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Chase the Ace

3.26  ·  Rating Details  ·  38 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Newly single in his late twenties, and looking for more fun than he gets from his boring job, Daniel Cross soon discovers the lure of social media. After a few hiccups, he's excited at the chance of tracking down his old mates from the Scorching Summer Sports Club of 1990. He lost touch with his "Gang of Four" after that summer, but now he launches a personal quest to find ...more
ebook, 90 pages
Published December 16th 2012 by Amber Allure
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Val Kovalin
Chase the Ace centers on first-person narrator Daniel, a British man compelled to re-evaluate his life as he uneasily approaches his thirtieth birthday. Daniel is an appealing hero -- attractive, nice, kind, and smart. But he’s not too perfect. Social networking sites such as Twitter and its terminology bewilder him, and he’s not sure if he’s supposed to “Twat” back his responses. (I’ll admit that made me laugh.)

He comes across as especially relatable because he has been unlucky in love, poor de
Jan 02, 2013 Heller rated it it was ok
Shelves: m-m, contemporary

Road trip. Daniel is on a quest to find some friends of his youth. He contacts someone he thinks he knew from that time but who turns out to be their older brother, Nick, who decides on a whim to join in the quest.

It was a nice story as we meet the men and see the lives their living now but I didn't really have any real connection to who they were as young boys to really care who they turned out to be, tbh.

There were a few things I had some issues with (view spoiler)
Jan 04, 2013 Tam rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
4.5 Stars

This cute short with a touch of underlying pathos really struck a chord for me. Dan is recently single again and kind of reassessing his life. He’s found Facebook, and seriously, we’ve all done it, creeped on people we went to high school with or grew up with, and has found a kid he went to a summer day camp with one year. Dan was part of a group of four who kind of bonded because they were all gay and he’s finally got the address of one of the old gang and the other kid has agreed to d
Jan 29, 2013 Janna rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
Originally posted at Rarely Dusty Books

Genre & Keywords:
M/M Romance, Contemporary, Road Trip, Self-Discovery, Drag Queen, Gay Bashing, Denial, Reunions, Old School Friends, Quest, Secrets, Sexual Dominance, England

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Heat level: 2.5 out of 3 flames

This is an engaging novella about a quest, a journey of self-discovery, that had me intrigued from the first to the last page. Main characters are Dan and Nick, who didn't know each other but hooked up by mista
Lena Grey
Jan 24, 2013 Lena Grey rated it really liked it
“No memory is ever alone; it's at the end of a trail of memories, a dozen trails that each have their own associations.” ~ Louis Lamour

Daniel Cross, of 'Chase the Ace' by Clare London, thinks that there has to be more to life than what he's experienced. New to FaceBook, he's fascinated by the wealth of information he can procure. He begins searching for a group of friends he knew when he was young. Daniel remembers the good. Feeling nostalgic, Daniel wants to connect with them again, hoping to c
Amneris Cesare
Nov 03, 2015 Amneris Cesare rated it it was ok
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Sep 24, 2014 Cryselle rated it really liked it
Shelves: amber-allure
After that blurb, there’s not a lot I can say that’s spoilery—the story is now a matter of how rather than “what”, but it’s still a pleasant afternoon’s read.

Daniel’s remarkably social media-inept for someone of his age bracket, which is good for a chuckle or three, even if it’s a bit contrived. Facebook friending leads him to a road trip with someone who isn’t the old sports club pal he originally thought. Nick’s up for an adventure, and since he drives and Daniel doesn’t, it’s a good thing tha
Valentina Heart
Feb 08, 2013 Valentina Heart rated it it was ok
This review was originally written for MM Good Book Reviews and can also be found there.

Short road trip story with a lot of heart and a bit of a fairy tale ending is probably perfect for those of you who like it slow paced and sweet.

This is a story about Dan who decides to go on a road trip twelve years after the fun summer with his Gang of Four. They’ve lost touch and maybe it’s melancholy or just that need to know, but Dan wants to revisit the past and discover a secret that’s been bugging hi
ARe Cafe
Jun 18, 2013 ARe Cafe rated it really liked it
Shelves: vals-picks
Chase the Ace by Clare London is an intricately plotted novella that features the irresistible theme of tracking down one’s childhood friends. Uneasily approaching his thirtieth birthday, our attractive hero Daniel attempts to chart his way out of his emotional stagnation by finding out where his long lost friends’ destinies have led them. Years ago, he and his three friends had bonded together against bullies over their newfound realization that they were gay. Now he hopes that they all have fo ...more
LiveYourLife BuyTheBook
Apr 12, 2013 LiveYourLife BuyTheBook rated it really liked it
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4.5 Stars

Oh my God!! That book was so good! I just loved Daniel and his quest so much! Yes I know it is a short book; and people seldom give mega stars to short books … because… well, they’re short. Logic at it’s finest, right? Well I did ! Because Clare wrote just the sweetest story which, when I ran through it ALL to my teenage daughters on a drive somewhere (oh, the glamorous life of Chauffeur to the Teens!) both of them went “aaaaw” at a certain point – which for spoilery reasons I can’t sha
Nov 19, 2014 Marion rated it liked it
Katy Beth Mckee
Feb 23, 2013 Katy Beth Mckee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
Daniel is chasing a dream and memory. Along the way he finds out that his friends turned out in all kinds of situations. His traveling companion his the brother of another summer camper that he contacted by mistake but still seems willing to join him on the quest. The truth of what is really part of the motivation is revealed and then other more interesting facts come to life. Great beginning of a relationship story.
Jan 18, 2015 melek rated it it was amazing
Daniel goes on a road trip he befriend on Facebook back when he was 16 he was in a gang of four where one summer they played the game chase the ace. Someone kissed him so in a way he wanted to know who it was, it was stuck on his mind for more than a decade.
nice twist to the story I loved it.
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Reviewed by:Sean
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Rated: 4.5 hearts

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Clare took the pen name London from the city where she lives, loves, and writes. A lone, brave female in a frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home, she juggles her writing with her other day job as an accountant. She’s written in many genres and across many settings, with award-winning novels and short stories published both online and in print. She says she likes variety in her writing while f ...more
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