Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Sue Brown Blog Tour: Chance to be King Review


Today I'm featuring Sue Brown's re-release, Chance to be King, on her Creative Minds Promotions blog tour. I received an advanced copy of her novella in exchange for a fair review for the purpose of this blog tour.


Book Link: Dreamspinner Press

Chance to be King is a contemporary romance featuring two men in the entertainment industry--though neither of them know who or what the other does for a living. They meet on a dark night when Eric nearly runs Thomas over. Eric's exhausted and in need of a break from his stressful life, and he misses the turn off to the small cottage he's rented--a cozy little place for him and his two dogs to enjoy some peace and quiet in the country.

But peace and quiet is far from what Eric finds as he gets to know Thomas. They have pretty instant chemistry, though there are a few hiccups, to say the least. Someone's causing trouble--and Eric nearly dies. Thomas takes him in because, surprise! he's the owner of the cottage Eric was renting before it was burned down.

The police become involved, quickly zeroing in on a suspicious stranger Thomas ran off his property. But who's his target? Eric or Thomas? Why would anyone want to hurt either of them? Can they be truthful with each other and move beyond their secrets?

I really liked Eric's character. His bond with his dogs was adorable. I could relate to his migraine issues, unfortunately, but that helped make his character very real to me. I had a harder time with Thomas' character. He ran hot and cold, which wasn't explained for quite some time even as they professed their love to each other after just a few days. That type of insta-love in a contemporary story is hard for me to see as believable, but the dramatic events and the way Thomas and Eric have to rely and depend on each other helps explain some of the connection.

Beyond the insta-love element, I found the story to be smoothly written and easy to read. It keep me reading until late in the night, from start to end without stopping. I like that the romance is a major factor in the story, yet there are other elements woven in the plot to ensure the reader doesn't get bored along the way--because face it, we all know we're going to find a happy ending. And I think readers will really like this one!

Sue Brown is owned by her dog and two children. When she isn't following their orders, she can be found plotting at her laptop. In fact she hides so she can plot and has gotten expert at ignoring the orders.

Sue discovered M/M erotica at the time she woke up to find two men kissing on her favorite television series. The series was boring; the kissing was not. She may be late to the party, but she's made up for it since, writing fan fiction until she was brave enough to venture out into the world of original fiction.

Sue can be found at her -
Website: http://www.suebrownstories.com/    Blog: http://suebrownsstories.blogspot.co.uk/
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Make sure you enter follow each stop on Sue's Blog Tour and enter her contest!!
Dec. 15
Dec. 20
Dec. 26
Charlie Cochet – Promo Spotlight
Prism Book Alliance – Guest Post
Foxylutely Books – Guest Post + Book Review
Dec. 16
Dec. 22
Dec. 27
Alicia Nordwell – Book Review
Bike Book Reviews – Book Review
Elisa: My Reviews & Ramblings – Promo Spotlight
Andrew Q. Gordon – Promo Spotlight
Dec. 17
Dec. 23
Dec. 29
Elin Gregory – Promo Spotlight
RJ Scott – Guest Post
GGR-Review – Guest Post
Molly Lolly – Promo Spotlight
MM Good Book Review – Review + Promo Spotlight
Inked Rainbow Reads – Book Review
Dec. 18
Dec. 24
Dec. 30
LM Brown – Guest Post
The Novel Approach – Guest Post
Amanda C. Stone – Author Interview
Two Men Are Better Than One – Promo Spotlight
Dec. 19
Dec. 25
Dec. 31
Love Bytes Reviews – Author Interview + Spotlight
Diverse Reader – Book Review
3 Chicks After Dark – Author Spotlight
BFD Book Blog – Book Review + Author Interview
Eric paused for a minute to take in his surroundings. The lake was huge, surrounded by reeds and banked in places by sandy beaches. A short note in the paperwork said it was suitable to swim in, and Eric had brought his trunks hopefully. There seemed to be a narrow path following the shoreline. Eric called to the dogs and set off to follow it. He didn’t necessarily want to explore all of it today, but he did think the dogs would benefit from a long walk after being cooped up in the truck for most of the previous day.
 In places the overhanging branches meant Eric needed to duck, one of the disadvantages of being well over six feet tall. The dogs, however, had no such issues, and they plowed ahead eagerly. Their enthusiasm meant he lost sight of them until he reached a clearer spot in the trees. Eric could hear them splashing up ahead and smiled to himself. Millie was a terror for getting in the water, be it puddle or pond. Toby was more of a wimp and would dance around the edges before finally getting up the courage to venture in.
Eric finally reached the shoreline, to see Millie in the water as he expected. However, the man playing with her as she swam around was a surprise. He’d obviously been swimming, because he was bare from the waist up and—oh fuck—he was a vision: lean muscles, firm abs, and dark nipples against tanned skin. Yummy. Not that Eric was looking closely. At all. Okay, maybe it didn’t take much for Eric to react to a gorgeous man dancing half-naked in cold water.
Eric squinted as he looked a bit closer. Wasn’t this his rescuer from last night? Tim… Tony… Thomas… that was it, Thomas.
“Morning,” Eric drawled as he watched them play. “Hope she’s not bothering you too much.”
 As Eric spoke, Thomas looked up and stopped horsing around. Millie gave a disappointed bark as she paddled and nudged Thomas’s hand hopefully. Thomas ran his hands though his hair to get the drips out of his face, his muscles rippling in a most distracting way. Eric’s cock was quite appreciative and twitched in his sweats.
“I don’t get too many dogs rushing to join me in my morning swim.” “Sorry, she never can resist getting in the water.”
Eric was trying hard to concentrate on the conversation, but really, most of his attention was taken by the view in front of him. He spent his days surrounded by handsome men and beautiful women, but this man took his breath away. His dark blond hair curled damply around his ears, and his bright blue eyes sparkled in amusement. Damn, could I get more girly?
“Eric?” Eric blinked. “Uh… yes?” He’d been so busy staring at the water droplets running down Thomas’s chest… and—oh, are they freckles? Eric couldn’t tell from this distance.
 “Earth to Eric?”
 He dragged his gaze away reluctantly from Thomas’s body to his face. Not that it was any less distracting with those eyes…. Fuck, those eyes. “Yes?” Thomas was smirking at him unashamedly.
“Would you mind calling your dog back? I’m getting cold now, and I’d like to get out.”
Eric stared at him stupidly for a minute, and then his brain finally got on board with the conversation. “Yes… I mean, sorry. Millie, come here girl.”
Book Details
 Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
 Cover Artist: DWS Photography
 Release Date: 17th December, 2014
 Book Link: Dreamspinner Press
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  1. I love Sue Brown's stories! Chance to be King is on my Kindle already, as are most of her other books. Still have a few on my wish list though. An extra bonus besides her engaging writing style is that most of the stories are set in the UK.


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