Review of ‘Taking a Chance on Love’ by Catherine Maiorisi
This was a good lesbian slow-burn romance book. While I am a huge fan of Maiorisi’s Chiara Corelli Mystery series, I have not clicked with her romance books as much. I am happy to say that I noticed a lot of improvement and while I did still have some ups and downs with this book, it is my favorite romance book that she has written so far.
The story is about Quincy, an off duty cop that responds to a call of a sudden snowstorm accident. The pile-up is extreme and Quincy has to risk her own life to save others. While Quincy is called a hero, she suffers from PTSD from being in the military and is on the verge of falling into a deep depression. Can Lindy, a loner, and a stranger, give Quincy the light and warmth she needs or is Lindy’s own past too much to get away from?
The book started off really exciting and I found that I was hooked in the first few pages. I thought the book was very readable and I was never bored. There was a little angst and later drama that also kept me flipping the pages. I thought the pace of the book was well done.
The romance itself was slow-burn but the character formed a connection early on. It was nice to see the very strong intimacy between two people even though no sex was involved at that point. By the time the relationship moves on, you believe in them as a potential couple because of the strong connection they do have.
While I did like a lot of this book, I did have a few issues. One of the major ones was that I felt the story got a little repetitive in parts. Quincy the hero, Quincy the hero, and guess what? Quincy is a hero. Okay, I get it loud and clear and I didn’t need to be hit over the head with it. It just became a little too much and she started to go into that too good to be true category. I personally would have edited a few parts out since it became overkill for me.
I do want to mention that this book does deal with a few tough subjects, with abuse and PTSD being the main ones. While both characters have very tough pasts that are discussed, the book has a very happy HEA. In fact, I thought the HEA was a little bit much for me. Every possibly loose end is tied up in the biggest, happiest bow so that it had me rolling my eyes a bit. I love HEA endings but this was a bit much even for me.
I personally would still recommend Maiorisi’s Chiara Corelli Mystery series, starting with ‘A Matter of Blood’, the most out of all her books. But I did like this book and would recommend it to people wanting to try one of her romances. It had some bumps but it had a lot of good parts too. 3.50 stars.
An ARC was given to me for an honest review.