I love stories that highlight the importance of being positive in one’s life rather than being defined by one’s limitations. The unexpected decision to break free from some of the strictures defining Gen’s life seems a little delayed in the execution, but was definitely fun to watch as the domino effect takes place. It was fascinating to discover some of the advances that have taken place to facilitate more independent life for someone who is blind and I adore the way Chance has worked at being more adaptable to Gen’s world and finding ways to free her rather than trying to smother her.
I have a few reservations about the length of time it has taken these two to reconnect, especially considering the close bond the brothers have, and I thought the brothers' initial ignorance about Gen’s importance to Chance was a little disingenuous, but I realize that certain obstacles are required for the story to unfold. It was inspirational to watch the way Gen is unafraid to ask for input by asking her companions, “What do you see?”, even as she is well able to utilize multiple factors such as her enhanced other senses to compensate.
This was a fun and romantic story, and I had no trouble reading it without being familiar with the others in the series, but, given the glimpses of the brothers, I am definitely curious about their stories as well. I am happy to add another name of my list of authors to be on the lookout for!
“Chance of a Lifetime” by Marissa Clarke is part of the ‘Anderson Brothers Story’ series and centers on Chance Anderson and his complicated relationship with his former best friend’s blind younger sister, Genevieve Elizabeth Richards (Genny/Gen). Their ten-year estrangement ends with a bang, when he is the unexpected recipient of two earthshaking gestures from the woman who has been at the center of pivotal changes in his life. A bucket list filled with challenges forces him to rethink a promise made under duress and tempts her to decide whether to give the one person who has always treated her as a person instead of a disability one more chance to break her heart.
Sometimes the biggest risk is playing it safe.
Gen Richards is tired of living down to her family’s expectation of the helpless blind girl. Resurrecting her high-school bucket list that begins with “kiss a total stranger” seems just the thing until she finds herself in a panty-melting lip lock with her big brother’s best friend.
Chance Anderson thrives on adrenaline, but Genny’s the one risk he’s not willing to take. His recklessness a decade ago landed her in the hospital and ejected him from her life. He’s bad for her and everyone knows it—especially her big brother.
Chance reluctantly helps Gen complete her bucket list in order to keep her out of trouble. Running through a freezing fountain, playing spin the bottle while fending off a mad horde of stinging insects, and skinny dipping with homicidal attack swans don’t hold a candle to the real danger: falling for the one person he can never have.