From the impressive and smart but also blind heroine, to the man who’d always believed in her abilities, to the circumstances that brought back together to rediscover the friendship and feelings were still there, I flat out loved this book. ~ Slick, Guilty Pleasures
Sometimes the biggest risk is playing it safe…
Gen Richards is tired of living down to her family’s expectation of the helpless blind girl. Resurrecting her high-school bucket list that begins with “kiss a total stranger” seems just the thing until she finds herself in a panty-melting lip lock with her big brother’s best friend.
Chance Anderson thrives on adrenaline, but Genny’s the one risk he’s not willing to take. His recklessness a decade ago landed her in the hospital and ejected him from her life. He’s bad for her and everyone knows it—especially her big brother.
Chance reluctantly helps Gen complete her bucket list in order to keep her out of trouble. Running through a freezing fountain, playing Spin the Bottle while fending off a mad horde of stinging insects, and skinny dipping with homicidal attack swans don’t hold a candle to the real danger: falling for the one person he can never have.
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I’ve enjoyed Marissa Clarke’s work in the past, but Chance of a Lifetime might be her book of a lifetime. I was simply blown away by this story of two people who admittedly had been in love since they were children, we separated for 10 years following an accident, and reunited in a simple twist of fate. From the impressive and smart but also blind heroine, to the man who’d always believed in her abilities, to the circumstances that brought back together to rediscover the friendship and feelings were still there, I flat out loved this book.
I was amazed at Genny “Gen” Richards the blind heroine in this book. I loved the way she was determined to go out and live her life despite the fact that her family has done nothing but shelter and make her feel helpless most of her life. Deciding to take the bucket list she made at 15 and cross those items off the first one has her winding up in the arms and kissing Chance Anderson the man that disappeared out of her life 10 years ago, her big brother’s best friend at the time.
The renewed acquaintance between Gen and Chance did not start out easy. Gen was extremely angry and Chance and Chance was in self preservation mode having made a promise to her brother and because of his very primal reaction to Gen and her kiss. When Gen basically blackmails him into helping her complete the bucket lists he agrees with conditions, she has some of her own but the soon find that following them is harder than they anticipated.
The easy way these two had with each other was apparent from the start and as they began to learn each other as adults, as they talked about their lives, and as Chance guided Gen and let her begin to live and do the things he knew she was more than capable of doing with every little assistance their attraction grew as did their respect and love for one another.
I admired so much about both of them, but mostly I admired the way Chance let Gen be free to be a handiCAPABLE person instead of a handicapped person. Gen forgiving Chance for the past and understanding how his life was also changed that fateful night proved that she not only had a good head on her shoulders, but that she understood exactly why he felt he had no other choice.
Chance of a Lifetime was simply a beautifully told love story that spans decades and my heart is so full because of the love these two shared and the road they traveled to be together once and for all.