Chaser (Chaser and Raining Men #1) by Rick R. Reed

Caden DeSarro is what they call a chubby chaser. He likes his guys with a few extra pounds on them. So when he meets Kevin Dodge in a bar bathroom, he can’t help but stare. As far as Caden is concerned, Kevin is physically perfect: a stocky bearded blond. But Caden gets tongue-tied and misses his chance.
When Caden runs into Kevin one night on the el train, he figures it’s fate offering him a second shot. Caden manages to get invited back to Kevin’s place for a one-night stand that turns into the kind of relationship he’s dreamed about.
But the course of true love never runs smoothly—Kevin and Caden’s romance is no exception. When Caden returns from a few weeks away on business, Kevin surprises him with a new and “improved” body—one that fits Caden’s shallow friend Bobby’s ideal, but not Caden’s. Caden doesn’t know what to do, and his hesitation is just the opportunity Bobby was looking for.

Another Rick R. Reed book and another near miss. Honestly, the only person in this book that I cared about was Kevin. That may sound harsh, but it’s how I felt, even when Caden finally came to his senses. And don’t even get me started on Bobby.

To be fair, it was a good story, but not a great HEA. Sure, things worked out for Caden and Kevin in the end, but I’m not so sure I wanted it to work out that way… which is not the way I expect to be feeling when I reach the end of what I expected to be a romance. *sigh*

That being said, I haven’t given up on this author or this series. Am I a glutton for punishment? Maybe, but I’m also a fan of any author who can change my opinion of a character that I loath. Raining Men is next and it’s Bobby’s book. Right now the jury’s out on whether or not I want him to find a HEA. Rick R. Reed has his work cut out for him and I’m just curious enough to stick around and see if he can make it happen.

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