Title: Taking Chances
Author: John Goode
Series: Tales from Foster High
Publisher: DreamSpinner Press
Release Date: 8/7/2013
Page Count: 200
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
“A Tales from Foster High Story
Fearing the backlash of living as a gay man in Foster, Texas, Matt Wallace runs away to California, only to find it isn’t the Promised Land he’d hoped for. Christmas sees Matt returning to Foster, where he bumps into his old flame, high school jock Tyler Parker.
Now that they’re older, it doesn’t take Matt too long to figure out that love at first sight is a very real thing. The only problem is neither Matt nor Tyler seems to know what to do after that. They’re both running from the past—and each other—requiring some reverse engineering to actually spur the relationship past the false start.”
Review: “This book is part of a series, but can be read as a stand alone. I haven’t read any of the other stores and I was able to follow this one.
The story in itself had a good premise. I only had a problem with the back in forth through time. There wasn’t much to indicate that was what was going to happen. I had to read the first chapter a couple of times to get that he was in the past. Other than that it wasn’t bad.
Matt and Tyler are two men that grew up in the small town of Foster. You were an all American boy that played football. If you didn’t there was something wrong with you. They are both in the closet and are afraid of what will happen when or if it comes out. Matt seems at odds with his family and Tyler is just getting by. Matt is basically forced home the Christmas holiday and stumbles on his real first crush Tyler. Tyler took over for his parents when they left to move to Florida. This story is basically told from Tyler and Matt’s pov. However, Matt’s father has a pov and I actually liked that one the best. I actually felt what he was feeling for his son and his wellbeing. Matt and Tyler dance around each other and there is making out. There is heartbreak and that part killed me.
Matt got out of that town as soon as he could. He fled to San Francisco to be happy and change his life. Did it? He has a friend in Sophia, that he she leave and never look back. I thought she was horrid. I have no other words for her. I liked the supporting people from the other books. They’re not in it a lot but enough to see what th are up to.