Published by Indie on November 7, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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A fun-loving troublemaker gives a workaholic Southern gal a real taste of Montana magic at the one and only Whisper Creek Ranch.
A rising star in the corporate world, Emma Winthrop enjoys the view from her cubicle in sunny Florida. But when she’s dispatched to a nursing home in Whisper Creek for three months of field experience, she discovers a slice of heaven made of mountains and mayhem—mostly in the form of rugged, drop-dead gorgeous Jasper Stone, who grinds his specialty beans at the town’s best coffee shop in between organizing dodge-ball games and wheelchair races in Emma’s hallways.
When Jasper walks in on this beautiful angel in silky purple underwear trying to rinse out her blouse, it’s a breathtaking view—even for a Montana native. Wreaking havoc here at Shady Acres keeps his dad in good spirits, but getting under Emma’s skin is proving to be even more fun. Jasper knows that he’s falling faster than a man with his past has any right to, but his body and his heart have a mind of their own. And Emma appears to be claiming both.
Taking a Chance was my first read from Maggie McGinnis and I’m happy to say that I really enjoyed it. It’s funny with just enough of an angsty past to pull at your heart strings and get you to become emotionally involved.
Emma has her sights on a promotion within her health care administration job so when she was asked to go out to Montana to fill in for a director out on leave, she didn’t think twice about it. Hoping this was her break, she sets her sights on making sure everything goes smoothly. However, she didn’t see that prankster coming not only for her smile but for her laugh.
I had so much fun with Jasper and his shenanigans. He was the life of the nursing home that kept the party going and pretty much had all the residents eating out of the palm of his hand. I never knew what he was going to do next and I loved every minute that he pushed Emma’s buttons.
From the moment Emma and Jasper meet, you can tell that there’s something there and you can’t help but root for them. They certainly balance each other out. Jasper helps Emma kind of rediscover the playful and carefree person that she can be.
While this book is part of a series, it definitely can be read as a standalone. I didn’t feel like I was missing anything while reading it. I did enjoy the other characters so that made me want to go back and get their own stories but it didn’t take anything away from Emma and Jasper’s story.
Overall, I thought this was a fun and mostly light hearted romance that was easy to pick up and hard to put down. I certainly got my laughs and fell in love with Jasper right along with Emma.