Chance of a Lifetime by Marissa Clarke

Posted March 5, 2016 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments

Chance of a Lifetime by Marissa ClarkeChance of a Lifetime by Marissa Clarke
Series: Anderson Brothers #3
Format: eARC
Published by Entangled Source: Netgalley
Genres: Alpha Guy, Best Friends Sister, Contemporary Romance, Millionaire/Billionaire Hero, Romance, Second Chances
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Sometimes the biggest risk is playing it safe…

Gen Richards is tired of living down to her family’s expectation of the helpless blind girl. Resurrecting her high-school bucket list that begins with “kiss a total stranger” seems just the thing until she finds herself in a panty-melting lip lock with her big brother’s best friend.

Chance Anderson thrives on adrenaline, but Genny’s the one risk he’s not willing to take. His recklessness a decade ago landed her in the hospital and ejected him from her life. He’s bad for her and everyone knows it—especially her big brother.

Chance reluctantly helps Gen complete her bucket list in order to keep her out of trouble. Running through a freezing fountain, playing Spin the Bottle while fending off a mad horde of stinging insects, and skinny dipping with homicidal attack swans don’t hold a candle to the real danger: falling for the one person he can never have.

This is the second book I have read where the heroine is blind, I completely and fully loved the first one so when this one crossed my path I knew I had to read it. Part of what I love about having a main character be blind, is that the author inherently has to write better, I mean imagine having to describe something but without any of the visuals, its so compelling to me. The other thing that this book had going for it (at least for my preferences as a reader) is that this is a best friends little sister book, and that is my absolute favorite.

I love forbidden romances, but this book had so much back history in it, that the forbidden element, for me at least, took a backseat to bringing the past into the present. Gen and Chance basically grew up together, Chance and Gen’s brother Walter were best friends, but the three of them hung out all the time, so basically Gen’s best friend was Chance. She grew up trusting him, and more than that appreciating him for not treating her the way that her family did, like she was somehow less because she was blind. Then one night changed it all and Chance disappeared from her life all together. Ten years later Gen decides its time to really live her life, and it is all going to start with fulfilling her bucket list, first item, kissing a stranger. Only the stranger turns out to be Chance. I was hooked right from this moment.

I liked Gen a lot, I mean she has a lot to deal with, and most of it has nothing to do with the fact that she’s blind, but instead from her family. She has always just found it easier to go along with what her family wants even when they make her feel terrible and basically try to run her life. I mean she’s a grown woman who gets hauled away by her brother when he feels like she is doing something inappropriate for her handicap (his words not mind), she’s not even allowed to handle her own money. Gen really needs to learn to stand up for what she wants, and this book is really a journey into her finding her voice, I mean she’s already figured how how to stand on her own two feet, she just needed to learn to tell people to back the blank off.

Now as for Chance, well I loved him. He’s perfect for Gen. You can tell from the second he shows up that he cares about her and only wants the best for her. Even when they were separated he always checked on her, made sure he was there for the important moments even though she never knew. He did the sweetest things like learn Braille because he wanted to be close to her. So many parts of this book had me saying “awww” because how much ever part of this man’s being was devoted to just being a good man for her even though he never in a million years ever intended to actually put himself back her life.

There are some fantastic scenes in here between Gen and Chance, some really hot moments and some really sweet ones. They both had issues they had to work through, and I loved going through it all with them. This book was a quick read for me but it drew me in from the beginning.
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About Marissa Clarke

Marissa Clarke lives in Texas, where the everything is bigger, especially the mosquitoes.

When not writing, she wrangles her rowdy pack of three teens, husband, and a Cairn Terrier named Annabel, who rules the house (and Marissa’s heart) with an iron paw.

Also writes YA for Penguin USA as Mary Lindsey

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