My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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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 derogatory remarks are fun to read.
Jacky Valentine - A hero’s hero. Gorgeous, firm and passionate, he find’s Chance to be the ultimate challenge and boy does Chance challenge Jacky.
Johnnie Wolfe – He’ll break your heart. Let’s find him an HEA okay Charlie?
Bobby Haven – Quiet, sweet and adorable.
Alexander Reed – Intelligent and stupid. Can’t he see he’s in love?
I couldn’t believe what I had done. Not having sex with him. I could easily believe that. I couldn’t believe I had allowed him to put me in such a susceptible state, that I had actually agreed to something as ridiculous as putting my trust into some mug I had just met, and an officer, no less.
From the footlights of Broadway to the sandy desert of Algiers this “lightly” historical romance travels through Chance Irving’s life. He finds himself angry, alone and boxed in as a soldier in the French Foreign Legion. Fortunately, he meets Jacky Valentine, in said box, who renames him, reawakens him and gives him much more from life then he ever thought he could have. They are lovely together and will have your heart soaring.
First person, past tense is not my favorite perspective, but I just loved it here. Chance's narrative flowed smoothly. Charlie Cochet has a wonderful cast of characters and she shows you their qualities, through Chance’s eyes, with upbeat humor even in the midst of some
The Auspicious Troubles of Love: Book One
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 misfits and rabble-rousers like him—a unit he finds just in time to be captured and thrown into a cell with his new commandant, Jacky Valentine.
A highly respected commandant with a soft spot for hard luck cases, Jacky is the kind of guy who would go to war for you, and the three equally troubled youths from his unit he’s more or less adopted feel the same way about him. Suddenly Chance starts to think that his life doesn’t have to be as desolate and barren as the wastelands around him.
But even after their escape, with the promise of a future with Jacky to buoy his spirits, or maybe because of it, Chance can’t stop making mistakes. He disobeys orders, lashes out at the boys in Jacky’s care, and blazes a trail of self-destruction across the desert—until someone makes him realize he’s hurting more than just himself.
If you’re a die hard history buff, this may not be your cup of tea. The author bends the rules intentionally to make a very readable historical. I really loved this and expect to enjoy then next book in the series.
From the publisher:
Timeless Dreams title: While reaction to same-sex relationships throughout time and across cultures has not always been positive, these stories celebrate M/M love in a manner that may address, minimize, or ignore historical stigma.
I would like to thank author Charlie Cochet for providing me a review copy in exchange for my honest review.
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