—TAKE A CHANCE by Abbi Glines
–Publication Date: February 25, 2014
–Format: Ebook & Audio edition
–Source: Amazon & Audible
–My Rating: 5 stars + some!
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?
So, for the ones who don’t know me very well I’m just going to say that Abbi Glines is on my top 10 favorite authors list so this review may be a little biased. She’s an awesome writer who weaves drama, passion, and realness into every story she writes. The characters are so relatable and I have come to think of these beautifully written people as friends; people I care about. Readers are left wondering about these characters for days after they finish her stories and TAKE A CHANCE doesn’t disappoint.
I have been in love with Grant ever since I was introduced to him in Rush & Blaire’s story. He’s a genuinely nice guy but a bit of a playboy. Needless to say I’ve been waiting for Grant’s story for awhile now and of course when it hit my kindle I devoured the entire book within 4 hours! Also, I started on the audiobook the very next day. That’s how awesome this story is.
Harlow is my favorite out of all of the female characters so far because I can relate to her the most. She’s an introvert who loves getting lost in her books rather than partying and going out. Even though she’s quiet she’s a strong individual who can take care of herself. She’s determined and self-sufficient and I really like that in a female character.
The book opens with Harlow being moved into Nan’s house while Kiro goes on tour. The situation is beyond crazy and we [the readers] already feel sorry for her having to live there, but of course Ms. Glines has to make the situation even more awkward for poor Harlow when Grant struts out of Nan’s room in nothing but his boxer briefs. What’s even worse???? Harlow heard everything that went on from the previous night! It seems as if Grant has a lot of groveling to do and it’s true.
As the story progresses we not only see what’s going on in the present but what happened months prior to this awkwardly, messed-up situation we find them in now. I like has Ms. Glines gave us the background and how she wove it in. Readers also get a better glimpse into Harlow’s life with her grandmama and what really happened to her mother. Seeing Kiro in the light that Ms. Glines put him in made me a blubbering mess. I cried like a baby because Kiro is a beautiful, flawed man and believe me…I never would have called Kiro beautiful before.
Anyway, the chemistry between these two has been building since Rush & Blair’s wedding and both of them try desperately not to be attracted to the other. But alas, they can’t help how they feel. That is until Harlow’s secret comes out and Grant just can’t handle it. It’s a big secret…huge…and again, I turned into a blubbering mess there at the end.
Yes, there is a cliffhanger and believe me…I screamed out in frustration because of it. I had to stop myself from Facebook stalking Ms. Glines and demanding the rest of the story! I was ready to jump through my computer and beg at her feet! But it didn’t take away from the story at all. The anticipation is killing me so I’m right there with all of you Glines fans but the story is amazing just as it is. The storyline had depth, there was passion and drama, and mystery because of Harlow’s secret. The characters were, as usual, well developed and Abbi, as always, had me wanting to laugh, scream, and cry for these characters.
Also, I just want to throw in here that the steamy scenes in this book were the best yet. I liked seeing that side of Harlow. Not because I’m a pervert. Well, I did enjoy them but mostly I enjoyed them because I liked seeing someone get to Harlow that way. She’s so guarded and locked up inside herself and Grant is the perfect person because he got past her walls. He doesn’t see her insecurities or her quirky hangups (her introversion). Instead he just sees her and we definitely see that in TAKE A CHANCE.Ahh…it was beautiful. Grant is beautiful & Harlow is one amazing female character. This is definitely a book I will re-read many, many times.