Chance of a Lifetime by Marissa Clarke

Posted in Chick Lit/ Contemporary Romance/ Reviews 15th October 2015
Chance of a Lifetime by Marissa ClarkeChance of a Lifetime by Marissa Clarke
Series: Anderson Brothers #3
on November 16th 2015
Pages: 220
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four-stars

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.

Blind from birth, Gen Richards has learned to go around with very few hindrances as she can, with her best pal Chance Anderson at her side, until it all imploded one night at the Harbour when it appeared that he never came for her when she needed him most. The decade of separation after that incident is one of the hardest and the most painful for the both of them, until a not-so-chance encounter in a bar throws them back together again. But 10 years is a long time and as Chance and Gen tick off the things to do on that bucket list, they also discover that what had always been between them hadn’t really faded at all.

Despite the narrative itself surprising me at every turn, it would be Marissa Clarke’s persuasive writing and characters that are the true standout: the defiant, unflinching portrayal of Gen (who in turn reflects Ms. Clarke’s eloquent, intuitive understanding of blindness) and the fierce depth of loyalty of Chance who finds his own connections to the girl whom he had always loved (and treats her only in the way she needs to be treated), to the funny secondary characters whose stories I must get my hands on some day.

four-stars

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