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.
What would she not give, truly, to look on him with seeing eyes and take him in as the rest of the world was lucky enough to do? Her nails bit into her palms and suppressed tears stung her eyelids. She’d give anything. Everything.
With a deep breath, she loosened her fists, blinked hard, and squared her shoulders. Screw this pity party.
She’d seen Chance in a way no one else ever would. She’d seen him smile through her fingertips, his dimples sinking into his warm skin beneath her touch.
Review by Gina:
Gen Richards is a vibrant woman with a disability she wishes didn’t define her—she’s blind. After a lifetime of being treated like a handicapped individual by her overbearing family, she’s had enough. Her parents and her brother have done nothing but interfere with her life and she feels smothered. And rightly so—I might add. I was ready to shake the heck out of her older brother, Walter. Yes, Gen is blind, but she had definitely proven she is capable of living her life and living it her way, but Walter wants to treat her like an invalid—and it’s infuriating.
So, Gen decides she’s going to tackle her bucket list—a list she’d made ten years earlier as a teenager. Kiss a stranger. Skydive (which I might add should be on everyone’s bucket list)! Dance in the rain. Lose her virginity. You know—the usual. So as she sits in a bar with her friend sipping on drinks, she resolves to start checking things off right then—right now—and starting with kissing a stranger. Only thing is—the guy she kisses is not a stranger but the guy she once believed to be her best friend and her biggest crush, Chance Anderson.
Chance is your rambunctious, free-willed, fun-loving adrenaline junkie—the youngest of three brothers and no surprise. But he’s worn out his rebellious nature and has found that all the energy he burns doing the things that get his blood pumping would be better spent loving the woman who has owned his heart forever—Gen Richards.
What stands in their way? Misunderstanding. Pride. Walter—for God’s sake. But after kissing Chance to kick off her bucket list, things between Gen and Chance take off in a flurry. It’s a sweet story. I always love the friends-to-lovers stories. This is slightly different in that at the time of the story, Chance and Gen are not really friends anymore. But once they reconnect, the reader realizes that even through misunderstanding and ten years of not speaking, these two had one of those once in a lifetime friendships—one of those once in a lifetime loves.
I must admit though—I was baffled how ten years could go past with such a huge misunderstanding between Gen’s family and Chance’s. Chance and Walter were best friends. How do best friends have so little faith each other? And how does Gen not question these things? Why does it take her so long to get the “balls” so-to-speak to question what happened all those years ago? But I do love it when Gen finally does stand up for herself.
I give Ms. Clarke’s Chance of a Lifetime 4 silver buckles.
Marissa Clarke lives in Texas, where everything is bigger, especially the mosquitoes.
When not writing, she wrangles her rowdy pack of three teens, husband, and a Cairn Terrier named Annabel, who rules the house (and Marissa’s heart) with an iron paw.
Marissa also writes young adult novels for Penguin USA under the name Mary Lindsey. She is represented by Kevan Lyon of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.