15739018Reviewed by Amanda Schafer

Harper is finally in college and on her own! After living with her Marine father and being surrounded by Marines her whole life, Harper doesn’t really know what it’s like to be a “girl” until she gets to college in California and meets her new roommate, Breanna. Within hours, Bree seems to have transformed our shy teen into a sexy adult and then proceeds to take her to a college house party. Immediately the boys practically pounce on Harper and Chase, Bree’s brother, becomes protective of her. However Brandon, one of Chase’s roommates at the house, also falls for Harper. While Harper finds herself in a very explosive and twisted love triangle, she’s oblivious to the disagreements and fights between Brandon and Chase. When Harper becomes seriously involved in a relationship with Brandon, Chase backs off until one unforgettable weekend over Christmas break.

After a few weeks, Harper discovers that she is pregnant and must tell the father, but more importantly realizes that she must tell Brandon as well. Thankfully, Bree’s family takes her in and helps her with the pregnancy and all the emotions that have come from her own decisions. She is torn between her two loves, but eventually Harper and Chase decide to get married and raise the baby together. But one night, the unthinkable happens and Harper finds herself back in the arms of the man she truly loves.

Immediately…and I mean, literally within the first chapter…I did not like Taking Chances. It was very cliché and was written like a teenager did the writing. I appreciate the fact that she had the characters not just jumping into bed together at every whim, but gave them the “grown-up-ness” to decide when to stop the groping sessions. However, for the amount of teenager-ish thoughts and writing, their adult decisions were a bit unbelievable. And then you have this poor, Marine daughter who we are led to believe is as innocent as apple pie, and all of a sudden in the span of one year she has every crazy thing happen to her…she gets “beautiful,” she finds herself in love with two men, she finds herself pregnant, one of her loves almost dies, she gets married, and becomes a mother to boot! That sure is one lucky (or unlucky?) 18-year-old!

One redeeming quality of the book is the conversations between the characters. They actually seemed halfway real to me and it was almost like Molly McAdams pulled them straight from the script of her own life. In that sense, I think she certainly can be a good writer one day. She knows how to make her characters interact with one another in a believable way. Other than that, I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone.

My last thought: it appears that Molly McAdams has another book coming out called From Ashes. From the front cover it looks as if this next book is also a love triangle book. Does she not know how to write anything else?

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ 

Amanda lives in Missouri with her engineering husband, two sons, and one daughter. In between homeschooling and keeping up with church activities she loves to read Christian Fiction, Women’s Fiction, and any Chick-Lit. She never goes anywhere without a book to read!

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by William Morrow Paperbacks. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.