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- Print Length: 276 pages
- Publication Date: September 5, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0721QJ552
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,690 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Take A Chance (Lake Placid Series Book 4) Kindle Edition
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A must read. I have thoroughly enjoyed every book of this series and am looking forward to book 5.
Rene was a book reading, clumsy, shy young girl with a little crush on Cole. When Rene attends her brother's wedding (Second Chance) she meets, and accepts a job with Dr. Max Hamilton (Give Me A Chance) and moves to Lake Placid. On her first day at the clinic, she slides off the icy road and is rescued by Cole, Deputy Sheriff and twin brother of Celeste (Our Chance). Cole did not have the easiest time growing up and is rather closed off. His father was a stern sheriff who never left the house without telling Cole he was "the man of the house" and that he must take care of his mother and sister. The tone his father set and their last conversation weighed heavily on Cole as an adult. Somehow the author gets them dating and into a relationship.
I look forward to all of Natalie Ann's books. She writes about regular people, the kind you meet in your doctor's office, the grocery store, and at your local police department. Even though all of the books are stand-alone, the characters from books one through three are there in the background so you can keep up with them.
I enjoyed getting to know Rene and Cole through Natalie Ann's words. Of all of this author's series (this is series number three) Rene and Cole have the most unique road to happiness.
You first meet Rene in Take a Chance and Cole in Our Chance. I loved watching these two characters navigate a relationship without realizing they were in a relationship. Cole's reaction to some news that Rene discovered was surprising at first to me but then it made sense when you realized how his dad was always reminding him that he was the man of the house, so he rose up to take responsibility for the news. The poor guy just didn't realize he was feeling more for Rene that just responsibility!
I loved watching Rene become more confident. She was confident in her career but became the shy nerdy girl when dealing with relationships. I liked how her grandmother Trixie never let her just hide, but made her think a little deeper about what was happening in her life. She was much stronger than she gave herself credit for and by the end of the book it was great to see her really believe in herself in all areas of her life.
I think these two characters were my favorite, even though I loved her brother Nick and Mallory, I just liked how they evolved as people and as a couple together.
I received an ARC and am voluntarily leaving a review. (But I would have read it anyway, because I lover her books!)
Rene was the awkward kid who wore thick glasses and always had her nose in a book. She was probably the last one to be picked for a team sport because she had no hand eye coordination and she was always the smallest kid in her class. She grows up to be a very attractive, intelligent young woman who's much too hard on herself. She's a bit inexperienced with men but as soon as she begins her sexual relationship with Cole, we see a more confident Rene. But the transition from the awkward, insecure Rene to the young woman involved with a player who only does one night stands, is too abrupt. Unfortunately, Rene's character development is lacking.
The real story is the evolution of Cole from his childhood to the present. I really enjoyed the use of flashbacks to take us back in time to the pivotal moments in Cole's past. Cole's character development is more subtle and we learn so much more about how his childhood shaped his ideas about relationships. I enjoyed the interactions between Cole and his twin sister, Celeste. The challenges that Cole and Celeste faced as children and the different relationship each twin had with their parents drew me into the book. The author spends the time examining the many layers in Cole's life which make him a more complex and interesting character because he's had so many challenges to overcome. When secrets from his past are revealed, he has the sensitivity to forgive.
Another favorite scene in the book was the morning when Rene is alone in Cole's house. Cole leaves for work, remembers that he left something in the house and returns to hear Rene talking to herself in his bathroom; berating herself because she's made a mistake. This was the Rene we met at the beginning of the book. Not only is she angry with herself because she made a mistake, she's telling herself how stupid she is; out loud.
You will enjoy the relationship between Cole and Rene. Despite the fact that he has issues from his past that must be faced, Cole is every woman's hero. He's the ultimate alpha male yet he's sensitive to Rene's needs and gives her space when she needs it. Great story!