Title: By Chance (Courtland Chronicles, Book 1)
Author: Cat Grant
Published: February 2, 2009 (Republished 2012)
Publisher: Cat Grant
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Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Many would think Eric Courtland has led a charmed life. After all, his family’s wealth has helped him to eliminate obstacles and get the things he wants (including a single room even though it’s not entirely in line with policy). But getting the things you want doesn’t mean you’ll be happy as he can see firsthand in his mother and the way she is treated by his father. And he prefers to keep people at arm’s length for that very reason. But everything changes when he has a roommate forced upon him despite his objections. And to make it worse, the new roommate just happens to be attractive (albeit straight) athlete, Nick. But just as Eric is forced out of his comfort zone by having to share his living space with someone, the arrangement serves to force Nick to examine himself and who he is at the same time.
This is the first novel by Cat Grant that I’ve read, and I’m really quite impressed with her storytelling. The way she developed these two characters and their journey through this book was both realistic and interesting. I certainly look forward to reading more of this series and more from this author.