Sometimes the biggest risk is playing it safe… Gen Richards is tired of living down to her family’s expectation of the helpless blind girl. Resurrecting her high-school bucket list that begins with “kiss a total stranger” seems just the thing until she finds herself in a panty-melting lip lock with her big brother’s best friend. Chance Anderson thrives on adrenaline, but Genny’s the one risk he’s not willing to take. His recklessness a decade ago landed her in the hospital and ejected him from her life. He’s bad for her and everyone knows it—especially her big brother.

Chance reluctantly helps Gen complete her bucket list in order to keep her out of trouble. Running through a freezing fountain, playing Spin the Bottle while fending off a mad horde of stinging insects, and skinny dipping with homicidal attack swans don’t hold a candle to the real danger: falling for the one person he can never have.

This is one of those rare occasions where I loved both the hero and heroine of the story equally.  Normally, I’m drawn to either the strong woman in the story or the sexy, sweet man.  But, in this case, Gen and Chance are wonderful characters who are great alone but are also undeniable better together.  I was intrigued by how the author managed to make this both a light and fun story and, at the same time, tackle issues such as Gen’s blindness and Chance’s desire to keep a promise he’d made long ago.  Each one of them deals with their own battle but, ultimately, they’re stronger as a pair.

Gen is Chance’s childhood best friend’s sister which makes her totally off limits.  Add to that the fact that Chance feels he let her down in the most awful of ways in the past, and he’s hard pressed to want to move forward – no matter how attracted he is to her.  Gen is blind and has lived a sheltered life…but boy is she over it.  She wants to live life to the fullest and Chance is the perfect person to help her do it.  So, together they set out to complete her bucket list…and nothing else, or so they think.  Luckily, fate has a better idea and we’re treated to watching as these two discover how perfect they are for one another.  Gen is braver than anyone gives her credit for…anyone but Chance, that is.  His encouragement and belief in her helps her spread her wings and fly.  This is both a romance and a feel good story that left me with a smile on my face and a happy heart.

I’ve not read the first two books in this series but we do meet the other Anderson brothers here and, trust me, they’re intriguing as well.  Looks like I may have to back track to learn more about this family of sexy, swoony, smart men!  And I already know that I’ll be treated to intelligent strong women in these stories as well.  If you’re looking for a fun read with just enough angst to keep you turning the pages, endearing characters, and wonderful writing, this might just be the book for you.  Enjoy!

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