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A Chance at Love: Gay May-December Romance

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  133 Ratings  ·  50 Reviews
Can a confident younger man help Darren learn to let go?

On the flight back home to San Diego, Chance Emerson meets an intriguing older man. They flirt, and Chance hopes for more, but the man never calls. Months later, they meet again at a charity auction. Chance decides this time he isn’t walking away.

Darren Walsh can’t stop thinking about the gorgeous grad student who a
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Published May 8th 2018 by Silvia Violet Books (first published May 1st 2018)
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Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
*3.5 stars*

I have mixed feelings about this. The beginning and the last 20% of the book (abrupt ending not withstanding) get 5 stars. The middle gets 3. I'll settle with 3.5 stars rounded up because it left a mostly good impression.

I absolutely LOVED Darren and Chance's first interaction on the plane. Buttoned up lawyer that just turned forty meets gorgeous grad student who shows up wearing pajama bottoms and holding a giant tub of cheese balls. In first class! There was a bit of everything: ban
May 07, 2018 rated it liked it
The middle bit of this one went off a bit for me and I felt like I was suddenly reading a different type of romance but, that aside, this was a nice easy read with likeable characters.

I love a good May to December romance and the age gap of 17 years did play a part in the narrative which made sense. Both men had fears but hid them until it felt a bit like the plot demanded a bit of a conflict to stir up some tension and it didn't really work fully for me.

The ending wrapped up a bit quickly too b
Joyfully Jay
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jay
A Joyfully Jay review.

3.75 stars

A Chance at Love is a cute, easy read. I found both Chance and Darren to be likable guys and I appreciated how even though at first Darren is wary when he meets Chance, they are both able to look past their differences and really get to know one another. The story gives us lots of time with the guys hanging out (as well as hooking up), and it is clear that they are compatible and good together.

The conflict here is that neither man thinks things can work long term
Kendra T
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Darren, a rich workaholic, was flying home from a work meeting when he met Chance on the airplane. Chance upgraded his ticket to first class with points, and showed up wearing pajama pants and holding a big bucket of cheese balls. Darren immediately gets annoyed, but very quickly finds there is more to Chance than meets the eye. Chance gives Darren his number, but Darren chickens out calling him-afraid of their 17 year age difference.

A couple of months later, they meet again, and their connectio
This is a solid enjoyable romance.

I loved that it was set in San Diego a place I know well.

Darren and Chance are lovely couple with the fun met on a plane start.

Chance is such a sunny person. I love it. Darren is kind and lonely.

There is dumb conflict towards the end of the book but over all this age difference, class difference love story is a quick nice read.
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, lgbtqia
I enjoyed this!

A Chance at Love is an age-gap romance between grad-student Chance (love the punny title) who's family runs a farm in Texas and Darren, who was born into a rich family and owns and leads a charity foundation.

The beginning was a bit clumsy, with the instant attraction (or rather, instant lust) a bit too heavy for my tastes, but it quickly improved, which was helped by how they didn't actually sleep together and didn't even get particularly close at their first meeting.

I enjoyed C
Cee Brown
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
.•*☆.•* •*☆His best chance at happiness was his only chance at love.•*☆.•* •*☆

Age is nothing but a number.

I cut my Silvia Violet tooth on Professional Distance which I absolutely loved. So to find this book after her sexy Lace-Covered Compromise, I knew this would be a good one. Cus come on, who doesn't love May/December relationships?

I found Chance to be so innocent in looks, but dominant in other areas of his life. He was the epitome of "don't judge a book by its cover." And Darren...he nee
Lelyana's Reviews
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, arc, from-author, mm

A low angst, sweet with an 'age different' element that really interest me in a first place.
Chance and Darren flirted but failed to join the high-mile club, believable. Cute and adorable, especially when Chance pursued Darren to cross the line of being so proper.
I liked how much Darren played a 'protector' for Chance and their chemistry built from the first time they met.
I was looking for angst, but no. This is a feel good, comfort read and added a tiny bit of cinderfella vibes, this was a goo
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Darren and Chance

A May to December romance. For me it was little cheesy.
Darren a forty year old businessman of wealth and good standing. Chance a 23year old grad student.
By chance the met on a flight. They had fun on the trip, Chance give Darren his number but he never called.
Weeks later they meet again and continued seeing each other.
The story line was sweet.
They both struggled with the age difference until it became too much.
4 is a generous rating.
May 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
True rating ... 1.5 stars :-/!! See updates for more info; I'll also post them here a little bit later!!


Blurb: " ... Darren Walsh can’t stop thinking about the gorgeous grad student who almost had him joining the mile-high club."

Okay, this is wrong! Misleading at the very least!! There was absolutely NO chance or implication or even invitation given that would have led to them joining the Mile-High Club together, not by any stretch!! Darren might have THOUGHT about it, but that tho
4.5 Stars

Blog buddy read and review with Shee Reader

Well, wasn’t this just a delicious little nugget of May/December dirty talk wrapped up in mounds of perfectly sweet fluff.

I love May/December stories when the characters make sense together and complement one another beyond what I expect and A Chance at Love did that quite well. The meet - cute was in fact, quite cute and I believed the attraction between Chance and Darren. I also liked how Darren didn’t call right away and that chance brought
Love Bytes Reviews
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Reviewed by Kat

I really enjoyed this and read straight through in one sitting!

Darren is a successful lawyer turned philanthropist who runs a huge family trust. On a plane trip back from Texas a young man sits next to him in first class dressed in pajama pants carrying a barrel of cheese balls. Chance is heading back to school in San Diego where he is attending a PhD program. After a somewhat bumpy beginning they start to get to know each other and Darren is surprised how much he is opening himse
Amy Dufera
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An adorably sweet romance!
Chance and Darren meet on a flight. Their time together is interesting. Chance arrives on the plane in pajama pants and with a giant container of cheese balls. Darren was instantly attracted, despite the odd first impression. Darren wanted to ignore him, and keep to himself, but he couldn't help but to be drawn in to conversation by Chance. They flirted and had a good flight together but it ended there. Chance gave Darren his number but he never heard from him.

Months la
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
As a fan of age gap romances and of this author as well, I of course had my interest sparked as soon as I read the blurb for A Chance at Love. After reading it, I’m very happy to say it ticked a lot of my boxes, with just one peeve.

Chance was adorable and a bit goofy, but he was also intelligent, responsible and impulsive (in a very good way). I loved how he would take charge with Darren when it came to the physical intimacy, even when he’d become a bit hesitant at some points—which was actuall
May 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Blurb is actually fairly accurate, so I won’t rehash.

This was a kick-back, low angst, feel good read. Darren makes some assumptions about his seat-mate on a first-class flight based upon pajama bottoms and cheesy poofs. Chance manages to engage the stuffy man in a suit and both men find a connection. For myself, I liked that aspect of the story, that not everything is what it seems if you judge appearance only.

A couple of things to comment on: while this wasn’t a “Pretty Woman” plot, it certai
Shee Reader
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Can a confident younger man help Darren learn to let go?

On the flight back home to San Diego, Chance Emerson meets an intriguing older man. They flirt, and Chance hopes for more, but the man never calls. Months later, they meet again at a charity auction. Chance decides this time he isn’t walking away.

Darren Walsh can’t stop thinking about the gor
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, contemporary
4.25 Stars!

I really enjoyed this book. It was a sweet May/December story that had heat, great banter, and little angst.

Darren initially dismisses Chance when they meet on a flight, but Chance manages to intrigue him. They have an enjoyable time talking together, but when Chance gives Darren his card, Darren never calls. They eventually meet up at a charity auction months later, where they decide they don't want to walk away from each other again. They try to keep their relationship to themselve
Mari Cardenas ~ Bayou Book Junkie
4.25 Stars!

Darren and Chance meet during a trip from Houston to San Diego and while they hit it off and Chance gives Darren his number, Darren doesn't call him. Neither of them is able to fully stop thinking of the other, though, so when they meet again a few months later at a charity event, they hook up and after that, they just can't stay apart. However, their age difference and the difference in their social and economic status might prove too difficult to overcome in the long run.

I loved the
Mainely Stories
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
The first name of the main character, Chance, is a clue to the theme of this story about a 'chance' meeting on an airplane between a graduate student and older lawyer.   Chance is a gregarious young man and initially, the fastidious lawyer tried to ignore him.  Chance, with his 'no filter' outgoing personality, was difficult to ignore.  When Chance was obviously frightened during turbulence, Darren's gave up all pretense of ignoring him and by the end of the flight, both men felt a connection be ...more
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a charming story with low angst and feel-good vibes. Funny and sexy with interesting, genuine characters.
I loved the trope. Romances with an age gap are a favorite of mine, so I jumped at the chance to read this book. And I must say, it is very well done. Meeting 23-year-old grad student Chance, clad in pajama bottoms and holding a big tub of cheese balls, is not what 40-year-old Darren expected while flying home to San Diego. So out of sight, but not out of mind.
Months later they meet
Sarah Jones
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5* Chance and Darren meet while on a flight back to San Diego where Darren is a philanthropist and Chance is a grad student. They meet up again a few months later at one of Darren’s favorite events of the year and decide to give each other a chance after hooking up and realizing once wouldn’t be enough.

I absolutely loved their first meeting and could see it happening to any one of us on a plane – buttoned up business person and the quirky seat mate! It was both funny and sweet and was nice to
Faye Kennedy
💖🔥 Holly smokes. There first meeting is nothing like there second meeting. Neither could forget there encounter on the plane. The start was good but it isn't until you get further into the book that you get the connection. Hot scenes of the younger man, Chance dominating Darren in the bedroom. A storyline of an older rich man dating a student from a Houston ranch. Angst for Chance feeling like he didn't fit with Darren, and both are waiting for it to end it. Things go fine until reality comes kn ...more
MJ's Book Blog and Reviews
Review by: Jennifer
(3.5 stars)

On a flight from Texas to California, Chance and Darren strike up a conversation that includes some flirting and more than a few lustful glances. When Chance gives Darren his number in hopes of getting more connected, Darren never calls him. Both think of the other for months, both regretting the missed opportunity. Until fate strikes and they happen to be at the same gala. Darren makes sure that he doesn't let this opportunity pass by. When the two decide to try fo
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fun and enjoyable romance where the unexpected becomes perfect timing. There are so many charming moments and fun scenes in this engaging story. The writing flowed and the characters can be pictured in the minds eye.

Chance and Darren are so different, yet they find common ground to build a relationship on and it is touching to see them figure out how much they mean to each other. Different lifestyles and different age groups can be challenging sometimes to find a balance that is nurturing for
Sarita Chapdelaine
May 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
I was really looking forward to reading this book as I love May/December romances and I love the storyline. Unfortunately it was very slow in the beginning and I was about a third of the way in before the pace picked up and I started to enjoy it. I do love Chance and his delightful personality but I never really connected with Darren. They didn't really work as a couple for me and it had nothing to do with the 17 year age gap between them but is more about Darren being so reluctant to start and ...more
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Had the 2nd half of the book not been as amazing as it was, had I not shed tears with the characters, it would not have earned 4 stars. If you are willing to give this book a try I promise if you get through a few chapters you will enjoy it also.

This is a new to me author and honestly I am not sure she would become a regular author I would read. The reason for this is because although I enjoyed the book. I struggled with it for the first half. I don't know if it was the style, the flow of the st
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Forty year old Darren meets 23 year old Chance when they are seated next to each other on a flight. I really enjoyed their first meeting. It was a great start that kept me wanting to know how it would progress. I found it amusing that Chance was in his pyjamas.
They meet again at a charity event. Both men are wildly attracted to each other but both assume it's futile, they almost go their separate ways again.
They soon realise that a one night stand is not enough.
The chemistry these men had was o
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Darren and Chance don't seem like they have much in common when they first meet, but that's not quite true. Darren quickly discovers that he can be himself more with Chance than with anyone else he knows. He even discovers new things about himself, thanks to Chance. Chance seems confident and fearless, but he begins to question his own value in their relationship. The two could be so good together, or they could tear each other apart. I liked these men so much, and their story was sweet, sexy, a ...more
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book from LesCourt Author Services. This is my honest opinion and review.

Overall I liked this book. I do feel that it slowed in some areas, but not too much. I feel like this is a 3.5, but it still rates closer to a 4 than a 3. I liked the characters and think they are great people, but I want a little more depth from them. I really wish that we got to see more of them together once they admit to their feelings. I think it would be great to see them out when they are bo
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a great book if you like a story with a slight age gap between the Characters, it's not so much May to December more May to July. Where Chance is the aggressor rather the older Darren, The Characters are well written and enjoyable, relatable with a sweet banter apart from when Chance talks dirty between them which I really liked. I am hoping that we hear more about these Characters and other secondary ones as they need their HEA too. The story is steamy and hot in places with Chance firm ...more
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Silvia Violet writes fun, sexy stories that will leave you smiling and satisfied. She has a thing for characters who are in need of comfort and enjoys helping them surrender to love even when they doubt it exists. Silvia's stories include sizzling contemporaries, paranormals, and historicals. When she needs a break from listening to the voices in her head, she spends time baking, taking long walks ...more