Take a Chance (Chance #1) by Abbi Glines

"Three kinds of women in this world. The kind that suck you dry and leave you with you nothing. The kind that only want a good time. And the kind that make life worth a damn. The last kind...the right woman's the one who gives as much as she takes, and you can't get enough. She's the kind...if you lose her, you lose yourself."

Grant Carter, with his blue eyes and sexy smile, has always been content to keep love at an arm's length. He knows all too well that love gives you the power to break someone. Knowing that he would never be able to love someone and risk losing them, he filled his days with woman only looking for a good time. Until Nan. Nan, Rush's sister, needed him and Grant loves to be needed. He came close to giving his heart to Nan, but learned the hard way that Nan is not the type of woman you fall in love with. Nothing makes Grant regret his fling with Nan like Harlow Manning.

Harlow is the type of woman you fall in love with, and Grant finds himself completely taken in by her. The problem: Harlow is Nan's half sister, and Nan hates her. Their budding relationship comes to a halt after Grant races back to Rosemary, upon learning of of Jace's death. A few months later, Harlow finds herself living in Rosemary Beach in a house with Nan for the next nine months while their father is on tour. She wants nothing more than to just keep her head down and avoid Nan, but when Grant walks out of Nan's bedroom in nothing but boxer briefs, she can't help but feel betrayed.

Grant is determined to get Harlow to forgive him. The more time he spends with her, the harder it becomes to resist giving her his heart. As Grant and Harlow fall deeper and deeper, Harlow realizes that she is not being fair to Grant, because she has secrets too. As those secrets come to light, Grant and Harlow will need to decide if it is worth taking a chance on each other.


Abbi delivers another great installment of the Rosemary Beach series. I have loved Grant as a character ever since Blaire pulled her gun on him in Fallen Too Far. I was so excited when Abbi announced that he was getting his own book and I was so relieved to find out that he wouldn't be ending up with Nan. She is just too horrible for words and Grant, while not perfect, is way too good for her. He's a guy and he got sucked in. I don't like it, but I can forgive him for it. I love Harlow. She is super sweet, but at the same time unexpected.

I was hoping that this book would be a little more angsty. It just didn't have the same level of torturous drama that the other books in series had. Sure, there are some unexpected surprises, but the cliffhanger wasn't as dramatic as I thought it would be. Don't get me wrong, it was enough for me to be waiting impatiently until July when the sequel comes out, but it wasn't as shocking or unexpected as some of the other cliffhangers. This book does fall a little short when compared to the others in the series, but it is still an amazing read. It is worth taking a chance on.


Grant and Harlow's story continues in One More Chance - expected publication July, 2014

Grant Carter did everything in his power to convince Harlow Manning that he was a good guy. More than a smooth-talker and someone she could trust. He had to overcome his reputation as a playboy, and his history with Harlow's half-sister, Nan, a woman with a reputation of her own.

Harlow had taken the chance, falling hard and fast for the guy who thrilled her with his all-consuming desire. After a lifetime of avoiding bad boys like Grant, she had opened herself to the possibilities of love...

But a life-changing secret has torn them apart, and now Grant and Harlow must decide if they have enough fight to make it work - or if the pain of betrayal has permanently destroyed their future.

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