By Chance (Courtland Chronicles #1) by Cat Grant


By ChanceA life of wealth and privilege doesn’t equal happiness—just ask Eric Courtland. Growing up with a cold, unfeeling father and unstable mother has taught him exactly what he doesn’t want out of life or love. The troubled young man prefers a solitary life and is content to keep it that way until a campus emergency saddles him with an unwanted roommate.

Popular, wholesome, straight Nick Thompson is far more temptation than Eric’s prepared for, but Nick’s warm, easygoing manner gradually cracks through Eric’s prickly protective shell.

After Eric suffers a traumatic attack, their friendship gives way to an intense passion. Eric’s no stranger to casual sex, but what he feels for Nick is something deeper, and more fragile.

Independent Eric doesn’t know the first thing about being in a relationship, much less with a lover who can’t even admit he’s gay. But conservative Nick can’t seem to find his way out of his own personal closet. 

Rock, meet hard place.


My Review:

The story itself was actually pretty rushed, which made it so that there wasn’t a lot of chemistry between the characters or even character growth. This was one of the those books that unfortunately seemed more like the author was speaking directly to me in their own voice instead of creating several different voices for the multitude of characters in the story. There were also some characters that were so flipping annoying that I skimmed right over them. There were good moments, but I did end up skimming through a lot of the bullshit that clouded this book.

As for Eric and Nick…..meh. The romance was very rushed. I felt that there was a big chuck of the chemistry and build up that was just missing. They didn’t really have any cute or romantic moments that made me swoon. It was a pretty lacking romance. They did have a few moments that were cute, but they didn’t have any moments that stole my heart. Also, neither one of them was overly amazing. I guess that I liked Eric more than Nick, but I definitely wouldn’t add either one of them to my best book boyfriends list.

Overall, I probably wouldn’t continue this series unless they all became free. I don’t ever see myself paying to continue this series since it wasn’t that great of a first book. Also, I’ve read the descriptions of the other books, and I’m sort of appalled at what Cat Grant eventually does to Eric and Nick’s relationship. That’s not something that I as a reader want to put myself through.


Pages: 116

Publication Date: 2012

Publisher: Cat Grant Books

Rating: [rating: 2]