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Chase the Ace nd EditionNewly single in his late twenties and bored with his quiet life in a London suburb Daniel Cross soon discovers the lure of social media Excited at the chance of tracking down his old mate

  • Title: Chase the Ace
  • Author: Clare London
  • ISBN: 9781635332346
  • Page: 378
  • Format: ebook
  • 2nd EditionNewly single in his late twenties, and bored with his quiet life in a London suburb, Daniel Cross soon discovers the lure of social media Excited at the chance of tracking down his old mates from a schooldays sports club, he launches a personal quest to find out what kind of man each boy has become Dan s first mistake is chatting online to a complete stranger 2nd EditionNewly single in his late twenties, and bored with his quiet life in a London suburb, Daniel Cross soon discovers the lure of social media Excited at the chance of tracking down his old mates from a schooldays sports club, he launches a personal quest to find out what kind of man each boy has become Dan s first mistake is chatting online to a complete stranger friending the wrong Carson brother on Facebook But Nick Carson isn t offended and offers to accompany Dan on the trip to find the others It s the first step to friendship and something for both of them For Dan, the reunions with the Gang of Four range from startling and heartening to disturbing Nick s company is a constant support, though neither of them are prepared for the exposure of personal secrets they d thought long hidden Dan begins to suspect he s really looking for a direction in his own life and the excitement and purpose he craves may be closer to home than a quest with its roots in a boyhood dream.First Edition published by Amber Quill Press Amber Allure, 2012.

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    1. 2.5 Hearts Overall as a story, this was just ok. Not horribly bad but not phenomenal either.Dan, having just gotten out of a relationship feels like he’s in a rut, and in an effort to perhaps do something fun and interesting, he decides to look up his teenage friends from a summer program they had all attended over a decade ago. When he gets help from an unlikely travel companion (an older brother of a past acquaintance) it’s all the more better since Nick apparently bats for the same team!A [...]

    2. 2.5Road trip. Daniel is on a quest to find some friends of his youth. He contacts someone he thinks he knew from that time but who turns out to be their older brother, Nick, who decides on a whim to join in the quest.It was a nice story as we meet the men and see the lives their living now but I didn't really have any real connection to who they were as young boys to really care who they turned out to be, tbh. There were a few things I had some issues with (view spoiler)[Dan at thirty never havi [...]

    3. Chase the Ace centers on first-person narrator Daniel, a British man compelled to re-evaluate his life as he uneasily approaches his thirtieth birthday. Daniel is an appealing hero -- attractive, nice, kind, and smart. But he’s not too perfect. Social networking sites such as Twitter and its terminology bewilder him, and he’s not sure if he’s supposed to “Twat” back his responses. (I’ll admit that made me laugh.)He comes across as especially relatable because he has been unlucky in l [...]

    4. After the break-up of his five-year relationship with Eric, Dan decides to track down his friends (The "Gang of Four" - Dan, Gerry, Mark and Alex) from a summer sports club back when he was 16. He finds Nathan, another kid from the club, via social media only to learn that he's been communicating with Nick, Nathan's older brother. Armed with Nathan's old address book, Dan and Nick start off on an impromptu road trip to locate the gang. Along the way, Dan meets each of his friends with mixed res [...]

    5. Title: Chase the AceAuthor: Clare LondonSeries: London Lads, Book 1Narrator: Seb YarrickPublisher: Dreamspinner Press LLCReviewer: MollienRelease Date: June 22, 2017Genre(s): Male/Male RomanceListening Length: 2 hours and 55 minutesPage Count: 98 pagesHeat Level:3 flames out of 5Rating:4 stars out of 5Blurb:A London Lads StoryNewly single in his late twenties and bored with his quiet life in a London suburb, Daniel Cross soon discovers the lure of social media. Excited at the chance of tracking [...]

    6. 2.75 stars rounded upReview for the second editionSo the first edition was back in 2012. I assume that nothing is changed except the year. And THAT makes it awkward. Because the story is changed to 2016, Daniel is 30 years old, and he NEVER dips his toes of social media? Like ANY of them? In 2016? Yeah, that's a stretch! Heck, even my near 70 years-old father is active on Facebook and Twitter.I liked the idea of the road trip, and Daniel looking for his old friends. And it was rather fun (as wel [...]

    7. 4.5 StarsThis cute short with a touch of underlying pathos really struck a chord for me. Dan is recently single again and kind of reassessing his life. He’s found Facebook, and seriously, we’ve all done it, creeped on people we went to high school with or grew up with, and has found a kid he went to a summer day camp with one year. Dan was part of a group of four who kind of bonded because they were all gay and he’s finally got the address of one of the old gang and the other kid has agree [...]

    8. 3.5 stars road trip stars rounded up to 4 because still no 1/2 stars here on GR.It's a road trip'Chase the Ace' is the first book in Clare London's series 'London Lads' and I can say without a doubt that these books can be read as standalones. Especially since I've read both book 2, How the Other Half Lives and book 3, A Good Neighbor years ago and while it has been quite a while I do remember the stories and there's really no connection between any of them other than location.'Chase the Ace' is [...]

    9. This book needs another editor because the writing is still a work in progress, or a beta that will help the author along. It comes down to this being one very awkward book to read regarding its writing, style and characters.The characterisation of, basically every character we are introduced to seems underdeveloped. The circumstances, the situation itself play a big part in getting the reader’s sympathy. It’s necessary to make the readers realise what drives Daniel to go search for his frie [...]

    10. Originally posted at Rarely Dusty BooksGenre & Keywords: M/M Romance, Contemporary, Road Trip, Self-Discovery, Drag Queen, Gay Bashing, Denial, Reunions, Old School Friends, Quest, Secrets, Sexual Dominance, England~~~~~Rating: 4 out of 5 starsHeat level: 2.5 out of 3 flames~~~~~This is an engaging novella about a quest, a journey of self-discovery, that had me intrigued from the first to the last page. Main characters are Dan and Nick, who didn't know each other but hooked up by mistake via [...]

    11. “No memory is ever alone; it's at the end of a trail of memories, a dozen trails that each have their own associations.” ~ Louis LamourDaniel Cross, of 'Chase the Ace' by Clare London, thinks that there has to be more to life than what he's experienced. New to FaceBook, he's fascinated by the wealth of information he can procure. He begins searching for a group of friends he knew when he was young. Daniel remembers the good. Feeling nostalgic, Daniel wants to connect with them again, hoping [...]

    12. I love a good story where the main character is on a journey to find themselves or figure out some part of their life. That’s what we have here in Chase the Ace, and Daniel takes us on an actual physical journey under the premise of looking up friends from a sports club he was in as a teen. He’s joined by Nick, and together they find some unexpected things as well as each other.Daniel was a good character-an average guy with everyday problems just trying to find some direction in his life. I [...]

    13. Social media and how they can help us communicate are at the center of this novel just as much as Londoner Daniel’s quest to find his old friends from a sports club when he was sixteen. As inept as Daniel is at actually using Facebook and other social media, he totally depends on their help, at least initially. I laughed out loud when he “friends” Nick, who is the brother of Daniel’s school mate. But Nick is a great guy and “recruiting” him, albeit involuntarily, to help with the que [...]

    14. No RatingI don't even know where to start. I honestly don't understand the plot. That's my biggest issue with the story. I find it hard to believe that a summer camp at 16 which was only one time impacted your life so greatly that it took all these years later to search for these guys. I get something drastic happened to Daniel right after that, but to out the blue decide to look for these guys after a decade seems so unbelievable to me. I didn't really connect with either guy at all. I feel lik [...]

    15. Strangely, I’ve read three of the five books in the series, and only just now read this one – the first! I’ve been really enjoying the others in the series, and they don’t seem to rely upon any prior knowledge from other books – though some of the MCs do meander through now and again.I was really, really surprised by this story, for more than one reason.First, the other books focused primarily on one set of MCs and – though there are others involved – the stories don’t tend to re [...]

    16. I had read this book back in 2012 when it was published by Amber and I thought it was cute. The second edition has been revised some and there are some minor changes from the original ebook but the story is basically the same.Daniel has broken up with his long-time boyfriend and after some time on social media he has embarked on a quest to find the Gang of Four, four friends who hung out at a club when they were 16. He starts talking on Facebook with someone he thinks went to the club, but turns [...]

    17. *Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.*Clare London's Chase the Ace is the first novella in the London Lads series. Daniel recently discovered social media and decided to track down a group of friends from his teenage years. In his quest to find the three men, he became social media friends with another man who was not a part of their "Gang of Four", but was at the sports club at the same [...]

    18. When Dan Cross and his long time lover break up he is looking to change his life. In an attempt to figure out who he is and what he wants for his future he decides to look up old friends from a summer sports camp when he was a teenager. An innocent game of Chase the Ace ended in a startling manner for the boys of fabulous four and has left Dan with a nagging question. He hopes to find the answer to this question along with his old friends. His first stop is social media and he finds what he thin [...]

    19. This was a cut short story that moved pretty fast. I loved the chemistry between Nick and Daniel. I liked both characters I liked the way Daniel learned something with each of his three friends about different lifestyles and how it showed him some things about life. The surprise at the end sealed the deal.

    20. Don't let the 2 star rating make you think I hated this, I didn't. I just, idk, bleh.There is nothing that makes this a bad read for me, but nothing that made it a good read for me either. I can't call it sweet, or cute, fun, or exciting. Just, ehh.

    21. I'm sorry but that was all over the place and not in a good way. The plot was odd and the characters flat. I'm not sure what the idea behind thst book was.

    22. Advance Review Copy generously provided by the author via Signal Boost Promotions in exchange for an honest review.Road trips, reunions with childhood friends, self-discovery and finding love (or the start of it) along the way — these are a few of the ingredients that make up the kind of stories I love to nestle into on a rainy Saturday afternoon.While the premise was totally and completely intriguing, Chase the Ace never seemed to make much sense to me. Parts of me enjoyed parts of it, but th [...]

    23. After that blurb, there’s not a lot I can say that’s spoilery—the story is now a matter of how rather than “what”, but it’s still a pleasant afternoon’s read.Daniel’s remarkably social media-inept for someone of his age bracket, which is good for a chuckle or three, even if it’s a bit contrived. Facebook friending leads him to a road trip with someone who isn’t the old sports club pal he originally thought. Nick’s up for an adventure, and since he drives and Daniel doesn’ [...]

    24. Newly single, Daniel Cross needs something to occupy his time. After joining social media, he decides it might be worth looking up the group of friends he spent a summer with at a local sports club in his youth. He's curious to see what has come of each of them. And although he makes a quick first connection, he realizes upon the first meet up that he's made a bit of a mistake and reached out to the wrong Carson brother. Nick Carson doesn't seem bothered, though, and actually expresses some inte [...]

    25. Well my social media savvy friends, this book is a good example of how not to Facebook! Dan is a bit naive in the ways of SM interaction (there's no "&" guys, I'm talking about social media here), or at least he gets chatting with someone on FB and thinks it is actually his brother to whom he is talking. It's okay though cos there are sparks and a journey, physical and metaphorical, ensues.I was a bit mediocre about this story. I wanted to like it more than I did, which always makes me feel [...]

    26. A Joyfully Jay review. 2.5 starsReviewing Chase the Ace by Clare London is proving to be a difficult task for me, primarily because I find myself at a loss as to what this story was really all about. At first I hedged around the idea that it was a novel of self-discovery—finding out more about oneself by visiting the past, in this case old friends with whom the main character had spent a short but life changing time with several years before. But that idea fizzled the longer I read this novell [...]

    27. This review was originally written for MM Good Book Reviews and can also be found there. Short road trip story with a lot of heart and a bit of a fairy tale ending is probably perfect for those of you who like it slow paced and sweet.This is a story about Dan who decides to go on a road trip twelve years after the fun summer with his Gang of Four. They’ve lost touch and maybe it’s melancholy or just that need to know, but Dan wants to revisit the past and discover a secret that’s been bugg [...]

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