Oh wow! Taking Chances by Erin McKenzie is a wonderful and heartwarming romantic story that you simply must read. The story revolves around two women, Valerie Cruz and Paige Wellington. Both are familiar with the foster care system since Val was a former foster child and Paige is a foster care case worker with a young daughter she herself adopted out of the system. The two meet when Val decides to become a foster parent. The attraction between the two surfaces pretty quickly and grows as Val becomes a foster parent to two adorable children.
There is a lot of love, some sadness and even heartbreak in this story, but it is also a wonderful and uplifting romance. The chemistry between the two main characters is very strong, and I loved how they communicated their thoughts and fears and feelings to each other. The secondary characters stories, especially the children’s stories, are almost as intriguing as the main story and worth reading the book for that as well. I began this novel in the afternoon and had it finished before bedtime. I simply could not put it down. I barely stopped long enough to eat supper, and it was a good thing that it was not my night to cook. The family would probably have had a get your own supper night.
Don’t pass this one up folks. It is an absolutely lovely read.
I received this book as an ARC from Net Galley and Bold Strokes Books for an honest review.