Take a Chance on It, by K.A. Mitchell
Series: Ready or Knot, Book 3
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 19, 2016
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Left at the altar by his long-time lover, Spencer, and in desperate need of quality health insurance, Dane Archer can’t say no when his best man and best friend, Gideon DeLuca, steps in. But Dane and Gideon have history, tangled and passionate and complicated.
After seventeen years of cat and mouse, Gideon has realized Dane isn’t the kind of man who ever wants to be caught, and he’s stopped playing Dane’s game.
For Dane, it’s never been a game, but sexual fidelity isn’t his strong suit. Love is too beautiful for limits, something he’s never been able to get Gideon the control freak to understand. Now Dane has nothing but limits, including the timeline on his paper-only marriage to Gideon.
Gideon’s the only person Dane trusts enough to lean on, and Gideon will do anything to get Dane through this crisis. Anything but fall for Dane again.
Living together forces Dane and Gideon to stop circling and face what’s been between them all these years. They just don’t know if they have the power or the time to make things right.
What they do know is that they’re not ready for it to be over.
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
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This is a well written book with a good, slow burn, friends-to-lovers plot that is well developed. I did not read the first two books in this series, but I understood everything that was going on well enough to enjoy it. I think that reading the other books will add a different layer of context that I probably missed, so you might want to think about that before you are going to read this book.
This book mostly focuses on Dane, and so I feel like you don’t really get to know Gideon all that well. Which is weird because his POV is featured in the book. We only really get an understanding of who Dane thinks he is. Maybe there is more of his character development/backstory in the other two books? I removed a star from my rating because he fell flat for me, and I felt like it was important to know more about Gideon because so much of the book was Dane centric.
Dane was interesting. I was conflicted about whether or not I liked him or not based on his behavior, but I really like the way he was written. Mitchell did a good job handling his character development and illness to make him a three dimensional, complex character.
I really really wish the author had warned for the kind of illness that one of the characters had in this book because I wouldn’t have read it if it was. This is because I have had family with it aso I try to not read or watch media that focus on that because it is stressful for me and not entertaining. The type of illness pretty much ruined the plot of the book for me, but I know that won’t bother other people. I just can’t really review it properly because of this other than to say that the book was really well written and the illness was handled respectfully.
The friends to lovers aspect, and how Gideon and Dane interacted was really interesting and had a lot of depth to it. I actually enjoyed that part of the book the most. I do love good “oh no he’ll hate me if I tell him” angst in my romances because pining is the best if it gets resolved with a HEA right???
K.A. Mitchell discovered the magic of writing at an early age when she learned that a carefully crayoned note of apology sent to the kitchen in a toy truck would earn her a reprieve from banishment to her room. Her career as a spin-control artist was cut short when her family moved to a two-story house, and her trucks would not roll safely down the stairs. Around the same time, she decided that Chip and Ken made a much cuter couple than Ken and Barbie and was perplexed when invitations to play Barbie dropped off. She never stopped making stuff up, though, and was surprised to find out that people would pay her to do it. Although the men in her stories usually carry more emotional baggage than even LAX can lose in a year, she guarantees they always find their sexy way to a happy ending.
Find her online at http://www.kamitchell.com/
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