Monday, February 24, 2014

[Blog Tour - Review & Giveaway] ~ Take a Chance by Abbi Glines

Today we are hosting the Take A Chance tour!  Abbi Glines has another gem to add to her Rosemary Beach series!  Keep reading for a review and a giveaway!

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?

Atria Books | 288 pages | ISBN 9781476756547 | eBook ISBN: 9781476756561|

Take a Chance is the latest installment in the sexy and fun Rosemary Beach series by the fantastic Abbi Glines.  While we've had several books to meet Grant Carter, he hasn't played a starring role until this one.  Rush's kind-of step brother Grant is one of the first people we meet in Rosemary Beach.  He's a character that has drawn my interest from the very beginning of this series for his loyalty to his friends and for his kind-hearted nature.  This book gives us much deeper insight into Grant, along with the charming and innocent Harlow Manning.

Grant made a huge mistake regarding Harlow in a previous book, and she has not forgotten.  Harlow gave something to Grant that she can't take back and Grant went and made a mess of his budding relationship with Harlow.  In Take a Chance, Harlow is coerced into moving into a house in Rosemary Beach with her hated half sister, Nan.  Unfortunately for Grant, Harlow just happens to wake up on her first morning as a resident in this house to finding Grant in a compromising position.  Grant, disgusted with himself, vows that he will do whatever he can to win Harlow's heart.  

Harlow is an innocent, and I stress innocent, and sweet girl.  She speaks her mind honestly, to the point of painful in some instances.  She is sheltered from the world by an overprotective rock star father.  She's the type of girl that is gorgeous inside and out, although she doesn't realize what all the fuss is about her.  Harlow also has some significant trust issues.  She has previously placed her trust in Grant, only to have it thrown back in her face.  She is not one to trust easily, so Grant has a huge task in front of him.  She is also very loyal to her father.  Kiro is a 40-something rock star who favors Harlow above her siblings, Nan and Mace.  This is the root of Nan's hatred for Harlow. The one thing I didn't like about Harlow was the fact that she was way too innocent.  Like, over the top.  She has very little self confidence.  The smallest things set her off and it became frustrating for me to read about her decisions.

Something that really bothered me in this book was Kiro's relationship with his favored daughter.  It seems that at times, Harlow plays the parent role to her father's child role.  Kiro keeps a huge secret from Harlow for her entire life that is unraveled in this story.  He makes the comment that his wife, the deceased love of his life, was even more important to him that Harlow.  Excuse me?  I get it.  Kiro lost his wife and it destroyed him.  But to tell your daughter that you put someone above her is ridiculous.  I am married to the love of my life, and I have three kids.  Although I love my husband to pieces, I would never, ever in a million years tell my kids that they aren't as important as their father...under any circumstances.  Once you have kids, they are and should be your number one priority.  At one point at the end of this book, Kiro even says something to the effect that Harlow is on her own.  It infuriated me!  Kiro not only reveals something shocking to Harlow about her life, but then he puts her feelings second.  I hated that!

Grant is the consummate play boy.  He has never felt much of anything for a girl outside of a good time.  Nan was his crutch - the one person he though that actually needed him.  Turns out that Nan really is the mega bitch I always thought she was.  When Grant finds Harlow, he knows that what he felt for Nan was superficial and that his heart lies with Nan's half sister.  Grant is handsome, sexy and bursting with confidence.  Grant also has major trust issues.  After the events that happened to his friends in the previous book, he wants to be very careful with his heart.  Grant sets his mind to winning Harlow, and after proving himself trustworthy, he almost gets his girl.  Of course, Nan does whatever she can to sabotage Grant because she is a worthless bitch.  The angst in this book is mostly due to Nan and her interference.  

Of course, the ending of this book has nothing to do with Nan.  Grant makes a discovery about Harlow that throws him for a loop.  I liked Grant very much in this book.  I don't think his reaction to Harlow's secret was out of bounds.  Harlow hints at something hiding in her proverbial closet throughout this entire book.  It is a nice twist at the end, but not something I consider a deal breaker.  Grant says some things that aren't very kind, and Harlow immediately jumps to conclusions, not allowing Grant to soak in the new information.  This leaves the reader with a cliff hanger and another Grant-Harlow book to look forward to.

If you are a fan of well written and fun new adult romances, you will love this book.  Abbi Glines has published enough books to know what to expect.  The story is fast paced with sexy romance on the side.  The characters are well drawn and there are a few twists thrown into the story line.  I can't wait until Grant and Harlow's next book is released, One More Chance due in July.  

This tour giveaway is a chance to win 1 of 5 signed copies of Take a Chance and an Abbi Glines tote bag.


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