Friday, November 20, 2015

Tour-Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: Chance of a Lifetime by Marissa Clarke (Anderson Brothers #3)

Chance of a Lifetime
Anderson Brothers #3
By: Marissa Clarke
Releasing November 16, 2015
Entangled Lovestruck

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.

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He pulled her free of the fence and held her against him until she was steady. “Pond is about fifty feet straight ahead,” he whispered in her ear, sending shocks of energy through her entire body. “Are you sure you want to go through with this?” 
She crept along behind him with her fingers though his belt loops, fighting back giggles. “Are you kidding? I’ve waited ten years to do this. Are you going to chicken out on me?” 
He chuckled and stopped, causing her to bump into him full-body from behind with an oof.
“What the heck?” she whispered. “It’s like the blind leading the blind here.”
“I’m going to show you precisely how well I can see if you mash your breasts against me again.” He headed off once more with her in tow. 
“Well, then, warn me before you stop.” A rustling came from somewhere on the right. “What was that?” she whispered, moving her grip to the belt loops nearest the front of his pants to get closer to him. 
“Stopping,” he said, straightening from his tiptoe crouch. 
Still holding him tight, she buried her face in the back of his shirt. “There’s something in the bushes or weeds to our right, and I’m scared it’s going to jump out at us.” 
He cleared his throat. “Honey, there’s something in my pants, and if you don’t turn loose of where you’re holding me, it might jump out at us, too.” 
“Oh.” She giggled and released him. “Sorry. I’m kind of excited.” 
“Clearly, so am I.”

So, I'm going to tell you right up front--I really loved this story.  I was hooked from page one, and if it wasn't for the fact that I had to work, I would have been reading this straight through in a single sitting.  And no, I haven't read the other books in this series--but you can be sure they are now on my TBR list right at the top (yes, that means this can be read as a standalone, though it might give some light spoilers for the other two stories).

First off-fantastic characters.  I thought Gen was amazing-strong and independent (even if her brother doesn't think so), and I was here cheering her on during the big scene toward the end of the story with her brother.  And oh my goodness...Chance.  I don't think he could be any more perfect.  He is thoroughly devoted to Gen, even if she doesn't know it, and exhibits such patience with her as he allows her to do things on her own, at her own speed, making her own choices.  The two of them together once Gen decides to have him help with her bucket list?  It's like they're two halves of a whole...two peas in a pod...puzzle pieces fitting perfectly together...yeah, pick just about any sappy, sweet platitude and it will fit.

There's emotion, tension (sexual and otherwise), and though Gen and Chance weren't really "together" when they were younger, this really is a second chance romance and it will touch your heart.  I know I couldn't tear myself away.  In particular, I loved how Chance let Gen literally feel her way with him-it adds heightened emotion to scenes that aren't even meant to be sexual, and demonstrates how open he allows himself to be with her.  I loved getting the story from both Gen and Chance's points of view, and everything is wonderfully descriptive, totally immersing you in their tale.

Chance of a Lifetime was a 5-star read for me, and fans of any romance genre will love this sweet story of rediscovery, gaining true independence, and oh yes...pure, unbridled love.  Recommended for 18+ due to adult language and sexual content.

Author Info
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 Blog. 
She loves to connect with readers, so follow/friend her on Facebook and, or shoot her an email from her "Contact" page. 
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. 
Marissa Clarke's conference, signing, & event schedule can be found here:  APPEARANCES

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1 comment:

  1. Great review and thank you for hosting!

    Crystal, Tasty Book Tours