Monday, December 2, 2013

Take a Chance Series by Diane Alberts Spotlight with Reviews

Take a Chance
Series Bundle
Diane Alberts
Entangled Flaunt

Try Me
Take a Chance Book 1

What happens in Vegas...can lead to romance. It took one wild night for Sergeant Jeremy Addison to realize that Vegas? Was a bad idea. Bloody. Bruised.

Dehydrated. Abandoned in the desert, and left to stagger down the road. The only way this leave could get worse was if his savior was his ex-best friend's sister...and the girl he'd loved since childhood.

The last person Erica expected to find on the roadside was her high school crush. She hadn't seen Jeremy in seven years—ever since the night he said he loved her, and she ran away. Losing him then had been a mistake, but wanting him now could be catastrophic if he discovered the secret that chased every other man from her life. But with a tall, tattooed Marine determined to prove he's always been faithful, can Erica resist his advances...or will she surrender ground and give love a try?

Love Me
Take a Chance Book 2

Thomas Jones has come to Vegas to win yet another account for his marketing company. But when he sits across from beautiful and sensual Brianna Falk to deliver his pitch, his desire to leave Vegas as quickly as possible is replaced by the need to get closer to her.

Yet she resists his charm.Brianna knows a date with Thomas could jeopardize her job, but he’s so maddening and insistent, she has a hard time denying him just one date. But that’s all it can be: one date. Because she has to protect her job and her secrets, even if it means giving up a chance at a life she never thought she’d have again.

Play Me
Take a Chance Book 3

Even the best-laid plans can go awry.

Single-mom Kiersten Worth knows a bottle of champagne and night of hot, no-strings-attached sex is the perfect solution to her jilted bride blues…and Garrett Kelly, long-time friend and her teenaged son’s sexy basketball coach, is just the stud for the job.

Garrett wants more from the elusive temptress than a casual affair, but he never expects it to come in the form of an unexpected pregnancy. When he proposes an unorthodox solution—move in and raise their baby together—Kiersten has to decide whether to let down her guard and open her heart to the man who secretly loved her for years, or risk losing his tender embrace for good.

Take Me
Take a Chance Book Four

Married in the morning…

Professional heartbreaker Mike Worth thrived on the chase—and dancer Morgan Collins represented the ultimate prize. But there was no way he was going to throw away his single-man status…not even for an elusive redhead with sparkling eyes and mile-long legs. So how did he let one drunken Vegas night end with I do instead of hell no?

Morgan’s life revolved around her career and she had no intention of letting a man interfere—even if Mike made her question all her rules about love. At his urging, she reluctantly agreed to give their spur-of–moment marriage a chance. But once their trial-honeymoon ended, would she choose to follow the dance and leave her unforgettable husband behind?

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My Reviews: 
Try Me: 5 stars
This is the first book in the series and it starts off memorably. I absolutely loved that fact that Jeremy was a Marine. Waking up in the middle of the desert is a typical thing that one would do to a Marine if they were in the desert. I thought it was awesome that fate intervened and offered Jeremy and Erica a second chance. In my opinion, this relationship started way too late, and I'm glad that Jeremy decided to go after what he wanted and not give up. I'm also glad that Erica decided to face her fears and open up to Jeremy. Well worth it in the end. Great story, loved the characters; they were all too real examples of what really can happen in life. 
Love Me: 4 stars
Second book in the series, and this one would have been ranked higher if not for a bit of inconsistency. When Thomas meets Brianna's family, he's introduced to the kids with Cody being the youngest. A few chapters later Katelyn is youngest. Other than that, this was a really good story. I loved that Thomas went after Brianna, and was honest about what he wanted from her and that it had nothing to do with business. I also thought it was hilarious that he ended up getting a black eye and broken nose before the end of the book. Brianna is a widow with three kids. Their relationship started as one thing and quickly moved to something more. Thomas, I think, handled eveything wonderfully. It's not often that a man will go after a woman and not back off when he finds she's got three kids. But Thomas is the kind of man who has a big heart and enough love for not only the woman he loves, but her kids as well.
Play Me: 5 stars
This is the third book and I've just got to say Wow!! Garrett is an amazing character with so much heart and love to give, but it's always been Kiersten for him. I was pretty blown away when she tried to use Garrett the way that she did, and also that she seemed to not care that she was hurting her long time friend. I wanted Garrett to have the life he envisioned when they first slept together. Getting Kiersten to admit she wanted more from Garrett than just to be a roommate and co-parent was painful for everyone involved. Kiersten just needed to see that the one man who would never hurt her had been in front of her the entire time, waiting for her to return his love. Garrett is nothing, if not a patient man. He does get pushed to his limit though, and it takes a cold dose of reality for Kiersten to wise up to the fact that she may lose Garrett forever if she continues to act the way she does. 
Take Me: 5 stars
Mike is Brianna and Kiersten's brother and Garrett's best friend. At Garrett's bachelor party he meets vivacious Morgan, and one thing leads to another. Morgan is a career focused show girl dancer. For once, Mike is shown the door, without the woman wanting more and it throws him. Thinking he won't ever see Morgan again, Mike is alright with that, until he can't stop thinking about her and sees her at the casino that Brianna works at. Once again, things get a little out of control, and then they wake up married. I think this was a tie for my favorite in this series, because Garrett's story - damn. Anyway, I thought it was great to see the confirmed bachelor Mike meet his match in Morgan. Neither one of them wanted to get married, but they did. Neither one wanted to fall in love, but they did. Now they just need to see if everything will actually work out between them. I really loved the epilogue on this one, because it ties everyone's stories together and the ending is amazing. Great job on all of these Diane! Wonderful characters that make you want them to be happy, make you want to smack them upside the head and tell them to wake up before they lose what they have, to take a chance. Because that chance could be everything and so much more.

About the Author: 

Diane Alberts is a multi-published, bestselling contemporary romance author with Entangled Publishing. She also writes New York Times and USA Today bestselling new adult books under the name Jen McLaughlin. ON ONE CONDITION hit #18 on the Barnes and Noble bestseller list, and TRY ME hit #76 on Amazon. CAPTIVATED BY YOU hit #31 on the Barnes and Noble bestseller list. Diane is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency. Her goal is to write so many fantastic stories that even a non-romace reader will know her name.

Diane has always been a dreamer with a vivid imagination, but it wasn't until 2011 that she put her pen where her brain was, and became a published author.  Since receiving her first contract offer, she has yet to stop writing. Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal clear water. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a schnauzer mutt, a cat, and a Senegal parrot. In the rare moments when she's not writing, she can usually be found hunched over one knitting project or another.

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