Broke and desperate, Gwen is forced to accept a waitressing job, but this glimmer of hope has a price. As if being a cocktail waitress isn't bad enough, she has to do it in a dive bar called The Den, and her bad luck doesn't stop there. She also needs to deal with the new owner, a blue-eyed, self-righteous ass determined to make her life miserable.
Liam Sinclair walked away from the entitlement and obligation his family planned for him, vowing to make his own way in the world...
Adjusting to life as a new business owner, Liam has experienced more than his fair share of setbacks. When his only waitress breaks her leg, his sister takes it upon herself to hire a replacement-a spoiled, self-indulgent hothead with too much makeup and more than enough attitude. Gwen represents the world he's trying to escape, a world of excess and greed that he was never cut out for.
Appearances can be deceiving, and first impressions aren't always right...
Despite their apparent differences, the tension between them turns to a fiery passion that neither of them can resist. Together they find balance and learn to appreciate the simpler things in life. But Gwen soon discovers that old habits die hard, and one mistake is all it takes to ruin everything.
Forgiveness must be earned, but even a villain deserves a chance at redemption...
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I haven't read the rest of this series, but after reading this book I am very interested in doing that. While Gwen definitely starts out as a very spoiled brat and somewhat unlikable because of this, the way the author has written her, you do empathize enough with her that you hope that she will not only learn her lesson and change, but you also can feel for the way she gets treated by those around her, who only see her for what kind of a person she has been in the past. Liam is the hunky guy that she meets, and at first, you also have problems with him, just because of the way he is about hiring Gwen. It's especially a problem when you know what kind of world he's come from, and how it is similar to Gwen's. Of course there is always the way that Liam chose to step away from it, and Gwen is being pushed away. In the end though, both characters have changes to go through, and they will come to be very important to each other, and have a very sweet, yet still hot, connection!
Chance at Redemption is a great example of an opposites attract story, paired with a really dramatic second chance (at life, not love) plot--because the Gwen who starts this book is worlds away from the Gwen who finishes it. And thank goodness, because for the first 20% or so of the book to say I was not a fan of hers would have been a massive understatement! Suddenly the book's tagline made all too much sense... Ms. Harris did a fantastic job, though, of giving her the opportunity to grow up...and helping her to find love along the way. I almost feel sorry for Liam, because unlike Gwen he was fabulous from page one... ;) ...though come to think of it, their relationship black moment is due in large part to his pig-headedness, so maybe the two balance each other out there? Either way, this was a fun read from an author I'll definitely be reading more of. This book is the third in the Madison Square series and worked okay as a standalone (though in my case at least, it's acting more like a gateway drug for the rest of the series, since I'd already added them to my TBR before I was more than 50% finished with this one...) Rating: 4 stars / B+ I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Samatha Harris continues her Madison Square series with Chance at Redemption, in which Madison Buchanan’s brother, Liam Sinclair, finds his soul mate. Sadly, his soul mate, Gwen Stevens is a whiney, entitled debutante who is completely unlikable. Senator Stevens daughter is financially dependent on him for her designer handbags, Louboutin shoes, and a plush penthouse apartment. When he finally shows her some tough love by cutting her off financially, Gwen lives down to his expectations and falls apart. It only takes her about three weeks, because that is how long it takes her to spend her last two-month allowance check from daddy. Do-gooder, Madison Buchanan, offers Gwen a job at her brother’s bar. Desperate and completely broke, she accepts the offer. She is so cantankerous that she almost doesn’t get the job. Beyond the unbelievable job offer from Madison, it is highly unlikely that anyone would hire a surly, insubordinate, snob in stilettos to wait tables at a local dive bar. Madison must have a lot of influence over her brother! Liam has found peace and happiness in the building/bar he purchased. His lack of interest in following into the family business has gotten him disowned by his parents, but he was never after their money or the strings attached to it. When Gwen walks into his bar, his peace is permanently disrupted. In fact, she represents everything that he has walked away from. There is no rhyme or reason to his agreeing to hire Gwen especially given her unfathomable sense of entitlement and disagreeable attitude. Chance at Redemption is about Gwen. It is about her owning her past mistakes and misinterpretations. She does become less dislikable, however, her epiphany was not substantial enough to make her empathetic to me. Liam is grounded and completely likable, but his decisions to take on and stick by Gwen were not quite believable. With every altercation Liam and Gwen had, I couldn’t understand why he didn’t fire her let alone why he became romantically involved with her. His acceptance and grooming of her was a bit like Professor Henry Higgins taking on Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, yet his character was not old enough to have developed that level of maturity. Gwen’s bestie from her prior life is an odd addition to the story. Daria is another unlikable debutante living off her parents’ wealth without any plans for her life beyond her next cocktail and conquest. She provides some story tension and conflict as well as an example to compare and contrast the new and improved Gwen. It is no surprise that Gwen’s decision to go out with Daria leads to problems. With friends who think a good time is slipping you a little somethin’- somethin’ in your drink, who needs enemies? The characterization of Liam and Madison’s parents provides a bit of unintentional humor. What could possibly go wrong when you’ve got your girlfriend stripped to the waist and sitting on the bar with the door unlocked? Of course, your estranged, drama-queen mother just happens to walk in a day earlier than she is expected in town. Oops! That might change the dynamics of the meet-the-parents brunch! Chance At Redemption is a good second-chance read. It is about second chances at life as well as love. Are many scenes overplayed or a bit contrived? Yes. Are some characters exaggerated characterizations? Yes. While a little overplayed at times, I did enjoy Gwen’s reinvention through forgiveness and second-chances to her nemesis.