Take A Gamble

Take A Gamble

by Rachael Brownell

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ISBN-13: 9781497308954
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/10/2014
Pages: 204
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.43(d)

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Take A Gamble 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
LilMissBookmark More than 1 year ago
If there was ever a book that could be considered both New Adult and Young Adult, this is it. I don't think that it truly fits in just one of those categories. Okay ... Take A Gamble ... first of all, this is from an author that is new to me. I hadn't picked up anything by her before but I probably will now. Take A Gamble is basically a coming of age novel but there is nothing basic about it. There is love at first sight, there is lost love, there is new love ... with tons of other things but I don't want to spoil your first read through. The teenage characters were fairly easy to relate to but at the same time, I didn't really connect with them either. It's hard to explain. These teenagers went through a few things that I didn't have to go through when I was their age but they went through a lot of things that I did. It was fairly predictable in the middle of the novel. Things just seemed laid out a bit too neatly sometimes. I like a bit of mystery even in romance novels. I like not really knowing what is going to happen yet and I didn't get that completely with this one. Now the ending really threw me for a loop. I was genuinely surprised ... I wish that there were a few more of those moments within the heart of the novel. I think that it could have added a bit. There were a few obstacles that Mac & Roe went through and it felt a little too easy sometimes ... like there should have been a bit more struggle to come out on top. A bit more grittiness would have been great. Make those characters really struggle!! I want to read about how they were dumped into a big crater of a problem and they clawed their way out!! All in all, it was a good book - it kept my attention and I enjoyed reading it (even if there weren't enough struggles). Oh ... wait ... there was one thing. And this drove me CRAZY during the entire novel. The main character is Mac. Her love interest is Roe. Mac. Roe. Mac and Roe. MacAndRoe. McEnroe. The tennis player. John McEnroe. That's whose face I saw every time I read the names Mac and Roe. Every. Single. Time. I don't think I would be so irritated by it if John McEnroe looked like Channing Tatum but McEnroe is NO Channing Tatum. No. Just, no. Well written novel, fast paced and heart-warming. I'll definitely read another novel by Brownell. As long as it isn't about Mac and Roe. I just can't go through that name thing again.
MySecretBookSpot More than 1 year ago
“Take A Gamble” by Rachael Brownell 5 out of 5 stars Young love abounds in this stellar tale from Rachael Brownell. The story of Roe and Mac explores what it’s like to experience first love against the backdrop of harsh reality. Is it really possible for love to conquer all or are there some mountains that are just too big to climb? Click on the “buy” button and come see the answer for yourself. You’ll be better off for it! Mac is innocence personified. She’s lived her life with the “ideal” family…a mom and dad who still love each other and two brothers who sometimes drive her crazy. Her parents are successful, happy people and they have provided their kids all the things they need. Now, after a busy year, they’ve decided to have a month-long family vacation in Myrtle Beach, SC. Mac is looking forward to a chance to spread her wings a little and gain some independence. When she meets Roe on the first day, she embarks on an adventure that will alter the course of her life forever. As darkness looms on the horizon, will their love prove strong enough to weather the storm? Mac is searching. She’s looking for someone to push her outside of the bubble she’s kept herself in. I really enjoyed her. She’s a very graceful character. It’s hard to convey that in the written word but in every scene it’s her grace that stands out. Brownell has done an exceptional job bringing the heart of Mac to life. I was able to visualize her well and I was one hundred percent invested in her journey. Roe is charming, a little bit rebellious, and a whole lot of perfection. If Mac is grace, then Roe is charisma. He made me grin and laugh and sigh. He is thoughtful, generous, and seems to have an old soul. Roe was just the right balance for Mac and watching them fall in love was a privilege. Rachael Brownell has outdone herself with this one. It’s a poignant and beautiful love story that starts one summer and spans years. She really brings her characters to life in such a way that you can see it all play out like a movie in your head. The twists and turns keep you plugged in to the story, anxious to see how it all ends. Her style is flowing and the book is well written. I give this one two BIG thumbs up. It’s a winner and you won’t regret giving it a read. A+ to Brownell! *I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.* Shannon, My Secret Book Spot