Thursday, May 10, 2018

Release Blitz: A Chance at Love by Silvia Violet (Reviews, Excerpt + Giveaway)

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RELEASE DATE: 05.08.18
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On the flight back home to San Diego, Chance Emerson meets an intriguing older man. They flirt, and Chance hopes for more, but the man never calls. Months later, they meet again at a charity auction. Chance decides this time he isn’t walking away.

Darren Walsh can’t stop thinking about the gorgeous grad student who almost had him joining the mile-high club. When Chance suggests they hook up, Darren says the only thing he can—yes.

From their first moments together, Chance and Darren know there’s more between them than lust, but their differences in age and income make a real relationship challenging. They decide to keep things secret, yet as they learn more about each other, Darren realizes he wants something real and open. To have that, he’ll need to convince Chance that he has a place in Darren’s world, and Darren will have to take some risks of his own.

4.25 Stars!

Darren and Chance meet during a trip from Houston to San Diego and while they hit it off and Chance gives Darren his number, Darren doesn't call him. Neither of them is able to fully stop thinking of the other, though, so when they meet again a few months later at a charity event, they hook up and after that, they just can't stay apart. However, their age difference and the difference in their social and economic status might prove too difficult to overcome in the long run.

I loved the start of this book! Chance was quirky and fun and I just adored him. While he was still sweet during the rest of the book, he lost a bit of that je ne sais quoi that drew me to him at first. Still, he was definitely my favorite of the two. Darren was serious and mature, and he was likable, even if he'd been burned in the past, he opened himself to Chance and it was lovely seeing them build something, that while fast, appeared like a good foundation for a relationship. Of course, there were some instances in which I just wanted to shake Darren and make him realize what he was doing, like with his brother for example. Truly, while I'd loved them together before that incident, after I felt Chance was just too good for Darren, even if his grand gesture, in the end, made up for it a little.

The chemistry between Chance and Darren was undeniable and the sex scenes were scorching, and I just adored their banter and conversations.

I liked Caitlin and I loved Joon, Chance's roommate, he was made of awesome and was a great friend to Chance.

Overall, this was a really good May/December read! Hot and sweet, with some angst thrown in for good measure, that ends with a strong HFN. Recommendable!

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

4.25 Stars!

I really enjoyed this book. It was a sweet May/December story that had heat, great banter, and little angst.

Darren initially dismisses Chance when they meet on a flight, but Chance manages to intrigue him. They have an enjoyable time talking together, but when Chance gives Darren his card, Darren never calls. They eventually meet up at a charity auction months later, where they decide they don't want to walk away from each other again. They try to keep their relationship to themselves for a while, thinking that letting the rest of the world in will make things difficult.

Chance is a sweetheart; I really liked him. He manages to charm most people just by being himself and is also a great friend. His roommate was a blast, too. I liked Darren as well. While he seems to have the world in his hand, his past has made him vulnerable and wary of relationships. Chance and Darren have amazing chemistry together, and to see Darren willingly be vulnerable with Chance and discover a new side to himself was wonderful. While he wasn't too sure what to think of this discovery, he rolled with it and realized that it worked for him and Chance.

There was a point in the book that I found myself wondering why things blew up so fast. While the signs were there, it just didn't feel right. Chance seems pretty confident most of the time and while I understand he wasn't comfortable moving in the circles that Darren was, I wouldn't have thought that he would have taken some random catty remarks so deeply to heart. I realize there was more to it than that, and I was just surprised that Chance didn't give Darren more of a chance to apologize and work things out at first. I was very happy to see them giving things another try though.

This story ends on a HFN, which I think works for this story.

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by the author for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

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Chance touched Darren’s arm again, and Darren felt an honest-to-God jolt of electricity zip through him. “Thank you for distracting me.”
Their gazes met, and Chance licked his lips, a provocative move that made Darren wonder if he really wanted to say goodbye.
“Are you getting a cab or something?” Darren asked. Was he really going to ask Chance to share a ride with him?
Chance shook his head. “A friend is picking me up.”
“Right. That’s easier, I guess.” Darren hated how disappointed he was.
“But…” Chance pulled something from the outer pocket of his bag. “Here’s my card. Give me a call if you want to play cards again or just talk or…something else.”
Darren took the card. Was it already warm from Chance’s touch, or was that his imagination?
Chance didn’t seem like the type to carry business cards around. He glanced down at it and realized the front was simply an artistic rendering of a DNA double helix. He flipped it over and saw Chance’s number and his email.
When he looked back up, Chance had a wary look on his face. “No pressure or anything if you don’t—”
The plane hit the tarmac then, jolting them. Darren hadn’t realized they were so close to the ground.
“I gotta text my friend,” Chance said, pulling out his phone.
Darren forced himself to focus on arranging a Lyft for himself rather than staring at Chance. By the time he finished, they were pulling up to the gate. Darren tucked Chance’s card into his leather iPad case and then slipped the device in the pocket of his briefcase.
For the first time since Darren had been startled by the young man holding a giant container of cheese balls, an awkward silence fell between them. He considered assuring Chance he’d call just to make him feel better, but he’d be lying.
He’d be tempted to, especially on nights when he was lonely. Going out or using an app to find a hookup often seemed like far too much trouble. But if he saw Chance again, it wouldn’t be the same. In the real world, Darren and this exuberant, young grad student had nothing in common.
Are you sure? You talked to him more easily than with anyone else you’ve encountered in months, maybe years.

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Silvia Violet writes erotic romance in a variety of genres including paranormal, contemporary, and historical. She can be found haunting coffee shops looking for the darkest, strongest cup of coffee she can find. Once equipped with the needed fuel, she can happily sit for hours pounding away at her laptop. Silvia typically leaves home disguised as a suburban stay-at-home-mom, and other coffee shop patrons tend to ask her hilarious questions like "Do you write children's books?" She loves watching the looks on their faces when they learn what she's actually up to. When not writing, Silvia enjoys baking sinfully delicious treats, exploring new styles of cooking, and reading to her incorrigible offspring.

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