Title: Take a Chance (Chances, #1; Rosemary Beach, #6)
Published: February 25th 2014
Date Read: February 27th 2014
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines comes the story of Grant, the sexy playboy who first captured readers hearts in Fallen Too Far.
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?
I know I’m not the only one who was waiting to read Grant’s story. I know I’m also not the only one who is pretty much interested to know why he’s siding with the bitchy character Nan. In Take A Chance, Abbi Glines finally get into his story.
To say Grant was a complex character was an understatement. He’s more than complex. We all know him as the cocky guy who is pretty sure of himself but in here we see the ‘needy’ and ‘clingy’ side of him. There is still a lot going on with his character and even after reading this story, I still can’t seem to place him. Yes, I understand bits and pieces of his decisions but there is still this blurry line behind his character.
Since Harlow was introduced I became interested with her especially since she’s Nan’s sister and is the complete opposite of her. She’s a very strong character and can see behind people’s pretenses. Despite being guarded all the time this girl has her claws and backbone especially with Nan’s unethical and spiteful words. Don’t get me wrong she’s nice and sweet but she has this aloof characteristic and kept to herself making it quite hard to connect with her at first but thru the course of the story I eventually get used to her but it did takes time.
Seeing Kiro – Nan and Harlow’s father – in a very new light could be the highlight of the story for me. Just when you thought he’s just another rock star living the life of the rich and famous – that’s where we’re all wrong. We all see a side of him that was eaten by sadness and solitude due to the absence of his wife – Harlow’s mother. With the way it was described on how he lives his life and how he treated his children his sudden shift of character is really surprising yet very touching.
Nan isn’t the main issue on the story but she did have participation and yes I still don’t like her. The story also introduces us to Mase – Harlow’s Brother. He’s the all brooding protective big-brother and I admire his closeness with Harlow; their siblings’ dynamic was great.
In all, it was another fun, quick and of course a cliffy read from Abbi Glines. Since she’s one of my ”automatic reads”, I will surely be looking forward for the next to come. Abbi Glines never really fails to deliver addicting stories!!