Book review: Catching Chance (Gilcrest University Guys, #2) by M.E. Parker

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Published: the 30th of April 2019
Written byM.E. ParkerM.E. Parker
Series: Gilcrest University Guys
Length: 281 pages
Source: Free copy generously provided by the author.
Disclaimer: I was lucky enough to receive a free advanced copy of the book in exchange for my honest review. However, please note that all opinions and views are my own and I purchased the book myself after it was released.




The blurb


What happens when you suddenly get everything you ever wanted?

First, you don’t believe it’s real.

Then you want more…

Let’s be honest, gay nerds from small towns in North Carolina don’t get to date the hot, popular quarterback. It’s just one of those impregnable laws of nature. Even if he was my best friend growing up. Even if it turns out by some miracle that he’s gay too. So, forgive me if I was a bit skeptical when Chance Wyrick asked me to be his boyfriend. That sort of thing just doesn’t happen in real life.

Sure, he has only shared his secret with me. And yeah, we’ve been fooling around for a few weeks. But again, let’s be honest, who else does he have to fool around with? He has to keep his secret. I’m safe. I’m just the first guy he’s ever fooled around with.

I’ve been in love with him for almost as long as I can remember. I’ve fantasized about what it would be like to be his boyfriend. So, when he asked, of course I said yes. It doesn’t matter that he’s not out. It doesn’t matter that it has to be secret. It doesn’t matter that I have to pretend. All that matters is that he asked me to be his boyfriend and that I said yes.

That’s what I was thinking the day Chance Wyrick asked me to be his boyfriend. Everything was fine until it wasn’t. Everything was fine until I wanted more …

Catching Chance is the second book in the Gilcrest University Guys series. It’s a full-length (nearly 77,000 words), “friends to lovers” romance novel. It has “coming out” and “first-time gay” themes, is stocked full of STEAM, heartache, and laughter, and it has a guaranteed happily ever after ending. The series will follow the love stories of four college friends. Catching Chance is the second of two books that concludes Andy and Chance’s love story. It can be read as a standalone, but if you want to follow Andy and Chance’s journey from the beginning, start with Book One, Chasing Chance.  Look for book three, Resisting Rein (Cam’s story), to come out early this summer!





Catching Chance is the second book in M.E. Parker’s Gilcrest University Guys series. As far as I’ve understood it, it’s also the last book with Chance and Andy in the lead. After reading the first book I was hooked!! So I was both excited and thankful to receive this one so fast, because I just needed to see if my new favourite gay couple got their happy-ever-after. And I’m happy to say that they did!! Both Chance and Andy are swoon worthy and sweet men, with hearts of gold. On a first glance it could look like everything is just smooth sailing for them. But as the theme is “coming out” they do face their fair share of struggles, with one being comfortably out and the other is anxious to even think about going out together.

I really love the characters Ms. Parker has created. Not just the leads, but also their awesome friends. Most of Andy’s friends are treated as more than secondary characters, on a deeper inspection Cam and Ben are vital to Chance & Andy’s happiness. It’s great to see how Parker includes certain stereotypes while rejecting others. It made me laugh when Andy reconnects with 2 girls he went to school with, and they hang on his every word. The typical GBF (Gay Best Friend), and it’s awesome!! I was a bit nervous about how the author was going to handle the root of Chance’s fear of coming out. Luckily, I had nothing to worry about!! She dealt with it in a great way, and a way that rang true.

So if you want a sweet coming out M/M gay romance book, then this is definitely worth picking up!!

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