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    **I received a copy of this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.** It took me a bit to get into this book. The writing starts very conversationally in the first person, with the storyteller, Chauncey aka Chance, speaking to the reader. In the world of the story, it is then 1934 and Chance is at his home in England. And he has just been shot. This book is not your typical historical novel. It doesn't read like a historical novel. There were little things that threw me off at first. Phrases that seemingly belonged later in the 20th century, aka "packing heat," had me jumping on google to investigate the origins. (FYI, from my bit of research the term "packing a heater" was used when referring to a gun back in the early 1930's, the earliest I found use of packing heat wasn't until the 40's, but like I said, my research wasn't that in depth). After the first chapter, the story is a flashback telling of Chance's life from the theater in New York City (which I really enjoyed) to his time in the French Foreign Legion (where most of the story takes place). Overall though, I didn't think the setting, either time or place, had much influence on the story. The book is very much character driven. There are no big war time battles. Most of the book takes place different camps in the African desert. The main conflict is between Chance and himself. We watch and listen to him as he struggles through, looking at the world and those around him through the skewed lens of an orphan from NYC. He's a likeable enough character, even though he himself thinks himself unworthy. There is a cockiness to him that is endearing, yet it is easy enough to see why those around him want to smack him. When he meets Jacky, he has met his match, and like some around him, there was part of me that was wondering what Jacky saw in him. Jacky was a good man. Big, attractive, a leader. A man we are told is admired by all of the French Foreign Legion. Though he could be this kind of man in any other time or place. There was chemistry between him and Chance. And I was excited to see Chance get with the program and figure out what was going on, but again, there wasn't a whole lot to weed through and once he figures out one thing, the rest is getting over his own issues. It was probably the last 20% of the book I liked the most. When feelings came to a head, when the reader was given a bit more of a glimpse at the supporting characters. It was the supporting characters that I found most compelling. I found myself wanting to hear more about Bobby or Johnnie. And from the looks of things, there are other books that will tell their stories. This book was a decent read, the first I've read by this author. The writing style made me feel like I was watching a satirical movie of the 1930's. Words like "dame" seemed to be used just to let you know when this was taking place. At times it was definitely a bit distracting. I think this could have probably used an additional edit - there were times, mainly in the 193 parts - that I didn't really know where Chance was. One minute he's in the woods, the next he's throwing his vest on the floor, and then he's making himself "comfortable in some woodland creature's home." And when we return to 1934 I still couldn't figure out if Chance was in the woods or in his house. Summing up, despite its issues, I enjoyed the little trip through Chance's mind and thoughts and I plan on checking out the next book in the series.
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    The Auspicious Troubles of Chance

    A good historical male/male romance told with flashbacks.

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