Book Review: The Auspicious Troubles of Chance (The Auspicious Troubles of Love Book 1) – Charlie Cochet

Published June 20, 2012
Format: Novel
Genre And Theme: LGBT, Historical Romance
Length: 172 pages, ebook
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Ebook ISBN: 9781613725573
Characters: Chance Irving, Jacky Valentine

I’ve had this title for the longest time now and I’m not sure why I ‘ve totally forgotten about it since I bought it (along with Charlie’s previous works) after reading the author’s mega hit series, THIRDS. But while waiting for the last book of the THIRDS series, I decided to read Charlie’s back catalogue and here I am telling you about this beautiful story – pre-THIRDS success of the author.

Blurb: 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.

A 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 just have to say that I absolutely adore Chauncey Irving aka Chance. He’s a fascinating character that you’d root for onset of the story. I loved his sass, his vulnerability, and his overall personality. He’s just so endearing as a child and as a trouble magnet adult. For fans of Dexter Daley – it is very easy to conclude that Charlie does have a prototype when it comes to his main characters. Chance is basically Dex’s twin brother from another era.

Then we have Jacky – good ol’ Jacky who have a soft spot for the cases like Jacky and his gangly unit of three troubled youths whom I equally adore like Jacky and Chance.

The story is fast-paced and very affecting at times. The blossoming relationship of Jacky and Chance is what the millenials are now calling #relationshipgoals  which made me swoon and tear up a bit!

I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a feel good read about second chances in life and love.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

About The Author
Charlie Cochet is an author by day and artist by night. Always quick to succumb to the whispers of her wayward muse, no star is out of reach when following her passion. From adventurous agents and sexy shifters, to society gentlemen and hardboiled detectives, there’s bound to be plenty of mischief for her heroes to find themselves in, and plenty of romance, too!

Currently residing in Central Florida, Charlie is at the beck and call of a rascally Doxiepoo bent on world domination. When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found reading, drawing, or watching movies. She runs on coffee, thrives on music, and loves to hear from readers.

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