Review: Taking Chances by Molly McAdams

Book: Taking Chances
Author: Molly McAdams
Publisher: Harper Collins (started out Indie)
Date Published: September 1st, 2012
ASIN: B00951B4SC
Author & Book Info:
***Personal Copy***
3 out of 5 Stars
Blurb: Eighteen year old Harper has grown up under her career Marine of a father's thumb. Ready to live life her own way and experience things she's only ever heard of from the jarheads in her father's unit; she's on her way to college at San Diego State University.
   Thanks to her new roommate, Harper is introduced to a world of parties, gorgeous guys, family and emotions. Some she wasn't expecting yet, and others she never knew she was missing.
   She finds herself being torn in two as she quickly falls in love with her boyfriend Brandon, and her roommate's brother Chase. Covered in tattoos, known for fighting in the Underground and ridiculously muscled...they're exactly what she was always warned to stay away from, but just what she needs. Despite their dangerous looks and histories, both adore and would do anything for Harper, including stepping back if it means she's happy.
   Her first year away is turning out to be near perfect, but one weekend of giving in to heated passion will change everything.
Due to sexual situations and language, this is Mature YA/New Adult. Recommended for ages 17+
  For the record, this is a good book, I think that it just wasn't for me. I like a romance that is going to leave me feeling all warm and happy or at least close to it. Face it, one of the reasons that people read romance is that it is a genre that tends to have a Happily Ever After. This book does have a happy ending, it's just not the one I wanted or expected.
  Somewhere around half way through this book I was crying my eyes out, and I'm not talking a single tear, I mean full on waterworks. So no matter how happy the ending was this book just stuck with me. I didn't even pick up another book for three days (which is forever for me), because I couldn't stop thinking about it.
  I know that Molly McAdams is a very talented author, because it is rare that a book will make me feel something with that magnitude of emotion. I just can't give it a higher rating because I didn't like the way things worked out. I'm pretty sure Jess felt the same way, because she quit reading at the half-way point and wouldn't finish reading it. I know that there were a lot of other people that really enjoyed this book, it just wasn't wasn't for me. If the blurb sounds good to you, try it out, just remember to keep the Kleenexes handy!
As a note, although this books started out as an Indie book, it was quickly picked up by Harper Collins, so obviously the publishers loved it.

SAHM to four rowdy kids. Avid reader and blogger.


  1. I have this book on my kindle, and if you cried I'll probably cry too! And alternate ending.. I'm scared!

  2. I've waited a while just to review this one, because I've flip-flopped on what rating I would give it. For a book to make you feel as many emotions as this one did, I want to give it a 5, but I can't because I wasn't happy with the way things went. I kind of knew what was going to happen, but I was still completely shocked and devastated. I know some people would love this book, I just can't. Hope that helps :)

  3. I have a weak spot for tear jerkers and unconventional you've piqued my interest.



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