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You can't help who you fall in love with...
That sounds an awful like like most other romance books I've read these days, but I was hoping that A Hope and a Chance would have that little something special that would make it memorable. After reading the synopsis, I was very much hoping to love this book! When the opportunity to review arose, and I noticed the forbidden love element? Sign me up! After opening the book and realizing that it was previously released in 2012 under the name Hope's Chance, which I had mixed reviews, I was both nervous and excited to see what this book would have in store. Perhaps what changes were made.
When we first meet Hope, our heroine, it is her last day of her senior year and she's busted her butt to graduate early. We, very early on, get a glimpse into her drama-filled family life-- cheating father, emotionally unavailable mother (although unintentionally, it seemed), money troubles, the whole nine yards. The author dives straight into the story, which I can always appreciate. We're right in on the action within the first few pages, so it was easy to get hooked quickly.
Straight away, Hope's father got under my skin. Drooling over his way-too-young-for-him new girlfriend, being completely insensitive to his daughter's feelings, previously two-timing his now ex-wife, and really just being a general sleaze ball, were just some of the ways this guy gave me the shivers. While trying to escape the nausea-inducing company of her father and his trophy girlfriend, Hope ventures off to take a look around their gigantic home-- one dear old Daddy is living in while Hope and her mother are cramped inside the house they're sharing with Hope's grandmother, after not being able to afford the mortgage on their own home when Dad left them high and dry, mind you). While exploring, she comes across a man in the pool house. A mostly naked man, who, of course, she can't take her eyes or mind off of. She's intrigued.
Chance, our hero, is trying to get his life back on track after a horrible, life-changing incident left him losing his scholarship to Penn State. Everything he's worked his whole life for is now in shambles, and he's forced to live with his sister, miss hot tottie herself, in the pool house. Through Chase, we see a much different side of Buffy (yes, Buffy!) than from Hope's initial point of view, but I still wasn't sold on her easily. And, given the circumstances under which Hope and Chance meet, they're not sold on each other right away, either. But Chance does see something he likes in Hope, nonetheless.
It was a damn shame that we hadn't met under different circumstances. There was a lot about her that I would have liked to explore.
Pretty soon, Hope and Chance end up seeing a lot more of each other, and they're not as happy about it as you would think. Add that to the fact that Chance's past is catching up to him, and we're in for some drama. However, after one passion-filled, unforgettable weekend together, things start to change between the two main characters. But will their circumstances and Chance's big deal-breaker of a secret pull them apart for good? Time will tell...
The interactions between Hope and Chance, and some of the other characters later on, struck me as slightly juvenile, which was disappointing. I realize that Hope was only seventeen, despite trying to appear as an adult, and already having graduated from high school, but I wanted a bit more maturity from her. Even the hint of rejection turned her into an insecure, sobbing little girl, and this bothered me. Chance wasn't that much older than Hope, but he was older, and I wanted their relationship to balance out just a tiny bit more. Although, it would make sense, I suppose, considering her relationship with her father, that she'd have certain insecurities. I found myself hoping that this side of Hope would change as the story progressed. Another issue I had, was Chance's inner dialogue in the beginning of the story. The way he seemed to think of Hope, early on, as if she was special, beautiful, someone he needed to feel close to, didn't add up with him referring to her as "this chick" as he did, and it definitely made him lose some book boyfriend points in my eyes. Additionally, some situations arise later in the book that weren't quite as believable as I would have liked. These reasons are why I wasn't able to give this book a couple more stars.
With all that said, I did still really enjoy the story that this author crafted. And some things that I had issues with might not bother other readers at all. Please don't let that discourage you from picking this one up! I learned to love these characters and became really invested in their story, hoping very much for their happy ending. For me, this book was about first loves, forbidden romance, and second chances-- in relationships and in life. When Chance's unsavory past was finally revealed, I wasn't exactly surprised, but his confession did make me incredibly sad for him, and the injustice he was served. Despite the few small issues I had with the main characters, I was rooting for them more and more as the story progressed. And I'm happy to say that I did end up LOVING Buffy. So much. She actually, very quickly, turned into my favorite character in this book. Overall, I did enjoy reading A Hope and a Chance. If you're a fan of sweet romances with a bit of angst, and a forbidden romp or twelve thrown in, then I definitely recommend that you give this one a shot!
“Take me home and be with me. As much as I love being here like this with you, I’d rather be in your bed, making love.”
I pulled her closer, kissing her deeply. Without another word, I climbed down and waited to feel her jump in my arms. We gathered our things and walked hand in hand to the motorcycle.
She held me so tight on the way home that I thought she was trying to squeeze me to death. I welcomed it though, in fact I didn’t want her to ever let go. I felt like driving us far away so that we never had to be apart again.
The ride home seemed like it took forever, but I knew it was because of her request. There was nothing on this earth that I wanted to do more than make love to her. I wanted to kiss every inch of her body, to hold her in my arms, and to give her unending satisfaction until we collapsed in a pool of combined sweat.
I wanted to give her all of me, everything I could give her, and then more.
Jennifer Foor is an award winning Contemporary Romance Author. She's best known for the Mitchell Family Series, which includes ten books.
She is married with two children and spends most of her time behind a keyboard, writing stories that come from her heart.
AMAZON AUTHOR: http://www.amazon.com/Jennifer-Foor/e/B007QVEKIE/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1408370369&sr=8-2-ent