Take a Chance by Abbi Glines

Posted November 7, 2014 by The Book & Alcohol Girls in Book Reviews / 1 Comment

by Abbie Glines
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Published by Atria Books
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Rosemary Beach
Abbi Glines
Contemporary Romance
Atria Books
February 25, 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?

“Taking chances had never been my thing. I wasn’t a risk taker. I was careful. I didn’t get hurt. I protected myself. I had walls.” 

WARNING: You have to read the other books in this series first or you will be lost! I promise you won’t regret it. This is a go-to series for me and spending time in Rosemary Beach is always a pleasure. I love the characters Abbi Glines has created for this affluent beach town.

I think I fell in love with Grant the moment Blair pulled her gun on him. He was always in the background of the other books and I loved getting glimpses of him. His character is a bit of a mystery. He isn’t quite like the other guys of Rosemary Beach. He works for a living – hard. He is a bit more laid back and rarely commits to much more than his brother, Rush, and Nan. And his biggest downfall is Nan. She is trouble from the beginning of the Too Far series and only gets worse in time. The fact that he was with her drove me insane. So when he finally gets his story and a chance to be with someone who will not only appreciate him, but drive him to be better, I was thrilled. I spent a part of the book angry and frustrated with Grant. He was making bad choices and being a wimp. He let his fears drive him. I understood where he was coming from, but enough is enough. That is no way to live. Man up, Grant! What I did like about this was that no one enabled this behavior at all. His friends called him on his sh*t. Oh! And I kept waiting for Blaire to pull out her gun again! (Love her!) 

“I decided I never wanted to be that vulnerable. I never wanted to love someone that much.” 

Grant met Harlow at Rush and Blaire’s engagement party. He was smitten from the beginning. Harlow, however, ran. She is the beloved daughter of the Kiro, the lead singer of the biggest rock band in the world… and Nan’s half sister. She has been sheltered from the life of fame and fortune and raised differently than the rest of the group. She is sweet and polite and would rather spend her days wrapped up in a book than exploring the world. Until she lets Grant in… and this was a difficult choice for her. She was hesitant from the beginning, because of his relationship with Nan. (Good call, Harlow.) Nan is cruel and bitter towards Harlow, so Harlow needs to protect herself. I loved Harlow. She was shy and guarded, but stood her ground in a classy and clam way that only attracted Grant to her more. Every time she stood up for herself, I did a little happy dance. It’s one thing to have your victim fight back, another entirely to have her outclass you while doing it! Go Harlow!!! While Grant was letting his fears drive him, Harlow was shedding hers and finally living for the first time. She had her reservations and insecurities, but she powered through. She was stronger than most realized. 

“Girl, you better hold that head up high and don’t let ‘em see you fall. You show ‘em the steel in that spine. I ain’t raisin’ a spoiled princess. I’m raisin’ a woman. A hard-working, self-sufficient, ‘don’t need no man’ woman. You hear me?” 

I had a lot of feelings as I traveled through the pages of this book. This was a more complicated story line than I was expecting, but the writing was seamless and the story flowed effortlessly. I read this book in one day because I simply couldn’t put it down. I grew to really love these characters and even a few I wasn’t expecting to love. Grant and Harlow both grew so much through this journey. And like any well written cliffhanger, just as our couple was getting their HEA, it hit the fan. And boy did it! When I got to the last page, I actually flipped my Kindle over looking for more! 

“She was the one for me. If I let her, she would be the one to own my soul.” 

“He talked about me making him weak; if only he knew how weak he made me.” 

I give this book 4 Omigod-I-Need-the-Sequal Stars!
So pour some mimosas and join the crew on Rosemary Beach! 

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