Friday, September 11, 2015

[Review]: "Taking a Chance"

Taking a Chance by A.M. Arthur
Publisher: Carina Press (September 14, 2015)
Series: Restoration, 3
Genre: M/M Romance

The last time Elliott fell in love, his fianc√© cheated on him. Now fresh out of rehab, Elliott's confidence lags behind his libido√©not that that stops him from lusting after the sexy carpenter working on his kitchen—from a distance. He won't risk his sobriety on another potential broken heart.

As half of an experienced home renovation duo, Augustus expects this job will be easy. Until he sees the house's tenant, a man he never thought he'd meet—his ex's other man. Augustus knows he should say something about their secret, shared past, but he's tongue-tied by their intense, unwanted attraction.

Despite attempts to keep things professional, the two men give in to temptation and forge a genuine connection—and his developing feelings for Elliott leave Augustus in an impossible situation. If he stays, his secret will always hang over the relationship. But telling the truth might send Elliott spiraling to a new rock bottom and cost Augustus the only man he's ever really loved. 

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Reviews of Arthur's Previous Novels:

No Such Thing (#1) -- TBQ
Stand By You (#3) -- TBQ

The Truth As He Knows It (#1) -- TBQ

Getting It Right (#1) -- TBQ
Finding Their Way (#2) -- TBQ

My Review:

There are many reasons why I love A.M. Arthur's novels. For one, they're great – sexy, fun, and emotional. But I also love that the two series she's published with Carina Press are slightly connected, and by that I mean many of the characters and couples from previous novels pop in again for a scene or two. I'm a sucker for that, and it happens again in this one.

Oh, Elliott. Finally, after everything he's been through, he gets his chance at a HEA. But even so, it's not an easy journey. Nope, there's more than a few issues and misunderstandings and secrets that pop up and cause all sorts of havoc. Of course it's all going to be okay in the end, but that won't stop you from worrying, even if only for a moment, when things get tough. Again.

And Auggie . . . well, he's had his fair share of problems, too, but he and Elliott just fit and I loved them both. ((happy sigh))

There's drama and angst and emotions all over the place in Taking a Chance. But there's also great sex, like a quickie rub-off scene that's all kinds of steamy. And it only gets better from there. :) Also, a great group of friends – their own family group, really – to support both Elliott and Auggie, which I loved. Oh, and a nice, sweet epilogue to help counter all the feels from earlier in the book. All in all, TaC is near perfection. I'm almost leaning towards 4 ½ stars, actually . . .  Either way, highly recommend!


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I received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for my honest opinion.

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Have you read A.M. Arthur yet? Really, you need to pick up her books. I've yet to read one that I didn't like -- or love. :)


Until Next Time,


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