Chance of a Lifetime
Release Date: November 16, 2015
Sometimes the biggest risk is playing it safe…
Gen Richards is tired of living down to her family’s expectation of the helpless blind girl. Resurrecting her high-school bucket list that begins with “kiss a total stranger” seems just the thing until she finds herself in a panty-melting lip lock with her big brother’s best friend.
Chance Anderson thrives on adrenaline, but Genny’s the one risk he’s not willing to take. His recklessness a decade ago landed her in the hospital and ejected him from her life. He’s bad for her and everyone knows it—especially her big brother.
Chance reluctantly helps Gen complete her bucket list in order to keep her out of trouble. Running through a freezing fountain, playing Spin the Bottle while fending off a mad horde of stinging insects, and skinny dipping with homicidal attack swans don’t hold a candle to the real danger: falling for the one person he can never have.
From Chance of a Lifetime by Marissa Clarke:
Her agenda since this whole thing began had done a one-eighty. She no longer wanted to hurt him and show him what he’d missed when he left all those years ago; she wanted to make up for lost time. She wanted to kiss and touch and hold him like she had in her dreams—and in her imagination when she was alone. She wanted him to see her for the woman she had become. She wanted him to help her scratch number ten off her list, finally, after a decade of waiting.
“Okay,” he said. “I’ll go through with it, but I want to see the list. Keeping me in the dark is counterproductive.”
“Kinda like being me, huh?” “You know what’s on the list, so, no.” He wanted to see the list. Fine. She’d show it to him. She
pulled it out of the back of her phone case and handed it to him, waiting for his reaction with a smirk.
To her shock, he didn’t ask what to make of it. Instead, she heard him running his fingers across the surface. Shit. He could read braille. When had that happened?
“So… Speedboat, slow dance in the rain…”
“Give it back!” she swept her arms in the direction of his voice and made contact with his chest. Grabbing his T-shirt in her fist, she reached for his right arm.
“Play spin the bottle?”
“I was fifteen! Please give it back.” She had to get it away from him before he read number ten.
“Sleep under the stars…”
That was number nine. She lunged and made a mad grab for the scrap of paper, but only managed to rip a corner off of it.
Crap, crap, crap. She slumped to the floor and buried her face in her hands to hide what was surely the mother of all blushes based on the hot flush crawling over her skin.
He could not be that dense.
“Oh…that.” He sat down beside her, turned her hand over, and placed the list in her palm. “I was fifteen,” she said again as if it made a difference. “I’m sorry, Gen. I didn’t mean to upset you. You handed it to me.”
“I didn’t know you could read braille.”
He tipped her chin toward him with his fingertips and wiped away an escaped tear. “You don’t know a lot of things about me.”
*ARC provided by Author in exchange for a fair and honest review*
Chance of a Lifetime by Marissa Clarke is one of those rare books that takes you through a gamut of emotions while reading it. I laughed, I cried, I hurt, I smiled, and I loved.
I loved the heroine Gen from the start. She’s smart, spunky, and thoroughly compelling to read. More than anything, she wants to prove herself as a fully capable, independent woman, and having Chance Anderson back in her life is a mixed blessing because she loved him once but he hurt her and because he hurt her, she isn’t sure she can trust him now. But she needs him, and in her mind, he owes her and she fully intends to collect.
Well-written and engaging, humorous and sexy, Chance of a Lifetime is my favorite of the three Anderson Brothers books. The character of Gen drew me into the story, but Chance really caught me by the heart. His devotion to Gen was so heartfelt and so all-consuming that I couldn’t help but fall in love with the guy. He’s one of those amazing contemporary heroes that jumps out at you and screams that there is more to him than you could ever possibly imagine. He’s a very rare breed of man, one with a deep well of flaws, insecurities, and a sense of love and loyalty beyond measure. He’s every bit the kind of contemporary romance hero I love to read about, and his romance with Gen was absolutely fabulous.
I have so many favorite moments from this story that I couldn’t begin to choose one, but I will say that my absolute favorite part of Gen and Chance’s romance takes place near the end of the book and it just melted me, and really cemented Chance as a one-of-a-kind, tried-and-true romance hero with a good, kind heart capable of so much more than even he realizes. Hardcore loved him!
If you love reunion romances with witty banter, humorous encounters, and heart-tugging emotion, Chance of a Lifetime is an amazing read that will seriously sweep you up and make you smile, and sigh, and laugh, and cry. I loved it!
Rating: 5 Stars
*Okie Dreams Top Pick*
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Marissa Clarke lives in Texas, where everything is bigger, especially the mosquitoes.
When not writing, she wrangles her rowdy pack of three teens, husband, and a Cairn Terrier named Annabel, who rules the house (and Marissa’s heart) with an iron paw.
Prior to attending University of Houston Law School, she received a B.A. in English Literature with a minor in Drama from the University of Houston. She has taught drama and playwriting in a large public high school and English in a private school.
Currently, she serves as Vice-President of Programming for the West Houston RWA Chapter, and is a founding member of Houston YA/MG Writers, and the QueryTracker.net Blog.
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Marissa also writes young adult novels for Penguin USA under the name Mary Lindsey. She is represented by Kevan Lyon of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.
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