Author: Marissa Clarke

Dear Jane by Marissa Clarke

Dear Jane by Marissa ClarkeDear Jane by Marissa Clarke
Series: Animal Attraction #1
on January 9th 2017
Pages: 110
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Jane Dixon is a dating disaster. Flammable tablecloths and broken arms are just a typical evening for her unlucky companions. No wonder Jane never gets past a first date. But luckily her co-worker and new bff says he’s got loads of friends who’d date her more than once. If only she could stop thinking about how much fun he was to hang out with. And she’d never dropped a bucket of ice on his junk. Win.

All attorney Eric Blackwell has to do to make junior partner is not screw anything up for six weeks, which seems like a slam dunk until he finds himself matchmaker to the office “One Date Wonder” aka the boss’s daughter. It’s hard to stay focused when setting up the hottest girl he’s ever met with everyone but himself. Maybe he could just set her up with all the wrong men, and keep his hands off his new friend… Yeah. His promotion is toast.

Short, cute and sweet story of a lawyers who find that they are missing something in their lives. There’s hardly any angst in there, except for some misunderstanding forming the bulk of the conflict/climax that seems to be part of the formula for romances.

I found myself liking Eric Blackwell a lot, especially with his supposed flaw of wanting to always be responsible and taking care of others at the expense of himself, while staying besotted the woman working a few doors down. It was cute seeing Jane Dixon (whose clumsy side does make her more endearing to readers) slowly reciprocating his feelings, even if there seemed to be a rather irrational moment on her part towards the end where I thought a lot more had to be done on her part given her impulsive outburst that Eric didn’t deserve at all.

Overall, it’s a cute holiday read that’s worth a couple of hours.


Chance of a Lifetime by Marissa Clarke

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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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.