Sunday, September 9, 2012

Review: Taking Chances by Molly McAdams

                                                           Taking Chances
                                                          Molly McAdams
                                                        September 1, 2012
                                                           e-book, pub-it
                                                     1039 pgs (nook edition)
        Eighteen year old Harper has grown up under her career Marine of a father's thumb. Ready to live life her own way and 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. Some she wasn't expecting yet, and others she never knew she was missing.

She finds herself being torn in two as she quickly falls in love with her boyfriend Brandon, and her roommate's brother Chase. Covered in tattoos, known for fighting in the Underground and ridiculously muscled...they're exactly what she was always warned to stay away from, but just what she needs. Despite their dangerous looks and histories, both adore and would do anything for Harper, including stepping back if it means she's happy.

Her first year away is turning out to be near perfect, but one weekend of giving in to heated passion will change everything.

   Wow. After reading this I am an emotional wreck. It has taken me a few day to think about what I want to say as I do not want to give away anything, because that would completely ruin this amazing story.  The author had me feeling every emotion possible--love, hate, confusion, heartache,happiness-- all in the time it took me to read this book. I could not put it down, trying to read it during lunch breaks and staying up late when I knew I had to be to work in the morning. I have read many love-triangle books but I honestly think this one got to me the most. I found it so difficult to choose....Brandon and Chase both such amazing guys and their love for Harper so apparent in everything they do. Harper says it best...

            "When I moved here, I wasn't planning on falling in love with the first two guys that came along. Hell, I wasn't planning on falling in love during college at all. I wanted to have dysfunctional relationships and flings, but did that happen? Nope. I felt like Elena from Vampire Diaries. She has two insanely hot men who are in love with her and would do anything for her. One of which, she would give almost anything to be with, and the other she continues to push away, even though she can't ever actually stay away, so she won't have to admit she was in love with him too."

And when one insanely hot man say things like this: 

"I don't know how you could even think that I don't want you, I can barely keep my hands off you. We just met, but I already know there's something different about you, and I'm not about to ruin this by rushing into things. Those girls, yeah I had relationships with them, but all they were was a distraction for me. I wanted to feel something other than being pissed that my dad was gone for good. I didn't..." he took a deep breathe in and out, "they weren't you Harper." 

And the other just as hot man says this:

" I want you! All I have ever wanted is you."
 "Then why are you trying to hurt me again?"
"Because it's easier that way." His voice was soft now, and I could see the pain in his eyes, "You're with Brandon. Do you know what it's like watching you with him? Wanting you so bad, but knowing he's who you should be with?" 

How is a girl to choose? This book had a great emotional ride and she threw in some amazing twists and turns. Heck she had me wanting to throw my nook across the room. This was just an amazing read. Definitely one of my favorites so far this year.  If you want a book full of twists you don't see coming and you want to be an emotional wreck as you read it, well this one is for you.

Taking Chances:    4.5/5       stars
Cover:                   3/5         stars 
 Audience Rating:  Mature PG-13 (sexual situations, mature content, language, violence)


1 comment:

  1. I love your review ! It totally made me want to read this book without getting any spoilers :D Keep up the good work !