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?
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.
* A review copy was provided by the author for the Blog Tour *
~ 4 Chunky Monkey Stars ~
Desperate Chances is a story filled with angst, hurt, betrayal and regret. It the journey of two people trying to get past the past mistakes and build a HEA.
This book is the fourth and final book in A. Meredith Walters’s Bad Rep Series. I can be read as a standalone but I think this is a series that you will get more out of if you read them in order. I wasn’t aware of this book being the 4th book in a series when I decided to read it and I have to say, the fact that I didn’t read books 1-3 was not a problem at all. The author does an amazing job filling in all the blanks. The biggest reason I recommend that this series be read in order is because all the previous couples play a huge part in this book. Plus each of their stories are wrapped up in this novel.
What I love the most about Ms. Walters’s writing is the amount of feelings she puts into her stories and characters. I have read many of her books and I always come away in awe of the story I have read. Her story lines are always interesting and though provoking and her characters are always ones that are relatable and you can’t help but fall in love with them. Her books flow effortlessly and the pace that she takes in the book is spot on. I think Gracie and Mitch had A LOT to work through and I don’t think them reunited could’ve come earlier in the book and still been believable. I think my only real gripe about the story is that Mitch strung Sophie along for as long as he did. I would’ve liked him to cut her loose sooner. Only because it wasn’t fair to her.
Desperate Chances is Gracie and Mitch’s story. This is kind of like a second chance love story and also a friends to lovers type story. Gracie and Mitch have been Best Friends for years, but Mitch had been secretly in love with Gracie for awhile. During this time Gracie was a mess, she was an alcoholic and an anorexic. One night Gracie and Mitch take their relationship to the next level and have sex…well that scares Gracie and she runs away without telling Mitch. Fast forward a year and Gracie and Mitch are forced to be around each other on a regular basis. To say things are tense is an understatement. To me this book was really a story about self discovery and learning to open yourself up to the possibilities of love. The only problem is when Gracie finally realizes she’s in love with Mitch, he is with someone new. Which brings in the element of a love triangle. I don’t want to ruin the book for everyone, so I will just say that this book was filled with a lot of angst and heart wrenching emotion. Gracie and Mitch’s road to a HEA was not an easy one….that’s for sure!!!!
I have to say I also loved how the author closed out everyone else’s stories in this book. When you get to the end of the book, you can’t help but feel complete and happy. You won’t walk away from this book wondering what happened to the past couples, because it is all answered in this book. I absolutely loved the camaraderie that these 8 people had with each other. This is a group of friends that everyone hopes to have in their lifetime.
Definitely a book and series I would recommend to everyone. If you are a fan of A. Meredith Walters, then you should dive into this series. It’s about a rock band, you can’t go wrong with a rock star romance. The bad boy musicians and the girls who tame them 🙂