Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Review - Chance of a Lifetime by Marissa Clarke

Title: Chance of a Lifetime
Series: Anderson Brothers #3
Author: Marissa Clarke
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.

Gen Richards has lived with her over-the-top, over-protective, over-bearing older brother, Walter, and parents. See, she’s blind which in their minds means she’s helpless and can’t do anything on her own without them there to protect her. Little do they realize just how truly independent and so-far-from-helpless-it’s-comedic Gen really is. She’s tired of living in the shadows and decides to take life by the horns and resurrect her “bucket list” she wrote at age fifteen. First thing to cross off—kiss a total stranger. Easy enough, right? Until the total stranger turns out to be not a stranger at all, but one of her brother, Walter’s best friends—Chance Anderson.

Chance thrives on adrenaline and taking chances—living up to his namesake. But one chance he’s not willing to take or risk, is hooking up with Gen. He made a horrible mistake ten years ago that led to his departure from her life and Gen’s hospitalization. He wouldn’t go there, he couldn’t go there—again. He’s not good for her and he’s willing to help Gen with knocking off things from her bucket list to keep their kiss from being shared with Walter. 

But is Walter finding out really the danger? Or is Gen Chance’s kryptonite? Can Chance really merely help Gen without falling for her?

It’s been a long time since I’ve absolutely loved everything about the lead characters in a book from the very first words. Usually it takes me a chapter or two to grasp onto the leads and not let go, but I was all in with both Chance and Gen from the beginning, with Gen taking a sip of liquid courage from her beer. 

I loved Gen’s strength and vulnerability. Her amazingness (yes, that’s a word) in dealing with her surroundings. How she made a niche for herself in the world—how she sure as hell wasn’t helpless, but strong, courageous, and all around amazing. And Chance. Holy hell. He never saw Gen for what she couldn’t do, but for everything she could do without sight. He never babied her, never placated or encouraged her to do something else... he just did what she needed him to do—let her live. 

I cannot articulate enough how much I loved this book. Beautifully written. Extremely descriptive. Captivating can’t-put-it-down read. It’s part of a series and absolutely stands alone. 
~ Review by Missy

Marissa Clarke lives in Texas, where the 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.

She also writes young adult novels for Penguin USA as Mary Lindsey

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