I loved this little gem by Melissa Clarke. New to me author, and I’m really looking forward to read more from her! Rom-Com addicts, do yourself a favor and pick this one up!
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.
Author : Marissa Clarke
Title : Once in a lifetime
Series : anderson Brothers #3
Publisher : Entangled
Pages : 184
Release date : November 16, 2015
Genre : Contemporary.
More than pleasantly surprised by Chance of a Lifetime! First time reading this author (I think…) and it won’t be my last seeing as I have 2 more Anderson brothers to get to know…better!
Marissa Clarke really had me at the blurb. A blind heroine deciding to take matters of her life at hands once and for all only to end right in the lap of her highschool crush… Sign me in!
I love a good second chance at love, let it be a light read or full of angst I know I’m going to enjoy the heroes re-acquaint and get their past straight to make for a better future. Together. Swoon.
It’s where the most epic love stories come from.
Chance of a Lifetime wasn’t anything new, true, but it was light, fun and way more sexy than I thought it would be.
The writing had something really compelling as I’ve found myself reading this book in one sitting and wanting to get to know the other Anderson brothers.
Gen Richards has had enough. She won’t live a second more like the helpless girl her family thinks she is. It’s time for her to take back the reins of her own life and it’s by resurrecting an high-school old bucket list that she intend to do so.
No more being scared of everything because her overprotective brother thinks it’s not safe for her. It’s time for her to take risks, and it’s now or never.
First thing to cross out of her list? Kiss a total stranger. The sexy lonely guy her best friend spotted in the corner of the bar will do.
Turns out the stranger isn’t that much of a stranger. Chance Anderson is going to get all he has ever wished for, even if kissing Genny brings back a torrent of guilt and regrets.
Chance is Gen’s older brother best friend. He always had a thing for her but bad luck and sad circumstances drove them away.
Gen can’t believe she just kissed her old high-school crush! Still mad at Chance for his betrayal all these year ago, she’s going to trick him into helping her getting through her bucket-list.
I truly loved this book for everything it offered. A funny and feisty heroine, strong willed with an underlaying fragility. A caring and cocky but oh so troubled hero, trying to get his wrongs right and I just adored all the secondary characters. The Anderson brothers especially.
I thought the author did a great job at portraying the everyday life of what a blind person must be. It wasn’t just an accessory to the story but really the key element and everything was built around it.
The level of steam in this book particularly surprised me as I was expecting fade to black scenes and the intimacy created by the heroine’s blindness just amplified every kiss and touch.
I just adored the two of them together. The banter, the playfulness, the reenacting feelings, the chemistry… This little book had everything I’m looking for in a good contemporary romance.
Chance of a Lifetime is book 3 in the Anderson Brothers series but can be read as a complete standalone.
Her agenda since this whole thing began had done a one-eighty. She no longer wanted to hurt him and show him what he’d missed when he left all those years ago; she wanted to make up for lost time. She wanted to kiss and touch and hold him like she had in her dreams—and in her imagination when she was alone. She wanted him to see her for the woman she had become. She wanted him to help her scratch number ten off her list, finally, after a decade of waiting.
“Okay,” he said. “I’ll go through with it, but I want to see the list. Keeping me in the dark is counterproductive.”
“Kinda like being me, huh?”
“You know what’s on the list, so, no.”
He wanted to see the list. Fine. She’d show it to him. She
pulled it out of the back of her phone case and handed it to him, waiting for his reaction with a smirk.
To her shock, he didn’t ask what to make of it. Instead, she heard him running his fingers across the surface. Shit. He could read braille. When had that happened?
“So… Speedboat, slow dance in the rain…”
“Give it back!” she swept her arms in the direction of his voice and made contact with his chest. Grabbing his T-shirt in her fist, she reached for his right arm.
“Play spin the bottle?”
“I was fifteen! Please give it back.”
She had to get it away from him before he read number ten.
“Sleep under the stars…”
That was number nine. She lunged and made a mad grab for the scrap of paper, but only managed to rip a corner off of it.
Crap, crap, crap. She slumped to the floor and buried her face in her hands to hide what was surely the mother of all blushes based on the hot flush crawling over her skin.
He could not be that dense.
“Oh…that.” He sat down beside her, turned her hand over, and placed the list in her palm.
“I was fifteen,” she said again as if it made a difference. “I’m sorry, Gen. I didn’t mean to upset you. You handed it to me.”
“I didn’t know you could read braille.”
He tipped her chin toward him with his fingertips and wiped away an escaped tear. “You don’t know a lot of things about me.”
Marissa Clarke lives in Texas, where 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.
Prior to attending University of Houston Law School, she received a B.A. in English Literature with a minor in Drama from the University of Houston. She has taught drama and playwriting in a large public high school and English in a private school.
Currently, she serves as Vice-President of Programming for the West Houston RWA Chapter, and is a founding member of Houston YA/MG Writers, and the QueryTracker.net Blog.
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Marissa also writes young adult novels for Penguin USA under the name Mary Lindsey. She is represented by Kevan Lyon of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.
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