A Chance Meeting Novel Book One
Cover Artist: Valerie Ullmer
Genre/s: Contemporary Gay Romance
Heat Rating: 4 flames
Length: 66 000 words
Release Date: March 26, 2019
Cameron Hayes believed himself to be a dedicated friend and a good son but destined to be alone. Because in his twenty-one years, he’d never fallen for anyone. Dating never appealed to him when he would rather spend a night at home. Despite his friend’s best intentions for Cameron to find a hookup for the night, he stayed at the bar as he nursed a beer. And that’s when Cameron spotted him and everything he knew evaporated with one look.
Rylan Ellis wanted one night out without complications. To forget about his overwhelming responsibilities and stress at home. He loved to lose himself in the music and ignore everyone around him. But when he happened a glance at the bar and spotted the tall, broad, and sexy-as-sin man, he felt drawn to him.
Soon, Cameron and Rylan learn about each other and establish their lives together. They also have to deal with a group of well-meaning friends, loving parents, and unexpected friendships. But most of all, a dangerous threat that could tear their lives apart.
Will a chance meeting turn into something more?
This novel contains heavy attraction at first sight and first-time gay sex between two men. There is no cheating or cliffhangers and ends with a happily ever after.
*Contains a brief mention of a prior sexual assault and violence in later scenes.
“Would you like to dance, Cameron?”
He couldn’t help his pause at the question. “I would love to, but I’ve never had a lot of rhythm and I’ll trample you.”
Rylan laughed and Cameron liked the scratchy, tinkling sound. He gifted him with something precious and rare because Cameron smiled as he realized Rylan’s laugh matched his soft, masculine voice.
“Don’t worry. I’ve got you.” Rylan slid his hand into Cameron’s bigger one and he allowed Rylan to pull him onto the dance floor.
As the other man led the way, Cameron’s gaze roamed over Rylan’s form. He loved how his hair, even when damp from the exertion of dancing, looked soft. He wanted to run his hands through it to see if it was as downy as it looked. The blond of Rylan’s hair was a little darker than his own, but it brought out the color in his eyes.
Rylan’s skin shimmered under the lights and Cameron had the strong urge to lean down and lick a swath along his delectable neck, tasting him. Because of his thoughts, he flushed when Rylan turned back to him and moved his hands to Cameron’s hips.
“Close your eyes.”
Cameron, trusting this man he’d met, he complied with his request. Cut off from one of his senses, sensations thrummed through him when Rylan tapped out a beat with his fingers against his waist. He’d somehow burrowed his hand underneath his tee and Cameron could the pads of his fingers on his bare skin.
“Are you paying attention?” Rylan laughed when Cameron’s head jerked up and caught his gaze.
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About the Author
Valerie writes romances.
Contemporary, Paranormal, Erotic, and Gay.
She lives in Denver, Colorado with her wonderfully supportive husband and their funny and wise black lab, Maddie. Valerie is addicted to coffee, crime shows, and reading and writing character-driven romances.
As a voracious reader, she’s believes that all writers are rock stars, and she hopes that people enjoy her stories as much as she loves the romance novels she’s devoured over the years!
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3.5 out of 5 stars
Cameron & Rylan by Valerie Ullmer is a new adult contemporary gay romance that features Cameron Hayes as he discovers a life-changing attraction that is reciprocated by Rylan Ellis. The two of them joyfully embark upon a relationship, but must find a way to deal with a darkness from Rylan’s past that threatens the happiness they have found together and the future they are working toward.
This story is the first book in the ‘A Chance Meeting’ series and is a celebration of the joy of new love and whirlwind romance. The relationship moves very fast, so one has to be willing to accept insta-love/lust, which flavors the entire story, and accepting of the almost fairytale aspect of some of the elements. I like that the two were supportive of each other and patient with insecurities and it’s so great that they have supportive friends, but there were a few things that bugged me, including, Rylan’s instant forgiveness of someone who should have been much more supportive and Cameron’s folks not being offended at being excluded even though they're supposed to be such a close-knit family. There are plenty of sizzling scenes, lots of “awww” moments, and a bit of danger that all combine to make this a fun quick read.
A copy of this title was provided for review