Audio Review: Clare London – Chase the Ace (London Boys #1)

33246100Author: Clare London
Reviewer: Lucy
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Mm Contemporary

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Narrator: Seb Yarrick

Summary: Newly 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 more 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.

Review: 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 out to be a big brother. So the two of them start off on the quest to check out the four.

I admit to questioning what 30-year-old man in 2017 is that unfamiliar with social media but it doesn’t play a huge role once the quest starts. The mistaken identity wasn’t a big deal to me but it was for Daniel for a while! I really thought it was interesting for Daniel to go back and see what happened to his old buddies and I thought his real reason for doing so made sense. So many of us are looking for direction.

Honestly, I would love to see Alec with a story, because he’s heart breaking. While you know what’s coming with the ending, it was sweet and worthy of Daniel.
Seb Yarrick narrates this story and I thought he did a good job differentiating voices. I never lost track of who was speaking, something that is important to me since I listen to books while driving. He has a British accent and a voice that at times is a little sharp but works for the story.

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