Taking Chances by Loni Flowers-Adult Contemporary Romance
Kindle format given by author for review/blog tour
At age twenty-three, Alex has had a hard life. His parents died when he was quite young, leaving his grandparents to raise him. Right before his high school graduation, his grandparents passed on too, leaving him all alone. After losing everyone he's ever loved, Alex turns to the streets in a self-destructive pattern until he finally ends up in Springhill, where he tries to make a new life for himself.
Clair’s childhood was normal until age thirteen, when her father left the family and she never heard from him again. Consequently, her mother went into a deep depression, forcing Clair to grow up quickly. After finishing high school, Clair’s heartache over her father’s absence as well as her unbearable mother drive her to strike out on her own. But having nowhere to go and no family to speak of, Clair wanders aimlessly from town to town, homeless, and without purpose. Looking for work wherever she goes and living hand to mouth on the streets is tough, Clair discovers, but living with her mother is worse.Now twenty-one years old, Clair has found her way to the last place she and her family took their final vacation as a family--Springhill. While in town, she crosses paths with Alex and their ensuing relationship grows faster than expected. Soon Clair wonders if coming back to Springhill and meeting Alex was the best decision or the worst decision she ever made.
I like reading stories about people who've had a tough life, but can find happiness and love. That's what appealed to me the most about this book. It was a great story about finding love.
My heart hurt for Clair. I wasn't really sure why she was on the streets at the beginning, but it made me scared for her. She's a sweet girl, but a bit vulnerable too. You can tell that she's been damaged in some way. When she meets Alex, her luck begins to change.
Alex understands what Clair is going through. He's been there himself. He immediately takes her under his wing. He wants to protect her and help her in any way he can. I think he felt like because he had help, support, and unconditional love shown to him, he wanted to pass that on. I don't think either one of them was expecting to fall in love.
There were a few parts of the story that I felt were incomplete. However, it held my interest and I really wanted to see these two make it in the end. Because of the mature content and some difficult scenes, I would recommend this book to a reader over 18.