I wish I could say I really enjoyed this short story, but unfortunately I cannot. After reading the book's synopsis and falling in love with the gorgeous cover, I thought this would be an interesting look at how two men, who were formerly teacher and student, can move past all of the obstacles in their way and possibly fall in love. That is not what happened at all.
Throughout most of the book Daniel laments about how in love he is with Chance and the fact that he's 17 years older. It's brought up constantly.
"Would Chance want to be with someone 17 years older?"
"How could Chance deal with being with a man 17 years older than himself?"
"I'm so much older than Chance..."
"Does Chance even like men?"
During the four years Chance is at Julliard, Daniel tries to move on from his love (which I would call an obsession) for his former student. He tries dating and ultimately fails every time because he just can't get Chance out of his head and heart. Even the word "chance" in a random conversation can trigger an ache in Daniel's heart.
In the end, I didn't feel any chemistry between the two MCs. To me, Chance looked up to Daniel as a confidant who was wise and experienced at life. Daniel seemed to fixate on Chance in an unhealthy way. There was an abundance of telling versus showing in this quick read, which made it even more difficult to connect with the characters, and the creep factor just turned me off altogether. Not my cup of tea.
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
Release Date: February 17, 2016
Less Than Three Press