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Chase the Ace

(London Lads #1)

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3.25  ·  Rating details ·  103 ratings  ·  41 reviews
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Newly single in his late twenties, and bored with his quiet life in a London suburb, Daniel Cross soon discovers the lure of social media. Excited at the chance of tracking down his old mates from a schooldays sports club, he launches a personal quest to find out what kind of man each boy has become.

Dan’s first mistake is chatting online to a complete stranger—
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ebook, 2nd Edition, 87 pages
Published January 4th 2017 by Dreamspinner Press (first published December 16th 2012)
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Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: bmbr, audio, mm-love, lgbt
2.5 Hearts

Overall as a story, this was just ok. Not horribly bad but not phenomenal either.

Dan, having just gotten out of a relationship feels like he’s in a rut, and in an effort to perhaps do something fun and interesting, he decides to look up his teenage friends from a summer program they had all attended over a decade ago. When he gets help from an unlikely travel companion (an older brother of a past acquaintance) it’s all the more better since Nick apparently bats for the same team!

As Da
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Heller
Dec 18, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, m-m
2.5

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)
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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
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CrabbyPatty
After the break-up of his five-year relationship with Eric, Dan decides to track down his friends (The "Gang of Four" - Dan, Gerry, Mark and Alex) from a summer sports club back when he was 16. He finds Nathan, another kid from the club, via social media only to learn that he's been communicating with Nick, Nathan's older brother. Armed with Nathan's old address book, Dan and Nick start off on an impromptu road trip to locate the gang.

Along the way, Dan meets each of his friends ... with mixed
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Mollien Fote Osterman
Title: Chase the Ace
Author: Clare London
Series: London Lads, Book 1
Narrator: Seb Yarrick
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC
Reviewer: Mollien
Release Date: June 22, 2017
Genre(s): Male/Male Romance
Listening Length: 2 hours and 55 minutes
Page Count: 98 pages
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Blurb:



A London Lads Story

Newly single in his late twenties and bored with his quiet life in a London suburb, Daniel Cross soon discovers the lure of social media. Excited at the chance of tracki
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Ami
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Tam
Jan 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Karen
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars road trip stars rounded up to 4 because still no 1/2 stars here on GR.

It's a road trip...

'Chase the Ace' is the first book in Clare London's series 'London Lads' and I can say without a doubt that these books can be read as standalones. Especially since I've read both book 2, How the Other Half Lives and book 3, A Good Neighbor years ago and while it has been quite a while I do remember the stories and there's really no connection between any of them other than location.

'Chase the Ac
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Sandra
review to come 1/25/17 as part of the review tour organized by Signal Boost Promotions.
Marion
Nov 19, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5stars
Kudrat Kaur
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: abc-reviews
This book needs another editor because the writing is still a work in progress, or a beta that will help the author along. It comes down to this being one very awkward book to read regarding its writing, style and characters.
The characterisation of, basically every character we are introduced to seems underdeveloped. The circumstances, the situation itself play a big part in getting the reader’s sympathy. It’s necessary to make the readers realise what drives Daniel to go search for his friends
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Janna
Jan 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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

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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Heat level: 2.5 out of 3 flames
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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
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Lena Grey
Jan 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“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
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Carra
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love a good story where the main character is on a journey to find themselves or figure out some part of their life. That’s what we have here in Chase the Ace, and Daniel takes us on an actual physical journey under the premise of looking up friends from a sports club he was in as a teen. He’s joined by Nick, and together they find some unexpected things as well as each other.

Daniel was a good character-an average guy with everyday problems just trying to find some direction in his life. I did
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Serena Yates
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017, gay
Social media and how they can help us communicate are at the center of this novel just as much as Londoner Daniel’s quest to find his old friends from a sports club when he was sixteen. As inept as Daniel is at actually using Facebook and other social media, he totally depends on their help, at least initially. I laughed out loud when he “friends” Nick, who is the brother of Daniel’s school mate. But Nick is a great guy and “recruiting” him, albeit involuntarily, to help with the quest turns out ...more
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I don't even know where to start. I honestly don't understand the plot. That's my biggest issue with the story. I find it hard to believe that a summer camp at 16 which was only one time impacted your life so greatly that it took all these years later to search for these guys. I get something drastic happened to Daniel right after that, but to out the blue decide to look for these guys after a decade seems so unbelievable to me. I didn't really connect with either guy at all. I feel l
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Morgan  Skye
Strangely, I’ve read three of the five books in the series, and only just now read this one – the first! I’ve been really enjoying the others in the series, and they don’t seem to rely upon any prior knowledge from other books – though some of the MCs do meander through now and again.

I was really, really surprised by this story, for more than one reason.

First, the other books focused primarily on one set of MCs and – though there are others involved – the stories don’t tend to really include the
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Heather Martin
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
*Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.*

Clare London's Chase the Ace is the first novella in the London Lads series. Daniel recently discovered social media and decided to track down a group of friends from his teenage years. In his quest to find the three men, he became social media friends with another man who was not a part of their "Gang of Four", but was at the sports club at the same
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Lucy
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiodick
I had read this book back in 2012 when it was published by Amber and I thought it was cute. The second edition has been revised some and there are some minor changes from the original ebook but the story is basically the same.
Daniel has broken up with his long-time boyfriend and after some time on social media he has embarked on a quest to find the Gang of Four, four friends who hung out at a club when they were 16. He starts talking on Facebook with someone he thinks went to the club, but tur
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Linda
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Dan Cross and his long time lover break up he is looking to change his life. In an attempt to figure out who he is and what he wants for his future he decides to look up old friends from a summer sports camp when he was a teenager. An innocent game of Chase the Ace ended in a startling manner for the boys of fabulous four and has left Dan with a nagging question. He hopes to find the answer to this question along with his old friends.
His first stop is social media and he finds what he thin
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Cathy Brockman
This was a cut short story that moved pretty fast. I loved the chemistry between Nick and Daniel. I liked both characters I liked the way Daniel learned something with each of his three friends about different lifestyles and how it showed him some things about life. The surprise at the end sealed the deal.
Amy Dufera
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I finally had a chance to read one of Clare London's London Lads books, as I've just read Chase The Ace. I liked the message of the book a lot. I didn't love the entire story but I love the ending! Love it! And I am thrilled to have found this short story!
Skye Blue ☆*~゚ლ(´ڡ`ლ)~*☆
Don't let the 2 star rating make you think I hated this, I didn't. I just, idk, bleh.
There is nothing that makes this a bad read for me, but nothing that made it a good read for me either. I can't call it sweet, or cute, fun, or exciting. Just, ehh.
GlamLawyer
Aug 04, 2017 rated it did not like it
I'm sorry but that was all over the place and not in a good way. The plot was odd and the characters flat. I'm not sure what the idea behind thst book was.
Hrtnsoul28
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
For a short book this had a lot of backstory and feeling. I was impressed.
Katie
Advance Review Copy generously provided by the author via Signal Boost Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Road trips, reunions with childhood friends, self-discovery and finding love (or the start of it) along the way — these are a few of the ingredients that make up the kind of stories I love to nestle into on a rainy Saturday afternoon.

While the premise was totally and completely intriguing, Chase the Ace never seemed to make much sense to me. Parts of me enjoyed parts of it, but ther
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Cryselle
Mar 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Curtis
Newly single, Daniel Cross needs something to occupy his time. After joining social media, he decides it might be worth looking up the group of friends he spent a summer with at a local sports club in his youth. He's curious to see what has come of each of them. And although he makes a quick first connection, he realizes upon the first meet up that he's made a bit of a mistake and reached out to the wrong Carson brother. Nick Carson doesn't seem bothered, though, and actually expresses some inte ...more
Lori
Jan 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: series, 2017, bmbr-reads
Well my social media savvy friends, this book is a good example of how not to Facebook! Dan is a bit naive in the ways of SM interaction (there's no "&" guys, I'm talking about social media here), or at least he gets chatting with someone on FB and thinks it is actually his brother to whom he is talking. It's okay though cos there are sparks and a journey, physical and metaphorical, ensues.

I was a bit mediocre about this story. I wanted to like it more than I did, which always makes me feel
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Joyfully Jay
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sammy
A Joyfully Jay review.

2.5 stars


Reviewing Chase the Ace by Clare London is proving to be a difficult task for me, primarily because I find myself at a loss as to what this story was really all about. At first I hedged around the idea that it was a novel of self-discovery—finding out more about oneself by visiting the past, in this case old friends with whom the main character had spent a short but life changing time with several years before. But that idea fizzled the longer I read this novella.
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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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