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- Listening Length: 4 hours and 51 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.com Release Date: August 9, 2013
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00DYUULAW
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Chance Encounters Audiobook – Unabridged
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Remember this song, by Bryan Adams?
"When you love someone, you'll sacrifice
You'll give everything you got, and you won't think twice
You'll risk it all, no matter what may come
When you love someone.
You'll shoot the moon, put out the sun
When you love someone"
Those words sound so vanilla, just sitting there on the page, but with the smoky, smouldering intensity of Bryan Adams' voice and the moody dreamlike flute and piano accompaniment, they convey a powerful sense of an almost desperate yearning to be with the object of your desire. So, it's kind of awkward, to say the least, when that kind of powerful emotion hits you when you've already committed to be with someone else. And that's what happens to MC Caroline as our story opens. She's in a lovely, settled relationship with her lawyer boyfriend Clay when she gets word of the death of a friend. On her return from the funeral, she's seated, by chance, next to Jackson Parks. Maybe we should move the "s" to the front of his last name, because whoa! crazy sparks fly, and they set Caroline and Jackson's lives on fire. Like Bryan's song suggests, a love so intense and consuming has risks, and requires everything you've got. But can careful Care, the sensible girl with a plan, take a chance based on just that kind of random encounter? Especially when it's more than just her own heart at stake.
This is an emotional rollercoaster of a ride. It's not enough that Caroline and Jackson have to contend with their overwhelming mutual attraction (hey, it could be worse, I guess, if it were one sided) while stuck at absolute opposite ends of the U.S., the disapproval of their well-meaning friends, and other peoples' claims to their hearts. Events won't stand still either, and require a leap of faith that might well end in disaster for one or both of them.
Personally I couldn't help but fall in love with Caroline. I know that cheating is kind of a gray area at best in romance novels, and it's not clear if what Caroline does would be considered that (this is kind of a chaste romance, btw, by today's standards, although emotionally flagrant). But she's so torn between what's expected of her and what her heart can't resist that her struggles will def tug at your heartstrings. She doesn't want to be the kind of person she'd hate, who can argue with that? Fortunately she has an awesome lifeline friend, Bailey, to provide perspective, help the plot along and just generally be funny and charming. There really aren't any good guys or bad guys (although some of them pull some extremely maddening stunts), just a crew of realistically drawn characters with the flaws, foibles and occasional strengths that real folk would display.
This is a charming, poignant, tender and exhilarating read. I love the way the author conveys that giddy sense of besotted, bewilderingly beautiful emotional attraction that is one of life's greatest gifts. Don't hesitate to give that gift to yourself, by reading this sweet and affecting novel asap
Caroline and Jax are lovable characters. Though I hated that Care was technically cheating with Clay (her BF by the way), yet you'd get to understand why she was able to do such a thing. I have witnessed her struggle of fighting off her feelings for Jackson because she just wanted to be in a predictable and safe relationship. Being with Clay was a part of her life plan. He was her comfort zone and with Jax's sudden appearance in her life, he was a distraction to that.
This story will play with your emotions. It will sucked you in right from the start, making you feel edgy as to who will Caroline ends up with at the end. You will swoon, sigh, laugh, get frustrated, hurt, angry and hate some of the characters but in the end, you'd feel that it's all worth it. I enjoyed reading this book. I finished reading it in one sitting only. I love Jackson. He's such a sweetheart, who believes in the good ole way of communicating. You know, with the snail mails and all. ***Swooning!*** He just took my breath away a lot of times.
A quick and romantic read. The epilogue was a blast. Loved it.
Caroline Weber has a normal, good life. She meets Jackson Parks on a flight home from her college best friend's funeral. They have an immediate connection but Caroline has a life on the other side of the U.S. with her boyfriend, Clay. She and Jackson maintain a great friendship until one day it gets too complicated and they can't do it anymore. Caroline is faced with a tough decision on whether she should follow her heart and take a chance or leave it be.
The whole story was great and it was fun to be there throughout Caroline's confusion and stress because both guys are great guys and she doesn't want to hurt either. I think a lot of us have been in this predicament so we can definitely relate!
Another good book by J. Sterling!
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