Saturday, December 7, 2013

Review: "Take A Chance" by Diane Alberts

TRY ME 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? LOVE ME 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. PLAY ME 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. TAKE ME 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?
Thank you to InkSlinger PR and Entangled Publishing for allowing me to review an ARC of this book bundle!

This is the first time I've read anything by Diane Alberts, and I was pleasantly surprised.  She has a way of bringing characters to life that I appreciate, and I look forward to reading more from her.

I'm not completely sure, but I think "Try Me" might have been my favourite story out of the four.  It's always so unfortunate when a simple miscommunication ruins families and relationships, and that is exactly what happened in "Try Me".  Seven years ago, Jeremy admitted to being in love with Erica, and she froze because her brother had just beaten him up for allegedly sleeping with his wife.  They didn't see each other again until Erica came across him beaten and bloody (again) in the desert.  (Come to think of it, that's one gripe I have with this story - why was Erica even driving through the desert?  I either missed the explanation, or there wasn't one.)  Eventually, they realize their mistakes from seven years ago, and get their HEA, but their journey to get there is really sweet.

In "Love Me", Erica's brother, Thomas, is one of the main characters, along with Brianna, a savvy businesswoman he's trying to sell a marketing plan to.  The chemistry between these two is palpable, but both of them have their secrets.  It's great fun to watch Thomas try to befriend Brianna's (count them) three children!  I don't want to give anything away, but the ending of this one is truly memorable!

Next we get Brianna's sister Kiersten's story.  Her brother Mike's best friend, Garrett, has been in love with her since high school, but there's never been an appropriate time or place for him to pursue more than a friendly relationship.  One night, undeniable sparks fly between them, and an unexpected pregnancy is the result.  We get to watch them negotiate an "arrangement" wherein they will live together as friends and raise the baby together, but eventually things get a bit messy - it's hard to deny their true feelings!  

In "Take Me", we get Brianna and Kiersten's brother Mike's story.  Mike is so funny with his womanizing ways and fear of commitment.  He's even got a "stoplight theory".  All that goes out the window when he meets Morgan!  Their immediate reaction to getting accidentally married is to get the whole thing annulled, but after giving the marriage thing a try for a bit, they both get a lot more comfortable with the idea.  The problem is that Morgan is a professional dancer, and she doesn't want to give up her ambitions for a husband!  The thing I loved about this story is that Mike doesn't want to change her, or for her to give up her dreams to be with him - he is the perfect husband for Morgan, she just has to figure it out for herself!

If you give this series a try, I can almost guarantee you will fall in love with all these alpha males and independent females.  

My rating:  3.5 stars!

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