Grant Carter did everything in his power to convince Harlow Manning that he was a good guy. More than a smooth-talker and someone she could trust. He had to overcome his reputation as a playboy, and his history with Harlow’s half-sister, Nan, a woman with a reputation of her own. Harlow had taken the chance, falling hard and fast for the guy who thrilled her with his all-consuming desire. After a lifetime of avoiding bad boys like Grant, she had opened herself to the possibilities of love… But a life-changing secret has torn them apart, and now Grant and Harlow must decide if they have enough fight to make it work – or if the pain of betrayal has permanently destroyed their future.
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“It’s me, but then you know that. This is the forty-eighth message . . . which means I haven’t seen your face in forty-eight days. I haven’t held you. I haven’t seen your smile. I don’t know where you are, Harlow. I’ve looked, baby. God, I’ve done everything I could. Where are you? Are you even listening to these messages? Your voice-mail box is all I have left of you. I fucked up. I fucked up so bad. Just call me or answer my calls or send me a text. No, call me. Don’t just text me. I need to hear your voice. I just . . . I need to see you, Harlow. I can’t make this right if I can’t hold you—”
If you’ve not read the first book in this series – Take A Chance – I suggest you do so before you read Once More Chance. This book follows where the previous book in this series takes off and in order to understand what’s happening, you kind of need to have read the previous book. You can read my review for Take A Chance here.
The most important question I need to answer before I get into this review… “Is this book as good as Take A Chance?” Um… No… not really. I mean, it’s good(ish) – but not AS good. Where Take A Chance was epically written, packed to the brim with excitement – in other words… exactly what we come to expect from Author Abbi Glines… One More Chance lacks in many ways from what I expected.
I’m torn in two regarding the outcome of One More Chance. I did enjoy reading it. I’m glad for the closure and the way in which it all turned out in the end – however, I can’t really say that I’m impressed. I didn’t find this book very unique. I was something that’s been done before and I often had those thoughts while reading. There were way to many distractions within that kind of didn’t make the tale as heart-achingly beautiful as the previous book. I can’t say I wasn’t having a good time, but there’s just a lack of… something here. I never got the connection with Grant and Harlow again. They felt one dimensional. All the really good parts in this book could have taken place in five minutes tops and the rest of the pages kind of felt drawn out a little in order to give me something to read while I make my way to the end. There was absolutely no angst in this book. Grant wasn’t the same Grant we got to know better in Take a Chance. There’s a sudden (& huge) dive straight into the major plot of this book and since it’s very sudden, I would suggest brushing up on the previous book to get any impact from this book. You kind of need to re-establish your connection with Grant and Harlow by doing this. So do yourself that favor. Even though I knew, just knew that Abbi Glines wouldn’t (or at least couldn’t) make this go the way in which it seemed to be going at one point – but you never actually know. I mean she (Abbi Glines) did kill off one of the sweetest characters ever in one of the previous books so it’s not beyond her to kill of another much-loved character… so yes… there were moments when I was so scared of where it seemed to be going and I’ll tell you that that was good writing right there. I’ll admit. One of the main reasons I continued reading. So as much as I thought I couldn’t really get into falling in love with Harlow and Grant again in One More Chance I washopping for the best outcome for those two. I can’t say I loved the ‘letters’… I felt they distracted me from the plot. And since it turns out they weren’t’ even needed… that kind of made it even more boring to read. Maybe’s it’s because I’m not a mother – so I don’t connect as well… but who knows – you might actually find them heartbreaking so I’m not going to dwell on them. They didn’t really make or break the book for me so let’s see them as irrelevant to this review. I. CAN. NOT. stand Nan! But I was happy to see that things are turning around. I’m so happy about that. Nan’s character turned out to be one (in the previous books) that if she came into the picture I would immediately groan and boil with rage… so I’m glad it seems she’s ‘growing’ up a little more and that there’s evidence of a heart inside her. As a whole this book wasn’t at all bad. But it does have a stale feel to it. I’m not sure if it’s a sign of this series all-in-all reaching it’s peak or what… but it’s kind of becoming a same s**t different book situation for me. Not that I’d every stop reading Abbi Glines books… so even though I didn’t love this book, it’s not really a sign of the end times for me and Abbi. She’s written enough really great books to keep me interested in anything yet to come… but I’m hoping that something different will being to happen in any of the next releases. I’m starting to notice a familiar pattern and it’s kind of getting boring now.
Rating: 4.5 Stars
* Read my review for the prequel Take a Chance (Chances #1) Here
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