Friday Favorites: Chances Are by Traci Hunter Abramson


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I recently found out that I somehow missed a new release by a favorite author, Traci Hunter Abramson. She usually writes LDS Romantic Suspense, but her newest, Chances Are, is a general Adult Romance. If you have followed my blog at all, you probably have figured out that I'm kind of a sucker for romance. I was thrilled that she had written one because I knew it would be good and also clean, and it was. This is definitely one I would recommend to romance lovers like me! Here's the book info and my review...
Chances AreChances Are
by Traci Hunter Abramson
Adult Romance
Paperback, 245 pages
March 5th 2014 by Covenant Communication

Summary

Maya Gupta is a survivor. After escaping an impending arranged marriage in India as a teenager, she has thrived in America. But now she faces her greatest challenge yet—cancer has invaded her life, and unless she finds a way to participate in a clinical trial in Washington, DC, this may be one battle she loses. When Maya’s best friend Kari offers Maya the lifeline of a place to stay—her brother’s currently vacant DC apartment—the young woman eagerly accepts and goes to meet her fate . . .

Ben Evans’s plans have changed, and he’s heading home for some much-needed rest and relaxation during his off-season in the major leagues. Upon arriving at his DC apartment, however, Ben is shocked to find Maya—his sister’s friend, who he hardly knows—in residence. He soon finds himself trapped between protecting his above-reproach reputation and searching for a way to help a woman he is coming to admire. When Maya’s fight to survive her disease becomes more complicated than ever, she and Ben scheme an extreme solution to her predicament that tests to what lengths they’re willing to go together to save Maya’s life.
   

My Review

I wasn't sure what to expect from this author's newest since it falls under a somewhat new genre for her. I was happy to find out that I didn't need to worry. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Chances Are!

This story had lots of heart! I really felt for Maya and her struggle with cancer, as well as her struggle with her past and the fall-out she had with her family. Both of these gave this story interesting distinctions from others I've read. They also added different dimensions to the characters and the plot overall. Then you also had Ben who is a pro baseball player, but trying to maintain a certain image and it opened up all sorts of possibilities in this story. 

I really loved how these two came to depend on each other and work through their issues. This wasn't a love-at-first-sight romance. It's one that developed over time and had lots of barriers. I hoped that there would be a happily-ever-after ending, but I wasn't one hundred percent sure that it would.

This story raised all sorts of emotions for me. I was frustrated with both characters who were so stubborn or uncommunicative sometimes. I sighed with the sweet moments. I laughed at the humorous ones. I felt like crying through the devastation of Maya being so young and having so much life ahead of her and possibly having it all taken away.

If you enjoy sweet, heartfelt romance that will leave a smile on your face, then I would definitely recommend grabbing a copy of Chances Are.

Content: Clean

Source: Purchased

About the Author

Traci Hunter Abramson was born in Arizona, where she lived until moving to Venezuela for a study-abroad program. After graduating from Brigham Young University, she worked for the Central Intelligence Agency for several years, eventually resigning in order to raise her family. And though Traci found her passion in caring for her family, she couldn’t manage to forget the action of the CIA, so she turned to writing about it. She has gone on to write a number of bestselling suspense novels that have consistently been nominated as Whitney Award finalists. In 2013, she won her first Whitney award in the mystery/suspense category for Code Word. Her novel, Deep Cover, brought her a second Whitney award in 2014. She enjoys reading, writing, sports, travel and coaching high school swimming.


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