Tuesday 4 February 2014

Take a Chance on Me by Jennifer Dawson - Book Review


From the Blurb:

Gorgeous runaway brides. . .

When Maddie Donovan runs out on her high school sweetheart moments before walking down the aisle, she ends up at a bar in the small town of Revival, Illinois, with only the wedding dress on her back, fifty dollars to her name, and her "good girl" reputation in tatters. Not ready to return to Chicago and face the music, she accepts hot bartender Mitch Riley's offer to stay at his place. But sharing such close quarters is driving Maddie insane with desire.

Always drink for free. . .

Mitch thinks he's seen it all--until Maddie strides into his bar in full wedding attire and downs three shots of whiskey. Though the gorgeous knockout seems tough as nails, he also senses her vulnerability. With a troubled past of his own, Mitch has no interest in ties of any kind--yet he can't help falling for Maddie. Now he's got to find a way to convince her to give love a second chance.

The Review:

Maddie has run away from her wedding, only to have her car break down in the middle of nowhere, leaving her with no money and nothing on her back but a white dress to remind her of where she ought to be. Now she’s wandered to the closest bar to drown her sorrows, but when she meets Mitch she discovers maybe she’s right where she needed to be all along.

I made the mistake of starting this book before getting up one morning and proceeded to spend the rest of the day in bed devouring Maddie and Mitch’s story. I had no regrets, though, because Take a Chance on Me is straight up addictive good fun.

Maddie has spent her entire life having decisions made for her, so after leaving her wedding she is determined not to let anyone know where she is until she’s put herself back together. I think a lot of readers will relate to Maddie like I did. Life has just happened to Maddie while she wasn’t looking, or while she was too busy agreeing with other people to have any opinions of her own. So, in many ways, Take a Chance on Me is a story of self-discovery, about a woman learning that it is OK to get what she wants.

I’m totally in love with Mitch. Even though he knows Maddie is only passing through, and even though he has his own troubled past, he instantly wants Maddie in every way. He feels driven to look after her, just as he is desperate to show her what it really means to be loved. Admittedly, he does go a little bit far occasionally in his attempts to keep her in town, and it might have worked a bit better if Maddie got more angry about this, but I was so in love with Mitch that I couldn’t really bring myself to mind.

Together they develop a scrumptious romance. They understand each other on a deep emotional level, but everything about their relationship is also hot, hot, hot.

So. Much. Yum.

I loved this novel. Mitch and Maddie are perfect together, and their story is a feel good, sexy read.  

Take a Chance on Me by Jennifer Dawson was released by Kensington Books on February 4 2014, and is available from Amazon.


This book was given to Love Reading Romance in exchange for an honest review.