Chance Encounters

Chance Encounters

by J. Sterling


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Caroline Weber was a normal girl who thought she had her life figured out. After graduating from college in New York, she moved to San Francisco with her boyfriend, Clay. Everything in her life felt perfect. There wasn't anything she would change...

...until she met Jackson Parks.

Is it possible that a chance meeting with a stranger can make you question EVERYTHING you thought you wanted? Caroline tries to carry on with her life as if nothing has changed...but the truth is, nothing can ever be the same.

Chance Encounters is an emotional love story about trusting and following your heart, even when it's leading you down a difficult path.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781463794385
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/16/2012
Pages: 236
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

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Chance Encounters 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Rose812 More than 1 year ago
While I had previously never read anything by Ms. Sterling I am very glad I picked up this book. This book is probably the best book I've read this month. I finished this in just a few hours and found myself staying up a little later just to finish it. The book was wonderful. I definitely understood exactly where Caroline was coming from despite having never been in her situation. It definitely makes her situation all the harder because Clay isn't a jerk. Even though this is true about Clay, I still preferred Jackson who was my favorite character in the book. The secondary characters in this book were great too. I really liked Alex and Bailey. I would love to see those two have their own books some day. I did guess the ending before it happened however it was perfect and who doesn't love a happy ending. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes YA romance.
RivkaBelle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Review originally published on my blog: AWordsWorth.blogspot.comeBook provided by author for review.Caroline Weber had the dream life. You know the kind: successful college graduate with an internship she loves, and the world's greatest boyfriend, Clay, who is in agreement about their five-year-and-then-forever plan. But sometimes, things are too good to be true. Or maybe just too good to let you see the deeper truth. After a chance encounter with the devastatingly handsome Jackson, Caroline can't fight the magnetism between the two. Meeting Jackson sparked something deep inside her heart, way down in her soul. She doesn't know what to call it, doesn't even want to label it, and struggles to balance the intensity of her attraction to Jackson with the knowledge that she has all a girl could ask for in Clay. When Clay proposes, Caroline finds herself at the center of a minefield, and all of her choices start to catch up with her. She finally admits some truths to herself, and with the help of her best friend Bailey, tries to keep her head up and her heart in some sort of repair. She's the lucky girl - she has the picture perfect life. The details are not important. And then she gets a phonecall, and everything becomes crystal clear. Life is messy, and so are relationships. But that's what makes them worth fighting for.Chance Encounters is a quick read. Caroline is a likable character, even as she struggles so fiercely in the midst of this "love triangle." Rather than just blindly following passion, Caroline really does try to figure out how to do things right -- it just takes her a while to figure out what "right" is. While I've never been in her situation, I was able to understand her. And Bailey is awesome! As are Tommy and Alex (you'll have to read it yourself to find out who and why). I'd definitely recommend this as a quick read for when you want something fun but not fluffy.
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Loved this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read. Bring on the tissues, but so worth it.
Avid-Reader25 More than 1 year ago
At the beginning of this book I was like "No way, they just met. This isn't possible". However, the further I read my heart changed my mind. This could actually happen. Even though you have your life completely planned out, a higher power could have other plans for you. As much as I loved Caroline, I wish she hadn't have been so naive. There were times I just wanted to shake her. I instantly loved Jackson. Everything about his character was perfect. Him and Caroline were perfect for each other. Their journey together was full of love, insecurities, broken hearts, and fear, but everything turned out for the best for everyone. I really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it to others.
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I don't care for how this book is written in third person, it's a little strange to read.
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KimShelkey More than 1 year ago
I really have overly mixed emotions on this one. It hit every spot that I like in a good Contemporary Romance, even edged into the New Adult. It had a great romance, a great plot and characters with so much potential. The theory between the sparked romance was excellent and what I thought was going to be a complicated love triangle, well was, but didn’t cause me to run screaming the hills. Overall it was a quick refreshing read that was a perfect “in-between” book to give some downtime to my paranormal stacked TBR pile. Things I loved? I loved the intensity in each relationship. You could feel it all the way down in the pits of your stomach. From the loss of Caroline's college friend, the relationship with her best friend and the relationships with Caroline and Jackson and Caroline and Clay. Being able to convey the depths of relationships between characters can be hit or miss for a lot of authors but this book hit the nail on the head. Providing a deeper sense of emotion behind each aspect of the story. But there was some “oomph” that was missing. I never quite connected with Caroline, something through the story and writing kept me detached and wanting from her character. In all honesty I really did want to pull her hair out a couple of times, I also really wanted to like her, but just could never fully get to that point. Though, I will say that I absolutely loved Jackson and Clay. Both characters offered so much to the story that it helped to balance out my iffy feelings for Caroline. The other thing that I really haven’t been able to decide if I loved or hated was the INSTA-LOVE. Ok, so I get the theory between the first meeting but, it was just a little much for me. Or was it? Being a New-Adult romance, I get it. I’ve always been the type to like to go out and enjoy myself, and pending meeting the right person in the right place in the right time, I could possible do a LITTLE of what they did on their first encounter. For me though, it would be in all fun and I think theirs was a bit too passionate for a first meeting. Or maybe I’m just a huge Debbie Downer and disbeliever in love at first sight. Either way, I enjoyed it; I fell for the romance and both men so makes it a successful Contemporary Romance to me.
Flybrariman More than 1 year ago
Super sigh of sweet satisfaction! Remember this song, by Bryan Adams? "When you love someone, you'll sacrifice You'll give everything you got, and you won't think twice You'll risk it all, no matter what may come When you love someone. You'll shoot the moon, put out the sun When you love someone" Those words sound so vanilla, just sitting there on the page, but with the smoky, smouldering intensity of Bryan Adams' voice and the moody dreamlike flute and piano accompaniment, they convey a powerful sense of an almost desperate yearning to be with the object of your desire. So, it's kind of awkward, to say the least, when that kind of powerful emotion hits you when you've already committed to be with someone else. And that's what happens to MC Caroline as our story opens. She's in a lovely, settled relationship with her lawyer boyfriend Clay when she gets word of the death of a friend. On her return from the funeral, she's seated, by chance, next to Jackson Parks. Maybe we should move the "s" to the front of his last name, because whoa! crazy sparks fly, and they set Caroline and Jackson's lives on fire. Like Bryan's song suggests, a love so intense and consuming has risks, and requires everything you've got. But can careful Care, the sensible girl with a plan, take a chance based on just that kind of random encounter? Especially when it's more than just her own heart at stake. This is an emotional rollercoaster of a ride. It's not enough that Caroline and Jackson have to contend with their overwhelming mutual attraction (hey, it could be worse, I guess, if it were one sided) while stuck at absolute opposite ends of the U.S., the disapproval of their well-meaning friends, and other peoples' claims to their hearts. Events won't stand still either, and require a leap of faith that might well end in disaster for one or both of them. Personally I couldn't help but fall in love with Caroline. I know that cheating is kind of a gray area at best in romance novels, and it's not clear if what Caroline does would be considered that (this is kind of a chaste romance, btw, by today's standards, although emotionally flagrant). But she's so torn between what's expected of her and what her heart can't resist that her struggles will def tug at your heartstrings. She doesn't want to be the kind of person she'd hate, who can argue with that? Fortunately she has an awesome lifeline friend, Bailey, to provide perspective, help the plot along and just generally be funny and charming. There really aren't any good guys or bad guys (although some of them pull some extremely maddening stunts), just a crew of realistically drawn characters with the flaws, foibles and occasional strengths that real folk would display. This is a charming, poignant, tender and exhilarating read. I love the way the author conveys that giddy sense of besotted, bewilderingly beautiful emotional attraction that is one of life's greatest gifts. Don't hesitate to give that gift to yourself, by reading this sweet and affecting novel asap
KristiBug More than 1 year ago
I loved the emotional torture of how Care was scared on which way to go. It was articulated wonderfully and what a 'chance encounter'! Loved it!
mishkapaceMP More than 1 year ago
I don't normally read a great deal of romance. That being said, I am glad I made an exception with Chance Encounters. Rather than being cutesy with the formula of "heroine meets hero but they just can't stand each other", the authors charges head on and runs full bore with the love at first site phenomenon. This was a refreshing (and spicy)choice. J. Sterling's male characters actually sound like men speaking to men vs girls with penises, which pleased and entertained this reader to no end. The protagonist, Caroline, struggled with guilt and fear in ways that rang true and there were many times I really felt sorry for characters I probably would have been rooting against in a typical romance. I love that there weren't "good guys" and "bad guys", there were just people with conflicting needs. J. Sterling does a great job exploring this somewhat controversial take on a romance writing, and I would gladly read anything else she's got out there based on this book.
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This book is wonderful. At any age you want a good romantic book and you want to be pulled in. From page one I was hooked. I felt happy, sad, heartache, sympathy, LOVE, and the ever so wonderful pit in the stomach feeling. I even laughed out loud a couple times. I couldn’t put the book down and wanted it to keep going and going. Since you are on Barnes and Noble web site I would assume you are looking for a book to read….. THIS IS IT… You will NOT be disappointed…… Happy reading… And thank you to J. Sterling for making me feel all the emotions above. You rock and I can not wait for your next book….
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livelife More than 1 year ago
There is absolutely no shortage of amazing indie authors! In this time of digital publishing they seem to be popping up everywhere, and I absolutely positively love that. It has brought us the Nicole Williams, Tammara Webbers, Colleen Hoovers, Jamie McGuires, Liz Reinhardts, and J. Sterlings of the world! To those who don't or just won't review indie pubbed books, this is for you :P Because you are missing out! I have been reading a lot about author J. Sterling recently, especially with her attending the Chicago signing, which I am SO bummed that I will not be attending (side note, awesome giveaway going on for those of us not able to attend TFEiC, hosted at Tough Critic Book Reviews) and I knew I just had to check out her books! So, what did I do? What any self respecting broke blogger does, I emailed J. in my sweet persuasive voice and asked if she was up for me reviewing her books, and she is oh so splendid and awesome and provided me with Chance Encounters and In Dreams to review :) See my happy face! You rock J. Sterling, you freaking rock. So, onto more pressing matters like the review. I read Chance Encounters in one sitting. Yes I do that a lot, yes my husband and my dogs hate it, but I don't do it with just any book only those that require my full attention until I turn or electronically turn the last page. This book had me trapped. I couldn't set it down for fear of the characters moving on without me. Crazy? I am not! Great books will do that to you. It was hard to step away from this story even for a second. Caroline had some difficult decisions to make and I sure as heck wasn't going to miss them! The forbidden angle of this book makes the chemistry electric. The characters are instantly attracted but not only do they live forever apart, one is in a serious relationship with a genuinely nice guy. I'd put Chance Encounters into that category of this is so wrong, but it is so right. Alongside books like Emily Giffin's Something Borrowed. Cheating is wrong, but.. Ok, It's wrong. But, not to glorify or promote cheating but J. has made the perfect case, you have to read it to see for yourself. There's no physical cheating, but that emotional cheating is spread across these pages thick. This book is hot and heavy, quite steamy, a little insta-love/love at first sightish (but that's ok, I felt like that was the point), with the sexual tension and physical attraction I look for in a romance. So, am I saying read this book? Heck yes. Am I saying take it to heart? Heck no. It's a fiction, as in, read it for what it is don't get caught up in your morals, stay for a good time. Enjoy the emotions that J. will make you feel, get lost in the romance and cheer on your favorite characters (mine happened to be Tommy, and I'd love to read more about him). You'll stay for the chemistry, the puzzling "who will she choose?" and a well built love triangle. Thank you so much J. Sterling for providing a copy of your book to review!