WARNING! THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS ON THE ASSUMPTION THAT THE READER HAS PREVIOUSLY READ TAKING CHANCES
Read: 28 May 2013
Why: Taking Chances #2
Rating: 5 stars
Brief synopsis: Taking Chances from Chase’s point of view…
Chase had never been interested in a relationship until he met his sister’s new roommate, Harper. Torn between wanting her and knowing he’s not good enough for her, he soon pushes her into the arms of his good friend Brandon. Does Chase have the strength to stay away from the girl he’s in love with if it means she’ll be happy?
What I thought: I’m heartbroken.
Already knowing how this story ends, I made sure I had the tissues to hand before starting to read this book, but that still didn’t prepare me for the ending. There’s no opportunity to mourn for the loss of the character like we had in Taking Chances – Chase tells the story of his own death and the last words of the book are his last words – it’s heartbreaking.
Chase’s story doesn’t really deviate much from Harper’s story but adds a whole new perspective. I really enjoyed his version of events; his relationship with friends and family (particularly Brandon), his feelings for Harper and reaction to becoming a father.
It was obvious from Harper’s story that Chase had a hidden sweet side and his story really emphasised it. It was hard not to fall in love with him which only made the ending more powerful than the first time round.
“‘You’re such an ass, Chase. Why can’t you just leave him alone?’
‘Because he’s with my entire world.'”