Released: May 5th, 2015
Genre: YA contemporary
Source: Ebook for review from author
A single chance encounter can change your life…
Despite being the son of Hollywood’s hottest director, Dare Andrews has managed to steer clear of the paparazzi for seventeen years. But when his ex-girlfriend sells a tell-all interview to the tabloids, he’s suddenly hounded by fans and reporters alike. Dare is getting cynical fast, so he’s unprepared to meet a glass-half-full girl like Chance. And unprepared for the consequences after he helps her save face. Pretending to be the new guy in her life was easy enough when she was being dumped by her boyfriend, but the lie backfires.
What started as a random act of chivalry becomes something deeper as Dare and Chance find themselves trapped in their charade. The problem is that the more Dare gets to know Chance, the less fake their relationship feels. But secrets they both keep threaten their future, and with new storms overhead, will Chance’s lessons in optimism be enough to help Dare find the silver lining?
First of all, how freaking cute is this title? I LOVE play on words and this title is spot on.
This whole book was cute and funny and sweet and I fell in love with it from the first page. The plot was interesting and there were even a few times where I was like WHAT? which I love. I love when something unexpected happens and I’m surprised but it fits into the plot perfectly.
As some of you may know, I’m not a huge fan of romance-centered novels. At all. But the romance presented in Taken By Chance was totally real and honest and messy and I dug it.
I think the thing that I enjoyed the most about the book was the portrayal of friendship. Once again these were written in a real and honest way. I loved the banter back and forth between friends and the different group dynamics that took place. Nothing was cookie cutter or idealized.
I also like how Verity’s sub plot was written. It was obviously very important but the authors didn’t tell too much too soon. I knew something bad had happened to her, but the authors dropped little nuggets of information rather than coming out and telling right away which added to the tension and made me want to know even more.
So, yeah, I really enjoyed Taken By Chance. It’s the first in the Laguna Tides series. I think this is going to be one of those series where when I finish one book I itch to read the next.