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No Chance Meeting

(No Chance Love #1)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  60 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Alex Jennings is done with life. After losing her brother in Afghanistan, everything has collapsed around her. Getting laid off from her day job and failing in her art career, she has nowhere left to turn. She once had faith to believe that all things would work together for good, but that faith died with her brother. Now she just wants the pain to end.

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Published February 14th 2020
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Tricia Mingerink
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I normally don’t read contemporary Christian romance. It just isn’t my thing. But this author's fantasy stories under her other pen name are some of my favorite books, so I decided to take a chance on reading her books under her contemporary pen name.

I’m glad I did! I loved this book so much and couldn’t put it down. I loved all the details, from a main guy who drives an old truck to the main girl’s intense soul-searching.

This is not just a fluffy, feel-good romance. It deals with deep topics, f
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Pretty solid book! Really enjoyed this one--reminds me a lot of Faith Potts' books. ;) RTC.

No Chance Meeting is easily one of my favorite books I’ve ever read. To be honest, I was expecting an incredible book because I’ve read other books from Jaye and absolutely loved them, but as this book was from a completely different genre I really wasn’t sure what to expect. However, Jaye completely knocked it out of the park and astounded me with how vivid and heartfelt the story was.

From the start we en
Let me start off by saying that I've been wanting to read this book for ever so long. Given that, along with the fact the book deals with suicide and depression and there's numerous Marine references, I expected to love it. Buutttt I didn't. Now I'm trying to figure out why. :P

For the most part, it's a slower story. There's no massive happenings occurring throughout the story, other than an unexpected twist here and there (the one beyond the 85% mark, now that's something I didn't see coming). A
Abigail Harris
I knew I had to read this the instant I heard about it … A veteran, a grieving sister, and a "chance" but not really a "chance" meeting. You know, the perfect romance, to me. I love military books, military romances, and Christian military fiction, each of which could describe No Chance Meeting, this was truly a wonderful book.
With veteran suicides being the highest it ever has been I have been glad to see authors bring attention to the fact that so many soldiers need help yet when it is show in
So one of my favorite Fantasy authors wrote a Contemporary novel!

But I'm pretty dang excited about it!

This was a sweet, romance book!
Leah Good
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
Summary of No Chance Meeting
Alex has been a different person since she lost her brother to the war in Afghanistan. Somewhere along the way, her relationship with God grew cold, and she can’t find anything that makes life worth living. The weariness almost causes her to do the unthinkable, but God has other plans.

Just before Alex follows through with a plan to end her life, she meets Riley Conrad. He seems to sense something is wrong, and his invitation to breakfast saves her life. When he turns
Carole Jarvis
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

No Chance Meeting by Jaye Elliot is a character-driven romance with realistically flawed characters and strong spiritual themes. I’m a firm believer in the way God is always working behind the scenes, leaving nothing to chance, so the title is especially meaningful. It’s refreshing to see a Christian fiction book where God is actually the main character.

Riley and Alex are sympathetic and relatable lead characters. They’re far from perfect and
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
I enjoyed the characters and plot but the writing style just wasn't for me. Too many details of mundane daily life things that weren't pertinent and just slowed the story down waaaay too much for me. I can see others enjoying the book just fine.

(I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions expressed in this review are my own)
This is a really hard review for me to write because I loved many aspects of this book but I felt it lacking and I had a hard time connecting to the story as a whole. The characters were amazing and Ms. Elliot did a phenomenal job with the topic of suicide.

The characters were realistic and just sweethearts. I loved watching them grow and mature throughout the book and Riley was a huge cinnamon roll of an ex-marine. He was so sweet and was one of the more unique male protagonists that I have rea
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: indie-books
I've read and enjoyed many books that this author has written, from early ones to Ilyon Chronicles, so I was excited to see another story!! This is not the normal kind of book I read much of, but I was very impressed, especially considering this is the first attempt made at this genre. (I guess at least the first attempt she's published. There could be other stories, who knows). Oh yeah, and I may or may not have stayed up until almost 11 pm reading last night ;)

S.G. Willoughby
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
*happy sigh* That was good.

To be honest, it took me a little bit to get into it, and I was kind of disappointed. Jaye is such a talented writer, but I felt like this wasn't up to her normal standards. I struggled to feel any emotional attachment in the beginning, and when the characters were in danger, I didn't really care. When they were happy and everything was fine, it felt like everything was fixed too fast. And it wasn't that I'm a Fantasy fan and don't like a good clean romance -- I do fro
Suzie Waltner
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
While No Chance Meeting is a slow, meandering read with a lot of daily minutiae and internal pondering, it plumbs emotional depths.

Jaye Elliott’s debut focuses on two people who are doing their best to move forward with life. While Alex is smothered by grief and darkness, meeting Riley leads her to open up with him and with the other important people in her life. Riley is a support for Alex but is by no means perfect. He’s made mistakes he regrets and has some broken relationships scattered in t
Claire Banschbach
Overall enjoyed it, though contemporary romance is not my usual genre, gave it a chance because I love Jaye's writing. Cute story, but felt a bit choppy in places, and didn't read as well/feel as developed as her other books (though is likely due to the difference in genre!). I liked the characters and Riley was so sweet!! Recommended for anyone who enjoys Christian contemporary romance! ...more
Raechel Lenore
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads
I really enjoyed this contemporary romance story by Jaye Elliott! I've read some of her fantasy novels under her other name (Jaye L Knight) and loved those, so was excited to try a new story from her as well. And it didn't disappoint.No Chance Meeting is a story of struggles and pain, but also a story of relationships and support and hope. It starts out with main character Alex struggling deeply and about to end her life. Thankfully, an occurrence happens to prevent this and sets her on a whole ...more
Sarah Cnossen
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was provided an ARC copy by the author in exchange for my honest review.

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Sooooo. One of my favorite authors, also known as Jaye L. Knight of the Ilyon Chronicles, has written her first contemporary novel! and I had the chance (no pun intended...) to read an advanced copy!!

This was such a sweet, moving, and real-life story---definitely an easy read with some TWISTS. I adored Riley, and Alex was my kinda country, born-n'-bred, farm girl with a penchant for art. Her parents were extrem
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: got-for-a-review
So it's no secret that over the past couple years I've come to the realization that I love contemporaries. Of course, having already read most of Jaye's fantasy books (published under Jaye L Knight) and loving them to pieces, I was ecstatic to get the opportunity to start and read No Chance Meeting. And I wasn't disappointed!

First off, the characters are all amazing. Each of them are realistic and believable (leaning pretty heavily on the "sweet"/conservative side, but still) and likeable. Alex
Hanne T
TW: suicide, depression/anxiety
This was a really adorable book! I haven't read anything by Jaye, although I've heard lots of good things about her fantasy series, so when I saw No Chance Meeting, her first contemporary, I was super excited to read it and check it out!

This book was very sweet!! I loved Alex and Riley: they are absolutely meant for each other, and I LOOOOOOOOVED reading their story. The side characters are also amazing--Zach and Mindy, the parents, Luke--each of them was distinct
Michelle Bruhn
I received an ARC copy of this book but was not required to leave a positive review. My thoughts are entirely my own and provided honestly. I’m also going to preface this with the fact that I don’t typically read romance novels. Love me some romantic side-plot, not so much main plot, BUT I also love Jaye Elliot’s series The Ilyon Chronicles (under the name Jaye L. Knight), so I was very interested in reading another of her books.

This book is very slice-of-life—walking through Riley and Alex’s ev
Jul 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful illustration of Romans 8:28

For the first few chapters I thought this was going to be one of those sweet romance stories with no depth to it even though the characters were brought to life really well. The story seemed like it was going in a very predictable boy meets girl, a few tiny dips in the road and then a very Hallmark sort of happily ever after ending.

Boy was I wrong, the story took a few twists and turns and I found myself unable to put it down. It’s about love and trust and
What an outstanding and feel-good-in-the-end book! Two characters, both living a life other than what they had planned, both struggling emotionally. One who's lost her job and a loved one, one who's been a Marine and done multiple tours of duty in Afghanistan. Both hurting yet meet by 'chance'. Jaye Elliot did a fantastic job of setting up the perfect story then setting it on it's up and down trajectory. Alex and Riley are so loveable and they move the plot along rather than the plot moving them ...more
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“No Chance Meeting” by Jaye Elliot was one of those contemporary romances that you just can’t put down! I think this is the first I’ve ever read intentionally, and I found that I really enjoyed! I’m more of an action reader usually, but the military aspect and connecting deeply with Alex practically entranced me. I have a loyal love for our military, and Jaye did a beautiful job of portraying different perspectives and feelings on that. I won’t give away any spoilers, but I have to rave a little ...more
Priscilla Krahn
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
No Chance Meeting was a very well written contemporary romance about a struggling artist, and a war vet. While the book dealt with some heavy topics, such as suicide, and relationships, it was very well done, and I found myself unable to put it down. Jaye Elliot captured the true feelings of depression and doubts, as well as the path leading out. The reason I rated it with a 4 star, instead of a 5 star is because of a few items of questionable content such as the fact that the main characters wo ...more
LeeJay Mulvaney
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful Godly Love story

This was one of my most favourite books to date. Not only was the plot well written and developed exceptionally, this author chose to write a God-centred love story, which is rare to find! It was so encouraging and edifying to read a romance book that glorifies the most important relationship of all, the one between the individual and their Saviour. Thank you for such a wonderful read !
Janice Sisemore
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
No chance meeting

I loved Alex’s and Riley’s story. Alex had a lot to overcome with her brothers death. When she meets Riley everything changes for her. He is her knight in shining armor.

This Is a new author to me. I really enjoyed her writing. I loved how Alex and Riley was so supportive of each other. I plan on reading more by the author.

I received a complimentary copy of the book from Prism book tours. This book review is my own opinion.
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
I felt like I just finished reading a Hallmark movie. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't good either. It was an okay kind of book. I didn't like ANY of the characters, which for me is an issue. Like I said it literally felt like I sat down and watched a Hallmark movie that lasted longer than an hour and a half. ...more
Nina Friess
Sep 08, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

This was a cute book. I've never been the most enthusiastic fan of Jaye's writing but she's got some spectacular ideas. The beginning was great, and the book felt very slow but it wasn't actually horrible. Overall, a pretty decent book, and I'd probably recommend it to anyone bored and looking for a good simple romance novel.
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Contemporary is my favourite genre, so I was pretty excited about this book.

So first off some minor criticisms.

I did find the book fairly slow moving - it followed the characters day-to-day lives, rather than having a solid overarching plot or storyline. I wouldn’t say there was a consistent antagonist either. There was an overarching theme or message, but I wouldn’t say there was a plot.

Riley seemed a bit too perfect at the beginning, but as the story progressed we saw his more human side. I
Linda Aldridge
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Very moving and deep too. Dear author, please write another one real soon!
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This was so cozy and cute, and I loved it. <3
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Jaye Elliot is an award-winning author, country girl, and hopeless romantic at heart. She loves a good hero and will always sigh happily during the lights scene on Tangled. She writes from her home in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, which she shares with three cats she considers her kids. When not writing romance novels, she pens fantasy and adventure stories as Jaye L. Knight. ...more

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