Series: Chances #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Boy meets girl, boy wins girl, boy nails girl—boy’s gone by morning.
I think for sure it must've been a dream because there’s no way a guy could look like that, touch me like that and be so in tune with me on every known level, and disappear, leaving me with nothing but a good story to tell my friends.
When he walks into my bar three months later, everything I thought I knew and what we’d had disappears in the blink of an eye and the blinding light of the three-carat diamond on his fiancée's hand.
It seems what I thought was a dream is now my most complicated reality, and I've got absolutely no idea how to fix it - or if I even want to.
One Shot is the first book in the new Chances series and it’s a Standalone. I have a friend who would hate this book only because the storyline has what she, and many other readers I know, considers a huge no-no. I’m not going to go into much detail, because would be a huge spoiler, but the blurb gives us a hint of what it’s about. Luckily for me I have no such hang-ups and I loved this book! I love angst in my romance and this book has plenty of it. The only thing that kept it from being a five star read, for me, is that I don’t really like Insta-Love. The story takes us for a fast-pace ride along so be prepared. I sat down to read and before I knew it I had read straight to the end. For those people with this particular no-no on their list, just keep in mind, sometimes things aren’t what they seem to be.
After quitting the SFPD five years ago Kenzie Sharp moved back home, to Davis, California. At thirty-two she’s working at the Shining Light Bar and Brasserie as a manager and tending bar. She’s loves her job and dealing with people. So it comes as no surprise when she meets Millen Ross, a drop-dead gorgeous customer, one night at the bar.
“The man who’s captured my attention is like a high-pressure weather system moving in, impossible to ignore. He’s magnetic. The air around me becomes electric, as if every ion has been jolted to action.”
They have an instant-connection, one they both felt, but he lives and works in San Francisco. They go out on a date and while getting to know each other Millen tells her doesn’t have a wife or girlfriend back home. When he leaves they make plans to see each other again and Kenzie waits anxiously for him to come back. Until three long months go by and Kenzie is sure she’s been ghosted.
Three months later Lana Mason, the person who made her childhood miserable, comes into the bar with a huge rock on her ring finger and Millen at her elbow. So now Kenzie knows why Millen disappeared on her. Lana’s father had a five year affair with Kenzie’s mother and broke up their marriage. As a result of her mother’s affair Kenzie’s deal breaker has always been cheating.
“I always said I’d never stand for being cheated on or—in turn—be the woman a man cheated with. I’m the one who has to look herself in the mirror every morning and live with the things I’ve done.”
Millen wants to explain things to Kenzie. She feels they have nothing to discuss and he’s three months too late. Her BF Gaby convinces her to hear him out. What can justify lying and cheating?
“Lift your glasses and join me in toasting the crushing death of hope. Here lies hope—gone and forever forgotten. This is dedicated to the ones who sweet talk their way into your bed and ghost you like a two-dollar whore they played you to be. Cheers.”
This is the point I wanted to throw my Kindle across the room! I fell in love with Millen too when he and Kenzie were getting to know each other, so I was shaking with anger when I found out about Lana. Since I’m an angst-lover and live for this kind of story, I read it while grinding my teeth and cussing out loud, almost to the very end. You’ll be happy to know that not all is as it seems and the end makes up for pain in my stomach (and heart) I felt while reading. I loved Kenzie; she’d been through so much with her mother’s deceit, and hurt for her, too. And her friend Gaby was a funny sidekick; we should all have a Gaby in our lives. Cheers, here’s to One Shot!
It seems what I thought was a dream is now my most complicated reality, and I’ve got absolutely no idea how to fix it – or if I even want to.