Love By Chance

by Blake Allwood

Love By Chance - Blake Allwood - Chances series
Part of the Chance Series series:
Editions:Kindle: $ 3.49
Pages: 193

Restaurant Entrepreneur, Elian Whitman believes hard work and determination usually wins out in the end, but that theory is put to the test after meeting the handsome but reticent Martin Williams.

Martin knows better than anyone that relationships can fall apart when you least expect them to. After a nasty break-up he leaves his Texas home and restarts his life as a restaurant critic in Fort Lauderdale.

Just as Martin is coming to terms with the belief that he’s going to spend the rest of his life alone, he comes face to face with the sexy Elian who throws his perfectly controlled world into chaos.

Despite the roadblocks Martin throws up, Elian is persistent, but is persistence enough to break through Martin’s thick walls and give them both a chance at love?


“I liked them,” I said too quietly, then turned toward the group. “I actually liked them. They were sweet and accommodating and even understanding but …” I drifted off, then said to the woman next to me, “Pass me another beer. I plan to get totally wasted, ladies.”

They all cheered, but not as much as they had before. “Martin,” Kristine asked, “if you liked them, why did you leave?”

After a moment I replied, “It isn’t them; it was me. Actually, it was Peter, or at least his mother.”  Everyone seemed confused, except Kristine, who just looked sad.


I sighed then explained, “Peter is my ex. We were actually engaged to be married, at least for a few days. His mother was a psychopath who hated me.  So, on Christmas Eve, she cornered me where Peter couldn’t hear and ripped me up and down, saying some of the nastiest things anyone has ever said to me. When I told him what she said, he broke up with me, telling me it was best that he understood what kind of person I was before we got married.”

Several of the women gasped. “Oh, honey,” Renee said and put her hand on mine.

“So, last night, I’m at this party and hanging out with these people, and they were all wonderful, but I couldn’t think of anything except that horrible woman. No amount of alcohol drowned out her hatred. So I ran. I’m a total chickenshit that ran away because I was being haunted by my ex’s evil mother. How pathetic is that?” I asked the group.

“Not pathetic at all,” Kenise, a woman I’d not met before tonight said in a Jamaican accent. “There is nothing worse than a man’s evil mother. My first husband’s mother was Lucifer himself wrapped in the cloak of a woman’s body. She terrorized me from the day we met until the day I cast her spawn aside. If anyone can haunt your dreams, Martin, it’s the mother of your man.”

The rest of the women agreed with her and each took turns sharing horrifying encounters with disapproving mothers. “We should all vow never to be evil mothers,” Kristine chimed in, and they all toasted the vow.

The night was exactly what I needed: we drank, danced, bar hopped, ogled men, then trash-talked them in general when we got back into the limo. I got way past drunk, and I wasn’t exactly sure when we got back home, but somehow, I’d been dumped back in my apartment and into my bed.

Reviews:Lisa K on wrote:

This was a great book about two men who met by chance. They decided to have a sort of fake relationship for business purposes, which, of course didn't end up staying fake. It was nice to see how sweet Elian was with Martin. This is the beginning of a great series.

Dian Puspita Sari on wrote:

Martin failed relationship made him jaded and wary about romantic relationship, comes Elian so persistent to pursuing him and what I like about Elian is, he's respected Martin's space, takes his time to win Martin's heart.

About the Author

Blake Allwood was born in Tennessee, then moved to Kansas City MO after attending college in Lamoni, Iowa. He met his husband in 1995 and officially married in 2015, once gay marriage was legalized. In 2017, he and his husband sold their home, purchased an RV and began traveling the country with their two dogs, Buddy and Denver. Their travels provide the inspiration and settings for many of his novels.

Aiden Inspired (Apr 2019) is his first published novel, featuring two unique characters from New York and Washington State who meet and develop an unlikely bond. His second novel, Suzie Empowered (Feb 2020), is a followup featuring Aiden's sister Suzie as she overcomes her fear of relationships with straight men due to a sexual assault in high school. In March, Blake will return to gay romance with his release of Bobby Transformed and plans to release a new gay romance each month for the remainder of 2020.

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