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Product Details

  • Series: Taking Chances (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (April 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006226768X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062267689
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,176 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #332,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Molly McAdams grew up in California but now lives in the oh-so-amazing state of Texas with her husband and furry, four-legged daughter. Her hobbies include hiking, snowboarding, traveling, and long walks on the beach … which roughly translates to being a homebody and dishing out movie quotes with her hubby—or hiding in her writing cave, trying to get her characters' stories out.


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Molly McAdams grew up in California but now lives in the oh-so-amazing state of Texas with her husband and furry daughter. Her hobbies include hiking, snowboarding, traveling and long walks on the beach, which roughly translates to being a homebody with her hubby and dishing out movie quotes. When she's not at work, she can be found hiding out in her bedroom surrounded by her laptop, cell, Kindle and fighting over the TV remote. She has a weakness for crude-humored movies, fried pickles and loves curling up in a fluffy comforter during a thunderstorm...or under one in a bathtub if there are tornados. That way she can pretend they aren't really happening.


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334 of 402 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 14, 2012
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I don't ever write reviews. I read hundreds of books, but for some reason I just never review them after I read them, even if I absolutely loved it. I have written one other review....after I read a book that I despised. I just felt it wasn't fair to not warn others of that book's awfulness. Well, that is how I feel now except times 10. I was enjoying this book. The main character, Harper, is not my favorite. She was pretty selfish and expected others to be what she could not and would not be. However, I did like the story enough that I overlooked that. Until 58% into the book. Yep, I was good and invested, when the author went and ruined the book. I mean RUINED!!! I am ok with things not being perfect in books. This goes for errors, as well as the actual meat of the book. I have read some really awesome self published authors, and sometimes that means there may be spelling errors, or a grammatical error here and there. I can overlook that. I also do not expect every book to be a light, fluffy read. Sometimes there is sadness, or even heartbreak. I like angst in a book. In fact, I prefer it. I like feeling what the characters are feeling, even if it is hurt or pain. Such is life, so if books are to resemble life, then there are going to be ups and downs. I just felt that the author used a cheap way out of a love triangle. One that shocked the heck out of the me, and not in a good way. It was like she wanted to make Harper's flip flopping, and indecisiveness justified by taking one option away. I just felt it was a crummy way to do things and jerk the reader around. I stopped at that point and most likely will not continue to read the book. I NEVER leave a book incomplete. Even if I am really not feeling it, I hold out hope that it will get better.Read more ›
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By ImAReader on September 16, 2012
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MAJOR SPOLIER ALERTS!!! :

Let me start by saying, I'm in a really bad mood right now and I finished the book 2 hours ago. I'm an avid reader, and I ALWAYS finish my books, even if they suck, I have to finish. This book however, after the 'big incident' I lost all interest. So Harper has 3 guys in love with her, her best friend, Chase and Brandon. Here's the thing, the author shoves her best friend out of the picture, so it turns into a love triangle with Chase and Brandon. I was rooting for Chase since the beginning of the book. He was the first guy introduced to us and he found a place in my sappy ol' heart. Harper being in love with both guys- which I must say, I don't think people can be in love with two guys, I think they can love two persons but not IN love. With that said, the author needed a way to remove one of the lovers, so she shoved him out as well. She pronounced Chase dead. By this point, with my mouth hitting the floor, I felt .... Anger... Frustration. I was pissed. I lost interest so I stopped reading. But then I thought well, she is pregnant with Chase's child, maybe she'll do something in remberance of him like name him after Chase or something. Nope, she names him after Brandon's dad,which was cool, no complaining. So I skimmed the rest of the book, which was about
40%.

The book needed more depth. And there was way toooo much going on, i read some of the comments to check if anyone was as pissed as me and some say the book could have been three different books, i totally agree. Secondly, the author should find a way to remove the characters without murdering them.

******Note to author: Usually when reading a romance, the first love interest, the hero of the book meets, is the one that usually sticks with the readers.
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38 of 46 people found the following review helpful By bookaholic on September 9, 2012
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The cover drew me in and I didn't even read the synopsis before I bought it. For a $1.99, what did I have to lose? I have to say, I enjoyed the original ideas for this book better; Beautiful Disaster & Thoughtless. I had a really, really hard time making myself finish, and not only because the book is extremely long, but because of all the nonsense and complete unbelievability. I love books that consume me and that I can get lost in; this story consumed my thoughts for totally different reasons. There were some beautiful parts to read and also some parts that caused watery eyes but in no way did I want to sob and cry. A bunch of the "I love you so much, you're my entire life, what did I do to deserve you" was a bit over the top and caused more eye rolling that heart swooning. I felt the situation with Sir should have been explored more deeply. For such an important scene, it felt rushed and thrown to the side for all of the crying from the main character and cavity inducing sugary declarations of love. I'm torn because I wanted to like this book, and some parts I really did enjoy, but If I'm being honest, I'll probably not read it again.
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69 of 88 people found the following review helpful By crystalnicole on September 25, 2012
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This is the first review that I've ever felt the need to write. But I am astonished that people liked this story. Everything that happens is just of convenience to get the story completed. The first half is pretty decent and builds up situation after situation for a young, naïve Harper to grow and become strong. Even though parts of the story seemed forced and lacked build up, I kept thinking it will get better. It didn't.

I realize that Young Adult stories sometimes lack depth because many are written by young adults that don't have personal experience in their pocket, but this story comes from a completely different world. So many reviews have focused on the lack of depth, the cop out of the love triangle, and the sugary mush that took up most of the book. So I'll focus on a couple of other things that were completely wrong about this story.

Everything was too convenient. Everyone was too beautiful, too rich, too forgiving......

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First of all, I can't imagine that this author has ever been through a tragedy and she certainly doesn't have children. There is no real life experience or emotion influencing these storylines. I felt like she was trying to write this powerful story and had no personal insight to draw from. Why do I make that statement? There was more time spent on naming the brands of Harper's clothing than exploring Chase's death and the effect it had on his family. Harper only mourned for five days and was pregnant. When I was pregnant I mourned for five days over a Christmas coffee commercial.
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