1 October 2015

Desperate Chances - Tour & Review

 

Desperate Chances
by A. Meredith Walters







Sex changes everything.

And love can turn into an enemy…

Mitch Abrams, the bassist for the popular rock band
Generation Rejects, has been in love with Gracie Cook for years. But Gracie, a
complicated girl with a lot of baggage, was too blind to see how she felt about
the man who had always stood by her.

Until one night of passion brought them closer than they had
ever been before.

Feeling off balance and out of control, Gracie does the only
thing a girl with self-destructive tendencies can do: end things with Mitch
before they can really begin.

So Mitch moves on. With his band, his friends, and a new
girlfriend.

Yet he can’t seem to forget about the girl who threw his
heart away.

Gracie, who is still struggling to build a life after
crashing to the bottom, finds it hard to forget about her one night with Mitch.
And even as she tries to convince herself it was only sex, her heart knows
differently.

But life is full of chances and desperate moments. And when
Mitch and Gracie are thrown back into each other’s lives, will they seize at
the opportunity to do things right?

Or will the rock star and the less than ordinary girl crash
and burn?





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I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!



What I say: Gracie is the queen of self sabotage. She shuts down what could be a wonderful relationship and destroys a good friendship because she's scared of hurting Mitch, but she does this in a destructive and unintentionally hurtful way. 

I had a whole love-hate thing going on with Gracie because she does make more than her fair share of questionable decisions, and is often a bit of a nightmare to poor Mitch, but I actually ended up liking her far more than I was expecting to. I think the main reason for this is how she displays real remorse for her past actions and goes out of her way to make amends for what she's done. I liked seeing a bit of the old Gracie return and I kept hoping she would go all out to win Mitch back.


I love Mitch. He seems to have been graced with limitless patience and is extremely tolerant of Gracie's indecisiveness. It was nice to see his personality shine through whenever he'd argue with her. I also completely understood his need to move on after what happened. I kept hoping that he wouldn't make things too easy for Gracie, because I felt that after years of being supportive of her, she really needed to fight for him.  

It was nice to see more of our old favs and I wasn't necessarily expecting the direction some of the secondary characters end up taking but it was fun to catch up with them. I did sometimes find myself a little confused about their ages (again) because they seemed to go from mature to teens, and back again very quickly. BUT I didn't mind this so much in a coming of age story as I would have elsewhere. It's somewhat bittersweet to see The Bad Rep Series come to an end but I've enjoyed the trip back to Uni and seeing all of the characters find their place in the world.


3.5 - 4 Stars in my Sky!








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Excerpt:


 I realized I was staring. Mitch knew I was staring.
So of course he purposefully gave his girlfriend his attention, his body angled towards me but his head bent low so that his face was close to Sophie’s. He pushed the hair back off her forehead. His eyes were on her face and he gave her soft smile that I recognized only too well.
A smile that I had thought, at one time, was only for me.Get over it, Gracie! It’s been a year! What did you think would happen? That he’d pine over you forever? Get a grip!
I started to turn away when Mitch looked back towards me, his eyes locking on mine.
I forgot how to breathe.
My heart thudded almost painfully in my chest.
My mouth went dry and my hands began to tremble. A need that I had almost forgotten about thrummed through my body. My belly tightened and my nipples hardened. The air hummed and sizzled. I was altered completely. Just by a look.
How had I never felt this electricity between us before? The answer was obvious.
I had been totally blind. I hadn’t wanted to see it. Because if I had acknowledged it, everything would have changed. And at that time I couldn’t handle that. The truth was I had been absolutely terrified.
Maysie squeezed my arm but I barely felt it. Jordan was still talking but I didn’t hear him.
 All I could see was Mitch.
 All Mitch could see was me.
We were locked in a stand off, neither of us moving.
All too soon he broke our intense staring contest. He bent down and kissed his girlfriend almost angrily. It was a harsh press of lips that seemed to take Sophie by surprise. She wrapped her arms around Mitch and held him tenderly even as he ground his mouth against hers.
I looked away. I could barely breathe around the lump sitting painfully in the middle of my chest. A pain that I knew to be jealousy.
And regret.


Author Spotlight:




The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary and Paranormal
romance including The Find You in the Dark and Bad Rep series as well as the
upcoming stand alone romance, Reclaiming the Sand, and a dark new adult series
for Gallery Books.

A. Meredith spent ten years as a counselor for at risk teens and children. First
working at a Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault program and then later a program
for children with severe emotional and mental health issues. Her former clients
and their stories continue to influence every aspect of her writing.

When not writing (or being tortured with all manner of beauty products at the hand of
her very imaginative and extremely girly daughter), she is eating chocolate,
watching reality television that could rot your brain and reading a smutty
novel or two.

A. Meredith is represented by Michelle Johnson with the Inklings Literary Agency.





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