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The Auspicious Troubles of Chance

(The Auspicious Troubles of Love #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  466 ratings  ·  115 reviews
Chance Irving is a young man with a gift for getting into trouble-not surprising, as trouble is all he's ever known. After losing everything he held dear one fateful night, he decides to leave New York and his past behind, and joins the French Foreign Legion. But even in Algiers, Chance can't seem to shake his old ways, and he ends up being transferred to a unit made up of ...more
Kindle Edition, 172 pages
Published June 20th 2012 by Dreamspinner Press
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4.5 Stars

This is one of the most enjoyable M/M historicals I’ve had the pleasure of reading. Shockingly, I didn’t even know of the existence of this series until about 48 hours ago (thanks, Jen!!), but from the turn of the first page, I was hooked!

Chance is a great narrator. He is feisty and brash, but so very resilient, having been through a lifetime of woes before he’d even come of age. Because of his earlier life experiences – which we get a rundown of in the first few chapters of the book –
If you are thinking this will be a fully fledged war story don't worry its not, so you can relax and enjoy the complicated, fascinating and vibrant life of Chance. I couldn't help but laugh at his intro and the amusing recollections of his escapades what a wonderful and sad journey he had. A non-conformist he pushes the envelope, in every which way he can even if it's to his own detriment. Once he meets Jacky, who soon works him out and knows exactly how to handle Chance which he does beautifull ...more
R * A Reader Obsessed *
3.5 Stars

I definitely found this an unique historical in its telling and its setting!

Chance is basically a loner due to some very tragic circumstances that have hit him many times over throughout his life. He’s a lot self destructive and understandably has trust issues which have prevented him from forming any lasting and meaningful relationships.

As he enlists into French Foreign Legion to escape his demons, he’s assigned to a commander known for his bravery and instilling loyalty in the most re
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4 Historically Charming Stars!

Thank you Charlie Cochet for writing a historical romance that was delightfully enjoyable to read. I often find historical romance too heavy. Not here. Character driven and quite entertaining. From sexy rendezvous to tender confessions, I couldn’t put this down.



Chance (Chauncey) Irving - Fresh, flippant, cheeky and captivating. He’s troubled and troublesome. His internal and external banter had me zinging. Even his derogato
The book starts a bit slowly for me -- I think the narration / writing in the beginning contributes to that. In the beginning, Chance seems to "talk" to us readers in journal-writing style, which makes it more about "telling" than "doing". So I struggle a bit -- at least until the point where Chance joins the French Foreign Legion, meets Jacky and the brats (Alexander, Bobby, Johnnie).

When Chance gets to meet them, I finally feel involved with his story. It has more interaction, and I enjoy the
Apr 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Historical. 4 stars.
Who me?

I liked it....I really did.

Chance was a pain in the ass. But Jacky loved him and his ass anyways.
I wasn't necessarily fond of the 'lemme tell you a story' beginning. It didn't take too long and I warmed right up to the writing and the lovable stubborn characters. What a fabulous cast!
I'm stoked for more of this crew of 'misfits'. A little bit of suspend-reality was necessary, yet I didn't mind.
And that ending....blissful.

*4 I'll-take-another-please stars*

The "fairy infantry" is here! (Author's words)

6 men around 20 years old fall in love with each other in the middle of Morocco in the 20s. Statistics works.

So, please, don’t dwell on maths and think about a love story in the army.

This book is funny and charming and if you are looking for just that, it’s fabulous. This is a fairy tale (in more than one sense of the word) and as such you just have to believe in it, because otherwise it doesn’t work. There are some absurd scenes and some ridiculous
4 stars! Thank you Meags for recommending this lovely gem of a book. It had everything that I like in the historical genre.. it was based on a realistic time frame with a real war as the back-drop, it had great MCs, enough humor and emotion in the story and finally a sizzling passionate romance to perfect it. 😍
Chance is an interesting young man who has lived a very troubled and traumatic life in New York City (before the war) which impacts his escapades and relationships. Due to his constant pen
May 02, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

3.5 stars

So I’m not sure how to review this book.

Here’s my conflict: while I was reading it, there were a lot of things that would typically distract me, that I’d definitely want to point out in a review, that I feel would be pet peeves of many other readers. But, when I finished reading the story, I was charmed and in a blissful state of “gawwww”.

The Auspicious Troubles of Chance is a historical set in the 20’s?/30’s? about a young family-less kid who is raised in the theater, by the theater. H
Anyta Sunday
Aug 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite

To talk about this book, I have to divide it into three parts. Beginning, middle, and end.

Beginning: (5 hearts)

It came as a shock, at first, to be spoken to directly from the narrator. It took a little adjusting, but Chance’s wit carried me through the slight awkwardness, and soon I fell in love with the style. Chance’s voice is funny, rude, blunt and sobering. The way he thought and narrated just made his character all the more endearing.

In the first part, we know “Jackie” is an important p
Jun 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good historical m/m romance about a guy who lost everything that mattered to him and has been living on the edge ever since. He knows he can't keep going on as he has been, so... he joins the French Foreign Legion.
Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
Okay, so this book starts out a little rough and very slow. I'm not very fond of flashbacks which is why the beginning was rough for me. With this story, the beginning/prologue is in the present, the ending/last chapter is in the present but the rest of the story is in the past. It's interesting the way it's handled but throughout the whole story, I just wanted it back in the present!

I liked Chance. He's pretty stubborn and aggressive and doesn't listen to anyone really. He tends to be insulting
Kaje Harper
Jul 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book begins with a very engaging narrative voice in the character of Chauncey Irving. After a brief and nebulous taste of the present day, the story immediately dives into a flashback that sets up Chauncey's character and all the events to follow, and comprises almost all of the remaining story. It took a little while for me to find the meat of the story under the charm, but once I did, this turned out to be an amusing, entertaining and occasionally poignant story. Chauncey loses his first ...more
Jan 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars – This is a fun historical, set during the 1920’s. The story follows young Chauncey (later nicknamed Chance) during his troubled youth in New York City, which eventually spits him out into working for the Foreign Legion in Africa. There, he meets Jacky, his superior officer, who he not only finds infuriatingly attractive, but also a strikingly kind and solid soul, one who can even help tame Chance’s demons.

What I liked: Probably my favorite thing about Cochet’s historicals is that it i
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4.5 this was “historic” stars








I loved the story, I loved how they met. I love that Chance was so broken and sarcastic. I loved that he knew how to love but just didn’t think that he deserved someone’s love



I loved how Jacky was so honest, how much his heart hurt when Chance w
This book was an unexpected pleasure. I didn't pay the blurb much attention, I just thought the title was cute and so I read with little idea of what I was getting into. It's a period piece, set in the 1920s and it's also written in the first person; these two things combine to make the writing a bit clunky at first, but once you get into it, all is forgiven and some of it is actually quite funny. The beginning was a bit rushed (as was the ending - so minus a star for that), but the middle bit w ...more
Edina Rose
It starts slow, that's why I put it aside months ago, waiting for the right mood to read it. I'm happy I finally got into THE mood. It may start slow, but when it picks up, it's emotionally intense and very, very hot. I loved the secondary characters too, and their story cannot some soon enough. Alexander and Bobbi, Johnny and Henry, I wonder which couple will have its story first.
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm-read, z-2012
This is the first book I have read by this author but I will definitely be actively seeking out anything else she writes. The first part of the story deals with the events in Chance's life that lead up to his joining the French Foreign Legion and meeting Jacky. Although this is Chance's story, I totally fell for Jacky. He is strong, patient and infinitely caring. This is clear in the relationships he has built with Bobby, Alexander and Johnnie and the new relationship he slowly begins with Chanc ...more
Sep 14, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Reggie by: Susan
Different Historical that takes place in Africa during the WW. This is drama about the characters more so than a plot driven book, so I don't know how absolutely realistic it was. But it was a very fine story. I like strong Character stories. So, this was a delight and I thoroghly enjoyed it.

It is a High quality story, with a unique voice. I highly recommend it for something different to read. =D
Cole Riann
Jun 08, 2012 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, m-m-historical
LOVE this author and it's a birthday treat for me! The release is on my b-day, yay!
Ok so I hated the first chapter…I mean hated it. I abhor being talked to by the characters. I dislike the breaking of the fourth wall and the commentary to the reader. I hate the characters making suppositions about how I’m going to feel about their story and the information they want to tell me. Makes me all grumbly and attempting to smother my internal GRRRRRRRRRRRR! That being said once we got past Chance talking at me and just started telling me his story I was on board.

Chauncey Irving has h
Dec 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dont-buy-my-love
*A free copy of the book was provided by the author in exchange for my honest review.*

This is not the first book I have read by this author and, as I have greatly enjoyed her other books, I had high expectations when beginning her latest offering. The Auspicious Troubles of Chance lived up to my expectations and then some!

The cast of characters that are written in this title reached out and captured my heart. The honest emotion expressed by each person, their imperfections, insecurities, hopes,
3.4 Stars

I struggled for more than the first half because of the "tell" not "show" aspect of Chance's exposition - and the sheer bloody amount of it. Also, I'm finding that while I don't mind an occasional breaking of the 4th wall I really don't like being continually addressed as if I were reading a letter from or having a conversation with the MC.

Those other two couples seem like they would be interesting to read about...but OMG it's been years and no one has 'fessed up to any feelings or move
Chris, the Dalek King
Probably not the most historically accurate in some areas, but it was a lighthearted, fast read, and I quite enjoyed it. The narrative style, though, really isn't my favorite--because it was both a tad annoying and it kind of killed all the suspense as to what happens in the end. You know from the beginning that they both survive so there really isn't all that much tension. Still, Chance was interesting and when he wasn't being an ass he was quite charming. My favorite part was perhaps the three ...more
Barb ~rede-2-read~
Wonderful story, highly entertaining with enough humor to keep a smile on my face through much of the story. The begrudging road to romance from Chance's perspective was delightful. I first found this author through the LIAW event and am so glad I did. I can't wait to read any sequels to this story. Johnnie deserves his own book.
Heather C
The beginning was rough. Then it got a little more interesting. Then it ended. And I liked the ending. I would read a sequel.
This was my first Charlie Cochet's book and, after reading The Auspicious Troubles of Chance, I'm planning to quickly change that fact.

When Chauncey Irving – Chance – was seven years old, his parents left him at the orphanage. The boy soon escaped and started living on the streets of New York. The fortune smiled at him when Marie, a young actress in the Cleopatra theater, found him and took him with her. Among the chorus girls and stagehands, Chance found both home and family. He learned how to
I was initially drawn to this because of the title. It has to rank in at least my top 5 favorite titles of all time.

I love that the book itself lived up to the title! This story is the most comforting of comfort reads. Much of it is set in the desert (Chance joins the French Foreign Legion in the 1920's) and the setting there is fantastically well described. Chance complains of getting too much sun, but the heat never felt oppressive, just warm and bright and open and sunny.

Adding to that were C
Dec 08, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm
**I received a copy of this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.**

It took me a bit to get into this book. The writing starts very conversationally in the first person, with the storyteller, Chauncey aka Chance, speaking to the reader. In the world of the story, it is then 1934 and Chance is at his home in England. And he has just been shot. This book is not your typical historical novel. It doesn't read like a historical novel. There were little things that threw me off at
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