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By Chance (Courtland Chronicles #1)

3.38  ·  Rating Details ·  1,276 Ratings  ·  177 Reviews
A life of wealth and privilege doesn’t equal happiness—just ask Eric Courtland. Growing up with a cold, unfeeling father and unstable mother has taught him exactly what he doesn’t want out of life or love. The troubled young man prefers a solitary life and is content to keep it that way until a campus emergency saddles him with an unwanted roommate.

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ebook, 2nd edition, 116 pages
Published December 2012 by Cat Grant Books (first published February 2nd 2009)
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Feb 28, 2013 Natalie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Unlikeable characters, a relationship with no chemistry, and lots of drama. Apparently this series is headed toward a menage with a woman. I'm outta here.
May 12, 2013 Shelley rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m-romance
3.5 Stars.

Easy reading, slightly angsty, passionate and yes, rather enjoyable. I was surprised how much I DID enjoy it actually.

The character Eric is a prickly sort, who comes across as real pissy and obnoxious - but I liked him, not many might but he has a strength and take no bullshit attitude that endeared me to him.

Nick's the hot jock who's not ... to be stereotyped. They make an explosive pair and I enjoyed every minute of their shenanigans, from their first meeting to their first, er ...
On the plus side this book is currently free on Amazon and it's not such a bad story about two young men falling in love and stepping out of the closet. But then I found out this was part of a series and in the future books not only is there lots of cheating but that this turns into an MMF book. This affected how I felt about this book and not in a good way.

It's not even a true menage. Eric ends up marrying women twice and also makes a separate arrangement to also have a relationship with Nick.
I really wanted to like this. It never felt comfortable.  The relationships didn't gel. If the sex had been hot, I would have upped my stars to 3.5, since I'm shallow and can be easily entertained by good sex. 
Emma Sea
Feb 25, 2013 Emma Sea rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is not my book: angsty adolescent drama llama. YMMV.
Sandi ♥'s way too many M/M books
May 28, 2013 Sandi ♥'s way too many M/M books rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
3.5 stars I really liked this story and both Nick and Eric for what both we’re trying to deal with in their lives. Eric has a hard time with his emotions and pushes people away stemming from a tough home life where he takes care of his mother because his out of the picture dad seems to only use them when he needs them. Nick is riding a scholarship for football to go to college and is afraid to come out because he can’t lose this funding. The ups and downs we’re angsty and the love was something ...more
Feb 25, 2013 Nic rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm, series, free, zz-amazon-yes
This book was available free on Amazon and is the first book in a series that also includes some m/m/f. This particular story is set in the college days of Eric, son of a business tycoon and Nick, football jock. Forced to room together, this is a fairly typical story of gay boy falling for straight roommate who then fears coming out. Adding a level of complexity is Nick's relationship with his ex-girlfriend Ally and Eric's parental issues.
A good quick read.
Tami (synchro from BL)
2,5 stars.
This was an ok read.

Probably it didn't grab me so much, because the old college room-mates/jock and nerd trope comes here in a not very original variation. And I read many of those.

Both MCs remained pale to me. I probably won't read the sequels.

It was written well, and it didn't show any of my pet peeves.
Jun 30, 2012 LaShonta marked it as no-thanks  ·  review of another edition
No thanks because this series turns into a cheating thing with one of them getting married and still sleeping with the boyfriend. I made the mistake of reading The Arrangement first. Of course, that put me off the whole series. Don't like cheating.
Feb 27, 2013 Andrea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-lendable

I had no idea this what I was starting into a huge series when I picked up this book. I didn't find out there were more books until after I had already finished. TBH, I'm shocked at where this series leads. I don't plan on reading any more so none of that really matters.

This was just an okay book for me. I feel as though I've read a million college, closet case, MM romances and this one was just average. Nick and Eric both were pretty difficult to like or care about. I didn't understand why
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Genre: M/M Contemporary
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Dec 26, 2012 Jody rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this re-worked, newly re-published start to the Courtland Chronicles, the drama is just beginning for two collegians from different economic backgrounds thrown together as a modern-day Oscar and Felix. Eric comes from a family who hides their emotions and hurt others before they let themselves get hurt which has led to him keeping to himself. He tries to keep his surroundings in order since his family life is so out of control until the day a naked football player comes out of his shower. ...more
Aղցela W.
I have had this whole series on kindle for over a year and I am asking myself why had I not read this book sooner. This was a really good book my only compliant is that it has a BDSM tag on it and there was no BDSM in it. Eric Courtland grew up with a cold, unfeeling father and unstable mother has taught him exactly what he doesn’t want out of life or love. The troubled young man prefers a solitary life and is content to keep it that way until a campus emergency saddles him with an unwanted ...more
May 23, 2013 Sue rated it it was amazing
This was a beautifully crafted story about Eric who kept to himself and cared first for his mother and her condition. He felt all his responsibilities were for her and then add to the mix Nick. Eric who is openly gay finds himself with a unwanted roommate who happens to be a straight football messy jock. Of course Eric instantly has the hots for him and that just pisses him off and doesn't fit into his already messed up life. Once he finds out Nick isn't as straight as they both thought they ...more
Mar 14, 2009 Meg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book by Cat Grant that I have read and it is one of her Courtland Chronicle's series. I've also read and enjoyed Strictly Business but I have not read The Arrangement as yet. I am terrible for not reading the series in order, but I will get around to it.

I really enjoyed this book which revisits Nick and Eric from Strictly Business and tells the story of how they first come to meet each other in College. I loved reading their back story, getting to know more about them, and wha
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Sep 17, 2014 Lucy rated it liked it
3-3.5 stars

Nice & sweet romance, following Eric & Nick falling in love their junior year of college. It's nothing earth shattering but I enjoyed it.

I got this free months ago from Amazon but was hesitant to read it because reviews say this develops into a menage relationship in the other books. I hate menage but I can sometimes tolerate mmf so I'm going to continue with the series and see how it goes.
Apr 18, 2014 David rated it it was amazing
WOW !!!! 'Nuff said.
Shirley Frances
3.75 stars

A story of friendship, self-discovery and compromise.

Eric is a loner. He keeps to himself and he likes it that way. A self-confessed slut, he prefers his encounters with his men to be impersonal and without expectations. Then his world is turned upside down when, after returning from Christmas break, he finds himself with a roommate. A very handsome, football-playing roommate. And from then on he knows he is a goner.

Nick is an attractive jock who lives in denial and fear. He seems like
Dec 15, 2012 Jenre rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, contemporary, romance
By Chance is a self published re-release of the first of a series of, I think, five books. As far as I can work out, the first two books are m/m only and the rest are m/m/f. The book follows two college students, Eric and Nick. Eric is openly gay and very anti-social. So much so that he bribes the guy in change of rooms in his dorm so he doesn't get a roommate. However, when one of the other dorm blocks is flooded out, there's no choice but to put another guy, Nick, in with Eric. Eric is furious ...more
Jul 25, 2016 Janna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
Genre & Keywords: Gay | Coming Out | Friends become Lovers | Students | Roommates
Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars | Heat level: 2 of 3 flames

By Chance is a totally sweet story about two very young men, who have to share a dorm room because of unexpected circumstances. Rich lone wolf Eric isn’t too happy about that. But quarterback Nick is a nice and easy guy and Eric’s attitude doesn’t scare him away, the two men become friends despite of Eric’s defenses. Eric is gay and has the hots for Nick from the
Nerine Dorman
May 21, 2014 Nerine Dorman rated it it was amazing
I’ve been meaning to read one of Cat Grant’s titles for simply ages now, so when I laid hands on By Chance, I grabbed it. (It’s a free read on Amazon, BTW.)

Eric Courtland has it all, except a happy home life, it would seem. Money can’t make up for the realities of a dysfunctional family and Eric has withdrawn from meaningful human interaction as much as possible. Whatever sexual encounters he has are quick, anonymous liaisons – no strings attached. He’s quite happy – or at least he thinks he is
Maggie Simms
3.4 stars

I downloaded this book last year when I saw it offered for free on Amazon. I was super excited about trying a new author (new to me) writing about one of my favorite tropes: Jock/geek romance. All my excitement quickly fizzled when I started reading the reviews: this is the beginning of an MMF series which is a deal breaker for me.

I read menage books but only MMM. It is not that I haven't read MMF books, as a matter of fact, that is how I got started reading m/m books. Whenever I was r
Sarah Goodwin
Mar 21, 2015 Sarah Goodwin rated it it was ok
This was almost a DNF for me, but that might have had something to do with the fact that I was reading it on an 11 hour coach trip from London to Amsterdam - nothing short of a nuclear blast would have held my attention during that nightmare.

The writing is really good, though I noticed quite a few phrases that were more english than american (something I do all the time). The characters were OK, I liked them - Eric's relationship with his parents was interesting.

I found it hard to tell them apa
Contemporary college M/M romance with gay-for-you plot where a sad isolated (out and proud) rich boy finds a way towards happiness by sharing his 'single' room with a roommate when there is a housing shortage in collage. Eric Courtland is our 'poor' little rich guy who knows that he has a lot of hang-ups, but doesn't feel motivated to fix anything. So the unwanted roommate is Nick Thompson who is the new lead quarterback for the college football's team who has a body like a Greek god, although ...more
Becky Condit
Nov 28, 2012 Becky Condit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actually 4 1/2 stars!
According to the author’s notes, BY CHANCE is volume one of a reworked, re-released series, The Courtland Chronicles. Since I did not read the previous version I can only comment on this one. When originally published the books came out in a different order than chronologically, which would give the reader an insight into the future that is unavailable here. I’m one of those readers who prefers to read a series in chronological order so this suits me just fine.
I enjoyed this
Dec 06, 2012 Lasha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
By Chance is the first installment in The Courtland Chronicles by Cat Grant. I enjoyed the romance between Eric Courtland and his college roommate Nick. While Eric is a prickly, selfish bastard in the beginning of the novel, under Grant's deft hand he is turned into a sympathetic character who finally figures out he's worthy of love. I also liked Nick, the shy farm boy who falls for his gay roommate and comes to terms with his own sexuality. This was a nice coming-of-age tale that used the GFY t ...more
Anna D.
Apr 08, 2014 Anna D. rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

For a free read, this was great. Even if this wasn’t free, I would still say this was a great read. A coming out of a closet NA story with plenty of attraction, angst, jealousy, and romantic moments. This short story really captivated me and both characters were written very well in that we easily sympathized with their struggles and the reason why it was hard for them to be together. Yet we never lost hope that they would find their way to each other again. And after a few welcomed emo
Aug 31, 2016 Natalija rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm, re-reads
2nd read: August 2016

1st read: March 2014
I'm not sure what took me so long to read this book, but I'm glad I finally did. There is nothing new plot-wise, but that didn't detract from my overall enjoyment of the story. It kept my attention throughout, and my interest is piqued enough to continue with the series.

As far as characters go, Eric has to be my favourite. He is flawed and conflicted, and has intrigued me in a way that not many characters have. Not because he is particularly likeable, but
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“Ally’s quite the vivacious young lady,” his mother continued after a long, excruciatingly silent moment, “and Nick’s smart as well as handsome. So which of them are you dating?” She winked. “Or is it both?” 0 likes
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