BOOK TOUR REVIEW: Taking Chances by Molly McAdams
by Molly McAdams
Taking Chances Series, Book One
Her first year away is turning out to be nearly perfect, but one weekend of giving in to heated passion will change everything
Eighteen-year-old Harper has grown up under the thumb of her career marine father. Ready to live life her own way and to experience things she’s only ever heard of from the jarheads in her father’s unit, she’s on her way to college at San Diego State University.
Thanks to her new roommate, Harper is introduced to a world of parties, gorgeous guys, family, and emotions. She finds herself being torn in two as she quickly falls in love with both her new boyfriend, Brandon, and her roommate’s brother, Chase. Despite their dangerous looks and histories, both men adore Harper and would do anything for her, including taking a step back if it would mean she’d be happy.
MY THOUGHTS: 4.75 OUT OF 5 FLEURS DE LIS
Harper is moving as far away from her cold military father as possible to attend college. When she gets to California, she fast becomes best friends with her roommate, Breanna, and Bree is more than happy to introduce Harper to the life she’s been missing out on. Harper is quick to rebel: parties, drinking, tattoos, and falling head over heels for not one, but two gorgeous guys.
Harper has put herself in an impossible situation, and no matter who she chooses her heart will break. In a matter of just 4 months, Harper’s life is changed completely and dramatically, and the repercussions will shape not only her future, but that of those she’s come to love now that she’s on her own.
While no one in this book was perfect, the way things came together made for an addictingly readable story. I read well into the night and had a pile of tissues next to my bed as evidence.
So, let’s start with Harper. I had my moments if dislike for her, definitely. It’s hard for me to believe someone can be so naive, with some of the things she did. She was basically raised on military bases with no female presence in her life. She’s one of those annoying girls in books that is absolutely stunning but has no idea, and everyone she meets (not just guys) is instantly taken with her. She was kind of a Mary Sue in some ways, but in others she was heartbreakingly real and just so young.
I did not have a hard time believing at all that she was in love with both guys, and that they both were in love with her. The relationships are really what make this book shine. Brandon is a sensitive, quiet guy who makes a living doing underground MMA fights. Chase is the womanizing brother of Bree, but he connects with Harper and she becomes one of his favorites when he sees how his teasing affects her. Harper’s relationship with each guy is different but I can definitely see how much she loved both. I honestly don’t know what I would have done in her position.
This is one of those books that made me wonder, “what would have happened IF…”; there is a gut-twisting moment where Harper’s life is changed in an instant, and I can’t help but wonder would would have happened, who would she have chosen if that moment had never occurred. I know I will be thinking about this book for a long time to come.
Yes, there were more than a few cry-worthy moments, but the book ended things on a very high note and I was very happy with it. This author is talented, and I can’t wait to read the next book in this series.
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About the Author
Molly McAdams grew up in California but now lives in the oh-so-amazing state of Texas with her husband and furry, four-legged daughter. When she’s not diving into the world of her characters, she can be found hiding out in her bedroom—surrounded by her laptop, cell phone, and Kindle—and fighting over the TV remote. She loves curling up in a fluffy comforter during a thunderstorm … or under one in a bathtub if there are tornadoes. That way she can pretend they aren’t really happening.
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Taking Chances Series, Book Two
Aside from her dad, who passed away when she was six, Cassidy Jameson has only ever trusted one man: her best friend, Tyler. So of course she follows him to Texas when he leaves for college. She just didn’t expect to be so drawn to their new roommate, Gage, a gorgeous guy with a husky Southern drawl. The only problem? He’s Tyler’s cousin.
Gage Carson was excited to share an apartment off campus with his cousin. He didn’t mind that Tyler was bringing the mysterious friend he’d heard about since they were kids . . . until the most beautiful girl he’s ever seen jumps out of his cousin’s Jeep. There’s something about Cassi that makes Gage want to give her everything. Too bad Tyler has warned him that she’s strictly off-limits.
Despite everything keeping them apart, Cassi and Gage dance dangerously close to the touch they’ve both been craving. But when disaster sends her running into Tyler’s arms, Cassi will have to decide whether to face the demons of her past . . . or to burn her chance at a future with Gage.
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