Take a Chance: A Rosemary Beach Novel (Chance #1)
by Abbi Glines
Published February 25th, 2014
New Adult | Contemporary Romance
Source: received from Atria/Simon & Schuster (via Edelweiss) in exchange for an unbiased review (Thank You!)
About the book:
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 recently read and reviewed Woods’ story, Twisted Perfection and Simple Perfection by Abbi Glines and I loved both of those books. I had no issue with the fact that their HEA took two books – it worked for them! I knew I wanted more Rosemary Beach lovin’ because the supporting characters had me intrigued.
Unfortunately, I personally had a few issues with this story that kept me from thoroughly enjoying my second trip to the beach. OH, I love Abbi Glines and I think she’s a fabulous, talented writer! I think it was just a case of my expectations getting in my big fat way, that’s all.
Where I was hoping to find an alpha male who rose to the occasion to put the woman he loved first, I found instead Grant. In the past, Grant has tried to help Nan, a rock star’s daughter who has been ignored her whole life and takes it out on everyone around her, including Grant. Harlow is Nan’s half-sister and one child the rockstar father loves the most. And don’t you know it, Nan hates Harlow for it.
Where I couldn’t get behind Grant as the leading man in this story, I really liked Harlow. She’s been put in an impossible situation and she makes the best of her crappy life. We learn some facts about her life that make you think, “Damn! She’s mighty brave and strong!” So I really wanted her to be with a better person. Not Grant, where he just can’t keep his drunken hands off Nan, even after dealing with her nastiness for years. Ugh, guys… I probably just need someone to explain Grant better to me.
So, how do you rate a story you don’t love but you know is Good, is well written, and you’re sure someone else will enjoy?
What I always do… blame it on ME!
I can tell you there were absolutely no lulls in the plot where I got bored. The ending blindsided me because I wasn’t expecting it to play out like it did. And characters thoroughly frustrated me that I know if I were reading a physical copy, I would have beaten up on that poor innocent book mercilessly.
THAT, to me, is the sign of a writer who’s got skills 🙂
About the author:
Abbi Glines is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, and Existence series. A devoted booklover, Abbi lives with her family in Alabama.