Gen Richards is done being “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 adrenaline-junky best friend.
Chance Anderson thrives on adrenaline, but Genny’s the one risk he’s won’t 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. But 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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Chance of a Lifetime
An Anderson Brothers Story
By Marissa Clarke, Liz Pelletier
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2015 Marissa Clarke
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Gen took a long pull on her beer, perversely enjoying her wallow in self-pity. It was a luxury she never allowed herself. Today, though, was different. All her buttressing against any show of weakness or self-doubt over the years seemed wasted, as did the protective cocoon she'd erected to appease her family. Today had brought home just how misdirected her entire life had been to date.
Sally, the receptionist for the recording studio, had been twenty-six — only one year older than her. Boom. Done. Just like that. Dead with no warning in a freak accident.
She downed the rest of her beer in harsh gulps and set the glass on the tiled bar. At least Sally had lived before she'd died. More than Gen could say for herself.
"Hot guy at two o'clock," Sherry, her best friend and coworker at Decibels Sound Studio, whispered from the barstool next to her. "Oooh. He's hella fine. Same guy as before. All tall and lean and badass broody."
"Why don't you go say hi?" Gen suggested, not ready to give up her self-indulgent pity party.
"Another beer?" Andy asked from behind the bar as he swept her glass away with a staccato scrape across the rough surface.
She liked the bartender. His voice had a musical quality and he smelled of Old Spice deodorant — she knew because it was what her brother used — and whiskey. Today, the whiskey scent wasn't as pronounced, but it was early yet. By the end of his shift, he would sport at least an ounce of various liquors. The smell of alcohol reminded her of someone else — someone she didn't allow herself to think about anymore.
She ran her fingers across the small, jagged tiles of the bar and pulled a pretzel from the paper-lined plastic basket situated between her and Sherry. "Sure. Another beer would be great."
The crunching of the pretzel drowned out the click and fizzle of Andy pulling the tap on her beer, but not the appreciative yummy noises Sherry made with regard to the guy she'd mentioned earlier.
"Don't look now, but he's watching you."
Gen snorted at her friend's joke. Sherry was the only one who felt comfortable enough to kid with her about a topic everyone else considered taboo. "Don't worry, I'm not looking."
"Here you go." Andy set her glass down in front of her, gently pushing it against her hand.
"Who's the guy at the corner table?" Sherry asked.
"Oh, that's the doctor. He's been hanging out here on Tuesday nights for a while." Glasses clinked as he moved them behind the bar.
Sherry shifted on her stool with a rustle of fabric. "Tuesdays. That's our night here. A doctor. Did you hear that, Gen?"
He laughed. "No. That's our nickname for him because he always orders a Dr Pepper. No booze. Ever."
Rubbing her finger around the rim of the glass, Gen sighed. No alcohol would probably have been a good choice for her tonight, considering her mood.
Andy leaned close enough for the air to move across her face and arms. "You okay?"
Funny. That was probably the number one question people asked her. And she always answered the same way. Hundreds — no, thousands — of times, she'd answered yes. But she was lying. She wasn't okay. She'd never been okay. She never would be ... not unless something changed. Unless she made it change before it was too late and she ended up like that poor girl at the receptionist desk who choked on a mint.
Nothing reckless. Nothing dangerous or daring. Simply a mint. Just like that.
"No, I'm not okay," she answered. "I'm horrible, in fact. Never been worse."
"We lost a coworker," Sherry explained. "It was unexpected."
Andy cleared his throat. "I'm sorry."
"Me, too. She was supersweet."
She regretted not hanging out with her more. Sally had asked her to go out after work several times, but she'd always declined. She'd been too busy keeping to her routine. Following her brother's wishes. Playing it safe. Never stepping outside her circle of safety.
Safety. For what? Sally was a fun-loving, outgoing girl who had recently become engaged. And she died because she choked on a mint, not because she did something dangerous like ski down some uncharted vertical slope or jump out of an airplane — or in the case of Gen, simply cross the freaking street.
Which just went to show, no matter how careful she was, no matter how protective her brother was of her, something unexpected could come along and end it all in the blink of an eye.
No more. From now on, no more playing it safe. She reached to get her purse off the next stool and accidentally bumped her cane, which fell to the ground with a metallic clang. When Sherry made to retrieve it, she stilled her with a hand on her shoulder. "I've got this." After righting the cane, she rooted in her purse until she found what she was looking for. She flattened the scrap of paper on the bar and slid back onto her stool.
"What is that?" her friend asked.
Gen closed her eyes and remembered how excited she'd been in high school when she created this. Life had so many possibilities at fifteen. Funny how ten years could turn that around. "It's my bucket list."
The paper crinkled as Sherry picked it up. "What's on it?"
She didn't even need to read it to know what it said. "Things I intend to do as soon as possible. Starting with number one right now."
The list had sat dormant for ten years. But not anymore. No more waiting for a mint to off her.
Sherry squealed through her nose like she did at the studio when she was really excited. "You know I can't read braille. What's first on the list?"
A smile stretched across her face. "Number one: Kiss a total stranger."CHAPTER 2
Once Sherry stopped squealing and clapping, and the list was tucked carefully back inside her purse, Gen took a deep breath and a fortifying swallow of beer.
Yep. She was really going to do this, and no big brother or an overabundance of caution or fear was going to get in her way. "Where's the doc?"
"He's in the corner still." Sherry rotated her forty-five degrees plus a little more.
"Nothing right now. Do you want your cane?"
"No. If I'm clear, I'm going hands-free."
And for a moment, her heart seemed to stop beating. This was way out of character for her. As if sensing her doubt, Sherry leaned closer. "Good idea. As smokin' hot as this guy is, you're definitely going to want your hands free."
The encouragement did the trick and her heart kicked in again. "How far away?"
"Twenty feet, max," Andy said.
"Standing or sitting?"
Sherry giggled. "Sitting on a stool. His face is perfect height for a liplock."
For a moment, a lump rose in her throat. Nuh-uh. She'd suppressed all signs of life for years now. No chickening out. Not ever again. After another deep breath, she raked her bangs out of her face. "Get me within six feet of him and point me in the right direction," she instructed her friend, who immediately offered her elbow.
Consciously loosening her death grip on Sherry's arm, Gen took a step forward, and then another until she counted ten steps, which should put her within five or so feet of him.
"Straight ahead," Sherry mumbled under her breath then pulled her hand away.
Gen tilted her head and listened, but picked up nothing other than her friend's retreating steps and the regular sounds of the bar early on a Tuesday night. "What's up, Doc?" she asked, finally.
No answer. Not even breathing. Odd. Usually, people answered her — sometimes almost yelling because of a bizarre prevalent assumption that blind people must not be able to hear either.
With one arm bent in front of her face at eye level and the other making slow sweeps straight out in front, she shuffled closer to where she was told he was sitting on a stool.
A slight rise in temperature registered through her fingertips, indicating she was close, and then contact. Soft cotton jersey over hard muscle.
Skimming lightly, her second hand joined the first in a sweep over the surprisingly solid planes of his chest. And still, he said nothing.
Laying her palms flat on his pecs, she could feel his rapid, strong heartbeat, which accelerated by the second. He might not be speaking, but he was certainly surprised. The quiet type. She liked that.
She trailed her fingers higher, over his clavicle, up the sides of his neck, where soft hair brushed the tops of her hands. Long hair. She liked that, too. And his smell was fabulous. Minty and clean with an overlay of Gain laundry detergent — the same one she used.
Slight stubble like what would happen over the course of a day covered his angular jaw, and her thumbs roamed over full, soft, parted lips.
Shit! What was she doing? She was standing in a bar fondling the face of a perfect stranger, that's what. Completely perfect, she concluded, as his rapid breaths blew across her fingers. Her hands trembled and a spike of longing pierced her control.
For a fleeting moment, she almost stepped away, but then remembered how carefree she'd been a decade ago when she'd created her bucket list. She could live that way again, waking up every morning excited for what the world would bring, rather than simply plodding through the days, ticking off tasks on her schedule, counting steps, and making her family happy.
It was time for a change, and this was the first step to taking her life back. This kiss. Right now.
At some point during her internal deliberations, he had stood, making her reach up in order to keep her fingers on his lips. She slid her hands down his neck to the top of his shoulders and pushed hard until he sat on the stool again, then caught his jaw in her hands.
For a moment she paused, and her customary caution crept in.
No. No more playing it safe. This was it. Her first step to a new life, and hell or high water, she wouldn't wimp out now. She covered his mouth with hers, surprised by the softness of his lips compared to the hard muscles of his chest. As if frozen, he didn't react to her mouth moving across his. But when she ran her tongue along the seam of his lips, he made the first sound since this whole business started — a cross between a whimper and a groan — and placed a hand in the center of her back, splaying his fingers wide between her shoulder blades. Then he tilted his head and finally kissed her back.
And, man, oh, man, could he kiss. Like nothing she'd experienced before — not that she'd kissed a ton of guys, but she'd kissed a few. Enough to know this wasn't a garden-variety encounter.
She ran her fingers through his soft hair and scraped her nails across his scalp. This time when he made a noise, it was more of a growl, filling her from head to toe with a heady buzzing electric sensation, culminating in a warm flush in her belly. He pulled back breathing heavily, like her.
No more caution or careful planning. From this point forward, she wanted to feel like this. Alive and sensual and needed — not needy. Though honestly, she was needy, but in a physical way — not an emotional, dependent way.
"Don't stop," she said, tightening her grip in his hair. He responded by wrapping his arms around her, pulling her between his thighs until their bodies touched and his hard bulge pressed against the front of her jeans.
His tongue stroked hers in a rhythm her body recognized instinctually, and that hot flush in her belly happened again.
Yes. This was living. This was who she was, not some timid, fractured creature reliant on others to assure her safety and happiness.
On and on, the kiss continued, their tongues tangling as their bodies heated until she was sure she'd combust right there in the bar in front of everyone ...
Yeah, they were in front of people, making out like horny teenagers. Double damn.
And as the world came back into focus, punctuated by clinks of glasses and nineties music, the buzzing in her body receded, and she took a reluctant step back. The cool air swirled where his hot body had just been, making her shudder. What should she do now? Was she supposed to say thank you? Or maybe, "Holy shit, buddy, you can kiss!"
Was there a protocol for addressing a stranger she'd walked up to and kissed? Probably not, so she simply cut her losses and walked away, heading straight back in the direction from which she'd come.
She stopped dead in her tracks, pulse hammering in her ears. No one called her that. At least not in the last ten years. She swallowed hard. No. It couldn't possibly be ... His face was too angular and he was too tall and muscular to be ... Chance Anderson. Just saying the name in her head made gooseflesh rise on her arms.
He'd been only seventeen back then, still just a boy. This was a man.
And he smelled nothing like Chance, who had been cloaked in cigarette smoke and suntan lotion, and reeked of adventure and freedom.
This guy, with all his sharp angles and hard planes, smelled of toothpaste and clean clothes. His scent was refined, but his kisses certainly weren't. She raised her fingers to her lips. God. Had she just kissed her big brother's best friend? Surely not ...
"Genny," he said again in his rich, nuanced saxophone voice, and as he moved within reach, recognition funneled through her in a sickening trickle all the way down to her toes. The voice was almost the same. She'd know it anywhere.
How could this have happened? Of the thousands of people she could have randomly kissed in this city, it had to be Chance.
And as instinctively as her body had responded to his kiss, her mind and heart reacted to his voice. She reached out and laid her palm on his cheek, and then, with no prelude, she drew back and slapped him as hard as she could.
The asshole.CHAPTER 3
It had taken all of Chance's self-control to not block her strike, and then even more restraint to remain perfectly still as Genny, brow furrowed, flapped her hand. As bad as it had stung his face, it was no surprise it had hurt her — which brought him no joy whatsoever.
Her mahogany-brown hair was pulled back in a ponytail that reached her shoulder blades, with a fringe of bangs framing her face. He could see the outline of her lace bra through the pale pink V-neck T-shirt under a blazer the same rich chocolate color as her eyes. That, in combination with her tight jeans with designer holes at the knees, made her all kinds of casual sexy.
Without a word, she walked toward her friend with the short skirt and spiked black hair, who helped her gather her things and led her out the door while he stood there dumbfounded.
He had no idea what had set her off. Honestly, right up until the moment she slapped the shit out of him, he thought she'd known who he was. If he'd had a shred of common sense or decency, he'd have slipped out of reach before she kissed him in the first place. Clearly, he had neither of those attributes.
And what the fuck was that about anyway? Who did she think she was kissing if not him?
He touched a finger to his lips. She'd tasted of beer, and salt, and ...
Holy shit, shit, shit. He'd kissed Genny — the most taboo woman in the world. Genevieve Elizabeth Richards — his best friend's little sister. His stomach plummeted to his feet. Walter would kill him for this if he found out.
It was imperative his friend never found out. Which meant he had to talk to Genny before she got to her brother.
"Hey, buddy. Hold on a minute," the bartender called as he strode toward the door. "I need to talk to you."
Not nearly as badly as Chance needed to talk to Genny. Not even slowing, he continued toward the exit hoping he could catch her before she got too far away.
"If you don't stop, I'm calling the cops and telling them you're a creeper stalking a blind girl."
Son of a bitch. Just short of the door, he turned and faced the guy. The cops wouldn't believe that for a second, but the last thing he needed was a scene. He'd broken his promise to Walter and he'd fucked up — again. He needed to keep things low-key and make this right. He held his hands up in a gesture of surrender. "We're cool. No need for that."
The guy grabbed a towel and wiped the area Genny and her friend had just vacated and gestured for him to sit.
Chance slid onto the stool, fighting the urge to glance over his left shoulder at the door. She was getting farther away by the second. His only shot at talking to her was to catch her on the street.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Fun, short, sweet, good premise of blind girl and brother's best friend. Second chance at love trope. Enjoyed the unravelling of why they had a falling out ten years ago. Enjoyed the writing and descriptions in keeping with her blindness. Very well done!!! Looks like I will look up Marissa Clarke's backlists for more of her!
4.5 stars Chance of a Lifetime was a beautifully written romance that left me with a heart full of happy feels. Loved both Chance and Gen, they truly touched my heart. Their story was sweet, heartwarming and very entertaining. I enjoyed watching them fall in love and find their HEA. What a great read the Anderson Brothers series has turned out to be, each book can be read as a standalone and I highly recommend them all.
Gen Richards is ready to spread her wings and fly, and find some reprieve from her overbearing family. While their need to protect her is meant with the best of intentions, it's often felt as if they are trying to smother her. She doesn't want the fact that she is blind to hinder her from tackling her high school bucket list, she knows there are some of the things she can do on her own, but she also has a plan to find a friend to help her out. One of the first items at the top of her list is kissing a stranger, to which she is looking quite forward to, that is until she discovers that the "stranger" turns out to be the one man to leave her when she needed him the most... Chance Anderson tends to like to walk on the wild side from time to time, and is not one known to shy away from risks, which has earned him the title of being dangerous and reckless more times than he cares to count. One would also think that this well earned reputation also makes him the perfect candidate to help someone tap into their wild side, and cross a few risky adventures off of their bucket list. But the only problem is the person asking for his help just happens to be the one risk he's never been brave enough to take... This was my first experience with Ms. Clarke's work and I must admit that it left a very good first impression. I found her writing to be very easy to submerse myself into and it helped to provide me with a very enjoyable literary escape from reality. Gen and Chance's story captured my attention right from the start and held on tight until the very end. I have not read the other installments in the series, but plan to remedy that very soon! I think it's safe to say that Ms. Clarke has earned herself a spot on my go to authors list with this very impressive first read! Highly recommend you add this one to your reading list, it's sure to leave you with a happy heart!! ARC requested through NetGalley, and kindly provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.
Simply amazing. Marissa Clarke has made my list of favorite authors. I will be honest and admit to not reading the book blurb before I started reading Chance of a Lifetime. Thus, I had no idea what to expect. I was surprised the heroine was blind and I had no idea if her blindness was a result of something the hero did in the past. Chance of a Lifetime is one of those romances for the ages. Gen Richards and Chance Anderson met when they were 5 and 8, after Chance attempted to defend her honor on the baseball field. Gen’s family, along with her brother who use to be Chance’s best friend, kept Gen locked in a box and never allowed her to branch out or feel like a “normal” person. Chance was different. He insisted she be included in everything they did. He never once allowed her disability to define who she was. I went from being curious about Gen’s blindness and how that would work in a romance to being completely in awe by her determination to live her life to its fullest. I definitely wasn't expecting her to be a feisty heroine. She’s independent and comfortable in her own skin. The only things holding her back are her parents and brother. After a tragic accident, Chance is ordered to stay away from Gen, but she’s like a magnet and he can’t stay away. So he keeps his distance, always making sure she’s okay. The two reconnect when Gen decides to fulfill her bucket list that she made ten years previously. Item one is kiss a total stranger. Oops, turns out the stranger is Chance, her high school crush. The two agree to fulfill her bucket list, realizing their feelings for one another. There are some authors who grab you with the first words of their book and never let you go. Marissa Clarke is one of those authors. Chance and Gen are both fantastic. I could feel their love for each other coming through the pages. There were a couple of times I actually felt tears in my eyes. I’ve loved couples in the past, but these two go beyond anything I’ve ever felt for another couple. Marissa has ended the Anderson Brothers series on a high note. Big sigh!!!! I loved this book. It should be noted Chance of a Lifetime is a standalone read. **Personal Purchase**
Absolutely loved this story. It is such a heart warming and romantic novel, I loved it. All the characters and story line is amazing. I loved both Chance and Gen and the chemistry between them is off the chart. Some of the scenes are so well written that I read them again and again just to absorb everything. I must say it is the best book I have read this month ;) Gen is so tired of being considered helpless and invalid. She can take care of herself but her family refuses to see it this way. Especially her brother has full control over her and she just follows everything he says.... Until one day she realizes how much that is effecting her happiness. She wants to live her life to the fullest and that is exactly what she will do. Chance has loved Genny for a long time now but because of some things he did in the past he doesn't think he is good enough for her. Her family agrees on that. Hence there he is watching her from a far but never daring to get any closer.... until one day when she decides to close the distance and walks to him. Now all bets are off, he simply cannot stay away from her any more and her family will have to deal with it.
4 - "I won't peek if you don't." Stars! Marissa Clarke reeled me in, and kept me on the hook from start to finish with Chance of a Lifetime, this is one of those books that you pick up expecting a light and fluffy read, and although the author gives you that, there is an awful lot of thought that went into its writing. Dealing with blindness in any form in a fictional setting has to be handled with a certain level of respect, and I think that Marissa hit the balance perfectly with her characterization of Gen Richards, in that it was very much a part of the thread of the story, it wasn’t glamorized or overplayed, it… just was. ”Challenge accepted.” I wasn’t a major surprise to me that I loved this book so much, the Anderson Brothers are men that once you meet them, you never really forget the time you have spent with them and Chance Anderson lived up to all expectations in that respect. He’d taken punches for her. Gotten stitches for her. Even gone to jail for her… And she didn’t even know. I think what made him shine is the fact that he saw Gen for who she was and not the fact that she was blind, something that her family has struggled to deal with massively from the get-go, and up to this point has had a negative impact on her life and general sense of adventure, a situation that with Chances help she’s looking rectify with her teenage bucket list. ”Freedom you earn is more powerful than the freedom handed to you.” It was also great that the author took the lack of the sense of sight and incorporated it into the gradual building of their relationship, and reconnection after ten years apart. It gave a whole new level of depth to the sexy-times that took place between them. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. I really enjoy the authors work in general, and I look forward to seeing where she takes us next. ARC generously provided via Netgalley, and it was my pleasure to provide the above honest review.
I LOVED this one. This book was so much more than I expected. Not that I didn't expect a lot from this author. The prior two Anderson Bros. books have been fun lighthearted reads. This one took the emotional level up about 10 notches while still giving us the fun part. Chance is the adrenaline junkie of the Anderson brothers but in his heart he loves hard and deep and there has only been one woman who has made it into his heart. Gen Richards may be blind but that doesn't mean she can't take care of herself. Convincing her overprotective family of that fact is easier said than done. So to prove her independence she decides with the help of her friends to complete a bucket list she made when she was a young teen, she never could have imagined her first daring venture would bring Chance Anderson back into her life. Chance and Gen's story will definitely tug at your heartstrings and leave you with a very satisfied smile on your face in the end. This is one I HIGHLY recommend.
Gen was tired of playing it safe and living down to the expectations of her family who was overprotecting her because they thought she was a helpless blind girl. She was about to take some serious risk starting off by completing the task on her bucket list. It begins with “kissing a total stranger”, but she ends up kissing someone she knew! Her brother’s best friend! Chance Anderson is an adrenaline junkie, but one thing he wouldn’t pursue and take a risk was Genny. He made some promise and recklessness some years ago had her life endangered and he was somehow permanently banned into her life. He wasn’t good enough for her, he knows it and most especially her brother knows it. But when she presented her with her bucket list, he had a little choice but to help her complete it to keep her safe and way out of trouble. It may have started with that panty-melting kiss, but there was more to it: 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. They were really good together, and that kiss on the bar? Sparks were already flying then. It was so much fun watching them together, and watching them fall in love. But would they able to let go of the past and take a risk for their future? It was sweet, fun and light read. Marissa Clarke had made one heck of a novel, it’s something different and sends a powerful message. I love the sensitivity she put through it, she didn’t overdo anything, and made everything completely believable. This proved that anyone can do just about anything, and being visually-challenged, like Gen is not a hindrance to do anything if he or she would put her mind in it.
I had never read anything from Marissa Clarke before, and quite frankly thought it would be a fun quick 4 star read since it was just shy of 200pages. BUT boy was I wrong! CoaL was an inspiring, heartfelt, sexy read!! I'll definitely be picking up the first two books in the series! It was great watching Gen take charge of her life and standing up for herself. This is all done with the help of the super sexy Chance Anderson. Because of a huge misunderstanding 10 years ago, Gen and Chance were kept apart. But once they are back together, an old flame that wan't quite able to ignite before is now on FIRE! The chemistry between the two is palpable. And the fact that Gen is blind and uses all of her other senses to see, especially touch, makes it that much HOTTER. This story isn't just about being reacquainted with a lost love, but about finding yourself and realizing that no one but YOU can determine the life you live. I absolutely LOVED this book and recommend it to anyone, it's a quick easy read, that will leave you wanting!
had high expectations for this story which were perfectly met. I loved Gen's character, and it was delightful to see this woman who has lived with her blindness her whole life making the most of things. She doesn't wallow in self pity, she just does what she needs to do. She's tired of her family treating her like she's going to fall apart at any moment, and to prove it she's moved out on her own and is making her own living working in the sound recording field. She's feisty, funny, sweet and a wonderful, caring friend. It's no wonder that Chase has never gotten over her, though his sense of guilt over an event that could have turned out much more serious has dogged him for years. Once they are back in each other's lives, he's determined to help her any way he can, including with her bucket list (which she gleefully blackmails him into helping her with by threatening to tell her brother about their kiss). Chase goes one better, challenging her to do things that even she has doubts about. I loved the way he treated her, with respect and admiration but never seeing her as an invalid. And how sweet too, that in their years apart he still went through the effort of learning braille, and doing things in his own life so that even if he never got the chance to be with her again, she would still be a big part of his life. They still share some definite chemistry, and now as adults there is no hesitation on their parts (despite some minor guilt Chase feels about Gen being his former friend's little sister) to explore this. They share some steamy scenes together that help them to reconnect physically and emotionally. I thought the author did an excellent job of bringing to life the challenges a blind person experiences while at the same time showing how overcoming those same challenges gives that person a new sense of self. This was truly a delightful story and one with a lot of heart to go along with the humor. 4.5 stars.
Chance of A Lifetime has a long list of adjectives to describe it. The characters are fun. The attraction is lethal and the story is off the charts. I LOVED IT. Gen is a courageous heroine that is lovable and inspiring. Finding out her limits is not easy when you have overprotective family and a disability but she still wants to live life to the fullest. Chance could stand to learn a few things from her. He has a heart of gold but has let guilt and shame dampen how he views his relationship with two important people in his life. Chance of a Lifetime is a story of bravery, forgiveness and the healing power of falling in love. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Enjoyed the whole series. Sweet, flirty and fun romances.
This book is very unique since the girl is blind it's told from a unique perspective but amazing
This is one of those books that just grabs my heart and won't let go. I love the depth of friendship and love that Gen & Chance have shared even through years of separation. Genevieve Richards has been blind all of her life and her older brother and parents don't let her forget it. None of them are capable of seeing her for the self-sufficient adult she has become. When she sees how short life truly can be, it nudges her into deciding to live for herself once and for all. She's going to complete that bucket list she wrote when she was in high school! Chance Anderson was her brother's best friend growing up, and the crush of Genny's life until a traumatic event took him from her life. Now when she runs into him 10 years later, she coerces him into helping her complete her List. Will they be able to get past the happenings of the past and see a future together? ** Received free in exchange for an honest review **
Originally posted on my blog: Tangled Up In Books I received a copy of this book, from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. In no way did this sway either my review or my rating! My heart is so full right now. I fell in love with this series and the Anderson brothers from the moment I first picked up Michael's book. They are the perfect blend of humor and romance, with a brilliant set of characters that leaves you constantly wanting more of them. Chance of a Lifetime was the perfect end to this series and I'm so sad to see it be over. About halfway through it really hit me that this is it and all I could think was how in a perfect world Chance and Gen, hell the entire Anderson clan and their women need to be in all the books I read in the future. That is how much I adore them. For lack of a better phrase, I like to go into a series blind. I don't like to know the details or read the blurbs so everything is fresh and a surprise and I have zero expectations. Gen was the most pleasant surprise all. I don't think I've ever read a book with a blind main character before, at least not that I can recall. Marissa Clarke did a fabulous job at putting you in her shoes. You experience things differently through her point of view and it comes across perfectly and beautifully. Plus it's not hard to sympathize with someone who is strong and capable and only has one small obstacle with her day to day life, she can't see, yet her family treats her as if her lack of sight has impacted her mental capacity. It was easy to feel angry for her and cheer her on as she would take control of her life. Seeing this amazing character as she blossoms and experiences new things brought on a whole new level of emotional for me. I would find myself tearing up at things we find so simple but are a wonder to Gen. And I loved her curiosity and I would always grin whenever her most used phrase would pop up, "What do you see?" I just adored her. And I loved how Chance supports her and empowers her. He is such a good guy. He's definitely become my favorite Anderson brother. He treated her like a human and he cherished her. Like I wish I could sit here and gush about all the freaking amazing things that Chance does that concern Gen but...you know...spoilers. Trust me when I say you will lose your heart totally and completely over this guy. "Nobody needs to lead you two to each other. You'd find each other from opposite sides of the planet." And the connection and sparks between these two. Oh my freaking word! There was this magnetic, tangible heat between Chance and Gen. Honestly I can say that they shared the most intense first kiss that I have ever read or probably ever will read. Maybe because you experience it with all your other senses, Marissa Clarke has a way with vividly tickling your other senses in this book that's for sure. Just thinking about it makes me want to go read it all over again. As if you couldn't already tell...I am so far beyond head over heels for this book. It was all just so perfect. Does it really have to be over? Are we sure there aren't any Anderson boys hidden away anywhere? No? Sigh....
I loved this book, a lot. Chance was the most sweetest, encouraging, supportive, sexy man. I loved the way he was with Gen. He was just amazing towards her, even though he felt not good enough. And Gen was a feisty girl, not wanting her blindness to be her limits. She was a fun character to watch bloom as she crossed off her bucket list items. Together they were a match made in heaven. I think this one was my favorite in the series. It was just so sweet, so compassionate, such a feel good uplifting story. He empowered her and brought our her independent side. And the updates on the other characters was great. Will and Michael were hysterical in their interactions with Chance. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.
Gen has loved one man all her life. Her best friend growing up, Chance. When a crisis happens when she's fifteen Chance disappears from her life without a goodbye or a reason. Years later after a friend passes Gen becomes determined to live life to the fullest and complete the bucket list she created when she was a teen. She's tired of being seen as the blind girl who can't do a thing for herself. A random encounter brings Chance back into her life and he agrees to help her complete her bucket list. The connection between Gen and Chance is off the charts. Each item brings them closer together and Gen slowly learns why Chance left her all those years ago. Gen also has to deal with her family, in particular her brother who believes she's helpless and will never be able to live on her own because of her disability. I root through the book for her to stand up for herself and show she can live her own life. Marissa Clarke had me reeled into their story from the first chapter and I was hooked until the last page. If you enjoy a romance that is full of hope and is steamier than a Starbucks Coffee on a cold winter day, then I would highly recommend Chance of a Lifetime!
*ARC received from Entangled Publishing in return for an honest review* Gen's biggest problem isn't being blind, it's her well-meaning family, especially her brother Walter, who treat her like she is a helpless child. When she reconnects with Chance, the love of her life, she knows she cannot continue on her current path, if she has any hope of being with the one person who means more to her than any other. Chance has loved Gen since forever but ten years of guilt for endangering her and a promise to her brother has kept him away until fate and a bucket list step in. This book is filled with passion and love and great writing. This is one of the most beautiful love stories I have ever read and I highly recommend it.
Beautiful 2nd Chance Love Story Great story about Gen Richards, who has been blind all her life and Chance Anderson the guy who has had a crush on her for a long time. There was an “incident” in the past and he has been not allowed near her since she was about 15//16 years old so Gen went from hero worshipping him to hating him. She found out one night that it was him following her around and she sort of blackmailed him into helping her do a “bucket list” of things she wants to do and from there the story beautifully unfolds. Chance has a story of why the “incident” happened and he would love ot set the record straight but getting Gen to believe him and he really has this guilt down pat… their love story unfolds and it is wonderful. Loved the supporting cast and Gen’s brother starts off as a jerk but by the end of the story, he does start to come down off his high horse. This is a winner of a story. I would love to see a story about Gen’s brother someday –I think there is more to him here-IMO. My rating: 4.0 stars **** ***A gifted copy was provided by the publisher via NETGALLEY for my honest review****
4 Epic-love Stars Chance of a Lifetime was a very sweet, easy read with just a bit of angst. It’s the story of Gen, a girl who was born blind, and Chance her big brother’s reckless friend. Gen’s family has never been too good at coping with her disability, making her feel helpless and useless in their overprotection. And that’s where Chance had always been different. He treated her like she was just a person and only assists her as necessary letting her feel norma. Unfortunately, an accident happens when they are in their teens and Chance is deemed a bad influence and is banned from seeing her. Chance feeling guilty of putting her at risk takes his punishment and keeps his distance. Or so she thinks. Ten years later, after a freak accident takes the life of one of Gen’s coworkers, she decides enough is enough. She is tired of her sheltered and overprotected life and her brother and parents treating her like an invalid. So she decides to actually start living her life. To do this she decides to start by completing a bucket list she wrote at fifteen and the first item is “Kiss a total stranger”. Well, she is at a bar, and that hot guy is there again, so she just might as well start there. You can imagine her surprise when she realizes the hot kiss she just shared was not with a stranger but with Chance. This encounter allows them to reacquaint themselves with the other and it’ll mark the start of their journey to happiness. Of course as any journey it’s filled with bumps, roadblocks, and misdirection. Both of them have serious issues to work through if they want to make it together. I enjoyed reading this story. Chance was a total sweetheart, and the way he loved Gen? Totally epic, that alone would make this book worth the read. He did have a touch of “I’m-unworthy-of-all-the-perfectness-that-is-Gen” but fortunately, it was a mild case and he got over it without much mention to it. While I could completely understand Gen’s plight, I wish she had made her stand earlier in the story, she was fantastic when she starting taking names and handing people their butts, I just would have loved it even more earlier in the story. Chance of a Lifetime was a great love story and I really enjoy Ms. Clarke’s style. *I received a complimentary copy from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review*
This is the first in the Anderson Brothers series that I’ve read, but based on Chance of a Lifetime I’ve definitely been missing out. (And it can be read as a standalone.) Together Chance and Gen are fun, flirty and have a deep understanding of one another. Unfortunately they also have a history that makes any kind of a future hard. Gen has let her family control her for far too long and, because of an accident years before, they aren’t going to approve of her being with Chance. Chance knows that her family considers him bad news and a long time ago he made a promise to stay away. But now that they are spending time together, Gen is providing to be impossible to resist. From their first kiss thru her bucket list and all the way to the last page, I absolutely LOVED this story. There are so many wonderful things here – how capable Genny is, the emotions tying these two together for more than a decade, the understanding and support that Chance provides, and the lessons learned by all involved. I was so satisfied and amazingly sad to see it end. (Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review)
Gen Richards was born blind and she is use to her family's over-protectiveness. When a coworker dies unexpectedly, Gen decides to take her future in her hands, and liver our her teenage bucket list. The first item is to kiss a stranger in a bar, and her recipient is her older brother's best friend Chance. He and Gen were friends until a unfortunate mistake in high school separated them for 10 years. Chance isn't in the bar by accident, Gen's brother has asked him to keep an eye on her. As the novel progresses Chance and Gen build on their old friendship to create a real relationship. Will their romance be able to stand the test of time? I enjoyed this novel because the heroine was spunky and the hero had a hear of gold. I liked that the characters blindness was a story line without it being about what she couldn't do. I was given a free copy for an honest review by netgalley.com