Take A Chance - Abbi Glines

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Because it wasn't enough that Grant would always be in the sidelines.
There is more from our young man.
Will Nan's poison consume him?
Or will Harlow's purity enrapture him
to take a chance to fight Nan's venom?

Take A Chance - Abbi Glines
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?

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My Thoughts:
Take A Chance was THE story of Grant and Harlow, 'together' and separately. I would say that I had been intrigued with Grant since 'Fallen Too Far', I really wanted to know him since he was Blaire's knight-and-shining armor the first time I met him. For me, story-wise, 'Take A Chance kept' on lagging, especially when the 'secret' about Harlow was being dragged. I just wanted to know what it was and to be honest, I didn't expect that. The book itself had a lot in store. The side of Grant and why he kept on helping Nan yet he was enamored by the innocent Harlow. As for Harlow, she needed an adventure, something that she would not regret, she was always well-protected. She kept on avoiding her internal battle against her attraction with Grant. Both characters had their dilemma against each other but such powerful attraction and intense tension was sitting between them. Would they take the risk and give themselves a chance?

This book made me understand Grant's view about his feeling and the emotions that he couldn't comprehend. In Harlow's case, this book was her revelation, her freedom and her whirlwind.

I would say, Grant was a mixture of my excess and lack of expectation... Both good and bad. Grant was sort of a good guy when he was introduced, his bad shot? Nan. I would say, I'd agree with Harlow and immediately dislike (or hate) Grant because he associated himself with Nan (don't get me wrong, I understood Nan but she was too much to handle, she had an unfortunate childhood but she made IT as an excuse, every-freaking-time). Grant was still the good guy though in 'Take A Chance', it made me really look into Grant. Who 'thought' he loved Nan, I'd say 'care'. There were parts, in Woods and Rush's books, that made me cringe at Grant because he kept on being with Nan. Not just a shoulder to lean on but also Nan's personal 'you-know-what'. Yes, he wanted to help Nan. He had this craving to be wanted and to be needed. Nan justified that for him. Nan wanted and needed him but there would be a time wherein he would soon realize things and boy, did Grant had a wake-up call!

A wake-up call in a form of a beautiful, wonderful, Ms. Goody-two shoes, daughter of a rock star, Harlow. An epitome of goodness yet an enigma of sorts. I had nothing wrong to say about this heroine. Her actions were understandable, when she was caught with uncontrollable pleasure, distancing from Grant, expecting from Grant and all other things -- especially that part where she withheld her 'secret'. She also had a fear, to trust, she had thought more than once to share it with Grant but she was just a little too late. Another was her past, she was overwhelmed by the betrayal and of course her belief just went crashing down onto her. She was so lost and confused.

I loved the parts where Grant was perusing Harlow. He was proving that Harlow was different and he would do anything for her. When Harlow felt her rug pulled under her feet, Grant was there for her. Grant who was craving 'want' and 'need', had his moment yet Harlow's past crushed him and like Harlow when her life made her feel lost, that happened to Grant. Again, his fear riveted back and he didn't know what to do.

It ended once again like our typical Rosemary books that awaits a sequel, in angst. It wasn't a cliffhanger per se but it showed that we needed to read the installment soon. I wonder what Grant and Harlow would do.

Was 'a chance' already enough?
What will happen to Harlow?
How would Harlow face a world she was protected from?
Will his fear once again consume him?
What will Harlow's secret mean to Grant?
What's next for Harlow and Grant?

P.S. I'm just wishing that Grant wouldn't ran after his old ways, worst of all? Nan.

Three days after Grant had disappeared, I was outside swimming.  Today I had successfully managed to push all thoughts of Grant to the back of my mind. So when my head broke the water to find Grant Carter standing there, looking down at me, I wasn’t sure if I was imagining things or if he was really there.
I pushed my wet hair back and wiped the water from my eyes. Then I opened them again, and there he stood. Still there.
“Hey,” he said with his sexy grin. I wanted to hurl something at him to make that smile go away. It needed a warning label, too.
I wasn’t in the mood to talk to him. “Nan isn’t here,” I replied. She hadn’t been back since she’d left for Rosemary the last time. I was sure that was where Grant had run off to as well. He had gone to find her. Like he always did.
“Yeah, I know,” he replied.
I really should’ve gone back to swimming and ignored him. It was the smart thing to do. But then he could possibly take that as an invitation to join me. “What do you need?” I asked, in the most annoyed tone I could muster.
“I came to see you. It seems once a guy kisses you, you’re hard to forget,” he replied.
Not what I had been expecting. I swallowed the nervous knot in my throat.  I would cave and forgive him too easily if he started saying things like that. Where had my backbone gone? I used to be stronger than this.
“You’re mad because I left,” he said.
I thought about retorting and changed my mind. That would only give him more power. He didn’t need to know he affected me at all.
“It was a jackass thing to do. But you scared me. I like to flirt with beautiful girls, but I don’t handle it well when one simple kiss makes my fucking head spin. You make me want things and feel a certain way. I’m not ready for that.”
I was expecting a lame I’m sorry; not that. “Oh,” was the only thing I could come up with. What did it mean, exactly, that our kiss made his head spin? Was that a good thing? It sounded like it… maybe.
Grant ran a hand through his long, unruly hair and let out a frustrated sigh. “I shouldn’t have left you without an explanation. It was unfair and I was only thinking of myself. I’m good at that. I just… what can I do to get you to forgive me?”
He still wasn’t asking for forgiveness. He was asking how to get forgiveness. Had anyone ever asked me how to get forgiveness before? How… unique.
Warning signs were going off in my head loudly, but somehow I ignored that. Because my heart wanted to forgive him. I didn’t want to push him away. No one ever took this much time to get to know me. Being lonely was something I had grown used to. Having someone here who wanted to get to know me bad enough to admit he was wrong, someone who cared to ask me how he could fix it, meant more than he realized.
“Don’t do it again,” I replied.
Grant’s eyes went wide and then a slow smile slid across his handsome face. “I won’t.”
I stepped back as he started tugging his shirt over his head. He threw it aside and slipped off his shoes, and then his eyes lifted to meet mine. “I’m not leaving this time. When you get tired of me, you’ll have to force me out.”
I couldn’t keep the silly smile off my face.

Author Bio:
Since publishing her first novel Breathe in May of 2011, Abbi has also released The New York Times bestselling Seabreeze Series which includes Breathe, Because of Low, While It Lasts, Just For Now and Sometimes It Last, The Existence Trilogy that includes the USA Today Bestseller Ceaseless. New York Times and USA TODAY bestsellers The Vincent Boys and The Vincent Brothers. Last but not least her most popular series to date, Rosemary Beach which includes The New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers Fallen Too Far, Never Too Far, Forever Too Far, Twisted Perfection and Simple Perfection. Her newest book scheduled to be released on December 17th, 2013 is Misbehaving (Seabreeze).

When Abbi isn’t locked away in her office typing away she is hauling her kids to and from their many social activities. You could say her second job is the Glines Kids personal chauffeur. It’s a rather illustrious job.

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