Blog Tour: Take A Chance (Running Into Love #1) by Annalisa Nicole ~ Excerpt, Derna's Review and Giveaway!
Willow Emery is in the middle of chemotherapy when she literally runs into Asher Wellington on the sidewalk after treatment with a rather unfortunate outcome. She is alone in a new city and doesn’t need anyone in her life. If life has taught her anything it’s that you can’t rely on anyone.
Asher is a young widower, devastated by the tragic death of his wife Olivia three years earlier. He has given up the idea of ever finding the kind of love that he shared with his late wife. Will one fateful day bring two lost souls together? Will taking a chance lead them to a happily ever after or will the challenges they face keep them apart?
Placing my hands on his shoulders, I gently push him down and straddle his thighs. I love the way he kisses me, always with a slow and burning desire, never rushed. Each time is like he’s making love to my mouth telling me a story of his love and gratitude. Taking his ear in my mouth I exhale a soft moan and shower feather soft kisses down his neck, making him shiver. Licking down the center of his chest over his rock hard abs, I take him into my mouth, he inhales sharply as I swirl the tip with my tongue. I take him all the way in my mouth until he hits the back of my throat and he whispers my name. Loving the soft silky skin, I bob my head up and down his length slowly. He pulls me up and switches positions. Laying underneath him he slowly enters me, filling me completely. I reach my hands around his back and dig my nails into his skin and slide them down ever so slowly. He moans loudly, “Do that again.”
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
Willow Emery is devastated when she discovers that she has breast cancer, not something you want to deal with yourself, but sadly, Willow is. Asher Wellington is still devastated after the tragic loss of his wife three years earlier and doesn’t think he will find true love again.
In a hurry to leave the treatment center after one of her chemotherapy sessions, Willow literally bumps into Asher. They have an interesting first encounter, one that leaves Willow embarrassed and in a hurry to get home. Asher is concerned and drawn to the woman he has just met.
The storyline is told from Willow and Asher’s POV. It was a touching love story about second chances, loss, healing, friendship, family and moving forward. Willow and Asher share a genuine connection. They are sweet together; two lost souls who are not looking for love, but fate has other ideas. I loved the way Asher supports Willow, he definitely was her knight in shining armour and Willow was exactly what Asher needed to see that he could find true love again.
“What on earth did I do right, how did I get a knight in shining armor?”
“She is just so easy to talk to, and I can see myself telling her everything”
Take A Chance is Annalisa Nicole’s début novel and there is a lot of potential here. I liked the storyline and its concept, but I did have a couple of issues; first was the dialogue between the characters, I got lost at times as to who was talking and I had to go back and re-read. I also felt everything moved at a fast past.
The second being the epilogue, and it’s hard for me to say this as I love my epilogues but after reading the ending, I was happy with the way things had worked out for Willow and Asher, it left me with a smile on my face, but my smile was gone once I read the epilogue. I just didn’t get it, I don’t think it added to the story and it just didn’t work for me, it left me rather frustrated.
Despite my issues, overall Take A Chance is a heart warming love story with likeable main and secondary characters. I’m looking forward to book two of the series, which is about Asher’s sister Amelia.
I am an “Indie” adult contemporary romance author. I am a wife and a stay at home mom. I have been married to my wonderful husband since 1996. I love being a stay at home mom to our two teenage boys. We have a handful of pets, a dog named Lucy (who is in my books), a guinea pig named Flufy, (my son spells her name that way) and a cat named meow-meow, who adopted us many years ago and has never left.
I never liked reading as a kid and I only started reading romance novels in the past few years. Soon I couldn't get enough of them. My Kindle and I are inseparable now. A thought occurred to me in December of 2012 that maybe I could write a romance novel. So I went to work with the encouragement of my husband and my sister-in-law. It didn’t take long to figure out that I really enjoyed writing.
I entered my book in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest in January of 2013. Needless to say my three hundred word pitch didn’t even make it through the first round. My book never even got read. So now what do you do with a 50,000+ word book? With more encouragement by my wonderful family I decided to self- publish it. So here I am today a self- published author. It has been a lot of hard work but I wouldn’t change a single thing.
It has not been an easy road and there has been a lot of self- doubt, but I stuck with it and I wouldn’t change a thing. I’ve been blessed to have been put in contact with some amazing people that have supported and encouraged me every step of the way.