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.
Source: ARC from Entangled: Lovestruck via NetGalley
I really loved this book. It has a hint of the brother’s-best-friend trope, a touch of a second chance romance and a couple of characters that I absolutely fell for. I also really liked how Gen’s blindness is portrayed throughout. Despite how her own family treat her, she doesn’t see herself as limited or weak in any way. In fact she’s strong and determined and I loved how her pov was only ever strengthened by her blindness. She didn’t need to see, because her other senses more than made up for it.
As for Chance – adorable. He might be an adrenaline junkie, but the way he treats people is anything but fast and loose. He’s so good to Gen, encouraging her to break the boundaries, to test herself, to never be held back by what other people think are her limits. He’s also sweet and misunderstood, not to mention strong and loyal. I loved him. I especially loved when he and Gen were together. They have so much chemistry, but they also have a deep trust and a gorgeous friendship. Wonderful.
Even better, this book is also filled with fun moments (attack swans!) and populated with great characters – I particularly liked Gen’s best friend. Chance’s brothers and their partners also add colour and fun, but if you’re new to this series (like me), don’t worry, this book stands well enough on its own that you won’t feel left out – in fact it’ll just leave you wanting more. Yes, there was a moment or two when I wanted to shake the pair of them, but the way everything sorts itself out was too lovely to be missed.
Overall this is a great read, cute and enjoyable, with a couple of wonderful characters. It made me smile – a lot – and there might even have been a few heartfelt sighs along the way. It’s touching and feel-good and heartwarming and romantic in the best way. This is my first taste of both this series and this author’s work, but on the strength of this one, it definitely won’t be my last.
Chance of a Lifetime is out November 16th!
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