Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (Harpercollins)
Published on: October 16, 2012
Her first year away is turning out to be nearly perfect, but one weekend of giving in to heated passion will change everything. Eighteen-year-old Harper has grown up under the thumb of her career marine father. Ready to live life her own way and to experience things she’s only ever heard of from the jarheads in her father’s unit, she’s on her way to college at San Diego State University. Thanks to her new roommate, Harper is introduced to a world of parties, gorgeous guys, family, and emotions. She finds herself being torn in two as she quickly falls in love with both her new boyfriend, Brandon, and her roommate’s brother, Chase. Despite their dangerous looks and histories, both men adore Harper and would do anything for her, including taking a step back if it would mean she’d be happy.
Taking Chances it is. This book is roughly made with second chances as its main ingredient. It’s been almost a day since I finished reading it and I’m still not over the book. I know the ending was good, heck, everything that happened in the book was almost made up of happy sugar and swoony honey, except for the major if not the only twist in the story, which broke a lot of hearts. Yeah, including mine. What broke my fall was the fact that I kind of knew something devastating was going to happen some halfway into the story, and I was almost always livid while waiting for that arrow to strike! It felt like I knew I’m going to die but I just don’t know when and I think that was more excruciating than knowing nothing at all (when reading the book). The waiting part was most certainly the killer part… Much more when before this certain character will face a certain tragedy, it’s not sure if he/she will learn one truth that will make him/her the happiest person on earth. It’s like going to battle without any weapons!
Anyway, I think I like Harper and can relate with her innocence when I was the same age as her hehe. But, of course the life I’ve lived is far far different from hers. She grew up with no mom and with only a military father who always brought her with him to military camp. Cruel I know! She underwent the same trainings they did blah blah. Plus she was homeschooled. So I can only imagine how excited she was to live a life away from home and finally be able to live.
I have to admit this book has lots of feels and not all are positive from me. First, I think everything moved too fast in the beginning, especially when Harper is still young-ish and maybe the things that happened to here are not far from reality, but I just felt like her relationship with Brandon was too fast and instant at the beginning. Like, they were already together after just a day. Or one night. That from her very fresh and innocent self. As in no first kiss yet, and all those things.
Anyways. The crucial love story part I liked was the tragic one between Harper and Chase. They met first (before Brandon came into the picture)… And had that banter/love relationship. It was amusing and cute and very swoony. Chase is the kind of guy (in books) who I get attracted to immediately. Authors just make those bad boy types sound interesting and hot and I dunno. There’s just something underneath their layers of badness that appeals to me. I think its the way they interacted with those lady main characters and of course they’re the special ones. The “one”. So, things were really interesting between Harper and Chase…until we reached the parts where we read that Chase changed a lot for her and all those sacrifices he made that she didn’t even appreciate that he did them because of her…and she always misread and misunderstood things when it comes to Chase. Sigh. There were lots of tears shed from me for those parts…
Secondly, I felt like the novel was too sappy at times. Like everybody is nice except for one or two “bad” characters. And that’s just sad. I mean I don’t mind the nice people characters but they’re just too nice and that left less challenges for the MCs lol. But I know reality can also be that.. But I just can’t get over the fact that everyone is so kind to Harper. It’s actually nice since she was brought up by her dad in the most detached way possible and she really missed her first 17/18 years of existence.. so I guess I understand why the author wanted Harper to experience lots of goodness in her life.
So in conclusion, while I liked the characters of the story, and I liked the main story, I still felt like it was too dragged out in the end. It could have ended earlier that where it ended. But no regrets in reading this though. 🙂
Note: A copy was given in exchange of an honest review. See policy. 🙂 Special thanks to Sarah from Harper!