February 10, 2015

REVIEW: Taking Chances (Paranormal Investigations #2) By, Rita and T.J Webb

How far would you go to save a friend? 

People are going missing in Kodiak, Alaska.

The evidence: bloody bear prints larger than any bear Jason or Emma have ever seen and black ooze that can eat the flesh from bones.

Bears don't wander into busy shopping districts, turn off security alarms, and break into stores. When Emma’s friend goes missing, Jason and Emma realize the cops aren't up to handling the situation.

Something’s wrong in the paranormal world. Can Jason and Emma fix things before someone else gets hurt?


This book starts out a few months after both Playing Hooky and Breaking Angelina. We open with Emma coming back home for the summer. Angelina is missing and there are girls going missing every day in her home town. When Emma gets home she notices that things are very different than the last time she was there. All of the lights are off and her house is locked, which it never is. She came home to so many changes she doesn’t know what she is going to do.

“The problem is that one kiss wasn’t enough. It’s official: I’m addicted to my best friend.”

Jason has been searching for who he really is. He knows he is not human and knows that he can wield magic. Every other creature seems to know what and who he is but no one is talking. Every day he gets closer and now there are strange things happening in town. Women are going missing, more magical creatures seem to be here, and there are reports of the animals changing. Emma is finally home, and he can use her help in finding out what is going on, all while he tries to make her fall in love with him.

“I’m going to capture you, heart and soul, devour you, but I’m going to take my time.”

In this installment in the Paranormal Investigations series we follow Emma and Jason as they try and fix the magical problems in their home town, while trying to find where Jason fits into everything. I loved the paranormal aspect of this story. There were a lot of different creatures, myths, and power in this book. If you have a certain paranormal occurrence that you love I would bet it played a part in this book somewhere. It also has another element that is my favorite, the best friends to lovers. I loved their relationship. Jason has been in love with Emma forever. Emma on the other hand has never allowed herself to go there. With one kiss everything has changed for them.

“We will never be able to pretend this hadn’t happened. You kissed me, and this-” He rocks his hips and something hard rubs against my core. I groan slightly and he smiles.”- This wants you so bad. I’ve waited a long time for you. Please take a chance with me.”

The writing and the structure of the plot was a little difficult for me. There seemed to be some very juvenile moments for these characters and they are supposed to be in college. The writers put some dream/hallucinations in this book and there was nothing to make it clear that that is what it was. There were parts that were repeated and it made these moments for me confusing. I don’t know if I was being impatient or if it was the perfect pace but we were getting slipped information slowly. We almost got no answers from the book. While the overall conflict was resolved we were left with more questions than answers. Over all I really liked the way the book was set up and the tone of the story. It was very laid back and fun. While there were serious moments it was a light read.

“I cover my mouth, my eyes welling with tears for this boy, this man, who I’ve come to love as much as my own life. He’s been the light in the darkness- there for me, through every heartbreak and sorrow. My lover, my hero, my friend.”

This book also has a load of interesting side characters. We have the huge bear that seems to be more that he is. The insane blue lady that has all of the answer but won’t give them up. The hunter, who knows where Angelina is but won’t tell anyone. I think Rook and Lana are my favorites. I can see them becoming good friends and great teachers to Emma and Jason. They both have a spunky fiery personality that fits well with their growing crew.

“I’ve waited so long for her, and now I want to devour her. I kiss her hungrily. Tasting her. Treasuring her. Soaking her up. I can’t get enough of her.”

I really did like this story and I hope there will be more soon. Jason and Emma have a relationship that I can get lost in and the story was very interesting. I can’t wait to see what Rita and T.J. have in store for these two. If you love dual pov, paranormal everything, and interesting story lines then this is the book for you!


I am really excited they gave Emma some major power at the end of this book. I would have been ok if she didn’t but I really wanted Emma and Jason to be a force to be reckoned with. And now they are. So excited for more.

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  1. Great review! I love how character driven this sounds, and the whole plot sounds very unique! Glad you liked it!

  2. Thank you for featuring Taking Chances. This is a terrific series. All 5* reads!

  3. I love this series! Amazing stories!

  4. I loved the quotes you pulled! Great series!

  5. Thank you! It is definitely a great series and I can't wait to continue with it!