The Auspicious Troubles of Chance

The Auspicious Troubles of Chance

by Charlie Cochet

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ISBN-13: 9781613725573
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: 06/20/2012
Series: The Auspicious Troubles of Love , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 172
Sales rank: 942,059
File size: 532 KB

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The Auspicious Troubles of Chance 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lucilu2 More than 1 year ago
A free copy of the book The Auspicious Troubles of Chance was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Overall, I found the story entertaining and it turned out to be a rather sweet love story. The story is told by Chance and the narration opens with his having just been shot. I found the first chapter a bit of a slow read. It was useful in getting an idea of Chance's personality but it seemed to go for quite awhile without giving any real information. There were a few spots in the chapter where questions are asked by an unknown person (I think it is supposed to be the reader so that we are having a conversation). One of the questions refers to a statement made by Chance that isn't actually anywhere in the narrative - I found this to be distracting. We don't see anymore of this question and answer format past chapter one, and I wouldn't have minded seeing it continue, but Chance's narrative was entertaining and engaging. With Chapter 2 the pace picks up and we learn of Chance's history and how he ended up in the French Foreign Legion and in Jacky's unit of misfits. We are introduced to Jacky, the Commandant, and Jonnie, Bobby, and Alexander three of Jacky's young and troubled charges. The story progresses with Chance's relationship to Jacky and his eventual friendship with the "brats". In getting to know Jacky and the boys, we see the how their influence starts to change Chance's self image and attitude. Interestingly, it his interaction with the youths, specifically a conversation with the heretofore mute Bobby, that sparks Chance's transformation from screw-up to a competent and trusted team member. The loves scenes were not described in great detail so if you're looking for a tale with in-depth details of raunchy man on man action this isn't the story for you. I found the love scenes to be as well-written and entertaining as the rest of the story. The only real complaints I have about the story come at the end. SPOILER ALERT: I didn't care for the fact that none of the "brats" ended up in a happy love situation. It reminded me too much of the standard yaoi formula that involves prolonged periods of unrequited love. I suppose it leaves the door open to tell the other character's stories of finding love in separate books, but I don't see why they would need to go eight or more years pining for each other and doing nothing about it. I also thought the reason for Chance being shot could've been a bit more compelling. Finally, I had a hard time reconciling the Jacky that likes to go to bars, drink, and start brawls with the Jacky we had come to know up to this point. In conclusion, I found this to be a sweet, sometimes humorous, and entertaining story and I would read more from this author.
PandoraEames1 More than 1 year ago
2.75 out of 5 stars (This book was provided for free by the author in exchange for an honest review.) Book takes place in the 1920s and 1930s. Main character Chance is walking through the woods when he gets shot in the chest. He falls to the ground. This starts a huge flashback about his life. Flashback takes up most of the book. He narrates everything from getting abandoned as a kid at the orphanage to joining the French Foreign Legion. Much of it is narrative summary. During the Legion parts, the book opens up into more actual scenes. No battles. Mostly troop movements and hanging around camp. The very young commander is Jacky Valentine. He has a heart of gold and a soft spot for hard-luck cases. This means he protects the soldiers who are emotionally damaged gay teenagers. He already has three under his wing. Chance becomes his fourth and favorite. Jacky and Chance become lovers. Here the story arc follows Chance’s emotional evolution. He starts out a jerk with no self-esteem. He lashes out at everybody with sarcasm and manipulation. This goes on a long time. Then he has an insight and changes his behavior. From there, he and Jacky discover a purpose in life. They struggle to fulfill their dream (well, Jacky’s dream) despite some brushes with death. I liked the book for the smooth writing and energetic pace. But the more I read, the more things started to wear on me. For example, the lack of realism. Chance gets shot in the leg, has the bullet dug out without morphine, and still feels like having sex that night? Wouldn’t he be in terrible pain? Or Jacky arranges immediate honorable discharges for his four protégés. The boys couldn’t have terminated their military contracts just because they felt like doing something else. Chance summarizes a lot. For example, Jacky finally has to resort to physical discipline to make Chance stop acting like the commander’s spoiled lapdog in front of the rest of the unit. Having to do this wrecks Jacky emotionally. And I’m still not sure what he had to do? Beat up Chance? Flog him? Such a dramatic change and source of tension in their relationship should have been shown in a scene. But my biggest problem is I couldn’t see Chance as a man. Not even with his tough-guy talk. He is completely female in his obsession with analyzing his feelings and discussing his relationship with Jacky. They even start serious conversations during foreplay, which stops one sex scene cold. Would an actual man ever choose talking over sex? I couldn’t get into the romance because I wanted two actual men. That is why I drop the rating from 3 stars to 2.75. But this book has many high ratings and I can see why. It has a polished writing style. It offers a fun, light-and-fluffy, Indiana Jones type adventure. The French Foreign Legion idea is interesting (though underdeveloped). The boys are adorable lost souls. Jacky is an appealing protective type. Chance has a humorous swagger to his viewpoint. All these things are good, and can weave a spell for the right reader. Especially readers who are tired of angst and heavy stuff. Other readers may want more grit and realism. ~ review by Pandora Eames
MaraJ73 More than 1 year ago
The title says it all!  Chance is definitely trouble.  I couldn't even begin to guess what kind of man would be able to handle him.  Well, the author has done a perfect job when she created Jacky because he the only one who could possibly tolerate Chance.  We all know where the two will end up and that's together, but the story is how they get there.  And what a ride it is.  This is the first I've read Charlie Cochet but it most certainly won't be the last.