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Take a Chance on Me: A Something New Novel Mass Market Paperback – February 4, 2014
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Jennifer Dawson grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and graduated from DePaul University with a degree in psychology. She met her husband at the public library while they were studying. To this day she still maintains she was NOT checking him out. Now, over twenty years later, they’re married and living in a suburb right outside of Chicago with two awesome kids and a crazy dog.
Despite going through a light FM, poem writing phase in high school, Jennifer never grew up wanting to be a writer (she had more practical aspirations of being an international super spy). Then one day, suffering from boredom and disgruntled with a book she’d been reading, she decided to put pen to paper. The rest, as they say, is history.
These days Jennifer can be found sitting behind her computer, writing her next novel, chasing after her kids, keeping an ever watchful eye on her ever growing to-do list, and NOT checking out her husband.
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Jaded bartender Mitch Riley has seen and heard just about everything but is surprised by Maddie’s sudden appearance in the bar. With enough troubles of his own, the last thing Mitch should be doing is taking on someone else’s troubles but Maddie’s combination of tough girl attitude and vulnerable woman is irresistible. Against his better judgment, Mitch invites her to stay at his place until she gets back on her feet. Living in such close quarters, Mitch can’t help but fall for Maddie and try and convince her to give him a chance.
I totally read this series out of order. I started with book three which is out soon but it was so good that I just had to back track and snag Take a Chance on Me when it was on sale.
So Maddie is a runaway bride but she isn’t a fickle woman. She’s a character who suffers from an extreme case of guilt and has tried for years to curb her naturally outgoing, passionate and daring personality in favor of what she thinks her family wants: A docile, eager to please, malleable, married woman. Poor woman, I felt for her. Guilt can make you do the stupidest things. She’s the only girl in a family of alpha males but instead of that family being tyrants, they’re wonderful!
I’m so tired of reading about awful families who are selfish and cruel yet are still “family” that the Donovans were a breath of fresh air. They were supportive of Maddie once she came clean about why she ran out of her wedding. Her brothers weren’t meat heads who had their brains in their biceps; they actually listened to Maddie and didn’t try to take control of her life, even when they knew she was struggling to figure things out. I envied Maddie her brothers!
Now, Mitch wasn’t so lucky with his family. Talk about cold and dysfunctional! And Mitch was well on his way to being the same kind of user and all around selfish so and so until his reputation was abruptly smashed and he was forced to leave Chicago in order to restart his life. The author did a great job in painting a picture of Mitch before he came to Revival and emphasizing that while he was a different person than before, that part of him that was selfish and cold wasn’t completely gone. He wasn’t a wholesome guy, and there were unlikable parts of him but for me that’s what made him a good character. He had a past where he wasn’t a good guy at all. He may have done a lot of changing when he came to Revival but I don’t think he was truly humbled until he almost lost Maddie. That’s when Mitch became a solid good guy.
Mitch’s one trait that had me swooning over him was his understanding that Maddie had to find her way back to her old self on her own. He was respectful of the fact that she didn’t want or need to be saved, much less told what to do. Maddie made her decisions, right or wrong and Mitch was there to love her regardless. Even when Maddie did to Mitch what she didn’t want him to do to her, these two were still a positive match.
Take a Chance on Me introduces an entire hoard it seems of supporting characters, each one likable, each one with memorable personalities. Maddie’s brothers Shane, Evan and James couldn’t be more different from each other, Maddie’s friends Penelope and Sophie are so supportive and caring of Maddie in their separate ways, Penelope is the calm one and Sophie is the ball buster. Then there’s Mitch’s best friend Gracie and her brother Sam, two siblings who are opposites in every way. They’re a fun crowd and I want all of them to have their own books!
Final Verdict: I need to get the second book in this series and I can't wait for future books!
Hightailing it out of there in minutes flat, she winds up at a bar in a Podunk town in Revival, Illinois. Maddie’s car breaks down and she walks, with aching feet, to the first building in sight, an old bar. Whoa! Who is that hot hunk of burning love behind the bar? Just maybe Maddie’s day is looking up after all!
Mitch Riley looks up as a beautiful woman, dressed in full wedding regalia, enters his bar. Well, what have we here? He can’t wait to hear her interesting tale of woe. After the lady in white downs three shots of whiskey, Mitch learns she has walked out on her wedding day. He gallantly offers that she stay at his place, for the night or maybe two. Mitch prefers that Maddie never leave. Somehow, in the span of minutes, she has touched something deep down in his heart. Their attraction towards one another is burning hot, but Maddie desperately tries to hold out, since she considers herself to be a good girl. But, Mitch is really handsome and such a smooth talker, will these two do the mattress dance? Or will they hold onto their respective reputations?
TAKE A CHANCE ON ME is a contemporary romance winner! Scalding hot romance and heartfelt drama fill the pages of this fast-moving novel. Maddie Donovan escapes out of a window minutes before she is to walk down the wedding aisle and hops in her car to freedom. But to where? Her car breaks down and Maddie doddle’s along to a bar, where she meets a scathingly handsome bartender named Mitch. Whiskey is consumed, Maddie spills her secrets, Mitch is smitten and offers his place as a respite from the stress. Maddie and Mitch definitely are attracted to one another as sparks fly when they shamelessly flirt or are near each other. However, does it end there? The author beautifully interlaces a human element of sincerity into the tale that brings to life the characters’ hopes and fears. I loved how Ms. Dawson builds up the drama after Maddie’s family appears on the scene. Watch out, here they come with lots of problems to boot! TAKE A CHANCE ON ME is warm, witty and well crafted. A wonderful indulgence for the summer season!
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