Sunday, September 7, 2014

One More Chance (Rosemary Beach #8) by Abbi Glines: ARC Review


Grant Carter did everything in his power to convince Harlow Manning that he was a good guy. More than a smooth-talker and someone she could trust. He had to overcome his reputation as a playboy, and his history with Harlow's half-sister, Nan, a woman with a reputation of her own.

Harlow had taken the chance, falling hard and fast for the guy who thrilled her with his all-consuming desire. After a lifetime of avoiding bad boys like Grant, she had opened herself to the possibilities of love...

But a life-changing secret has torn them apart, and now Grant and Harlow must decide if they have enough fight to make it work - or if the pain of betrayal has permanently destroyed their future.

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About the Author:

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 Lasts, 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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Review by Yvette:

It’s a rare occasion (i.e. almost never) when I come across a book by Abbi Glines that I don’t immediately love. Having read all her previous books, I can confidently say that she’s a gifted storyteller with an amazing ability to create characters you can’t help but love. Grant Carter is one such character that I fell in love with after being introduced to him through Rush and Blaire’s narrative. His affable persona and effortless charm drew me in and, when it came time for him to get his own story, I was eager to read his journey to Happily Ever After, although Take A Chance left me slightly disappointed in Grant’s handling of his relationship with Harlow Manning. I fully supported Harlow's decision to distance herself from Grant but, knowing their story was far from over, I settled in to their follow-up novel, One More Chance, ready to see how Grant would make amends for his actions (preferably with significant groveling).

The strained relationship between Grant and Harlow isn’t easily fixed with flowers and an apology. Both Grant and Harlow are facing the consequences of Grant’s reaction to Harlow’s secret at the end of Take A Chance, and as a result, both are living in a state of immobility, unable to move past their mutual heartbreak. Their story is bittersweet because each longs to be with the other but there are still obstacles they have to overcome, both individually and as a couple. Both Grant and Harlow convey a mixture of strength and fragility, and the narrative forces both characters to confront their weaknesses head-on. One More Chance is undoubtedly the most emotionally compelling of all the author's books. While there have been others that have tugged on the heartstrings, One More Chance so deeply channeled Grant and Harlow’s hopes and fears that I felt as though my emotions were directly tied to theirs.

The most prevalent emotion I felt while reading Take A Chance was anger: anger towards Grant for his continued association with Nan, and anger towards Nan for exacerbating the situation. After reading about Grant as the lovable jokester in the Too Far series, it was difficult to identify that Grant as this person who allowed his fears to potentially govern his future. One More Chance, however, is Grant's opportunity to not necessarily overcome those fears, but to accept them and live his life in spite of them. This book shows yet another side of Grant – an unbelievably sweet and caring side that melted my heart and had the romantic in me sighing with contentment. Grant's swoon-worthy status is firmly reinstated with One More Chance and I couldn’t have wished for a more perfect ending to Grant and Harlow’s story.

Rating: 5 Stars

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