Taking Chances by Molly McAdams

Synopsis

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.

Chelly’s Thoughts <3<3<3<3<3

I have put off this book for a long time because I knew it was going to kill me just based on what everyone else was saying about it.  I refused to read any reviews until I was brave enough to read it, but I still knew it would get me.  Now, how do I review it without giving anything away?

 Let’s start with Harper Jackson.  After living her entire life on base with her single Marine father, she is finally getting away and going to college in California.  She was home schooled and went to work with her father everyday, but he did little to raise her.  She was basically raised by a bunch of jarheads in his units, who she looked at as all her brothers.  She never wore make up, never went to a mall, never been on a date or even been kissed – college was going to be a real eye-opening experience for her.

When Harper gets to college, the first person she meets is her new roommate (and new BFF), Breanna, who insists on taking her shopping and giving her a makeover before taking her to her first party.  This is where she meets Chase, Breanna’s extremely gorgeous, blonde, tattooed, man-whore of a brother.  On the outside Harper is appalled by the way Chase treats women and she repeatedly shuts him down, but on the inside she can’t help but be attracted.  She says she’ll never let him touch her, but he says one day she’ll be begging him to.  No matter how many other girls Chase has, he’s always there for Harper and protects her from the other guys in the house, because none of them are good enough for her – not even himself.

Except for maybe Brandon.  He’s another guy from the house, but he seems different.  With his grey eyes, dark hair, muscles, and sexy, deep voice, Harper is immediately drawn in.  He gives her butterflies and makes her feel beautiful, not like a piece of meat like most of the other guys.  Despite Chase’s best attempts to keep her away from him as well, Harper is falling for Brandon hard.  He is perfect – sweet, protective, loving – but even with all of that, Harper can’t stop thinking about Chase.

One guy gives her butterflies in her stomach and the other sets her on fire (in the best way possible).  Where Brandon is sweet and charming, Chase is hot and wicked.  Chase is your typical bad boy, and I usually like that kinda guy myself, but what girl doesn’t want the perfect gentleman who treats her like a princess?  How do you choose?  Sometimes your choices, and fate, have a way of choosing for you…

Taking Chances is one of those stories that stick with you looong after you’ve finished.  It is as heart warming as it is heart wrenching, as frustrating as it is passionate, and I both loved and hated it with everything I have.  I did get a little annoyed with the way Harper kept going back and forth between the guys, but I can see where the decision would be difficult, especially coming from the sheltered life she lived…I don’t think she really knew what she wanted.  I have recommended this story to everyone with a warning – have lots of tissues and try not to throw your book (Kindle, tablet, etc.) across the room.

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