Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Review: Taking Chances (Taking Chances #1)

Taking Chances (Taking Chances #1)
Eighteen year old Harper has grown up under her career Marine of a father's thumb. Ready to live life her own way and 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. Some she wasn't expecting yet, and others she never knew she was missing.

She finds herself being torn in two as she quickly falls in love with her boyfriend Brandon, and her roommate's brother Chase. Covered in tattoos, known for fighting in the Underground and ridiculously muscled...they're exactly what she was always warned to stay away from, but just what she needs. Despite their dangerous looks and histories, both adore and would do anything for Harper, including stepping back if it means she's happy.

Her first year away is turning out to be near perfect, but one weekend of giving in to heated passion will change everything.
(Cover & Description from Goodreads. Source.)
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date: October 16, 2012
Kat's Review
This book started out fun.  The main character moves away from her strict, military father to gain some independence and make some friends in college.  She has been sheltered her entire life, and when she moves in with her outgoing roommate Bree, her social prospects pick up.  She undergoes a makeover of sorts and begins accompanying her roommate to parties.  She meets Bree's brother, Chase, as well as another guy, Brandon. 
Chase is the typical bad boy: tattoos, user of women, underground fighter.  He has a reputation with women and never lets them sleep in his bed.  Somehow, he falls in love with Harper at first sight, and vows to completely change his ways to deserve her.  At the same time, Harper starts dating Brandon, a fighter as well, but less of a bad boy.  He treats Harper well and is willing to wait for her to be ready to sleep with him.  Unfortunately, she sleeps with Chase instead and gets pregnant.
This was where I began to get frustrated with the story.  The love triangle part didn't ruin it for me, because people make mistakes, even mistakes that don't make much sense to me.  It's much of what happened next that was a bit too far flung for me to buy into.  No one seemed particularly upset by the pregnancy except for Brandon (obviously), but then when something tragic happens, Brandon comes back into the picture, all mistakes forgiven. 
Harper's character was too wishy washy for me.  I never truly bought into her feelings for anyone, because they went back and forth too much.  Also, her behaviour rarely had negative consequences, and she seemed to be universally adored by everyone.  Perhaps if there had been stronger consequences (I don't mean the tragedy, I mean actual fallout from the cheating and the pregnancy) then I could have gotten more into the story.
Rating: Heavy Page Turner
Judging by the rating on Goodreads, I seem to be in the minority here.  Chase is the quintessential bad boy who gets tamed by the love of his life, and Brandon is the nice guy who is willing to sacrifice all for the woman he loves.  I can see the appeal of this book.  If you like a love story with a twist and a happy ever after, you might enjoy this this book.  It just wasn't for me.
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  1. Thanks for the honest review! I may still read this but with all the other books I have to read still I doubt I will get around to it soon.

    1. Like I said in my review, it has a great rating on Goodreads, so I'm definitely in the minority.

      Thanks for reading the blog!


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