Monday, May 26, 2014

Blog Tour + Review + Giveaway: Take a Gamble by Rachael Brownell

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?
Gamble cover


Mac and Roe and their families go on the same the same place..right next door to each other. As soon as they see each other the Earth moves...the stars align...Peace seeps in to every pore and nothing will ever be the same.
Mackenna...(Mac ) and her family go on a vacation to the beach. Its Mac..and her two and dad. Its pretty rare that Mom and Dad aren't working so everyone is pretty excited about this vacation. Mom and Dad have worked for a really long time for the life that they want and they finally have it. Dad has put the word out not to be disturbed unless an emergency...for the next month.

After she gets there the first thing she does is pick out her room. The house they live in at home is beautiful but this house takes your breath away. She rushed in and is first up so she picks the best room with the most beautiful view. Then she goes out to eat with the family.....and when she gets back she gets her first chance to go out on the beach. 

Once she is on the beach...she turns around and she see's him. He is stunning...gorgeous...Takes her breath and peace fills her soul. He feels the same way of course but they are both pretty young and things can be confusing sometimes ...add in the parents, stresses and unexpected situation that comes up and you have a pretty difficult situation for a young person to be in and be expected to make all the right decisions.

The story between Roe and Mac starts here at the beach.The beach will play a central role through out their relationship. You think at one point the ending comes for them pretty quick but then know deep down that their is no way its ending for them that way. The story is good but kind of predictable up until close to the end and then there is a twist that comes that is unexpected..its very good and a little shocking. There were times I really did not understand her parents actions and reactions ...even though I am a parent myself. In their defence they were dealing with problems and emotions that would bring any parent to their knees.

Take a Gamble is a good book. I enjoyed reading it and was appreciative of the opportunity to have done so. I hope you add it to your must read list today...Its a sweet one.


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.

Rachael Brownell author photo

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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