Saturday, September 13, 2014

Book Boyfriend ~ 9/13/14

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My book boyfriend for the week is...

Brandon Taylor!

Her first year away is turning out to be nearly perfect, but one weekend of giving in to heated passion will change everything.

Eighteen-year-old Harper has grown up under the thumb of her career marine father. Ready to live life her own way and to experience things she's only ever heard of from the jarheads in her father's unit, she's on her way to college at San Diego State University.

Thanks to her new roommate, Harper is introduced to a world of parties, gorgeous guys, family, and emotions. She finds herself being torn in two as she quickly falls in love with both her new boyfriend, Brandon, and her roommate's brother, Chase. Despite their dangerous looks and histories, both men adore Harper and would do anything for her, including taking a step back if it would mean she'd be happy.

People have been wondering which guy my swoons have been coming from, and I told one person that I was 100% on a team for this book. Whichever guy's team I was on was where the swoons and teasers were coming from. So now you know--my guy is Brandon.


Because he's sweet. And protective. And he is just such an all-around great guy. As far as boyfriends (or book boyfriends...) go, Brandon is literally everything I look for. He's a fighter--literally, he is so sensitive to Harper and how she's feeling/what's going on with her, he says things that made my heart flip-flop, he is a genuinely kind person, and OHMYGOSH THIS LIST COULD GO ON FOR A LONG WHILE. But I should probably give some examples, because why not? ;)

There's this sweet moment...

He threw and arm over my waist and buried his head into my neck, pressing a soft kiss there. The muscles in his back and shoulders relaxed when I began running the tips of my fingers over his buzzed head and down his neck, with a muffled "I love you", he was sound asleep within a minute. His deep rhythmic breathing had my eyes heavy and closing not long after.

And this cuteness...

"What...where are you going?"
"To crash on Drew's floor."
"So you'll be okay to sleep, I'll see you in the morning Harper. Sweet dreams."
This guy beats the crap out of people on a regular basis, but is doing everything to make sure I'm not uncomfortable? My God he's perfect.

And oh goodness, my heart...

I was woken up the next morning to Brandon's lips on my neck. I smiled softly and ran my fingers over his head, "I want to wake up like this every morning." My voice was raspy from sleep.
He chuckled against my throat and placed a warm kiss on it causing me to bite my own lip to stop a moan from escaping. "Does that mean I get to keep you?"


This book has been sitting on my Kindle for a while now. I'd always start it, read the beginning sweetness and love it, and then put the book down because I've heard that the story got sad and I was a wimp. Then I read some other books by Molly McAdams--From Ashes, Forgiving Lies, Deceiving Lies--and realized that her books are kind of addicting. And with that realization, I became addicted to Molly McAdams books and decided it was about time I sucked it up and read Taking Chances. Well, thank goodness that I did because I enjoyed this book so much!

Harper's the main character, and I had something of a love/hate relationship with her. She said some super smart things that I loved, and she was an awesome person in general. But SOME THINGS this girl does...I just did not understand them. However, I realize that she was in an odd situation. She'd been raised in a very closed environment. It only makes sense that when she went on to be exposed to more things, more people and situations, that she would make some mistakes adjusting. Harper ended up doing really well, but those things she did that made me twitchy...they just happened and that's it. By the end of the book, I was cool with Harper. I'd totally be her friend in real life. 

Brandon! I was so in love with Brandon. Moments with him were my absolute favorite. He's so sweet, kind, and all-around amazing. Yes, he made a few mistakes of his own, but he didn't do anything so terrible that I was done with him. He was easy to forgive, and have no problem calling him my book boyfriend any day.

As for romance, this book is overflowing with it. Seriously, I highlighted so much sweetness and my heart was fluttering all over the dang place. I LOVED the romance. Brandon was fantastic and his relationship with Harper made me so happy. And then there was Chase. I have to admit, it took me a while to understand what was so great about Chase to make Harper have such strong feelings for him. He'd said nice things, but he'd also been mean, so he didn't win me over completely until after his and Harper's SITUATION was full-out. But at that point, I saw him for the wonderful guy he was and now I just heart him so much. I am firmly Team Brandon, but I have lots of love in me for Chase, too, and definitely plan on reading his book (Stealing Harper) sometime soon even though it's going to tear my poor little heart to pieces.

The writing was addicting. But that's not a surprise, because I've already said I have an addiction to Molly's books. This story wasn't a big mystery or anything, but it was Harper and her life and troubles when she finally moves on to live her life, and I loved it. I am so happy that this was only one book. I see perfectly where this book could have been split into two--especially since it's long enough for two books--and am so glad it's all in one piece. It would have been literally painful to wait for book two. That said, the length of this book did mean that it dragged in some places. This didn't happen often, and it didn't happen for me at all until the last 25-ish percent of the book. I must point out that these small moments in no way lessened the addicting quality of the story.

Along with how addicting this novel was, it was also pretty emotional. I totally cried. I did not cry when I was told I would, though. When a certain part of the book was taking place. Yeah, I didn't cry there. I cried a little later, when they were looking at a scrapbook. At that point, it all just hit me and my heart hurt and tearing up as I think about it now because SO SAD. It's great that the book made me feel so strongly.

Overall, I kind of wish I hadn't waited so long to give this one a chance! The romance is fantastic, the story is addicting, and the whole entire thing made my heart go crazy. I cried, I swooned, and I enjoyed Taking Chances all the while.

4 stars - An addicting, emotional story that made me swoon more times than I could count!

I heart this book--and Brandon--so hard! What do you think? Do you have a book boyfriend to share? Leave us a comment!

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