Friday, January 13, 2017

Review: Chase the Sun by Christina Lee & Nyrae Dawn

Title: Chase the Sun
Series: Christina Lee & Nyrae Dawn
Publication Date: September 7, 2016
Publisher: Self-Published 
Source: Bought 
Format: e-book 
Age Group: Adult
Genre: M&M Romance 

Jamie Tolland has only ever known his small Oregon town. Same job, same friends, same gay bar. He feels obligated to stay, especially as his mother’s illness progresses. But when a situation presents itself in the form of a vintage sports car, he jumps on the chance to not only repair it, but also drive it to its new owner in LA. Conner Murphy left Oregon years ago to make his life in West Hollywood. Like his unconventional parents, he’s always been a free spirit, never settling on one job or girl for too long. When he inherits his late uncle’s classic Chevelle, he’s more than happy to let his childhood friend Jamie help. Jamie and Conner are as different as night and day. Even after years of living apart, they still have a blast together—but now it’s mixed with an undeniable spark of attraction. Before they know it, they can’t keep their hands off each other. For Conner it’s all new and exciting, but Jamie isn’t the type of guy who takes this sort of intimacy lightly. Conner soon realizes that Jamie quenches something deep inside of him that no one has before, but he doesn’t know how to handle a real relationship. As Jamie’s time in LA comes to an end, and the more they struggle to get on the same page about their feelings, the more Jamie realizes that trying to tie Conner down is as futile as capturing the sun.

I have known Nyrae Dawn's writing style for years but this is the first series I have read for Christina Lee and after falling in love with the first book I could not wait till I had this book in my hands. I was  interested to see if the story would continue with Lucas and Gabriel, but it didn't. This somewhat kind of reminded me of Katie McGarry's storytelling and I was beyond excited to see how Chase the Sun would be for me. 

We follow the characters, Connor and Jamie in a split perspective novel. I cannot believe that I am reading yet another novel with split character perspectives. I just find myself being constantly drawn to them. Anyway, Jamie is the kind of guy who grows up in a small town and has told him that is where he will end up. Connor is the guy that although he goes home with ladies there is that urge in the back of his head that makes him think he wants something more. When the two meet up together, chemistry immediately registers and the two are off together on a journey to chase the sun and find love. 

I have to say that I love their love story a little bit more. It can be hard to fall for someone and possibly think that the ones you love the most you have to let go. Connor really struck a cord with me just because I have friends who are exactly like him and I love them with all my heart. Coming out as gay to friends, family, and even yourself can be hard. Even though I am not all for his nightly hookups, sometimes a person can do that to hide from who they really are. 

The twos relationship was not perfect but most great relationships are not. There was impatience, there was tension, there was sadness, but most of all there was happiness in the end. The moment one realizes that you sometimes have to let go of the person you love the most is the moment you know you are in love. 

Overall this was a read that I needed. I am doing my best to venture out of my comfort reading zone and reading genres that I would never think of picking up. Although, knowing that I have given my heart to this series and have left happier than before, I recommend this splendid series to readers looking for a different read. 

I give this book 5 souls!

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