Reviewed by Morgan
Title: Chasing the Dream
Author: Andrew Grey
Heroes: Brian Paulson/Cade McAllister
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 183 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 11, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Born with a silver spoon in his mouth, Brian Paulson has lived a life of luxury and ease. If he’s been left lonely because of his family’s pursuit of wealth and their own happiness, he figures it’s a small price to pay for what he sees as most important: money.
Cade McAllister has never had it easy. He works two jobs to support himself, his mother, and his special-needs brother. They don’t have much, but to Cade, love and taking care of the people who are important to him mean more than material possessions. When Cade is mugged in the park, he can’t afford to lose what little he has, and he’s grateful for Brian’s intervention.
Cade is given a chance to return the favor when Brian’s grandfather passes away and Brian’s assets are frozen. Cade offers Brian a place to stay and helps him find work, and the two men grow closer as they learn the good and the bad of the very different worlds they come from. Just as Brian is starting to see there’s more to life than what money can buy, a clause in his grandfather’s will could send their relationship up in smoke.
Review: Brian has been living the life of a trust-fund baby, not really being “bad” but definitely not doing anything “good”. When his money is suddenly gone, he’s literally thrown out on his butt with no money, no place to live and only the goodwill of his “friends” for help.
When his old “friends” turn him away, he turns to a guy he met recently during an aborted mugging, for help. Cade, the almost-victim of the mugging, is so grateful for Brian’s help that day that he offers his couch and help getting a job.
Because Cade has been where Brian is now, he sees nothing wrong in going out of his way to show Brian the ropes of being “poor”.
In time, Brian and Cade begin to form a friendship then lovers. Brian sees the good in helping others and helps Cade’s family the best he can.
But when Brian gets his money back will he stay with Cade? Will Cade have him?
This is a wonderful story of a reverse rags-to-riches. It reminded me of the movie “Overboard” with Goldie Hawn – where she loses her memory and her money and is forced to live like a real person and finds more meaning in life.
Brian, not as much of a jerk as Goldie’s character was, was still pretty clueless about the plight of others, so he didn’t have as much growing to do, but still grew a lot in this story.
The situation is a bit far-fetched, but still lovely.
I didn’t love Cade as much as I wanted to. He was a bit more whiny than I’d like, but in the end, he was a good match for Brian.
All in all, a sweet story.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*