Taking Chances (Taking Chances, #1) - Molly McAdams ***REVIEW EDIT: 9/17/2012 Contains Spoilers:This will be the first time I have done this, drop a book rating after I posted my original review. My reason for this; I cannot let this story go and not in a good way at all. I keep thinking about the first half of the book compared to the second half. I LOVED the first half, loved the dynamics between Chase and Harper and even Harper and Brandon. I was prepared for the angst of the story and the emotional ride of what would happen with this love triangle and who would get the love of this young girl. The more I think about what happened I just can't leave the book with my original rating. I can't let go of the fact that Chase died; he didn't just die to me he felt murdered. Not just the physical being in the story but his memory entirely! It seemed after he died that everyone just turned to Brandon as a replacement. Not just Harper, but Chase's own family just brushed the fact that he was gone aside and "Brandon you are like a son to us" blah blah blah. I absolutely hate the fact that it is mentioned that Liam looks nothing like his father. If you kill off this character who leaves behind a child, this kid should be the IMAGE of Chase! Ugh. Harper find her engagement ring and can't deal with it. What about saving the ring for your son to give to his fiance when he gets older. Maybe have a piece of his father. Like, I said. I have never done this before but I can't let it go. I respect the author for trying something new but the angst and emotion I felt in the beginning of the book was lost once we lost Chase. I understand Brandon was the good guy but the end was too sweet, too perfect and just too wrong for me. ***Original REVIEW, September 8, 2012***So waiting for the release of another book I decided I need a love triangle angst filled story fix. Low and behold Taking Chances was ALL over Goodreads so I checked it out. Cover: LOVE ITSynopsis: WTH? Here I come!I dove right in expecting the angst of the story and what I got was so much more. MUCH MORE! It will be hard to review this without giving away what needs to be revealed only when you read it for yourself. This story is an emotional roller coaster that has some really tough parts to read. I had to literally put my Nook down and walk away from the story so I could pull myself together and continue reading. The first half of this story moves like lighting and then it tapers off. It is perfect for the story telling; you need that chaos in the beginning to become emotionally invested with the characters and to get in Harper's head and you do. I was so confused and conflicted right along with her. I will put a disclaimer on this book; if you are an emotional reader like myself, have tissues handy and someone to text or call for support. I was lucky I had that with a friend and some gals here on Goodreads as well as a short note from the author. By the way Molly, you need to figure out how to virtually send the wine and ice cream! Taking Chances is aptly named for all the characters in the story do just that. Taking a chance and not knowing the outcome of your actions whether good or bad is what breathes life into our lives. For me this quote is perfect for this story: "No matter how much I want it, I can't ask for a future with you because of what I did, it would be selfish."Review posted at: The Risqué Redhead Reads