Thursday, March 29

Review ~ Taking Chances

 

Taking Chances
by Loni Flowers

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Taking Chances

 

 

 

Synopsis:  (From Good Reads)

At age twenty-three, Alex has had a hard life. His parents died when he was quite young, leaving his grandparents to raise him. Right before his high school graduation, his grandparents passed on too, leaving him all alone. After losing everyone he's ever loved, Alex turns to the streets in a self-destructive pattern until he finally ends up in Springhill, where he tries to make a new life for himself.

Clair’s childhood was normal until age thirteen, when her father left the family and she never heard from him again. Consequently, her mother went into a deep depression, forcing Clair to grow up quickly. After finishing high school, Clair’s heartache over her father’s absence as well as her unbearable mother drive her to strike out on her own. But having nowhere to go and no family to speak of, Clair wanders aimlessly from town to town, homeless, and without purpose. Looking for work wherever she goes and living hand to mouth on the streets is tough, Clair discovers, but living with her mother is worse.

Now twenty-one years old, Clair has found her way to the last place she and her family took their final vacation as a family--Springhill. While in town, she crosses paths with Alex and their ensuing relationship grows faster than expected. Soon Clair wonders if coming back to Springhill and meeting Alex was the best decision or the worst decision she ever made.

What Did I Think?  

I really love the time I spend treading about Alex and Clair.  Their story was a contemporary romance that had the charm of a young adult book but the feel and content of a more grown up story.  There are some sexy times since they are in their early 20’s but they are well written and sweet, not too graphic. 

Clair is a brave girl who is living on the streets and moving from place to place.  When she gets to Springhill, she intends to just pass through but something unpleasant happens to keep her there long enough to meet a few people who truly want to help her. I was heartbroken for Clair, she really had some hard knocks in her life and that made me root for her to have a happily ever after even more.  Alex is a guy that was in a bad place in the past but now has his life pretty much together. . He has a good job and people that care about him.  I think he is the perfect match for Clair, someone who can understand her but is also in a position to help her.

Just because they are perfect for each other does not mean it is smooth sailing though.  They both have some important issues to deal with in the story.  I also loved that this story did not feel generic, I was constantly surprised by the things that happened.  I found myself shocked several times and that is what I love about reading!  

BOTTOM LINE: Interesting characters and a unique story, I really enjoyed it!

* I do know the author from twitter but I have never met her I real life. I accepted the book for review because I think she is fabulous but I am praising the book because IT is fabulous!

Buy it Now: (Clicking the cover below takes you to Amazon)

Source: From the Author for review.

3 comments:

  1. Awww you have made me want to read this now! They sound cutttte! I like the way it is kindof a YA but also more adult- I enjoy the occasional sexy time scene! Thanks for sharing x

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  2. This sounds like a super awesome book, and I absolutely adore the cover. It is so sweet looking. I love how it is YA, but has a bit of a grown up feel to it too. Thanks for the awesome review. I will have to check this out.

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  3. Thanks for the awesome review Shannon. I'm so excited you enjoyed it!!

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