Series: Taking Chances, #1
Author: Molly McAdams
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Length: Novel (432 pages)
Publisher: William Morrow (October 16th 2012)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 hearts
Blurb: 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.
Review: Move over Nicholas Sparks, here comes Molly McAdams! I loved this book, devoured it in one 8 hour setting, up until 4AM, walking into walls while trying to read and walk at the same time. It’s a very poignant novel that redefines the term “what if”. What would you do if your life was turned upside down and torn apart? What if happiness presented itself to you again as a familiar stranger? Would you take a chance?
Having lived a sheltered life as a military brat, Harper has moved away from home for college. She immediately grabs a best friend, meets not one but two HAWT young men and almost as quickly falls in love. This story centers on Harper, Chase and Brandon in a love triangle the likes of which I’ve never read. What will happen when Harper falls in love with both men? Drama and heartache ensue; as well as love, understanding and bonds that are not easily broken.
These characters have a depth to them that will break your heart, as both men fall in love with Harper and both are just as willing to walk away as long as she’s happy. McAdams delivers a fantastic novel with a realistic storyline that will keep you entranced until the very end. She perfectly balances the heartache with love, and even though there is some mystery, there is triumph as well. I really loved how McAdams pulled me into her story and I felt invested in these characters. This book will have you laughing one minute, then crying, then laughing again. In the literary world that seems to cater to paranormal as of late, it’s refreshing to read this tragically beautiful love story, which truly does have a happy ending. In the end, Harper learns that life is all about Taking Chances.
If you like Nicholas Sparks, you’ll love Molly McAdams.