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Take a Chance on Me

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  6,087 ratings  ·  296 reviews
Cleo Quinn doesn't have the greatest track record with men, but now Will¡s come along she has every reason to be optimistic. Things are definitely looking up for Cleo ... apart from one small problem with a rather large ego. Johnny LaVenture, sculptor extraordinaire and her personal childhood nemesis, is back in Channing's Hill and tormenting her as if he¡d never been away ...more
Kindle Edition, 418 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Sourcebooks Landmark (first published January 1st 2010)
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Inge
Take a Chance on Me was undeniably cute, fun and entertaining. It's a bit like the movie Love Actually, where you follow around several people for a while, who are somehow intertwined with each other. Cleo Quinn used to be bullied by Johnny LaVenture in high school, but now, a decade later, she finds herself bumping into him more often and actually develops feelings for him. Fia, recently having left her cheating husband (his mistress being Cleo), undoubtedly falls for Johnny's endless charms as ...more
Jane Stewart
It perked me up. Put me in a better mood. I liked the characters and their interactions.

STORY BRIEF:
Chloe loved being a student but changed and then dropped out of school because her peers made fun of her. Johnny was one of them. On a bet, he asked her for a date while others were hiding nearby. They laughed when she said yes. It’s ten years later. Chloe has a nice looking boyfriend Will. She has a job as a limo driver, and she’s good at it. Johnny became a famous artist. He returns to town for
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Jennifer
3 Reasons Review

I am trying out a new review format today called "3 Reasons Review". Staci from Life in the Thumb and myself have chatted about coming up with a simple review format. Something with just the basics of what readers would want to know about a book. Some books do not require an in-depth analysis, yet as reviewers we still strive to get the important bits across to our readers. Therefore, the 3 Reasons, came from what Staci and I think are most important. Didn't come up with a fancy
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RLA
I read a lot of Jill Mansell's books in my early twenties and always found them warm, engaging, and fun reads. This book was no exception.

I had a hard time getting to grips with the heroine's story. Although I don't mind books where there is more than one character's story involved, I felt in this case there is too much of the book devoted to a few too many character's stories.

All the character's lives/stories are intertwined but I feel that it would have been nicer if the focus had just been on
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Amanda
This book follows the lives of two sisters, Cleo and Abbie. Cleo believes she has found her Mister Right in the form of Will Newman, but is distracted by the charms of Johnny LaVenture (despite him being her personal childhood nemesis). Abbie is concerned about her husband Tom, who has become moody and sullen - when she finds out the reason her life is turned upside down...

Jill Mansell is onto her 21st novel with Take a Chance on Me, and follows a tried and trusted formula in this book. There ar
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Jo Barton
I really enjoyed this light hearted story, told with Jill Mansell's usual eye for detail and quirky sense of humour. Quite sad and thought provoking in places, laugh out loud funny in others and with a delicious twist or two. There's the usual wealth of characters that we have come to expect, from the sweet to the oddly eccentric. The story drew me in from the first page - it will be a great holiday read once it's out in paperback, but well worth reading in hardback as it's in that easy to carry ...more
Sahar Uzumaki
Jan 05, 2014 Sahar Uzumaki rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sahar by: Friend
Shelves: general-romance
I finished this book in one night because I tend to get emotionally invested and this book wouldn't have let me sleep until I read what happens by the end.

**SPOILERS AHEAD**

- Good style of writing – quirky, quick-witted, no excessive or redundant expletives; and no tasteless/pointless smut scenes.

- I did not like Johnny from the start. He was such an arse; but eventually he grew on me a little. But only AFTER he apologised about that dreadful fiver incident. Just because it happened years ago d
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Kristi
It's always delightful to have a book prove your negative assumptions wrong. Mansell is not an author I had read before, nor did I know of anyone else who had read her books. Picking this book up was strictly an impulse grab at the library. The cover attracted my attention, the synopsis interested me, and the review quotes solidified my decision.

However, once I started reading it, I thought, "Oh jeez. It's going to be one of those books." My assumption was based on the first few chapters, and i
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Lisa
Rating: 3.5/5

If you're looking for a fun, light romantic comedy this is your book. With witty, English humor, and an awkward but lovable heroine this novel reminds me a bit of Bridget Jones's Diary and I could definitely see it making a transition to the big screen.

Cleo is the perfect heroine. She is young, has a terrible love life, is awkward at times, but yet she's feisty and sharp tongued. Just when things start to look up for her, her childhood nemesis comes back into town and things start t
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Sana Noor
Jill Mansell,

When i finish your novels, a sigh always escapes my mouth and i just lie there staring into space with the book held tightly in my arms. There is this huge smile on my face and then i think to myself, 'Wow! I know i'll be picking up another book of hers.'

It's like eating a chocolate cake, with chocolate icing and chocolate ice cream on the side after the longest most excruciating diet ever. With every spoonful, your eyes close and you slip into ecstasy. It's like hugging a warm pupp
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Chloe
Cleo Quinn doesn’t have the greatest track record when it comes to men, but now Will’s come along. Handsome and attentive, he could be her Mr Right. Things are definitely looking up for Cleo… apart from one small problem with a rather large ego. Johnny LaVenture, sculptor extraordinaire and her personal childhood nemesis, is back in Channing’s Hill and tormenting her as if he’d never been away. Meanwhile Cleo’s sister Abbie has a problem of her own – husband Tom has become distant and withdrawn, ...more
Fanficfan44
I always enjoy Jill Mansell’s books. The characters are always easy for me to relate to and I love the way the relationships among them develop and show growth along the way. In Take a Chance on Me, Cleo is the protagonist. A single woman in her thirties, she lives in the village she grew up in with her married sister close by. She works as a chauffer and quite enjoys it. In the beginning, she has a “perfect” boyfriend, who turns out to be not quite so perfect. Rounding out the cast is her siste ...more
Rosanne
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Keris
Cleo Quinn thinks her new boyfriend Will might be the one... but she's been wrong about men before. Like Johnny LaVenture, childhood nemesis and famous sculptor, who is back in Channing's Hill following his father's death and winding Cleo up just as much as he did when they were kids. Cleo's older sister Abbie is madly in love with her husband Tom, but when he starts behaving oddly she uncovers a secret that blows her happy marriage apart. And then there's radio DJ Ash, who finds that his on-air ...more
Heidi
terrible is too harsh but not good doesn't pack enough punch. mediocre. i search out british chick lit because it is normally funny and delightfully british. this book is merely british. during the first section, the protagonist mentions the movie "love actually" and i think she was trying to give the impression that this book would be very similar with multiple storylines and lots of people with chemistry and humor trying to work things out. not funny, not interesting. no chemistry. written lik ...more
Nan
I love Jill Mansell's books. They're always consistently wonderful. While there is an element of refreshing sweetness to the books, at the same time, Mansell is not afraid to confront complicated relationship issues. This one largely focused on the issue of trust and parenting, and I adored every minute of it.
Shelley
This is the first book I've ever read by Jill Mansell and I LOVED it!! So fun and a quick read...the eqivalent of watching a brilliant chick flick. The characters were quirky and so lovable! Can't wait to read more by this author! A nice change of pace from the dystopic/sci-fi novels I usually read!
Ali Feuerstein
The book was cute and the ending was adorable, however I found myself skipping multiple chapters because they seemed irrelevant. Also the writing was not great. Don't read it unless you are bored.
Rushna
I think this book has a really good story line. Its one of those books that once you start reading it you want to find out the ending straight away. I think its a really good light read, a sort of book you would read when you feel like something less serious. I dont think I have laughed when reading a book before as much as I laughed reading this book. However at times the book was quite tedious. From the beginning you could of already guessed what would happen at the end however as the story wa ...more
Gynen Kyra Toriano
This book drew me in with the words ingeniously played on the front cover,"If you haven't found the one..."

This is a definite must read for my fellow romantics who are complete suckers for happy endings. The whole plot revolves around the lives of different characters, it somewhat had a Love Actually movie feel to it and I absolutely adore it! Jill Mansell did a splendid job transitioning from one character to another without causing confusion. It had the perfect blend of some light melodramati
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Valentina
A cute, relaxing, funny book. Some would call it a cliché, but I really liked it. Perfect for summer.
Pamela
Cute little pick-me-up. It was nice to see one of the heroes be "not pefect" in looks and size.
Ivy Deluca
The Premise
Cleo Quinn hasn’t had alot of luck in romance, but she feels that her relationship with her boyfriend, possibly Mr.Right, Will. He’s handsome, attentive and an absolute gentleman when it comes to her questionable cooking skills. Then her childhood adversary, Johnny LaVenture, is back in Channing's Hill and tormenting Cleo as if he'd never been away.

My Thoughts
This was the first Mansell book I’d ever read and my initial impression was “adorable british chick lit.” I wasn’t sure what to
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mandyfujita
I enjoyed the dynamics of this little town of Channings Hill. Cleo Quinn has lived in this area for most of her life. She is scared from the frequent teasing of her elementary school classmates due to her over enthusiasum to answer the teacher's questions. Johnny LaVenture was right up there teasing her endlessly about studying and basically being the teacher's pet. So Cleo went in the opposite direction and didn't pay attention in school. Her mom died when she was 11 years old and her much old ...more
~☆laura
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Leticia Vega-Boggs
An actually really fun read. Read it in three days. Its a light read with the exception of some heavy stuff drizzled here and there. The main character is Cleo; however, the book loosely follows several other characters who's lives are interconnected with Cleo's. The jumping narrative from character to character may not suite everyone, but I personally enjoy that technique when its employed well and Mansell does a decent job with it.

We get to follow Cleo, who's a chauffeur living in a small vil
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Blodeuedd Finland
This was my 2nd Jill Mansell book, and now it did make me read more. There was drama, romance, and nothing was rushed. I liked that.


The story is about Cleo who works as a chauffeur. All is well, and she has a great boyfriend, until the day Johnny LaVenture comes back. And she hates him, and with reason since he gave her this nickname that ruined her school years, among other things. But he is so hot and hard to resist. Then there is the story about Cleo's sister Abby who is older and in a happy
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Ohhh, besides Carole Mortimer and Sophie Kinsella, Jill Mansell is my favorite (non-teen) romance author! I just adore her books.

This one was not an exception even if I did find it a little bit slower pace-wise than the others I've read. That didn't make it less fun, though. Or less cute.

Ash is a shy guy. A very shy one that becomes extremely nervous by women he likes very very much. Cleo is his next-door neighbor. She has a boyfriend named Will that she tries to show off to her arch nemesis g
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Boekenbuzz.nl
Cleo woont in een klein dorp waar iedereen alles – maar dan ook alles – van elkaar weet. Als de plaatselijke grootgrondbezitter Lawrence LaVenture overlijdt, keert zijn zoon Johnny (nu een beroemd beeldhouwer) terug naar het dorp. Als puber deed Johnny net alsof hij Cleo mee uit vroeg, tot groot vermaak van zijn vrienden, en dat heeft ze hem nooit vergeven. Cleo is nu chauffeur, goede vrienden met de verlegen Ash, haar buurjongen die de plaatselijke dj is, en ze probeert haar zus Abbie te helpen ...more
Katie (It's Time to Read) Leversuch
REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS

Addition: Library hard back

Genre: Chick-lit

Rating: 4/5

Synopsis:

Cleo Quinn doesn't have a great track record when it comes to men, but now Will's come along she's optimistic. Handsome, attentive and an absolute gentleman when it comes to her questionable cooking skills, he could be her Mr Right. Things are definitely looking up for Cleo... apart from one small problem with a rather large ego. Johnny LaVenture, sculptor extraordinaire and her childhood adversary, is back in
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Jill Mansell lives with her partner and children in Bristol, and writes full time. Actually that’s not true; she watches TV, eats fruit gums, admires the rugby players training in the sports field behind her house, and spends hours on the internet marvelling at how many other writers have blogs. Only when she’s completely run out of displacement activities does she write.

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