Taking a Chance on Love by Catherine Maiorisi is both an angst-filled and a feel-good romance. That sounds like a strange combination, but it works in this novel.
Both of the main characters, Officer Quincy Adams and Lindy James, have lived through some painful events in their pasts that still affect them today. That’s where the angst originates, and keeps the two from coming together immediately, even though there is an instant connection between them. It’s going to take a lot of love, help and trust to make it possible for these two to become a couple.
I enjoyed reading this book. Quincy was easy to connect with, but it took me a little longer to connect with Lindy. I think it’s mainly because we don’t hear about Lindy’s past until almost halfway through the tale. The story itself is excellent and the romance is passionate and exciting.
The only problem I had was with the secondary characters. There were too many of them. Quite a few of them are like walk-ons in a play. You don’t really know who they are. They are just part of the crowd, but not really needed in the story. That is especially true in the second half of the story. I actually became confused occasionally when some of these characters appeared.
I want to give a couple of trigger warnings here. There is discussion of PTSD caused by past trauma in the military as well as talk of past abuse. The abuse is not explicitly shown, just discussed. This is just a friendly warning for those who might be affected.
If you like a feel-good romance with a good bit of angst running through the story, you will like this book.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and Bella Books for an honest review.