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Blog Tour Stop, Review and Giveaway ~ Take A Gamble by Rachael Brownell (Penny Lisa)

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One summer. 
One chance meeting. 
One devastating phone call.
MacKenna Trist is not happy about spending a month with her family in Myrtle Beach. She would rather be at home, hanging out with her friends, before starting her senior year of high school. That is, until she meets the guy staying in the beach house next door.
Roe Gamble is speechless when he first lays eyes on Mac. Normally, pretty girls are his specialty but not this girl. From this girl, he wants more. More of everything. More than she can give him. Most importantly, more time to show her how he feels about her.
But time is working against them in more ways than one.
How much time do you really need to fall in love?
What would you gamble to hold onto it?
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I remember the first time I saw him. I remember how in awe I was of him. His presence was overwhelming. I was speechless, kind of like I am right now. The only thing I could really do was stare. His beauty was blinding. I knew at that moment that I wanted more from him than he would probably be willing to give. Guys like him only want one thing. Girls like me, we want everything.
He was that everything for me. I wanted him, body and soul. I wanted his heart, his love. What I never expected was for him to give it to me. Unconditionally. Freely.
I loved him. He loved me. At least he said that he did. Love can’t really conquer all, though. Can it?
His eyes are sparkling. His mouth is hanging open slightly and I can see his chest rising and falling. This man, he’s everything I ever wanted. Why did I let him go so easily? Why didn’t he fight harder? Why did I?
I feel a hand at the base of my back but I don’t turn my head. That would mean that I would have to break eye contact with him and I don’t think I can do that. I feel my heart breaking at just the thought of turning my head and looking away. I know I will have to eventually.
“Everything okay, babe?”
I hate it when he calls me that. He knows how degraded I feel when he calls me babe. He only does it when he’s trying to mark his territory. Why not just whip it out and take a piss on my foot?
I open my mouth to speak when I see a leggy blonde step in front of him. I can’t see her face but she is tapping her foot like she’s irritated. I have a feeling that one of the steaming cups in his hand must belong to her.
He hands them both to her and steps around her. He slowly takes another step and he’s only a few feet away from me. One more step and he’s standing in front of me now and I’m staring at his chest. I can’t bear to look up. I have a feeling that I am going to be able to see how much I broke his heart just by staring into his beautiful brown eyes.


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Years ago, I read a short story in Seventeen Magazine titled, “Small Losses.”  In the story, a young girl meets a young man at the beach.  They strike up a conversation and she thinks things are going in one direction, but in the end it takes a much unexpected tangent.  It’s a story I read over 30 years ago and it came crashing back to my memory when I read Rachael Brownell’s Take A Gamble.

Who hasn’t dreamed of a summer romance?  Throw in a vacation by the beach and turn that fantasy up a notch.  That’s where Take A Gamble starts.  The way Rachael Brownell introduces Roe and Mackenna into the story and to each other is lovely.  Mac has just arrived at the beach house where her family is vacationing, and Roe is lurking in the shadows when he sees the vision of Mac when she emerges from her house to explore the beach.

To say there was an immediate attraction to one another is an understatement.  I’d liken it more to a magnetic charge.  They couldn’t help but come together.  It was as if fate predetermined their destiny to meet.

While their relationship progresses quickly, it does not seem implausible based upon the overall setting of the story.  Rachael takes these two characters to the brink, only to have them change directions in a way that I did not expect.

Even though I was aware of the age of these characters, I never felt like I was reading a YA or NA book.  Neither Roe nor Mac behaved in a way that was irritating or immature.  They showed genuine care and concern for each other and that care and concern shows in the subsequent decisions they make.

The last quarter of the book becomes very climactic and veers in a direction that confused me.  I’m not sure I totally believed what was happening or how those involved were trying to bring it to a close, but there was plenty of excitement and an ending that was very pleasing.



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Rachael Brownell was born and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where she currently resides with her boyfriend and son. She is a graduate of Grand Valley State University where she studied Advertising and Public Relations.
In 2005, Rachael met the love of her life, Jeremy. Then, in 2007, they welcomed their only child, Nicklas. When Nicklas started Kindergarten, Rachael decided to indulge herself in her passion for writing again. Her first two books, Holding On & Unglued, were picked up by Tate Publishing. Rachael decided that she also wanted to self-publish some of her work. She was able to make that dream a reality in November of 2013 when she published A Secret Life.
When she’s not working, building Lego’s or writing her next book, Rachael enjoys scrapbooking, photography and is an avid reader.
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