Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Release Day Review: Take A Chance On It by K.A. Mitchell

Title: Take a Chance on It
Series: Ready or Knot: Book Three
Author: K.A. Mitchell
Release Date: October 19, 2016
Category: Contemporary
Pages: 140

Left at the altar by his long-time lover, Spencer, and in desperate need of quality health insurance, Dane Archer can’t say no when his best man and best friend, Gideon DeLuca, steps in. But Dane and Gideon have history, tangled and passionate and complicated.
After seventeen years of cat and mouse, Gideon has realized Dane isn’t the kind of man who ever wants to be caught, and he’s stopped playing Dane’s game.
For Dane, it’s never been a game, but sexual fidelity isn’t his strong suit. Love is too beautiful for limits, something he’s never been able to get Gideon the control freak to understand. Now Dane has nothing but limits, including the timeline on his paper-only marriage to Gideon.
Gideon’s the only person Dane trusts enough to lean on, and Gideon will do anything to get Dane through this crisis. Anything but fall for Dane again.
Living together forces Dane and Gideon to stop circling and face what’s been between them all these years. They just don’t know if they have the power or the time to make things right.
What they do know is that they’re not ready for it to be over.

3.5 Stars

*copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement*

After being diagnosed with cancer, Dane finally agrees to marry his longtime boyfriend, Spencer. When Spencer leaves him at the altar, one of his best friends, Gideon, steps in and offers to marry Dane, so he'll have insurance coverage and can get the chemotherapy he needs to survive. Will the sham of a marriage lead to true love or divorce court? 

I'll begin by saying I didn't read the previous books in the series, and I really think this should be read as a series. I could keep up with what was happening, and the story eventually focused enough on the main characters to let me get to know them, but there was a familiarity between this group of friends that made me feel like somewhat of an outsider. Almost like they were speaking a secret language. 

It took me a while to get into this book, probably almost the half-way point before I connected with the characters and the book finally grabbed me and pulled me into Gideon and Dane's story. Once I got past this point, it was an enjoyable read. It's paced well and I thought the author handled Dane's illness and treatment  realistically and with dignity. Neither of these characters were all that likable at first, but by the end, I was rooting for a happy ending. This is a story filled with close-knit friendships, heartbreak, sweetness, love and some hot sexy times. Recommendable! 

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