Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Taking Chances Paperback – September 12, 2011
|New from||Used from|
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
About the Author
Author Tara Manderino loves to create stories and situations for the people running around in her head. She first began writing in third grade when she realized she couldn't afford her reading habit. Tara resides in her native town in southwestern Pennsylvania. When she’s not writing her own stories, or reading, Tara likes to bake, watch old movies, and do a variety of crafts
Top customer reviews
Abie Holloway works for Mitchell’s Promotions which is one of the top five corporate event planning agencies. Abie is in the running for vice –president and is a gung ho PR person. She doesn’t take no for an answer. She is given the task of getting singer Tyler Davidson to perform live for a small audience for the Centennial Committee. She is egged on by her assistant Natalie who doesn’t know anything about country music. Abie sets out to talk to Tyler’s manager but can’t get a return call from either man. She goes to Paul’s office and waits until he sees her. He tells her that Tyler will not take a job singing for a small audience. Abie is beginning to get a picture of Tyler who will only take large concert jobs which pay a lot of money. She finds out he has a ranch nearby and heads out there to confront him. Little does she know what she is about to get into.
Tyler Davidson runs a ranch for emotionally and physically abused children. He takes a group every two weeks and tries to teach them they are important and to not give up. He teaches them about God being there for them as well. He keeps this side of him private and thinks it is no one’s business but his. However, his concerts pay the bills. He intends to expand to other areas of the country as there are many kids who need help, just like he did. He really understands them because he was there. He can’t get across to Abie that he will not do the small performance. He fails to tell her that he is afraid of small audiences and they send him back to his childhood and his mother making him play and sing for money. He meets Abie and just as they seem to be becoming friends, she makes him mad and he signs the contract in anger. He took her word that it was a boilerplate contract.
Neither Tyler nor Abie knew that the contract he signed had an addition put in it that Abie was not aware of. If Tyler fails to show up for his performance for the Centennial Committee, he forfeits his ranch. Who put the addition into the contract and why? Will Tyler show up for the performance?
Abie is a hard hitting marketer/event planner who is bucking for V-P of her agency--raised with a silver spoon in her mouth but relationally poverty stricken. Ty, a country-western singer, grew up in poverty he would like to forget but the scars and PTSD haunt him. When Abie goes after Ty for a gala event sparks fly--both kinds. You could not find two more different people, more different agendas in life.
Taking Chances is well written--plot wise and characterization. You are drawn to Abie as she relaxes and changes. You join Ty in fighting to keep the ranch that is a life line for many kids just like Ty was and you want to ring the "villan;s" neck! I was so happy when Ty was able to punch through the paralysis that gripped him (with the kids help) so that the brat of a villian didn't win!
A very satisfactory ending--one of those, "Awww" kind. I will recommend to any lover of romantic fiction
I especially appreciated that she did not go overboard when religion came into play - more like the characters' faith, strength, and reliance on a God were mentioned briefly, but no attempting to convert us.
Keep writing, Tara - really enjoy your style of writing.
I hope this book can touch and heal many lives. It is that powerful.
Most recent customer reviews
I love the characters and the way they control their tempers.