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Madison Square #3

Chance at Redemption

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Gwen Stevens had a privileged life until her father spoke three little words that turned her world upside down. “You’re cut off.”

Broke and desperate, Gwen is forced to accept a waitressing job, but this glimmer of hope has a price. As if being a cocktail waitress isn’t bad enough, she has to do it in a dive bar called The Den, and her bad luck doesn’t stop there. She also needs to deal with the new owner, a blue-eyed, self-righteous ass determined to make her life miserable.

Liam Sinclair walked away from the entitlement and obligation his family planned for him, vowing to make his own way in the world…

Adjusting to life as a new business owner, Liam has experienced more than his fair share of setbacks. When his only waitress breaks her leg, his sister takes it upon herself to hire a replacement—a spoiled, self-indulgent hothead with too much makeup and more than enough attitude. Gwen represents the world he’s trying to escape, a world of excess and greed that he was never cut out for.

Appearances can be deceiving, and first impressions aren’t always right…

Despite their apparent differences, the tension between them turns to a fiery passion that neither of them can resist. Together they find balance and learn to appreciate the simpler things in life. But Gwen soon discovers that old habits die hard, and one mistake is all it takes to ruin everything.

Forgiveness must be earned, but even a villain deserves a chance at redemption…

296 pages, Kindle Edition

First published May 23, 2017

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Samatha Harris

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Samatha “Sam” Harris lives near Baltimore, Maryland with her husband David and daughter Ava. Born in Florida, she migrated north which most people agree was a little backwards. She has been an artist all of her life, a Tattoo Artist for more than ten years, and a storyteller since she was a kid.
Sam has a slightly unhealthy love for Frank Sinatra, classic movies, and Jazz and Blues music, but her first love will always be reading. From Romance, to Thrillers, to Historical Fiction and everything in between, she loves to become a part of the story. As a writer she tells the stories that she would want to read.

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973 reviews76 followers
May 25, 2017
When Gwen finds herself cut off from her oh-so-privileged lifestyle she is furious. How dare her father do this to her?! Needing to pay her bills until she can cajole herself back into her father's good graces, Grace accepts a job offer from a stranger. A waitressing job. At a dive bar. So beneath her.

Liam is the new owner of The Den and when Gwen walks in to his bar he knows she's nothing but trouble. Unfortunately, his sister offered Gwen a job without his knowledge and he's in desperate need of a waitress. So he agrees to a trial run. Heaven help him.

Let me just lay this out there: Gwen isn't likable - at first. Nor is she meant to be. She is spoiled, snobbish, and expectant - with a bad attitude to match. And watching as Liam put the poor little rich girl in her place, time and time again, was priceless. Liam also grew up surrounded by wealth and privilege but wanted no part of the expectations that came with it. So he had Gwen pegged from the start and constantly called her on her diva tendencies. It provided so much humor and I loved the snarky banter between them.

The evolution of the relationship between Liam and Gwen was an absolute joy. Their dynamic was explosive and just jumped off the page. I have to admit I was nervous to read about Gwen as a main character because I remember her well from the first book in the series. No way was I going to be able to pull for Gwen! Shame on me for doubting Samatha Harris because at her skillful hand Gwen experienced the kind of character growth that had my heart aching for her while cheering for her happy ending.

In addition to Liam and Gwen, there is a excellent cast of secondary characters that are richly drawn and add much to the story. Liam's friends, the other bar employees, Gwen's family... they all combine seamlessly to make a complete story that had me hooked. Those that have read the previous books will be thrilled with the inclusion of characters they already know and love.

Chance at Redemption is told in dual first-person points of view and I loved getting the his-and-her perspectives. Both voices were unique and completely believable. So often in dual POV I find myself with a strong preference for one voice over another. Not so here. I was completely invested in both characters and appreciated each perspective.

Fans of contemporary romance will love this story of forgiveness, second chances and starting over. Samatha Harris has created a cast of characters that are so genuine and so relatable that you'll want to inhale all three books - and then ask for more.
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1,345 reviews8 followers
May 25, 2017
Chance at Redemption is a fun opposites attract/ boss & employee romance. The 3rd in the Madison Square series catches us up with Liam Sinclair, brother and bar co-owner to Madison of Choosing Happy. It's Madison's decision to hire Gwendolyn, a newly cut-off poor little rich girl, that shakes up Liam's world.

Gwen is not the most likable or empathetic character, not at first. Harris does a great job painting her as a shallow and self absorbed girl who immediately gets dubbed as "princess" by Liam. But is she beyond redemption? She brings with her some drama that might make you think so, and she immediately manages to get under Liams' skin. It took me a while to warm up to her as she remains petulant and a bit hoity-toity considering her circumstances. Liam's been contending with his very own family issues with regards to career expectations so they are able to relate on this level as well. As it is Liam provides support and encouragement and bridges the gap between them. The quickly budding relationship is fueled by strong physical desire and an emotional connection to match this passion.

Gwen's transformation may be prompted by her father and further inspired by Liam.
I adore Liam for being accepting and open minded, but he isn't always convinced that Gwen's changed her ways. There's a slight bit of angst, activities that drives a wedge between them and test their faith in each other. All in all, this is an enjoyable and easy read. The writing flows, their connection is well depicted and in the end I found myself really rooting for them.
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175 reviews32 followers
June 1, 2017
Lemme just let y’all know this is the third book in the series, I was slightly confused through a little bit of it because I think Gwen appears in the first book, which I didn’t read. But, let’s pretend I didn’t miss anything.

I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick, relatively light-hearted new adult book with minimal drama.

At first I was a little bit wary. I think I was about two pages in and took down this note- “Gwen really needs this because she is such an entitled brat”. I really didn’t like Gwen because she was like everything I don’t like in a character. I thought she’d be a really annoying, immature character who was used to the plush, wealthy lifestyle. Her attitude to her father cutting her off was “How dare he do this to me? To me, his little girl.” She didn’t understand that her dad was doing the best for her actually being quite generous in giving her five thousand dollars, when he could have given her nothing. And, she was disrespecting her step mom right in front of her father, calling her awful name. At this point, I did not know if this was justified or not.

I later found out it was not. Her step mom, Allison, was a really nice woman. And, in the few times we met her, Gwen was horrible to her. But, thankfully, she realised how ugly her attitude was towards Allison and realised how good she actually was.

(Side note: not too sure how old Allison was but her and Gwen’s dad had a four year old. I do remember the book saying that her dad was in his late fifties. I’m sorry but this is kind of disgusting. That’s grandad age.)

The romance between Liam and Gwen was really sweet. Liam was amazing in that he made Gwen realise how she acted and that she needed to change that. At times, I kind of felt bad for Liam because Gwen was so horrible. At first, I was wary of Liam also, as, in his first chapter, he said: “Bridget was a woman of little words, my favourite kind.” Wasn’t too sure about him. But, there were no more passing comments like that so I ignored it.

I liked that there was minimal drama, as I said above, between the two characters. It was just a slow burning, uncomplicated, romance.
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Author 1 book140 followers
June 2, 2017
I loved this instalment to the series. I would strongly recommend you read the first two books as it will enhance the storyline for Chance at redemption. However, it is possible to read this as a standalone. All 3 books are available on Kindle Unlimited. Therefore, you have nothing to lose. This one was my favourite of the 3. I loved Gwen's character.

Gwen is a typical rich spoil brat. She may be an adult, but she hasn't grown up and knows nothing of responsibility until now. Her dad has had enough of her irresponsible behaviour and cut her off. Gwen hits rock bottom when she meets Madison (From book 2). She offers her a job at her brother's dive bar.

When Liam meets Gwen, she is rude, arrogant and full of herself. She's the sort of women you want to hate. Liam is attracted to the fire in her. She may be a pain in the butt, but he can't resist her. He finds himself helping Gwen out of her sticky spot and teaching her there is more to life than expensive shoes.

Gwen isn't your typical lovable character, but like Liam I loved her. She's funny, sassy and full of spirit.

5 stars out of 5. I would highly recommend this book especially if you like a strong female lead who is proud to hold her own.

This book is intended for adult audiences

*I received an ARC copy of this book in exchange for a fair review*

Loved it.

Review posted on 2nd June as part of the Chapter by Chapter blog tour
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1,396 reviews43 followers
May 29, 2017
Title: Chance At Redemption
Author: Samatha Harris

4 unexpected stars

After having had read Samatha Harris' Chance At Redemption, i'm sitting here wondering if i should start from the beginning - from the first book in the series, to find out exactly how much i missed in the history of the secondary characters as well as Gwen and Liam. This, what seemed to me almost like an enemies to lovers romance, was an interesting read as it forced me to keep going no matter how i felt about a character because just maybe they might redeem themselves.

4 breath taking dreams

There's no denying it - Gwen is a spoiled brat and the fact that her father cut her off was probably the best thing that happened to her. Boy did i want to hate her and i couldn't believe how much patience Liam had when it came to dealing with her. But little by little, this spoiled princess learned what it means to work hard. Considering this is the third novel in her series, i'm thinking that, even though Chance At Redemption can be read as a standalone, my enjoyment would have been better if i had read the previous books beforehand but i still enjoyed this story and would read more from this author again.

*ARC provided by Author in exchange for an honest review. Reviewed by Kathleen, The Small Girl from A small girl, her man and her books

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2,133 reviews57 followers
May 26, 2017

Gwen has been cut off from her Daddy, told she has a total of $5000 left and she needs to become an adult. When all of her “friend” and hook-up fail to give her a job, she is desperate. Desperate enough to take a job as a waitress at a complete dive of a bar. When Liam’s waitress got injured he needed a replacement quick, but he had no idea that his big-hearted sister would hire a spoiled, high maintenance girl with no experience. Liam and Gwen instantly bat heads, and they both know Gwen does not fit in, but together they fight to make it work.

This is book 3 in the Madison Square series, with each book as a standalone romance story, but with characters from the previous books popping up here and there.

I loved Liam right from the start- strike that, I loved Liam from the last book in the series, Choosing Happy, where he was introduced (to me at least- he may have been in book 1 in the series, but I have not read it). He is this incredibly compassionate, no-nonsense guy who is not afraid of hard work to make his dreams come true. He was the person everyone leaned on because they knew how strong he was- both emotionally and physical. Annnd it doesn’t hurt that he is big, rugged and dreamy. So anyway, I was so excited to get a book about Liam and I had no idea who his love interest would be.

Enter Gwen, who from the start of this book was a completely entitled, spoiled, selfish hot mess. There was a ton of baggage surrounding her from the first book (based on what I read in this book- remember I have not read the first book) that was mentioned here, but it was not 100% important to this story. Can I just say that I really did not like Gwen? She was pretty much a terrible person, who used sex as a tool to get what she wanted. All her sexual encounters were just so freaking awkward- her encounters with Liam were enough to have her wanting him regardless of his other positive attributes, just saying. Anyway, I was not really sure how I was going to like this romance book when I could not stand one of the participants. It took at least half the story before Gwen started to be a person (not just a bitchy- bimbo Barbie) and then I really started to enjoy who she was growing up into. Sure she still had some cringe worthy moments where I wanted to shake her, but in general I liked her by the stories end.

There were two things I was a little miffed about this book. The first being how quick to judge and how harsh Liam was about a certain something that happened. He is this calm, rational guy who flew off the handle without talking about the situation. And sure, emotions can make you do crazy things, but I felt that his actions were very out of character. I mean even Gwen’s arch-enemy who hates her guts wanted to hear her out, but not the man who confessed his love. The second issue I had with the book was how abrupt the ending was! There was like 2 pages of them reconciling (spoiler- yes, this book has a HEA) and then the book ended. I wanted an epilogue or at least a little more interaction between the two before the ending (and this is probably a me problem that nobody else will have, but still, I like the endings). I just hope I get to see more of the two of them in books to come.

Overall this was a fast character driven romance with two people who ended up being basically meant for each other. I look forward to more from this author (and maybe a Madison/Sean Wedding??)

I received this title in return for my honest review.
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1,361 reviews78 followers
May 24, 2017
3.5 stars

Samatha Harris continues her Madison Square series with Chance at Redemption, in which Madison Buchanan’s brother, Liam Sinclair, finds his soul mate. Sadly, his soul mate, Gwen Stevens is a whiney, entitled debutante who is completely unlikable. Senator Stevens daughter is financially dependent on him for her designer handbags, Louboutin shoes, and a plush penthouse apartment. When he finally shows her some tough love by cutting her off financially, Gwen lives down to his expectations and falls apart. It only takes her about three weeks, because that is how long it takes her to spend her last two-month allowance check from daddy. Do-gooder, Madison Buchanan, offers Gwen a job at her brother’s bar. Desperate and completely broke, she accepts the offer. She is so cantankerous that she almost doesn’t get the job. Beyond the unbelievable job offer from Madison, it is highly unlikely that anyone would hire a surly, insubordinate, snob in stilettos to wait tables at a local dive bar. Madison must have a lot of influence over her brother!

Liam has found peace and happiness in the building/bar he purchased. His lack of interest in following into the family business has gotten him disowned by his parents, but he was never after their money or the strings attached to it. When Gwen walks into his bar, his peace is permanently disrupted. In fact, she represents everything that he has walked away from. There is no rhyme or reason to his agreeing to hire Gwen especially given her unfathomable sense of entitlement and disagreeable attitude.

Chance at Redemption is about Gwen. It is about her owning her past mistakes and misinterpretations. She does become less dislikable, however, her epiphany was not substantial enough to make her empathetic to me. Liam is grounded and completely likable, but his decisions to take on and stick by Gwen were not quite believable. With every altercation Liam and Gwen had, I couldn’t understand why he didn’t fire her let alone why he became romantically involved with her. His acceptance and grooming of her was a bit like Professor Henry Higgins taking on Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, yet his character was not old enough to have developed that level of maturity.

Gwen’s bestie from her prior life is an odd addition to the story. Daria is another unlikable debutante living off her parents’ wealth without any plans for her life beyond her next cocktail and conquest. She provides some story tension and conflict as well as an example to compare and contrast the new and improved Gwen. It is no surprise that Gwen’s decision to go out with Daria leads to problems. With friends who think a good time is slipping you a little somethin’- somethin’ in your drink, who needs enemies?

The characterization of Liam and Madison’s parents provides a bit of unintentional humor. What could possibly go wrong when you’ve got your girlfriend stripped to the waist and sitting on the bar with the door unlocked? Of course, your estranged, drama-queen mother just happens to walk in a day earlier than she is expected in town. Oops! That might change the dynamics of the meet-the-parents brunch!

Chance At Redemption is a good second-chance read. It is about second chances at life as well as love. Are many scenes overplayed or a bit contrived? Yes. Are some characters exaggerated characterizations? Yes. While a little overplayed at times, I did enjoy Gwen’s reinvention through forgiveness and second-chances to her presumed nemesis. Chance At Redemption is a light, easy read that will have you wondering why so many people avidly follow “celebutantes” and their ridiculous antics.

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3,743 reviews217 followers
June 5, 2017
How can these books keep getting better and better! This one actually almost broke me. It had me going from pissed off to crying from one page to another. I'm always one for never judge a book by its cover and that you never know why someone acts the way they do. But I'm also about not being run over and speaking the truth and giving so many chances to people. And that's all Gwen the mega b!*+h from book 1 needed well that and her daddy actually cutting her off and making her grow up. She needed to realize that the world owed her nothing and acting the way she did wasn't the best way to get what she wanted. Of course Liam wasn't about that and had no idea that the waitress that his sister hired was a little princess until she walk in his bar. And of course he nor his sister had no idea the problems she had caused for Red and Drew until everyone told him. But by then he really couldn't just fire her. And why was it when he saw her true colors he was more and more attracted to her. She came from the circles he wanted no part of and left. But their chemistry is off the charts. The more Gwen works at the Den and gets close to Liam the more she realizes how she was and how much she really didn't like that life. Again seeing the couples from the past books come in and weave into this story and see how their progressing through others is awesome. Meeting new characters to put a spin on things is also great some you hate some you will love. Some characters that you've not seen since book 1 make an appearance and it amazing. I really hope this series continues and I am able to continue my journey with them because I feel as I am a part of their family now. That's what Samatha will do to you with these books,she will pull you in and you feel as you are a part of this world and she is building it around you. I read all of these books within 3 days. Once I started one I didn't do anything else til I finished it, that's how absorbed I was in them. I definitely recommend this book. - By Tina
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182 reviews26 followers
May 25, 2017
I think I should note that I have not read the first two books in the Madison Square Series, so I think my view on Gwen is different than people who read the first two and saw her as a "villain". We learn a diluted version about the kinds of things Gwen did to the other people in the series in the past, but since I wasn't emotionally invested in the first two couples I think I saw Gwen with a less biased eye. I've read reviews stating that they would have liked the book if it would have been anyone but Gwen because they didn't believe that Gwen deserved redemption, so I'm actually glad that I haven't read the first two now. :)

The story starts right away with Gwen getting "cut off" from her rich dad. Gwen's internal dialogue is pretty nasty--making fun of a "fat lady", poor people, etc. What you would expect from a spoiled brat of a twenty-something that has never actually done anything for herself.

After Gwen is cut off she makes some terrible choices, which eventually lead to her landing a job working at Liam Sinclair's bar. Liam is great, and basically a dream guy. Responsible, sweet, funny, and a heart for helping people.

The first half of the novel takes place over a period of a few months, which really allowed for a strong and steady connection between Liam and Gwen, thus making the romance more of a slow burn.

This book was a very enjoyable read for me, capturing my attention immediately and keeping me engaged until the end. Both Liam and Gwen were likable (again, probably because I didn't read the first two) and I genuinely cared about what happened to their characters. I'm not sure if I will go back and read the first two books, not because I didn't enjoy the book, but because I am scared I will ruin my love for Gwen, lol. I will definitely read future books from this author though.

Overall, I really enjoyed the book and would highly recommend it for anyone who loves a redemption story.

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891 reviews10 followers
June 2, 2017
How can these books keep getting better and better! This one actually almost broke me. It had me going from pissed off to crying from one page to another. I'm always one for never judge a book by its cover and that you never know why someone acts the way they do. But I'm also about not being run over and speaking the truth and giving so many chances to people. And that's all Gwen the mega b!*+h from book 1 needed well that and her daddy actually cutting her off and making her grow up. She needed to realize that the world owed her nothing and acting the way she did wasn't the best way to get what she wanted. Of course Liam wasn't about that and had no idea that the waitress that his sister hired was a little princess until she walk in his bar. And of course he nor his sister had no idea the problems she had caused for Red and Drew until everyone told him. But by then he really couldn't just fire her. And why was it when he saw her true colors he was more and more attracted to her. She came from the circles he wanted no part of and left. But their chemistry is off the charts. The more Gwen works at the Den and gets close to Liam the more she realizes how she was and how much she really didn't like that life. Again seeing the couples from the past books come in and weave into this story and see how their progressing through others is awesome. Meeting new characters to put a spin on things is also great some you hate some you will love. Some characters that you've not seen since book 1 make an appearance and it amazing. I really hope this series continues and I am able to continue my journey with them because I feel as I am a part of their family now. That's what Samatha will do to you with these books,she will pull you in and you feel as you are a part of this world and she is building it around you. I read all of these books within 3 days. Once I started one I didn't do anything else til I finished it, that's how absorbed I was in them. I definitely recommend this book.
June 7, 2017
I'm a big fan of this series and I just love how they get a better as they go.

First, let me say that at the beginning I had a hard time liking Gwen, she's spoiled, manipulative, and self absorbed. So just by that it will appeared that I didn't like the girl, huh? But things change, because life is about to teach Gwen how things can change in the blink of an eye. Through unexpected circumstances, she finds herself working at a dive bar as a cocktail waitress. This so called dive bar is owned by Liam Sinclair, who already understand that life can give you plenty of lemons but it's what you do with them that change the outcome later on. And Liam is just the man to show Gwen her biggest lessons in life.

I just adored this story, and I loved to see the changes in Gwen's character. They don't happen overnight and I like that even more because it makes it more believable. The relationship between Liam and Gwen is a bit of a slow burn, there's attraction but Liam doesn't want to get involved with one of his employees and Gwen starts to understand that Liam may be the only person who sees who she really is on the inside, not the facade she shows the world, and this scares her. We see characters from previous books, but don't let that scared you, this is a standalone within the series.

I can't wait to read more from this author, I love her style of writing keeping the reader engaged throughout the book and leaving them wanting more. This is a low angst story of forgiveness and understanding that there are more important things in life than what money can buy.
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1,577 reviews22 followers
May 19, 2017
I haven't read the previous books in the series but it didn’t impede on my enjoyment in reading Chance at Redemption.

Liam owns a dive bar in partnership with his sister, giving up his life of luxury. His family had his life mapped out for him but he wanted to find his own way and do what he enjoys instead of feeling obligated.

Gwen is very much a daddy's girl and is spoilt rotten. That is until her father decides that she ought to act like an adult and be more responsible. She hopes that it's temporary and he will relent, until she finds herself in uncharted territory. Penniless!

Her only option is to take a job as a waitress in Liam's bar. Of course, Gwen thinks that the world owes her and starts off on the wrong foot. They have disagreements but Liam likes to rub her up the wrong way. At the same time, he can see past the front that she puts up and tolerates her abysmal attitude. Besides, there is an underlying sexual tension between them that's hard to hide. This turns into steamy sex and then emotions start to surface. It looks like they might just work well as a loving couple but one evening out turns into the worse nightmare. Gwen has been betrayed, but assumptions lead Liam to feel betrayed. Is there a chance for redemption?

Gwen's personality makes it hard to warm up to her, initially. She carries a lot of baggage and has a chip on her shoulder. Liam is down to earth and his influence slowly turns her into a fairly decent person. The fact that she admits her wrongs is a good start. It's an entertaining and credible story with a humorous side. It's not insta love but the gradual development of the romance is realistic. I thoroughly enjoyed this easy to read and captivating story.

I received a complimentary eARC and the views expressed are my personal opinion.
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838 reviews6 followers
May 22, 2017
Chance at Redemption is the 3rd book in the Series and I have to say I enjoyed Gwen and Liam's a little bit more than the others. The personal growth that Gwen experienced throughout the book was life changing for her and really helped to connect with her character, especially after hating her so much in the first book.

Gwen is a rich girl who takes what she wants in life no matter who it hurts. When her father decides to cut her off from everything and she is forced to get a job that will actually keep a roof over her head, she doesn't believe he will follow through, until the money is almost gone and she needs to earn some in order to pay her rent.

Liam now owns The Den and is doing something that makes him happy despite the disapproval of his parents. When his waitress is hurt on the job he needs to hire someone quick, and in steps his sister trying to help someone in need. What Madison and Liam don't know if the bad blood between their group of friends and Gwen.

Oh the drama when Gwen first starts at The Den, but that is to be expected. But the sparks that fly between her and Liam and how their relationship slowly develops was slightly unexpected and I enjoyed every minute of their journey, one that had more bumps and turns than any couple should endure. But I loved reading about it and I know you will too!!

3.5 stars
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803 reviews10 followers
May 22, 2017
I have to say I was not looking forward to reading this book, but in the same feeling I had to see what happened next... If you have read the other books in the series you would know why I was a little cautious... I hated Gwen.. still not sure she deserved the ending she has received.. yes I said it lol... but that doesn't take away from the writing skills of this author. I would give this book a 3.5 stars and recommend to others to tread lightly and keep and open mind while reading if you hated Gwen as much as I did.. or do? :)

I have to say I loved Liam and was happy to see him get a story.. may have not been the one I would have hoped for him.. but The story itself putting my hatred aside was really well written and I have to give the author props for trying to bring some redemption for Gwen...

I hate to write a review and say I hate someone in it... but didn't hate the story itself?... Well I suppose that is what makes Samatha Harris a good author... I will be following her in the future!
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458 reviews23 followers
May 23, 2017

A spoiled princess pays her dues in a bar and it turns out to be the best thing that’s ever happened to her. Being the third book in a series, this is a companion novel to the first two books. The story is told in alternating first person perspectives of Liam and Gwen and utilises the Hate to Love trope well.

It was hard to like Gwen at the beginning given her snotty and pretentious attitude. Getting a job waitressing at a bar actually helped her drop the attitude and develop some humility. It was great to see this character who was introduced in Book 1 as a diva be redeemed in this book.

The family dynamics of both characters was an element I particularly enjoyed. It was a look at how different families can be and what a family will do to ensure their children are able to stand on their own two feet. The characters from the first two books had side roles in this book and their input into the story was brilliant.

A great instalment in the Madison Square series full of fantastic character with major character development. This is probably my favourite book in the series so far.
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904 reviews14 followers
May 25, 2017
This arc was reviewed for Book Addict live,
Chance at Redemption is the story of Luke, Madison’s little brother and the bitch from hell Gwen.
Gwen’s father is a US Senator and has been indulged all her life. Finally he has had enough and cut her off. At first she thinks that he will give in, but by the time she realises he is serious she has no job and no money and breaks down in a ladies washroom. Madison feels sorry for her and hires her for her brother’s bar.
When she comes into the bar to work in 6” heels with full make up and her boobs nearly popping out of top. Luke gives her a chance and she soon learns to wear chucks instead.
Well I loved Luke and Gwen, they had so much in common with parent problems. Much to Luke’s surprise Gwen works really hard and soon becomes a firm favourite with clientele. Luke and Gwen soon become an item, all seems to be going well. Until a friend from Gwen’s previous life starts to cause trouble.
Through the love Luke shows Gwen begins she accepts herself as she is without the hair extensions and heavy make-up. This is lovely read about love and actually healing past problems. In the end I was routing for Gwen as much as Luke they made a great couple. So if you enjoy a romantic comedy with plenty going on, then this the book for you.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
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Author 62 books374 followers
May 22, 2017
I wasn't sure what I was expecting when I started to read this book. In all honesty, I hated Gwen and wasn't really interested in reading her story, but I finally forced myself to open it up on my kindle and started to read...and I'm so glad I did.

Many of you will remember that Gwen was one of the least likable people in the series, and you were more likely to burn her at the stake than to admit that you liked her. The question is, will she redeem herself and get a happy ending, or will she continue on her current path and wind up self-destructing...ending up where we all wanted her. Read to find out.

Liam is a wonderful man, and I think if anyone is going to "tame" Gwen, it's going to be him. You really need to read this.

The book was well-written and pulls you in. I love this author's writing style. She is able to evoke a strong reaction to her characters and her story. 4.5 stars. One click this book today!
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1,393 reviews175 followers
May 23, 2017
4 Stars!

Poor Gwen. No one likes her. Seriously. I went through a ton of reviews and almost no one had a nice thing to say about her. I, on the other hand, kind of liked her. Was she my favorite character of the series? No, but I liked her enough.

Liam and Gwen get their story and it is an opposites attract type of book. Liam has a huge heart and is just generally a good guy. Gwen, well, she is a bit nasty. She was almost never nice and always had something nasty to say, but I knew underneath was a girl with a story to tell. She is the quintessential “Poor Little Rich Girl.” She needs the redemption Liam can give her but she fights it all the way.

This was not my favorite of the series, but I liked it. As much as I liked the characters, it was a little hard to get behind their relationship until way later in the book, but I was rooting for them in the end.

Samatha Harris has given these two characters a well-deserved HEA.
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2,015 reviews
May 28, 2017
I was a little unsure about reading this book because it is the third book in the Madison Square Book Series and I have not read the first two books. I feel that this book is a great stand alone and feel that you really do not have to read the other two books before this book to understand what is going on. Gwen is the main character who just happens to be a rich girl who her father just cut off from everything which forces her to get a job. She really does not believe that her father will follow through on his promise until she realizes that her money is almost gone and her rent is due. This is where she meets Liam. He owns The Den and after having a waitress get hurt he needs to hire someone fast. Liam gets the help of his sister and hires Gwen. I admit that this is the part in the book where all the drama begins. Their secrets and issues outside of their control suddenly take over their relationship making this a fun romantic read.
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969 reviews11 followers
May 23, 2017
I haven't read the previous books in the series but I did enjoy this book. There is the rich girl who has to take a job because she is now penniless. And she gets this job in Liam's bar. The naturally start off on the wrong foot, have disagreements and Liam throughly enjoys rubbing her the wrong way. The sexual tension between them is right out in front and soon turns into steamy sex before the emotions come into play.

The storyline is well written and an enjoyable quick read. The characters are well written and well defined. Liam is a great character and at first I thought he was too good for Gwen, who is a spoiled rotten daddy's girl. Makes me shiver for him!! But she eventually begins to change for the better and I began to warm up to her.

Really good read and I highly recommend it.
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1,451 reviews11 followers
May 27, 2017
At the start of the story, Gwen is a spoilt, self centred and (to my mind at least) thoroughly unlikeable character. And honestly? I didn't really like her much better by the tale's conclusion. It is, perhaps, part of the depth of the character building by the author that I had such a strong reaction to her female lead.

That said, this story wasn't a bad one. It is obvious that this is part of a series, but my enjoyment of the book wasn't affected by the fact that I hadn't read the earlier books.

I thought that Liam and Gwen had a decent spark between them, and their relationship was fun to watch develop into more.

The ultimate stressor had some reasonably obvious foreshadowing, and was quickly resolved, but overall, this was a light, quick read.

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
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1,889 reviews19 followers
April 30, 2018
Wow! I think this is my favourite book of the series! Gwen is an out and out Princess, living on Daddy's credit card, making life hell for all those around her.....until Daddy cuts her off with a bit of tough love.
Down on her luck she manages to get a job in Liam's bar The Den, and he is not standing for any of her 'life owes me everything' attitude. They forge an unlikely friendship but there seems to be a lot standing in their way, least of all her 'I'm better than you' attitude.
When I started this book I seriously and I mean seriously disliked this woman.....And Liam?! Gah! That man is something else! Heart melted. They are like chalk and cheese but they somehow gel and he sees beneath her facade.
Can Gwen truly redeem herself? Well you will have to read this book to find out!
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447 reviews6 followers
June 1, 2017
Chance at Redemption is Book 3 in the Madison Square series and can be read as a standalone.

This is my first time reading Samantha Harris, and I loved it. Love Opposites that attract. It was I quick and easy read, I read it within a day.
Gwen's a spoiled daddy's girl who loves living a privileged life. So when daddy cuts her off she needs to get a job.
Liam left his privileged life behind and earned his own way.
I'm not sure how I feel about Gwen, her spoiled and everyone owes me attitude got old quick, what I did like was how she took a job she nothing about and just did it.
A Chance at Redemption a great read and I am definitely going to read the first two books in this series.
This is a definite one click!
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1,598 reviews15 followers
May 23, 2017
This is a great story about Gwen, who has done nothing but hurt people in her path.
When her father cuts her off financially, she hit’s rock bottom and finds a job at a bar The Den run
by Liam Sinclair, who walked away from his families money.
The storm he causes by hiring Gwen, who caused trouble with his friends, is unreal!
Can she change to become a nice person? What will the effect Liam has on her do to her?
Read this story to find out! 5+ stars for this one, I love Samatha Harris’ books!
Grab this one as soon as you can!
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1,339 reviews3 followers
May 25, 2017
** Spoiler Free Review**
WOW!!!! just wow, Chane of redemption is the best out of this 3 book series. I loved Gwen and let me tell you loving Gwen Stevens was tough. In Book 1 she wasn't a very nice person at all. I wont say what happens but trust me when I say your going to love Gwen.
And Liam Sinclair stole my heart. He may have been brought up with money and all the fanfare that came with it. But Liam choose his own way. He truly is a better man for it.
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2,967 reviews121 followers
May 29, 2017
Chance at Redemption is a great example of an opposites attract story, paired with a really dramatic second chance (at life, not love) plot--because the Gwen who starts this book is worlds away from the Gwen who finishes it. And thank goodness, because for the first 20% or so of the book to say I was not a fan of hers would have been a massive understatement! Ms. Harris did a fantastic job, though, of giving her the opportunity to grow up...and helping her to find love along the way.

I almost feel sorry for Liam, because unlike Gwen he was fabulous from page one... ;)

...though come to think of it, their relationship black moment is due in large part to his pig-headedness, so maybe the two balance each other out there?

Either way, this was a fun read from an author I'll definitely be reading more of. This book is the third in the Madison Square series and worked okay as a standalone (though in my case at least, it's acting more like a gateway drug for the rest of the series, since I'd already added them to my TBR before I was more than 50% finished with this one...)

Rating: 4 stars / B+

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
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2,023 reviews17 followers
June 3, 2017
3.5 stars
This is a solid addition to the Ms. Harris series and focuses on Liam and Gwen, characters we've met in previous books as secondary characters.
Liam's reputation is as a good guy, Gwen's not so much and it was neat to see her evolution from spoiled to a character I could root for and like.
As we move the story, we see the trust issues that both Liam and Gwen deal with and the problems those can cause.
This is well written and entertaining and does stand alone, but I would encourage readers to read the first two books to get the full back ground.
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