One More Chance by Abbi Glines
Series: Rosemary Beach #8
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication date: September 2, 2014
Publisher: Atria Books
Format: Paperback, 272 pages
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The unforgettable story of Grant and Harlow from Take a Chance continues in this brand-new novel in the Rosemary Beach series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines.
She was it. His one. His only. Then he made the mistake of letting her go.
After fighting his way into Harlow Manning’s heart—and revealing a side of himself no one had ever seen before—Grant Carter destroyed his own heart by giving in to his greatest fears and doubts. Months later, he’s stuck in a miserable routine. Work relentlessly. Beg his best friend Rush for news about Harlow. Avoid all other friends. Leave nightly voicemails for Harlow, pleading with her to come back to Rosemary Beach. Fall asleep alone. Repeat.
Miles away, on her brother’s Texas ranch, Harlow can’t bring herself to listen to Grant’s voicemails. Though she wants to be with him, and knows he regrets letting her go, she doesn’t know if she can trust him. When he discovered the truth behind her sheltered upbringing, it shattered their relationship, but the secret she carries now has far greater consequences. Can she risk giving Grant one more chance, or will the gamble ultimately destroy her?
“My heart had always been weak, but loving Grant made it strong.”
I’ve been waiting on part two of Grant and Harlow’s story literally since putting down Take a Chance. You can imagine how thrilled I was to find a copy of it on the shelves of my local bookstore the weekend before it was due to be released. I pushed everything else to the side and devoured it. I’ve loved each and every one of Abbi’s stories in one way or another, but One More Chance is my new all-time favorite. It was gorgeously-written, heartbreaking, hopeful and emotional. Of course, there was also a fair amount of the sexiness I’ve come to expect from Abbi’s books, too.
The blurb for this book is pretty vague, and my review will be as well. There’s so much GOOD in this story that I don’t want to run the risk of ruining a single moment of it for you. All I will say is that I had absolutely no idea what I was going to get myself into while reading One More Chance. Yes, yes, I’m an emotional reader. We know that. But, holy crap. I went through so many ups and downs with this story. More than a few tears were shed. I thought One More Chance would be just like the other books I’ve come to love from Abbi: sexy and sweet with a couple “awww” moments. It was that and SO VERY MUCH more. It was about fighting for the one(s) you love, difficult choices and redemption. To call this book the total package would be a great understatement. It was incredible.
“You came into my life. You changed my world. You made me realize I’m capable of loving completely. You’re my one. You’re it. This is my epic love, and I can’t lose that.”
I’ve come to love each of Abbi’s characters over the course of this series. (Ok, maybe not ALL, but most of them.) I love her couple pairings. There’s something special about each of them. I don’t like to play favorites when it comes to book couples, but it has to be said – Grant and Harlow are my favorite. The things they’ve gone through, the love they so obviously share; it’s impossible not to love them. I enjoyed their story as it began in Take a Chance, but One More Chance took my feelings and emotions to a completely different level.
I could ramble all day about the things I loved about this book, but then I’d spoil it for you and you’d hate me. So I just want to add this one last thing. One of my favorite things about this series is that much-loved characters from previous books are always popping up and we get to catch up with them. This group of friends is so tight and, really, more like family than friends. I love that. Rush and Blaire each play a pretty important part in this book and I love seeing the people they’ve grown to be. I followed their story so closely, it warms my heart to see where they are now.
If you’ve not yet started this series, you need to do something about that immediately. It may be trite to say it just keeps getting better, but it’s so very true. This book tugged on my heartstrings more than once. I’d advise having some tissues on hand as you read it. The writing is gorgeous and the characters are memorable. If you’re like me, your emotions will be all over the place. I wish I could give it more than five stars. It deserves all the stars.
In addition to the beautiful conclusion to Grant and Harlow’s story, One More Chance gives us a great idea of what we can expect from the next book in the Rosemary Beach series, You Were Mine. (As well as an excerpt from the book at the end.) I’m pretty sure I’ll need a box of tissues to get through Bethy and Tripp’s story, but I’m up to the challenge. I’ll be chomping at the bit until it arrives, too.