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A Coal Miner’s Son by T.A. Chase

A Coal Miner's Son

A Coal Miner’s Son by T.A. Chase

Published by: Dreamspinner on January 4, 2017
Rating: 4 stars (★★★★☆)

James Callahan is the heir to a large mining operation who can’t seem to live up to his father’s expectations. For one, James has always been friendly and associated with the miners, and Nicholas Callahan doesn’t understand why his son wouldn’t want to spend his time with people of his same social standing. But to James, he’s never been any better than those who work the mines, and he’s not about to let his position or his wealth become a divider. He’s been best friends with Owain for years. And Owain’s older brother, Cai, always has a way of turning James’s head–even if Cai avoids James at all costs.

Cai Rees doesn’t deny the fact that James is cute. He is. But they come from two different worlds. James is rich and the Callahans all think they are better than the miners, don’t they? How could they ever have anything in common. And would Cai really want to put up with James’s high-class family all the time? No, Cai is right to stay away. But when Cai finds he needs James’s help with some family drama, he quickly realizes it may be much harder to stay away than he’d first imagined it would be.

I have a soft spot for stories of people who have secretly harbored feelings for each other for years and finally see the chance to act on them. And when you’ve been carrying around feelings for a long time, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s easier to express or process them. Sometimes it can be even harder to act when you’ve been holding yourself back for so long. And for Cai and James, years of family dynamics and assumptions layered on top of everything make for some additional challenges…and opportunities.

Chasing the King of the Mountains by T.A. Chase & Devon Rhodes


Chasing the King of the Mountains

Chasing the King of the Mountains by T.A. Chase & Devon Rhodes

Series: International Men of Sports, Book 2
Published by: Total-E-Bound on June 7, 2013
Rating: 3 stars (★★★☆☆)

Pascal Durant’s dream has been to win the polka dot jersey for best performance in the mountains in the Tour de France. And he’s on track to finally win it. Until a car accident knocks him of course and takes him out of the running. But he has one more race in him, and he plans to give it one more chance before he retires.

Laurent Desrochers is a successful reporter and Pascal’s longtime friend. He’s disheartened along with Pascal about his loss, but is ready to support him on his last run. In fact, he even has a green light from his station to cover Pascal’s race from start to finish.

The two have been good friends, but there’s always been a bit of a distance between them. They’ve led separate lives with Pascal focused on his sport and Laurent traveling for work and shacked up with his fiancé, Jan. But after Jan and Laurent experience a rift, and Laurent and Pascal start spending more time together for the race, it occurs to them that maybe they each have exactly what the other is looking for.

Do they dare risk their friendship on possibly finding something more?

This was an enjoyable and entertaining read. The story progression was somewhat predictable, but that didn’t make it boring. The authors really do know how to tell a story. And it’s one that I think would appeal to readers even they don’t normally enjoy sports-themed plots. It’s an element of the story, but the real plot centers around these two ridiculous men.

A Sticky Wicket in Bollywood by T.A. Chase & Devon Rhodes

A Sticky Wicket in Bollywood

Book Info

Title: A Sticky Wicket in Bollywood (International Men of Sports, Book 1)
Author: T.A. Chase & Devon Rhodes
Published: April 8, 2013
Pages: 155
Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing
Publisher’s Website: link
Rating: ★★★

Review

Rajan Malik is THE hottest actor in Bollywood and things are only looking up. He, along with his girlfriend and co-star, are the hottest couple both on and off screen, and he couldn’t be more successful. But this isn’t entirely the life he wanted–it’s the life his mother wanted for him. When Ajay Singh, cricket star and Raj’s ex-roommate from university, sees Raj in the paper and reaches out to him, glimpses of a life that could have been immediately wash over them both. Ajay is out and not ashamed of it. But Raj has appearances to keep, and there’s the constant reminders from his mother that he could never be in a relationship with a man and still be successful. Raj believes her, but he knows there’s something missing from his life. Can he find a way to have everything: Ajay AND his career? Or will he need to make a decision about what’s most important and leave the other behind forever?

In an age where we often think it’s “so much easier to be gay” than it was years ago, it’s easy to dismiss the idea that people might still feel pressure to stay in the closet. But those pressures still exist and are very real for many people. In some cases it’s like Raj’s concern of career success. For others (like Ajay’s friend Neel) it’s concerns about family reactions and fallout. But regardless of the reason, we can’t just assume that what has become true for many people is true for everyone. And here we get a very modern story of how three men (I include Neel even though his struggle isn’t a major focus of the story) navigate the reality of being gay, being Indian, and being celebrities. The story is different for each of them, as it’s likely different for every single person who finds themselves in such a situation. The authors approach the topic very sensitively and don’t minimize or overstate any of the issues involved.

Definitely an enjoyable read that really hooked me in. I’m set to continue reading more from this series after finishing this one–and I’m looking forward to it.

Dreaming of Dragons by T.A. Chase

6497620Title: Dreaming of Dragons (Dragons, Book 2)
Author: T.A. Chase
Published: May 26, 2009
Pages: 153
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher Website: link
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Review:

This was an unexpected series for me. When I read the first book I wasn’t sure what to expect and even the beginning of it made me wonder if it was going to work. But wow – I do absolutely love this world that T.A. Chase has created and the characters in it. Such a wonderful mix of fantasy, modern day, and science fiction and it’s thrown together almost seamlessly without feeling contrived.

I do love seeing Hugh and Kael together, but I very much enjoyed learning more about George and Mordred and their past in this book. I’m definitely looking forward to the next installment.

Title: Here Be Dragons
Author: T.A. Chase
Publication Date: September 5, 2006

Rating: ★ ★ ★  ☆
Review: 
I came into this one not really knowing what to expect and was pleasantly surprised. It’s a contemporary high fantasy m/m romance that hit almost every note I enjoy in a story. The dynamics between the characters are great, the writing is engaging, and the story flows quite well. I’m definitely planning to pick up the other books in the series when I get a chance.