Friday, September 9, 2016

Release Review ~ Chase The Sun by Christina Lee and Nyrae Dawn

Release Review ~  Chase The Sun by Christina Lee and Nyrae Dawn

Book: Chase The Sun
Series: Free Fall #2
Authors: Christina Lee and Nyrae Dawn
Release Date: September 7, 2016
Pages: 222
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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.

5 + Stars!!

**copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by the authors/publisher in exchange for an honest review**

This book was SO good!! I didn't want to put it down. I was so upset that I had to go to work and was forced to wait until I got home to finish it.

I absolutely adored Conner and Jamie. I think they fit together perfectly. They are so different. Conner is a free spirit, sexually fluid and open to different things. He takes stuff as it comes and just rolls with it. It was refreshing to not have him question too hard what he was feeling for Jamie sexually, and it all just happened so naturally. Jamie is much more traditional. He knows he's gay and knows what he wants. It was so nice that even though he was from a small town, he wasn't closeted. He doesn't flaunt it, but he doesn't hide it either. His parents and the towns-people know he's gay and he's not afraid to be who he is. Yet, even with all these differences, Conner and Jamie balance one another so well. They were so sweet together, the chemistry was off the charts and the sex was passionate and hot!!

The story is well-written and flows well. The collaboration between the authors was seamless. I couldn't tell where one author's writing began and the other's ended. I loved getting to catch up with Gabe and Lucas. Ezra is an interesting character and I'm really hoping his book is next. (I'll beg if I have to, ladies!!)

This was an interesting and entertaining read that hooked me from the first word. It's packed with friendship, romance, sweetness, laughter and love!! Can't recommend it enough!!

Jamie Tolland is stuck living in his one-stoplight hometown of Riverfall, Oregon where nothing exciting ever seems to happen.  Conner Murphy left Riverfall as fast as he could and now in LA he's found a whole new world.  When Jamie, who'd been working on the classic car Conner inherited from his uncle, calls to let Conner know he'll deliver the car to him in LA and use the trip as an excuse to get out of Riverfall, Conner is elated. Not only will he get his car but he looks forward to seeing his old friend and giving him the experience of SoCal. 

Jamie has always been open about his sexuality. His parents and most likely the whole town knows he's gay.  LA is almost overwhelming, things are very different from back home. He's not fully prepared for all he learns and sees while there. 

Conner grew up in what amounts to a hippie homestead. His free-spirited parents have instilled the notion that monogamy is unnatural, that sticking to one thing gets boring and people should do what feels good. He figures that extends to his sexuality. While he's mainly been with women, he's been finding himself more and more attracted to men lately. He's comfortable being gender fluid. 

Conner and Jamie enjoy spending time together while Jamie experiences the city and their friendship deepens and evolves into something more. But things aren't easy when these two realize they have very different relationship ideas and values.  They live in two different worlds. 

I enjoyed both Conner and Jamie and how they were together as well as the progression of the relationship. It was great to see the friendship and the vulnerabilities as well as the chemistry.  I didn't always agree with Conner's philosophy on life, especially after learning about his parents' lifestyle, but I was happy with the resolution.  I definitely will recommend Chase The Sun. 

4 Stars!

***A copy of this book was provided to Bayou Book Junkie in exchange for a fair and honest review***

Catch Up With Book One
Touch the Sky


Lucas Barnett and Gabriel Stewart didn’t have it easy as kids. They were only trying to deal with bad situations at home when they became lifelines for each other. Their pipe dream was to someday meet in LA, where Lucas would design skyscrapers, and Gabriel would learn to fly. But then Gabriel disappeared without so much as a goodbye, and Lucas got himself in trouble with the law. 

Five years later, both men are at a loss when they run into each other at a Hollywood bar. Lucas is still angry, but it’s not as if Gabriel could control how his mind and body had betrayed him. Being found on the ledge of that bridge had changed everything. 

The attraction is immediate, but it’s more than their inability to keep their hands off each other. Neither man expects the fierce connection pulling them together. Unfortunately, ignoring their problems doesn’t make them disappear. Gabriel’s internal struggles are serious…dangerous. And no matter how much Lucas wants it to be true, saving Gabriel won’t make up for not being able to save his mom. If they don’t find the strength to face their own demons before the darkness takes hold, they risk more than just losing each other forever. 

About Christina:

Mother, wife, reader, dreamer. Christina lives in the Midwest with her husband and son--her two favorite guys. 

She's addicted to lip gloss and salted caramel everything. She believes in true love and kissing, so writing romance novels has become a dream job. 

She writes Adult, New Adult, and LGBTQ romance. More coming soon!

About Nyrae:

I am a compulsive reader and writer who loves YA fiction. 

I love nothing more than writing about young adults. There is something so fresh and fun about it. You can pretty much always find me with a book in my hand or open document in front of me. 

I live in Southern California with my husband and two children.

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