book for Review from RBTL Book Promotions and the Author/Publisher. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”. *****
Brian’s mouth was dry and tasted like dirt. He cracked his eyes open and tried to move. Damn, his back ached, and his leg felt wonky. It took him a minute to realize he was lying on his sofa, head buried in a pillow, and that his leg was twisted up in the cushions. He slowly extricated himself and went to stand, instantly wishing he hadn’t moved at all.
“Sorry, Mr. Brian, did I wake you? I try not to.”
“It’s okay, Maria.” He groaned and slowly sat up, holding his aching head. He kept his eyes closed.
“You need this,” she told him, and Brian cracked his eyes open enough to take the bottle of water she offered. Like manna from heaven, he opened it and drank half, throat burning for a second before the fire was quenched.
Most of the mess from the party had been cleaned up, tucked away in large black bags sitting by the door. The vacuum had been brought out but set aside, unused for now. Brian didn’t think he could stand the sound without puking and was grateful she’d been quiet. He managed to stand and shuffled to his bedroom, which was clean and the bed made. He flopped down on it, closing his eyes and letting his hangover do its worst.
He didn’t remember closing the door, but Maria must have, and then the muffled hum of the vacuum reached his ears. He grabbed a pillow off the bed and dragged it over his head, waiting for the sound to end.
“Mr. Brian,” he heard a few minutes later once it had quieted.
“I’m all done,” Maria said quietly. “I take out trash.”
“Thank you.” He reached for the water and drank the rest of it. At least that made him feel better. Slowly he got up off the bed and went into the bathroom, where he took some painkillers and stared at his scraggly face in the mirror. He needed to clean up and get himself presentable, but first he needed more water. He drank a glass and then cleaned up before leaving the room.
“I’m sorry about your grandfather,” Maria said from the front door as she got ready to leave.
He wasn’t sure what to say. He bit back the biting sharp comment about his elder relation that was on the tip of his tongue. Instead he merely said thank you to the middle-aged Latino woman, and heard the door close behind her. Thank God for her. The place had been cleaned and put back to normal. He lowered himself back onto the straightened and fluffed cushions and pillows of the sofa his interior designer had picked out for him.
Up until that moment, the alcohol had done its job, and he hadn’t been able to remember, but now his grandfather’s death came rushing back. More than anything he wanted another drink, but that wasn’t a good idea. So instead he went in search of his phone. He found it and noticed a number of missed calls and texts. They all seemed to be about the same thing, some sort of family meeting his uncle was trying to call together at four o’clock that day. Brian decided to bite the bullet and actually return his father’s call.
Meet Andrew Grey
Andrew grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and works in information systems for a large corporation.
Andrew’s hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing) He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful, historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
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