Title: Chance Encounters
Author: Jessica Prince
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: May 2017
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
There are three kinds of nerdy women in the world.
– The Sexy Nerd
– The Confident Nerd; and
– The So-Socially-Awkward-it’s-Painful-to-Watch Nerd.
You can probably guess which one I am. After witnessing me making a fool of myself, Chance Hoffman decided to take pity on me. He’s smart, sexy, charming, and totally out of my league… and for some unexplainable reason, he wants to help me. Who am I to say no? Besides, I need all the assistance I can get.
There are three things that make a woman irresistible.
– A Wicked Sense of Humor; and
– A Killer Rack.
Melany Fitzgerald had none of those things. Or so I thought… until I really got to know her. She’s the total package and she doesn’t even realize it. Now I’m stuck with the uncomfortable task of helping her land another guy, all the while trying to ignore the fact that I’m starting to fall for her.
She thinks she’s an ugly duckling and wants to become a swan. All I want is her. And I’m not giving up without a fight.
Carly Phillips has a way of endearing you to her characters, they are so adorably quirky. Melaney is no exception. While the premise of the story is Ugly Duckling transformation, Melaney is in no way plain or ugly; what she is is so verbally abused by the person who should empower her the most that she has lost sight of her good qualities and withdrawn inside her head, to the point of becoming wallpaper 🙁
I loved the tie-in to the Locklaine’s within the story – Melaney is Collin’s PA so we get to see the characters we have already come to love sprinkled through the narrative. Forced to attend Collin and Devon’s engagement party out of respect, Melaney crosses paths with Chance (who has also made an appearance previously as Devon’s alternate love interest). Melaney is enchanted with Chance’s confidence.
Even from that single encounter, Chance is able to see Melaney for who she truly is, beautiful inside and out. He is disarmed by his attraction to her, which transcends the physical. So when Melaney approaches Chance to tutor her in becoming more confident, Chance devises a plan to subconsciously woe Melaney.
While there are some obstacles to overcome for both Melaney and Chance, there relationship is one that will make you swoon, building organically and enhancing both of their lives. I adored watching Melaney blossom under Chance’s tender care ♥
The previous characters add to the overall charm and humour within Chance Encounters ♥ I especially like how the female characters bond and support each other while causing a few high-jinx of their own 🙂