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Taking Chances (Taking Chances, #1) (original 2012; edición 2012)

por Molly McAdams

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Eighteen-year-old Harper has grown up under the thumb of her career marine father. Ready to live life her own way and to 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. She finds herself being torn in two as she quickly falls in love with both her new boyfriend, Brandon, and her roommate's brother, Chase. Despite their dangerous looks and histories, both men adore Harper and would do anything for her, including taking a step back if it would mean she'd be happy.… (más)
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Título:Taking Chances (Taking Chances, #1)
Autores:Molly McAdams
Info:William Morrow Paperbacks, Kindle Edition, 432 pages
Colecciones:Tu biblioteca
Valoración:*****
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Taking Chances por Molly McAdams (2012)

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OH MY GOD...

OH. MY. GOD!!

WHAT WAS THAT!!

I was for about 60% of the book like:



And then I was bitch-slapped by the mother of all the plot twists and from then I was all like:



Review to come (in about two years or so...) ( )
  Ash600 | Mar 19, 2021 |
I can't even begin to describe my feelings for this book. I didn't hate it, but I seriously wanted to hurt someone over it. ( )
  onebeanshy | Jun 20, 2018 |
I won't lie, I went into reading Taking Chances with low expectations. As you may or may not know from reading my other posts, I seriously dislike love triangles in novels and because the entire premise of this book is based on a love triangle, I didn't expect much. The only reason I was even convinced to read this book was because of the high Goodreads rating and some reviews I found on the site.

I'm not sure how I feel about this book overall--I guess "meh" is probably the best word. Harper annoys the bejesus out of me--that much I know. I can get past the innocent military brat routine--that makes sense to me because based on how her family life is described in the novel--but otherwise I just don't get her.

What I don't get is how or why all the sudden men are trying to get with her?! It's like one instance she is some normal girl and then BAM! total boy magnet! She's in college for one week and suddenly she has two alpha males banging down her door to get with her. She doesn't even have to speak to the one and he is at her feet! I tell you, if my college experience was anything like that, I wouldn't be blogging or spending so much time reading my novels and watching TV...by myself! I'm not sure why this bothered me so much as it is a common occurrence in New Adult reads but I think it is mostly because I just don't get Harper's appeal to the opposite sex.

My biggest peeve is with Chase--he literally talks ("talks" is being generous, more like they take jabs at each other) to her for two minutes and he falls instantly in love with her. And not just, "I have to sleep with you" love, like soul mate-your-my-one-and-only love. I will say though that they do develop an actual relationship after a little while so that helps a bit but not by much.

But wait! Let's not forget the token male BFF who has always loved her and desperately wants to be with her. Yup, that is right, it isn't just a love triangle but a love square--UGH! Completely unnecessary and predictable.

I just don't get love triangles and how Harper deals with Chase, despite her feelings and relationship with Brandon baffles me--it's like the elevator doesn't reach the top floor for her. I just didn't see how the dots connected for her and how one minute she could be incredibly immature and then in the next be spewing mature lessons on life.

What isn't predictable is the one plot twist we get about a halfway through the book. I was so shocked, I had to reread the last five pages to make sure I didn't skip a chapter. I applaud McAdams for taking that turn, but what I didn't like were all the actions that followed.

BUT, enough of my rant :P

Overall: the book was slow and I think it could have lost about 50 pages and got the point across. There were a few grammatical errors (such as incorrect tenses) but nothing to rip your hair out over. I wasn't expecting to like this book, so I am not surprised that I didn't. I can appreciate some of the twists McAdams throw out there, the book just didn't do much for me. Avoid if you hate love triangles, but pick it up if you do!

Check out more spoiler-free book and series reviews on my blog SERIESous Book Reviews as well as read book series recaps!

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  seriesousbooks | Feb 7, 2018 |
Review does contain spoilers!!

I'm a sucker for love triangles, though I usually tend to dislike one of the people caught in said triangle, that wasn't the case for this book. I adored both Chase and Brandon from the start, even tough Chase is the type of guy I would never go for either, just as Harper thought at first. However, the way both Chase and Brandon were protective of her and were willing to fight for her was adorable and I couldn't help but feel bad for Chase when he kept saying he wasn't good enough for her. I can't say I didn't like Harper because I can relate to her in a way. I definitely wasn't as sheltered as her growing up, I did attend public schools and I did have one boyfriend in high school, but as far as a general lack of dating experience and knowing how to really be a girl (as I myself was always "one of the guys") I can definitely relate. So liking all three of the characters in the love triangle was no problem at all.

Now the story itself, well, that's a different story. I loved it and hated parts of it, despite my 5-star rating. First, I can't relate to how someone can be in love with more than one person, but then again, I've never really been in love so I guess I'm not the best person to judge. In addition to that, I also don't understand the whole concept of basically falling in love at first sight, like what happened to these characters, especially Harper falling in love with both Chase and Brandon at once. Again, since this has never happened to me I'm not the best person to judge that falling in love at first sight can or cannot happen, but I will say I really don't know how it's possible to fall in love with TWO people right after meeting them. Now, I was ecstatic when Harper and Brandon got together because of how much I really loved Brandon's character. Despite his rough exterior, he was a soft teddy bear inside and treated Harper with such gentleness that it just made me gush. Don't get me wrong, I loved the way Chase was with Harper later on in the story as well, but he could be a little intense at times.

So maybe I can grasp the idea of being in love with two people at once, but the element I cannot forgive in this story is when Harper cheats on Brandon and experiences her first time with Chase. No excuse, even if it did add a twist into the story (and I am a sucker for plot twists). That's just my personal opinion based on my beliefs and upbringing, but I'm pretty sure most people feel the same way about cheating... there's no real excuse for it, ever. Especially when while going into the act Harper was thinking how maybe it was "meant to happen with Chase and not Brandon" ... I'm sorry, just no. If it was truly meant to happen with Chase, something would've happened to break up Harper and Brandon BEFORE she slept with Chase. Then after that, she goes back to Brandon and leaves Chase in the dust until she ends up finding out she's pregnant with Chase's baby.

And don't even get me started on the whole Trish/Chase bit where he is totally oblivious to Trish's advances and ends up ruining it all for Harper and Chase. First of all, after what happened with Amanda and Brandon, you'd think Harper would've learned to check the facts and listen to both sides of the story before jumping to conclusions. It was just heartbreaking that this entire bit ended with Chase's death, though I do love how he was honored with Harper and Brandon naming the child after him and that Brandon treated Liam Chase as though he were his own kid and planned to be sure that Liam knew about his real dad. Let's not forget the way that Brandon ended up forgiving her for the cheating, even though it had to be hard, but that just added to his character and made me love him even more.

So the part that remains is the addition of Jason Carter admitting his love for Harper.. I'm sorry, but that wasn't needed at all. Plus, it just goes against my strong belief that guys and girls can be best friends without their being something more to it. Seriously, just because a guy and girl are close doesn't mean there has to be something more lingering between them. I'm not saying there might not be a crush in the time that they're friends, but does it always have to end with an unrequited love or both of them falling in love? No, it doesn't. However, I was happy that Carter was able to move on from Harper and that they had become friends again.

Despite all my different dislikes about this book, I know that those were all the elements that added to making this a good book and worthy of 5-stars. Just because I, or someone else, doesn't like or agree with parts of the plot doesn't mean it's not a great read. It's literally an emotional roller-coaster and if a book that includes a love triangle doesn't do that to a person, then it can't be that good. I personally read it within 24 hours because I couldn't stop turning the page and if a book keeps me reading and reading without stopping, then I definitely know it's a good book. So yes, I would recommend this book to other fans of love triangles because it was a good read. ( )
  tabbyisnotacat | Apr 29, 2017 |
This one touched my heart. Both men were just so wonderful. Either would be great but to have the chance at both, just wow. I personally felt something for Chase more because he changed himself for her. Brandon was always the good guy. Chase became the good guy for Harper. ( )
  ToniFGMAMTC | Jan 19, 2017 |
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I really enjoyed reading your book. This deserves a lot of audience. Why don't you publish it in NovelStar?And they also have an on-going competition that you might want to join.
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Eighteen-year-old Harper has grown up under the thumb of her career marine father. Ready to live life her own way and to 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. She finds herself being torn in two as she quickly falls in love with both her new boyfriend, Brandon, and her roommate's brother, Chase. Despite their dangerous looks and histories, both men adore Harper and would do anything for her, including taking a step back if it would mean she'd be happy.

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