Friday, December 6, 2013

Review: Take a Chane: Series Bundle by Diane Alberts

Title: Take a Chance: Series Bundle
Author: Diane Alberts
Source: Entangled Flaunt
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 25, 2013
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

What happens in Vegas...can lead to romance.

It took one wild night for Sergeant Jeremy Addison to realize that Vegas? Was a bad idea.Bloody. Bruised. Dehydrated. Abandoned in the desert, and left to stagger down the road. The only way this leave could get worse was if his savior was his ex-best friend's sister...and the girl he'd loved since childhood.

The last person Erica expected to find on the roadside was her high school crush. She hadn't seen Jeremy in seven years—ever since the night he said he loved her, and she ran away. Losing him then had been a mistake, but wanting him now could be catastrophic if he discovered the secret that chased every other man from her life. 

But with a tall, tattooed Marine determined to prove he's always been faithful, can Erica resist his advances...or will she surrender ground and give love a try?

Thomas Jones has come to Vegas to win yet another account for his marketing company. But when he sits across from beautiful and sensual Brianna Falk to deliver his pitch, his desire to leave Vegas as quickly as possible is replaced by the need to get closer to her. Yet she resists his charm.

Brianna knows a date with Thomas could jeopardize her job, but he’s so maddening and insistent, she has a hard time denying him just one date. But that’s all it can be: one date. Because she has to protect her job and her secrets, even if it means giving up a chance at a life she never thought she’d have again.

Even the best-laid plans can go awry. 

Single-mom Kiersten Worth knows a bottle of champagne and night of hot, no-strings-attached sex is the perfect solution to her jilted bride blues…and Garrett Kelly, long-time friend and her teenaged son’s sexy basketball coach, is just the stud for the job. 

Garrett wants more from the elusive temptress than a casual affair, but he never expects it to come in the form of an unexpected pregnancy. 

When he proposes an unorthodox solution—move in and raise their baby together—Kiersten has to decide whether to let down her guard and open her heart to the man who secretly loved her for years, or risk losing his tender embrace for good.

Married in the morning…

Professional heartbreaker Mike Worth thrived on the chase—and dancer Morgan Collins represented the ultimate prize. But there was no way he was going to throw away his single-man status…not even for an elusive redhead with sparkling eyes and mile-long legs. So how did he let one drunken Vegas night end with I do instead of hell no?

Morgan’s life revolved around her career and she had no intention of letting a man interfere—even if Mike made her question all her rules about love. At his urging, she reluctantly agreed to give their spur-of–moment marriage a chance. But once their trial-honeymoon ended, would she choose to follow the dance and leave her unforgettable husband behind? 

Try Me:  I really liked Jeremy Addison - he was everything I imagine a Marine to be.  Strong, a little rough, and super tough guy, but with a heart.  When he sees a chance to reconnect with the girl he's loved since high school, he hopes that he might have a chance.  But she has been scarred emotionally in the years since they last saw each other and she may not be willing to let another in.  This was a very sweet story that set the stage for all the rest of the stories to follow and it was a great kick off.

Love Me: Love me moves on to Erica's brother, another emotionally damaged soul that needs a special touch to make whole again.  When he returns to Vegas on business and meets Brianna they both have their jobs cut out for them.  Brianna is unsure if she could love again, and Thomas is unsure if he will ever trust again.  This wasn't a bad story and I loved the way Thomas related to the kids involved, but there was a little too much "I want you, I don't want you, I want you, etc".

Play Me:  I loved how all these stories are related - with the previous characters sometimes making small appearances in the book before or after their story.  It makes the world seem more real.  Play me is the story of Brianna's sister and a lifetime friend.  Unfortuanley, it continues the same trend of misunderstanding and rejecting of their feelings.  This was probably my least favorite of the bunch.

Take Me: Take me is about a brother and friend of the characters we've grown to know in the previous three stories.  Morgan was an absoluting amazing woman and I loved her to death.  She thought she knew what she wanted, until she was offered the one thing she thought she never needed.  Mike has the same point of view - the no relationship point of view - and they think they have it undeer control until they accidently get married.  It was a great story.

Individually these were great - but I would not recommend reading them back to back.  The underlying emotion of the storylines are a little too similar even though the storylines address the problems in very different ways.

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