Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Blog Tour, eARC Review Excerpt & #Giveaway: Chance To Be King (2nd Edition) by Sue Brown

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

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: DWS Photography

Release Date: 17th December, 2014

Book Link: Dreamspinner Press

2nd Edition After working nonstop for two years, actor Eric Pawlowski desperately needs a respite from his grueling schedule and the crippling migraines that come with it. Thinking that a few weeks in a secluded cottage is just the thing, his vacation gets off to a rough start when he almost mows down the only other guy who lives on the remote road. Fortunately Thomas is quick to forgive, and soon he, Eric, and Eric's two dogs are palling around like they've known each other for years. 
But when Eric witnesses Thomas coldly order a lost stranger off his property, he starts to question how well he knows him. Despite a mutual attraction that has Eric cursing every time a well-meaning member of the nearby small town interrupts their attempts to get intimate, Eric wonders if acting on his desire for Thomas will get him involved in a situation he shouldn't be in. When his rented cabin catches fire in the middle of the night and the firemen call it arson, it confirms Eric’s suspicions. 
To keep Eric with him, it's up to Thomas to come clean about who he is... and his involvement in a decade-old web of tragedy and revenge into which Eric has unwittingly walked. 


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.

Review by multitaskingmomma
My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

One of the things that made me love this story was the romance that developed so effortlessly between Eric and Tom. I guess we can call this an insta-love type of story but it became more than that once the plot segued to the story behind Tom's fear of socializing outside of his comfort zone: his home county.

We have Eric Pawlowski, a.k.a. Sky Davies, an action star whose movies were blockbusters but never A listed. He is an entertainment kind of actor and he banked on his popularity to get to his goals. Unfortunately, his acting schedules merged one right after the other and he was reaching the point of burning out, both literally and figuratively. His first vacation in two or more years brings him to an isolated cottage in the middle of nowhere where the only entertainment served are beer and karaoke nights in the one bar somewhere in town. It is a very small town and people knew each others' secrets. He brings his dogs and... gets lost.

Thomas (or Tom) was nearly run over by a rented SUV driven by some over-tired and sleepy driver looking for a cottage he knew not where the address was. Thankfully, Tom knew the way and takes it upon himself to play host. Well, he really was in fact the host as he owned the out of the way cottage. 

The two men hit it off almost instantly, after Eric apologizes for nearly killing his host that is. The dogs Millie and Toby were a great help too for they made sure to get the two men together by making them fell over one or the other so each could rescue the other man. Yeah, the way those dogs think, they are great match makers. Anyways, it worked and the men slowly fall for each other. Complications come in the form of arson where Eric nearly gets killed. The mystery is set and the search for the arsonist leads to Tom revealing his past and why he needed to make sure he is never in the public eye. As for Eric, well, he knows where Tom is coming from, being subjected to constant stalking himself. 

The first time I read Chance to be King was way back in 2010. I had actually read the first edition like, three times (?) before this 2nd edition came out. What attracted me then was the title and it still makes me smile when I see it. Just like Shakespeare meant, both Tom and Eric had fears they were running away from but because they now each had the other, they took a chance and let their fates merge and bring them over to the path of, hopefully, a happy life together. The title really is meant for the last part, when all mysteries are revealed and the end result was Tom and Eric's HEA. They had nothing to loose so they went for it. 

This is a light hearted and romantic story that made me smile first time I read it, and it still does. Yes, obviously because of the dogs' antics and also because the men were just so normal. They had a good thing going and they took it without question. Still on my favorites list, 1st edition then, and now for the 2nd edition. 

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3 E-copies of “Chance to be King”


  1. I haven't read all the books by her but those I read are good, she is one of my favorite authors. =)

  2. new author for me..havent read any of her work yet