Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Book Shelf: Take a Chance (Chance #1) by Abbi Glines

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines comes the story of Grant, the sexy playboy who first captured readers hearts in Fallen Too Far.

When Harlow Manning's rocker father goes on tour, he sends her to Rosemary Beach, Florida, to live with her half-sister, Nan. The problem: Nan despises her. Harlow has to keep her head down if she wants to get through the next nine months, which seems easy enough. Until gorgeous Grant Carter walks out of Nan's room in nothing but his boxer briefs.

Grant made a huge mistake getting involved with a girl with venom in her veins. He'd known about Nan's reputation, but still he couldn't resist her. Nothing makes him regret the fling more than meeting Harlow, who sends his pulse racing. Yet Harlow wants nothing to do with a guy who could fall for her wicked half-sister—even if there are no strings between Grant and Nan. Grant is desperate to redeem himself in Harlow's eyes, but did he ruin his chances before he even met her?

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Take a Chance is Grant and Harlow's eagerly awaited story and finally see's Abbi Glines explore Grant Carter and Harlow Manning like never before! This unlikely pairing is sure to please with their killer chemistry and electrifying romance!

All I can say is finally. Finally we have Grant and Harlow's story. Personally I feel like I've been waiting for this tale forever. Ever since Grant laid eyes on Harlow at Rush and Blaire's wedding I've known that these two would have one amazing romance. And boy was that the case!

I was so excited to read this story. Grant has always been a likable character, winning over fans from the moment Blaire held a gun on him in Fallen Too Far. He's been one of those solid supporting characters whom you just know has their own story to tell and I'm thrilled that we finally get to see the beginning of it in Take a Chance. To begin with Grant Carter is a ladies man. That's fairly obvious. With his good looks and wicked attitude he's obviously someone who does what he wants and enjoys what he does. Or is he?

Abbi Glines does what she's good at and explores a different side to Grant in Take a Chance. Far from what he seems on the surface Grant fears caring deeply for someone and then losing them. He's always managed to keep his relations strictly physical, with the exception of Nan, although he learned from that pretty quickly, but all this changes when Harlow Manning enters his life!

Harlow Manning is the beloved daughter of rock legend Kiro Manning and couldn't be any different than her famous father. Shy, quiet and sensible, Harlow is happy hiding in her room with her books and being by herself.....until Grant Carter saunters into her life and changes everything. Personally, I adored Harlow! She is my kind of girl through and through; kind, selfless and sweet, I enjoyed seeing her grown and watching her embrace life.

I was a tad disappointed with how Grant and Harlow's romance begins in Take a Chance. That was really my only issue with the book and it had more to do with Abbi's writing style of this event than the actual content within the story. Take a Chance begins with Harlow seeing Grant months after the initial start to their relationship began and then ended, and it's not until Glines takes us into the past that we learn, and experience what happened. Personally I would have loved to have just seen it all unfold from beginning to end, but that's just me....

Abbi Glines tells a very complicated, and very difficult tale with Grant and Harlow's story, one that see's the two face many obstacles in their relationship from the very beginning, including Grant's sordid past with Harlow's sister Nanette and Harlow's secrets. I will admit, the chemistry these two share is off the charts! They're beyond electrifying and Glines writes their sex life nothing short of sizzling.

I certainly can't fault their connection, but it's the deeper issues where Grant and Harlow struggle. Grant has made many, many mistakes where Harlow is concerned; some that even I as the reader at times struggled to forgive Grant. You could say he's just a guy, but sometimes rationality isn't there. Harlow is very insecure where Grant is concerned, and this coupled with the difficulty Nan plays on their relationship sees them struggle at times. Don't get me wrong; I think they're perfect for each other, and it's obviously going to be a hard road ahead, but I think everything they've faced and will face will only make them stronger!

Saucy, sizzling and sexy, Take a Chance is a red-hot read! Glines stays true to her past stories; ending Take a Chance on a killer cliff-hanger that has this fan hankering for the next book pronto!

Source: Sent for review by Simon & Schuster (Thank you guys!)
Format: Paperback
Buy it: Bookworld | The Nile | The Book Depository | Amazon
My Recommendation: A brilliant NA--definitely one to read!
Cover: Very sensual and appealing.
Will I read sequel/continue with series: YES!

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