Title – Take a Chance
Author – Abbi Glines
Publication Date – February 25, 2014
Series – Rosemary Beach, #7
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?
It’s no secret that I am a HUGE fan of Abbi Glines, so naturally I absolutely could not wait to get my hands on Take a Chance. I think the author said it best, and I’m paraphrasing here, but ever since Blaire pulled a gun on Grant, I’ve wanted to know who he was. Let me tell you, his story does not disappoint!
We don’t get too much more information about his upbringing or why he is the man that he is, but we do get a lot more insight into the who. Take a Chance really explores the feelings of learning how to trust again; trusting yourself as well as trusting others. Grant is terrified of losing someone the way that he lost a best friend and if you’ve read the rest of the books in the Rosemary Beach series, you really can’t blame him. However, he makes some stupid decisions as a result and then has to figure out how to gain trust from the woman he wants – Harlow.
Harlow sees Grant for the “player” and tries to guard her heart. However, she also has to learn how to trust others. In doing so, she has to learn to trust herself and become more assertive. I love that Glines gives us these sexy little scenes where the inner Harlow is unleashed. You see the woman without insecurities and without doubts. It’s fascinating to see the dichotomy of her personality in these scenes versus some of the scenes where her insecurities with Nan and Grant’s relationship shine through. She’s such an interesting character with her outer strength, but her inner turmoil with the desire to be fierce and self-sufficient.
Abbi has such a way with writing her characters, but especially her female ones. They are strong and want to be independent. They are stubborn but they know what they want. On the other hand, they want to be loved and find these men who cause them to rethink and adjust who they are. It’s not done in a negative way though where they lose themselves. Instead, they find men who bring out pieces of them that they never knew existed, thereby making them even stronger. It’s such a beautiful skill that Abbi Glines possesses!
I can honestly say I love Grant and Harlow together. The dual viewpoint was wonderful because it allowed the reader to see the characters fighting with all their inner demons, not just their outside personas. The ending was a brutal cliffhanger though – definitely makes you take a step back! Waiting for the next one is going to be pure torture. I’m also now anxious to get Mase’s book because the way he is introduced in this one just screams “give me attention”! Way to make me fall in love with yet another set of characters Abbi Glines!
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Don’t miss the rest of the Rosemary Beach Series:
Fallen Too Far (Rosemary Beach #1)
Never Too Far (Rosemary Beach #2)
Forever Too Far (Rosemary Beach #3)
Rush Too Far (Rosemary Beach #4)
Twisted Perfection (Rosemary Beach #5)
Simple Perfection (Rosemary Beach #6)
One More Chance (Rosemary Beach #8)
You Were Mine (Rosemary Beach #9)
Kiro’s Emily (Rosemary Beach #10) – FREE!
When I’m Gone (Rosemary Beach #11)
When You’re Back (Rosemary Beach #12)
The Best Goodbye (Rosemary Beach #13)
Up in Flames (Rosemary Beach #14)