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Title: Taking Chances
Author: Loni Flowers
Published Date: February 1, 2012
Synopsis: 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.
My Thoughts: Taking Chances by Loni Flowers was a beautiful romance. A young couple coming together after overcoming so many difficulties in life. I loved every moment of this book.
Clair has had a really hard life. I felt so bad for all her struggles. Flowers did such a great job of building Clair's character. Clair was already such a brave girl. As the story went on I loved reading about her learning to trust and lean on other people for support.
Alex was the perfect male leading character. He comes to Clair's rescue so many times. He is caring, sweet, and good looking. His relationships with everyone around him were so great. He was always helping people out, like Roz at the diner.
I loved Roz! She was spunky and fun. Her parts made me chuckle a lot. Although Stu wasn't a main focus in the beginning, I liked his character.
This really was a great romance. The love scenes were kind of steamy, and kind of perfect. This will be a great read for anyone 18+ who enjoys romances with something extra. The romance may have been a major part but so many other issues are addressed. I think many people will really enjoy reading Taking Chances.
Loni Flowers lives in Elm City, North Carolina with her video-gaming husband, who makes her laugh every day; two wild toddlers, who never slow down for a second; and three couch-potato dogs, who only raise an eye when foods around. She works a full-time professional job and when she's not playing on the internet or chatting on Twitter, she spends her free time with friends and family waiting for the next big idea strike. Taking Chances is her first novel.