Note: This ARC was provided by the authors in exchange for an honest review.
Conner Murphy left Oregon straight out of high school, heading straight for California, and has never regretted his decision since. Now living in West Hollywood, Conner is being the free spirit he's always been. He's currently enjoying working at The Steam Room, a cafe where he's also able to tweak recipes and create new food concoctions. He's also not one to enter into any sort of relationship with anyone, taking his cue from his hippie parents who believed in free love and going where the mood takes them. The last time he was back in hometown was for the funeral of his beloved uncle. When Conner finds out that he's inherited his uncle's 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle and that his childhood best friend Jamie Tolland has fixed it up and is driving it from Oregon to WeHo, he's excited to catching up with Jamie and showing him everything that WeHo has to offer. As they spend the next couple of weeks together, their friendship is reignited, but there's something else that sparks between them. Jamie is more than ready to be with someone like Conner, but is Conner open to accepting what his friend has to offer?
Chase the Sun is the second novel in the Free Fall series from the writing duo of Christina Lee and Nyrae Dawn and it features Conner, who was introduced in the series starter, Touch the Sky. This was a friends-to-lovers romance with a slow burn feel to it. Conner and Jamie are reconnecting years after the former left their hometown in Oregon. A good portion of the book has them hanging out and checking out WeHo, but Conner's curiosity has him looking at Jamie with new eyes, and Jamie is open to being with Conner but he's always been the kind of guy who prefers intimacy and commitment, and Conner...isn't. I adored Jamie because he was this sweet guy who didn't have a mean bone in his body and loved his family above all else, to the point that he was willing to put his self-imposed responsibilities to them before his own dreams and ambitions. He's never really left his hometown, so going to see Conner was an adventure for him and it made him realize that there was this whole new world that was so tempting. But even as he was eager to explore it, his concern for his parents was weighing on his mind too.
Now Conner was like a puppy minus the leash--eager to do many things, difficult to pin down when excitement takes over. I could relate to his lack of direction as well as his often unsaid worry about not being able to stick to something or someone for long. I liked that he was always upfront with Jamie when it came to what it was he could and could not offer him, but I did want to smack Conner a time or two because it was clear that he was breaking Jamie's heart by not being open to the possibility that he was capable of more. As much as I liked Conner and Jamie together, I got a kick out of Conner and his roommate Ezra's interactions with each other. Now these two had opposing personalities and Conner was like this overly exuberant child that poked at Ezra whenever he got the chance. That's not to say that I wanted them to connect on a romantic level, because Jamie was it for Conner, but I did like the brotherly vibe going on between Conner and Ezra. I readily admit that I didn't love Chase the Sun as much as I did Touch the Sky, but I DID love it and can't wait to read the next Free Fall novel. This gets five stars. ♥
Read my reviews for the Free Fall series:
Touch the Sky (book one) - five-plus stars - My Review
Chase the Sun (book two) - five stars - My Review (posted above)
Date Read: 08 September 2016
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