Book Reviews

Far Chance (A Touch of Love) by Helena Maeve at Dark Hollows Press

Genre Gay / Trans* / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 14-February-2017

Book Blurb

Invited to an ex-girlfriend’s wedding some sixteen hours away by plane, Noah Colfee is certain of three things: long-haul flights should be outlawed by the Geneva Convention, he doesn’t particularly want to see Suyin again, and he definitely knows the handsome stranger loitering in the lobby of his hotel.


The family resemblance between the man making eyes at him and Noah’s ex-girlfriend is so uncanny that they could be siblings. There’s just one problem: Suyin has just one sibling—a sister.

With lavish wedding festivities underway, Noah’s moods swing wildly between overwhelmed and restless as his hopes of a painless break are scuppered by the presence of a former lover. But if past is prophecy, Noah already ran off his lover eight years ago. Is there any sense in hoping for second chances?

Book Review

Attending the wedding of an ex-girlfriend can’t be easy, especially if she broke your heart. But this is not Noah’s only problem in this story – there are quite a few shocking surprises and unexpected revelations for him as the story develops. They all center around the ex’s brother, Alex, who seems awfully familiar to Noah. Intrigued by this mystery and Noah’s reactions, I was pulled into the discovery of what was going on. The setting also added to my fascination – Hong Kong around Valentine’s Day is a fabulous backdrop to the unfolding personal drama.

Noah’s mood swings between overwhelmed, restless, shocked, and intrigued as he slowly discovers the secret of his ex’s brother. I can’t say too much here without spoiling the surprise, but I can say that I was captivated despite my suspicions of what was going on. First of all, there is more to Alex and Noah than I suspected, and second of all, the drama is so well-timed that I just couldn’t stop reading. And yes, second chances are a part of the charm of this story – but so is the relief of admitting the truth.

If you like stories with lots of interpersonal drama, if you want to see how freeing it can be to come out and to become who you want to be, and if you’re looking for a read full of mystery, suspense, longing, and a wonderful second-chance happy ending, then you will probably like this short story.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 105 pages/11312 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 05-February-2015
Price $0.99 ebook
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