Reviewed by Tammy
TITLE: Chasing The Dream
AUTHOR: Andrew Grey
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 183 Pages
RELEASE DATE: July 11, 2016
Born with a silver spoon in his mouth, Brian Paulson has lived a life of luxury and ease. If he’s been left lonely because of his family’s pursuit of wealth and their own happiness, he figures it’s a small price to pay for what he sees as most important: money. Cade McAllister has never had it easy. He works two jobs to support himself, his mother, and his special-needs brother. They don’t have much, but to Cade, love and taking care of the people who are important to him mean more than material possessions. When Cade is mugged in the park, he can’t afford to lose what little he has, and he’s grateful for Brian’s intervention. Cade is given a chance to return the favour when Brian’s grandfather passes away and Brian’s assets are frozen. Cade offers Brian a place to stay and helps him find work, and the two men grow closer as they learn the good and the bad of the very different worlds they come from. Just as Brian is starting to see there’s more to life than what money can buy, a clause in his grandfather’s will could send their relationship up in smoke.
Brian Paulson has always lived a life of luxury; he’s never had to work a day in his life.
Cade McAllister has never had anything; he’s had to work hard for everything he has ever wanted.
Brian lives a very idyllic life, he doesn’t work, he doesn’t really do much of anything except party and go out with his “friends”. Until one day he didn’t have anything, no money, no condominium, no fast car, nothing! And then, Brian had no “friends” either!
Cade lives from pay check to pay check. He never has any money to waste on anything. Cade works two jobs just to get by, by day Cade can be found working in a health club and by night he can be found waiting tables at Bartolome’s. When Cade isn’t working he’s looking after his developmentally delayed older brother Phillip so his mother can go to work.
Cade and Brian meet the day of Brian’s grandfather’s funeral. Cade had just had his wallet stolen and Brian turned around into the thief stopping him so Cade got his wallet back. That night Brian and his “friends” are at Bartolome’s for dinner with Cade as their waiter, when everyone left and Brian was paying the bill he discovers that none of his cards work. When he discovers that he also no longer has his car or his condominium Brian discovers that his so-called “friends” have no interest in helping him so he’s now for all intents and purposes, penniless and homeless!
After meeting Brian for all of a couple of minutes, Cade is the one who comes to Brian’s rescue and offers him a bed for the night. The next day when Brian meets with his grandfather’s lawyer he discovers that everything has been taken from him to teach him a lesson. The fact that his grandfather worked incredibly hard to earn the money that Brian spent like it was water. If Brian wants to inherit something meaningful he has to get himself a job, not ask his family for money, take what he has left over at the end of the week into his lawyer to show her he really does have a job.
It’s a huge wake-up call for Brian.
And so starts a time of discovery for Brian.
Cade offers to allow Brian to stay with him even though he only has a sofa for him to sleep on. Brian really doesn’t have any other options so he accepts and then he finds a job at the same health club Cade works at. Because Brian can’t get into his condo this means he doesn’t have any clothes to wear so Cade takes him clothes shopping at a second-hand store! Brian had no idea they even existed!
Please get your tissues ready! Andrew has done it again! The twists and turns of both Cade and Brian’s lives once they’re intertwined are truly eye-opening. Some you expect and then there are others that come up and smack you on the back of the head and you just have to have a good cry! I’m not going to say anymore because I will be spoiling the book for everyone and you all need to read Chasing the Dream!!