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Chance At Redemption (Madison Square) (Volume 3) Paperback – May 16, 2017
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Samatha Harris continues her Madison Square series with Chance at Redemption, in which Madison Buchanan’s brother, Liam Sinclair, finds his soul mate. Sadly, his soul mate, Gwen Stevens is a whiney, entitled debutante who is completely unlikable. Senator Stevens daughter is financially dependent on him for her designer handbags, Louboutin shoes, and a plush penthouse apartment. When he finally shows her some tough love by cutting her off financially, Gwen lives down to his expectations and falls apart. It only takes her about three weeks, because that is how long it takes her to spend her last two-month allowance check from daddy. Do-gooder, Madison Buchanan, offers Gwen a job at her brother’s bar. Desperate and completely broke, she accepts the offer. She is so cantankerous that she almost doesn’t get the job. Beyond the unbelievable job offer from Madison, it is highly unlikely that anyone would hire a surly, insubordinate, snob in stilettos to wait tables at a local dive bar. Madison must have a lot of influence over her brother!
Liam has found peace and happiness in the building/bar he purchased. His lack of interest in following into the family business has gotten him disowned by his parents, but he was never after their money or the strings attached to it. When Gwen walks into his bar, his peace is permanently disrupted. In fact, she represents everything that he has walked away from. There is no rhyme or reason to his agreeing to hire Gwen especially given her unfathomable sense of entitlement and disagreeable attitude.
Chance at Redemption is about Gwen. It is about her owning her past mistakes and misinterpretations. She does become less dislikable, however, her epiphany was not substantial enough to make her empathetic to me. Liam is grounded and completely likable, but his decisions to take on and stick by Gwen were not quite believable. With every altercation Liam and Gwen had, I couldn’t understand why he didn’t fire her let alone why he became romantically involved with her. His acceptance and grooming of her was a bit like Professor Henry Higgins taking on Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, yet his character was not old enough to have developed that level of maturity.
Gwen’s bestie from her prior life is an odd addition to the story. Daria is another unlikable debutante living off her parents’ wealth without any plans for her life beyond her next cocktail and conquest. She provides some story tension and conflict as well as an example to compare and contrast the new and improved Gwen. It is no surprise that Gwen’s decision to go out with Daria leads to problems. With friends who think a good time is slipping you a little somethin’- somethin’ in your drink, who needs enemies?
The characterization of Liam and Madison’s parents provides a bit of unintentional humor. What could possibly go wrong when you’ve got your girlfriend stripped to the waist and sitting on the bar with the door unlocked? Of course, your estranged, drama-queen mother just happens to walk in a day earlier than she is expected in town. Oops! That might change the dynamics of the meet-the-parents brunch!
Chance At Redemption is a good second-chance read. It is about second chances at life as well as love. Are many scenes overplayed or a bit contrived? Yes. Are some characters exaggerated characterizations? Yes. While a little overplayed at times, I did enjoy Gwen’s reinvention through forgiveness and second-chances to her presumed nemesis. Chance At Redemption is a light, easy read that will have you wondering why so many people avidly follow “celebutantes” and their ridiculous antics.
I really appreciated the time and length the author goes throw to show readers that Gwen can and will redeem herself. She’s at the lowest part of her life but she also knows she needs to step up. Getting offered a job at The Den is her start.
Liam was the perfect character to tame Princess Gwen. He’s had a rough time with his parents and instead of following their dreams he goes for his own and walks away from the money. I loved everything about Liam. From his big heart to his overall good nature he was just awesome. He was a character that had heart and went after what he wants despite what others say and do.
The chemistry and banter between the character was intense and engaging. I loved the pull they had as well as how they both saw beyond what others saw. I have to say I was really glad that we finally got to see this story unfold. It was a journey for both characters and both found that they wanted redemption. Of course this would not be part of the Madison Square series without the added angst and drama.
This story is well written and completely pulled me and held my focus. It flowed easily and never faltered from their journey. I love this author’s writing style. Take a chance on this journey, it’s worth the ups and downs.
We first meet Gwen Stevens in Harris’ Somewhere in Between, the first book in Madison Square series. Now, you don’t have to read the two prior books in order to read this one. However, I’m here to tell you they are pretty amazing books with a family of characters you can’t help but love. So snag them while you’re snagging this one.
Gwen Stevens is entitled, selfish, and living off her daddy until he cuts her off. She’s not above sabotaging others to get her way or using her womanly ways to get ahead. Life has been delivered to her on a silver platter and fed to her with a silver spoon until Daddy cuts her off. To say Gwen has life changing moments through this novel would be downplaying the emotional growth and depth this character makes as your pages turn. What was once a deplorable character you want to smack right off the pages becomes a sweet, misunderstood underdog you find yourself fighting for. Not to mention she has one hottie of a boss whose character and personality will make you swoon.
Chance at Redemption is the ultimate redemption story. Harris has done an exceptional job taking an already wonderful series another step further. As with each of Harris’ novels, I fell completely wholeheartedly in love with Liam and Gwen while being reminded of all the great characters in this series. If you haven’t checked out the characters of Madison Square then wait no longer and one click this addictive series.
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First, let me say that at the beginning I had a hard time liking Gwen, she's spoiled,...Read more
Gwen and Liam are two characters who you will never be able to get enough of!!Read more
This is a solid addition to the Ms. Harris series and focuses on Liam and Gwen, characters we've met in previous books as secondary characters.Read more
I have been a fan of the Madison Square series ever since it came out, so when I was able to read the third book a little early...Read more