Sam reviews ‘Chase the Stars:’ Lang Downs, Book 2. The audiobook was published by Dreamspinner Press on March 18th, 2014 and is 8 hours long. EBook was released on September 9th, 2012 and is 250 pages long. Narrated by Robert G. Davis.
This book was provided free of charge by the author for an honest review.
Twenty-year-old Chris Simms is barely keeping his head above water. After losing his mother and his home, he struggles to provide for himself and his brother. When homophobes attack him, he thinks his life is over, but then he’s rescued by jackaroos from a nearby sheep station. He’s as stunned to be offered a job there as he is to discover both the station owner and foreman are gay.
For Chris, Lang Downs is a dream – one that only gets better when Chris realizes the jackaroo he’s crushing on, Jesse Harris, is gay and amenable to a fling. Everything goes well until Chris realizes he’s falling for Jesse a lot harder than allowed by their deal.
Jesse is a drifter who moves from station to station, never looking for anything permanent. Convinced Chris is too young and fragile for a real relationship, he sets rules to keep things casual. Watching the station owner and his foreman together makes Jesse wonder if there are benefits to settling down, but when he realizes how Chris feels about him, he panics. He and Chris will have to decide if a try for happiness is worth the risk before the end of the season tears them apart.
Chase the Stars is the second book in the series. However, it is the first one I have had the opportunity to listen to. I heard it could be a standalone so I decided to see how it was instead of starting with the first book. That being said, I would love to go back now and listen to book one to get more of the back ground of the characters.
Chase the Stars was a treat for me in a way. Not only did I get Jesse and Chris’s story, I experienced a great deal of Macklin and Caine’s story as well. So it was more of a two stories in one book for me.
The author starts this off with a bang and has you instantly engrossed in what is happening. I felt bad for the life Chris has been dealt recently. Not only is he dealing with a death of his mother, but being discarded the way he was with a younger brother to protect and take care of isn’t easy. I was instantly connected to his character and wanted better for him.
Then we meet Jesse. Jesse is likable from the get go. He has a hard time trusting and finding a place of his own. Therefore, he drifts from sheep station to sheep station not putting down roots. I love how he takes Chris under his wing. Not only are both of them gay, they both are highly attracted to each other as well. Chris and Jesse start out as friends and then decide that a friends with benefits arrangement works even better. Knowing that Jesse is leaving at end of season neither man plans on letting his heart get involved.
While listening Jesse and Chris’s story we get quite a bit of Macklin and Caine’s story as well. I love seeing Macklin and Kaden together. They have such great qualities. They are sweet, protective and extremely hot together. Macklin still has underlying issues that he keeps hidden away. When he finally lets the walls down and shares his past with Caine, it is beautiful to witness. They are such wonderful men. I love how they look after the workers and have their best interest at heart. Caine is so endearing. He is like a mother hen wanting everyone to be as happy as he is.
There are a lot of other secondary characters that I adore. Seth, Chris’s brother, Neil and Patrick are the ones we see the most of. They add a lot to the story and are easy to connect with as well.
Ariel Tachna did a great job writing Chase the Stars. It flows well. I could easily picture the character and scenes. William James does a wonderful job narrating. It is easy to follow along. I was able to distinguish characters without any problems. He is able to add the right amount of emotion at the right time, to his voice during all the different scenes. This made it all come to life and seem very realistic. I would definalty listen to more by this narrator in the future
I look forward to listening to more of this series. I want to see how Jesse and Chris’s as well as Macklin and Caine’s story continues on. I will also be going back to book one to learn how Macklin and Caine’s story began
Ariel Tachna lives outside of Houston with her husband, her daughter and son, and their cat. Before moving there, she traveled all over the world, having fallen in love with both France, where she found her husband, and India, where she dreams of retiring some day. She’s bilingual with snippets of four other languages to her credit and is as in love with languages as she is with writing.
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