Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via Enticing Journey Book Promotions.
"When it comes to us, Drew Peters, you always had one thing right."
"What was that?"
"Forever and always."
Third time's the charm for the Chances series! I liked the first book. I adored the second one. This third one? Well, this is the one I fell in love with, hook, line, and oh boy, I was totally sunk. BJ Harvey has given fans of this series the sort of ending that'll make them feel like the build-up and the wait have been worth it. The series kicked off in near the end of 2017 and now it ends within the first month of 2019, and it's one of the most heartrending reads that I've come across in recent memory, and it definitely lands as one of my top favorites for the month of January.
When twenty-year-old Andrew Peters accompanied his best friend home, the last thing he expected was to be immediately smitten with the guy's seventeen-year-old sister. Drew had heard stories upon stories about Ashley Ross, but whatever his imagination may have conjured up was nothing close to the reality of her. Ash is just as taken by her big brother's best friend as he is with her, but over the next several years, they keep their non-relationship a secret, but it's one secret that Drew hides from everyone that may spell the end for him and Ashley.
If this were just about Drew and Ash, I'd probably say that it could be read on its own, but because there's one particular story line that started out in the first book, I'm going to suggest that, at the very least, One Shot be read before diving into Third Strike. Hey, go ahead and squeeze Second Chance in there anyway since that was a great read as well. But yeah, I think reading the series starter will give readers a far better understanding as to why one particular supporting character is as hated as she is and why Drew's revelation devastates Ash plus everyone else.
If I were hard-pressed to mention one thing about this book that I wasn't happy about, it would have to be that it didn't come with a warning that tissues may be necessary. There were a couple of times in the story that I had to snag a couple of tissues to wipe away the tears. Drew and Ash's love story is the kind that reminds you that it's the things that you have to work towards and fight for that reap the most rewards, and in the case of these two seemingly star-crossed lovers, it was their very much deserved happily-ever-after. Five-plus stars go to Third Strike. ♥
Read my reviews for the Chances series:
One Shot (book one) - four stars - My Review
Second Chance (book two) - 4.5 stars - My Review
Third Strike (book three) - five-plus stars - My Review (posted above)
Date Read: 18 January 2019
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