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(Sydney Jones #2)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  36 ratings  ·  31 reviews
They took her lover. Getting him back could be the last thing she ever does…
High-powered Atlanta attorney Sydney Jones never backs down from a case. So when her bodyguard and boyfriend is accused of murder, she’s determined to fight for him in court. Instead, the charges are suddenly dismissed, and he vanishes without a trace…

Suspecting CIA involvement, Sydney takes on a l
Kindle Edition, 176 pages
Published November 5th 2019
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Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
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CHANCE (Sydney Jones Series Book 2) by Carolyn M. Bowen is a new fast-paced thriller. This is the second book in the trilogy, but it is easily read as a standalone.

Sydney Jones is a powerful, independent and tough attorney, who heads her own law firm in Atlanta. She will take any case she believes in and up until this latest case her bodyguard boyfriend, Walker would be right by her side on the job and at home. Walker has been fra
Shiny  Jain
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a Psychological Thriller novel by Carolyn M Bowen. I have read the first book of this series and I was waiting to read the second one. Since I was quite familiar with her writing and drama I was equally thrilled to read the second series.

I somehow enjoy the fancy attorney thriller novels. There are lots of twist and turns in this novel. The main character Sydney Jones who is a lawyer by profession has never given up on any case and this time this case this so more important because her
Isobel Blackthorn
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Chance is a gripping psychological thriller that takes the lid off the underbelly of Atlanta, Georgia, the various cultures at play, the sleaze, the Chinese mafia. Adding to the intrigue, the involvement of the CIA. Meet tough, no-nonsense lawyer Sydney Jones, her beefy bodyguard-lover Walker and washed-up rock star Roxanne who attempts to lure Walker back to her side and ends up accidentally dead for her trouble. I particularly enjoyed the complexity of Sydney’s unexpected and unwanted pregnanc ...more
Nov 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Even though this is the second book in the Sydney Jones series it can be read as a standalone.

Sydney Jones is one of those feisty, strong willed characters that won't let anything stand in her way. Even when someone is out to kill her she doesn't bat an eyelid, she just does what is necessary and deals with it.

I like the fact that we have a strong female character who can stand up for herself and doesn't need a man to hold her hand when things go bad. Sydney does have a love interest, Walker w
Thomas Muriuki
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The must-read psychological thriller of 2019!

Carolynn Bowen's a master chief in crafting a rich story world with
true-to-life characters, relatable and intriguing plot twists; all driven by
a strong narrative drive to give the reader a first-seat in the arena of
the novel's action.
Sydney Jones Series Book
"Chance" is a golden novel with romance and action playing warp and woof in a style that delivers page-turning suspense!

With a headstrong lover tied to the dangerous world of the CIA missions,
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Was sent an ARC to review.
Solid 3.5 stars.

Pros: I enjoyed the plot and became incredibly invested in the characters. I wanted them to succeed and I want the romance to happen.

Cons: It felt pedantic and repetitive at times. The pacing could get off, and overall the writing style wasn’t for me.

I would definitely recommend it for those who like easy, quick reads. Overall an enjoyable book!! Looking forward to the third!

Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the 2nd book in a soon to be trilogy. I hadn’t read the 1st book but it was ok to read as it is.
Sydney Jones is the lead and is a no nonsense and straight up character.
A fast paced lighter thriller that takes you on a journey with the mafia and sleazy sides of life

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Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Title: Chance, A Novel

Author: Carolyn M Bowen

Length: 176 pages

Publisher: Self published

Genre: Fiction, Thriller

My rating: 3.5/5


The book is the second book in the Sydney Jones Trilogy and the story revolves around Sydney Jones and Walker who get separated by circumstances.

My Take:

I would like to thank the author for providing me with an Advanced copy of the book for reading and reviewing. I also state that the views mentioned in the post are my own and am not being paid for this review.

Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Brian Gates
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Chance (Sydney Jones Series Book 2) by Carolyn M. Bowman is a fantastic read. The story is filled with twists and turns, beginning when her lover's ex girlfriend is discovered dead. Walker vanishes leaving no way to contact him, and then Sydney discovers that she is pregnant. The mystery and suspense continue to unfold in what proves to be a well written, engaging novel. Chance is a classic thriller/mystery plot with lots of tense and suspenseful moments. ...more
Melissa Henderson
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
A fast paced thriller filled with action, mystery and intrigue. I look forward to reading more stories by this author. I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required.
Bookish Singh
Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Second in the Sydney Jones series, Chance-A Novel via Carolyn M. Bowen is a relentless spine chiller that follows Sydney and Walker as they attempt to avoid demise and destruction their steady foes.

They took her darling. Getting him back could be the exact opposite thing she actually does… Powerful Atlanta lawyer Sydney Jones never withdraws from a case. So what happens in the story line?

A planned gathering with Roxanne, a vocalist musician whose music was once top of the pop graphs, drives Wal
Stacey Carroll
Oct 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Chance by Carolyn M. Bowen is a 256 page psychological thriller. It has an interesting premise. Sydney Jones (attorney) is in a relationship with her bodyguard (Walker) when he’s accused of murder. Instead of seeing his murder case unfold, he’s recruited by the CIA and taken away from Sydney.

It is a very interesting read and worth the time to read it. However, it’s worth noting that it covers an extremely long timeframe. In the first 50 pages, you’ll learn of the murder, Walker’s “disappearance
Nov 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Chance by the author Carolyn M Bowen is a psychological thriller. It is the second book in the Sydney Jones Series. Protagonist of the story is Sydney Jones. Walker is the head of security at her office and personal bodyguard. He is also Sydney's boyfriend. Before becoming Sydney's bodyguard, Walker was the bodyguard of the singer-songwriter Roxanne. Roxanne had developed a drug habit and Walker had left the security job there. But now, Roxanne is constantly troubling Walker to be her bodyguard ...more
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Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
A former pop star that was hooked on drugs turns up dead, a past catches up, and a future that could be in danger.

Sydney Jones had been dating her body guard, Walker, for a while. The last thing anyone expected was for Walker to find the body of the dead singer and be a suspect.

To top it off, Sydney, a lawyer with a dangerous job, found out she was pregnant with Walker’s child.

Story had a lot of government and lawyer jargon, which made it kind of slow and complex. It had an interesting story lin
Prashant Singh
Oct 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What happens when someone takes away the love of your life?

That feeling is the basis of where this all started. A great story line presented in Chance - A Novel: Psychological Thriller by Carolyn M. Bowen.

Powerful Atlanta lawyer Sydney Jones never throws in the towel from a case. So when her security guard and love of life is blamed for homicide, she's resolved to battle for him in court. All things being equal, the charges are abruptly excused, and he goes missing suddenly.

Being doubtful about
Sarah Wolfe
I stopped reading this novel after about a chapter and a half. I was not overly fond of the writing. It was more like a checklist of things happening. There was not an easy flow of events. I was not reading a story. I was being told a summery of one. However, that was not the reason I stopped. I can slog through some pretty terrible writing and still find small gems of good storytelling.

Why I stopped reading this novel was that it was incredibly racist. My first warning should have been when Si
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Thank you to Goodreads, the author & publisher for a copy of this book. I feel very bad about posting a bad review. I know the author put a lot of hard work into this & I don't like putting down someone else's work. The premise of this book is something I'm interested in but I just could not get into this book. I'd read a couple chapters & several eye rolls later put the book down. After some time elapsed I would pick it back up & try to read it & still couldn't get into it. After many failed at ...more
Ella James
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Chance is another one of Carolyn M. Bowen's incredible psychological thriller novels. It is filled with mystery, exciting narrative, remarkable well developed characters and a storyline that kept me up late into the night devouring it until the very last page. I totally recommend Chance by Carolyn M. Bowen. I read the amazing first novel in the author's Sydney Jones series, Primed For Revenge first but this book can be read as a stand alone. Both novels are incredible reads! ...more
Julie Porter
Dec 09, 2019 rated it liked it
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Jewel Hart
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Second in the Sydney Jones series, Chance- A Novel by Carolyn M. Bowen is a fast-paced thriller that follows Sydney and Walker as they try to side-step death and defeat their relentless adversaries.

A scheduled meeting with Roxanne, a singer-songwriter whose music was once top of the pop charts, leads Walker to a gruesome murder scene. The CIA frames him for it and Walker knows all too well he will be blamed for her death if he does not relent to the CIA’s demands. He leaves Sydney, the woman he
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chance is the second novel in the Sidney Jones series. Carolyn Bowen takes her readers on adventures all around the world, and the settings are fabulous!

I will fully admit that I did not read the first novel in the series, Primed for Revenge, and I feel that I should have read it before reading Chance. I am confident that I missed a lot from the first novel that may have made me feel better about Chance.

Now, that is not to say that I didn’t enjoy Chance. On the contrary, I thought it was a great
Lel Budge
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is #2 in the Sydney Jones series but can easily be read as a stand-alone.

Sydney is an attorney, strong and independent. When her boyfriend is accused of murder the investigation begins. She is determined to prove his innocence but then he disappears.

This is part conspiracy tale and part psychological thriller. With murder and intrigue woven into a fast paced, exciting and thoroughly gripping read.

There’s also the little hope of a romance too. Brilliantly entertaining.

Thank you to Blackthorn
Amy Shannon
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grand thriller

Bowen pens a thrilling and suspenseful story in Chance - A Novel. This is the first book of Bowen's that I've read, and I really enjoyed it. I love crime thrillers and Bowen can really tell a story. The story runs at a great paced, and the characters had a lot of depth, and were more than just one dimensional names on a page. Filled with intrigue and conspiracies, this book hits all the right notes. This book made me want to go and read other work from Bowen. I look forward to read
BD Black
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't stop reading this second book about Sydney Jones. The woman is a true hero who has had to sacrifice so much of her life for the law. She endures heartbreak, attempted murder and loss through this story and comes out stronger for it. The narrative bounces between several characters in the story which brings to life the many stories being told and enthralls the reader. A must read for crime thrillers and fans of strong female characters. ...more
Gina R Mitchell
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Carolyn M. Bowen knows how to write a crime thriller. Chance: Sydney Jones Book #2 is fast-paced & engaging. It's a quick read that will leave you ready to grab the next in the series.

When you mix Sydney and Walker with the Chinese Black Society and the CIA, you are bound to get excitement, drama, murder, and intrigue.

Chance is an excellent book for fans of police-procedurals, crime fiction, and thrillers with a hint of romance.
P.S. Winn
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sydney Jones is an Atlanta attorney. After her boyfriend, accused of murder, vanishes, Sydney finds herself caught up in a conspiracy and a psychological mystery. I like this author's writing and the fact she gives the role of a strong character to a woman. This is the second book in the series but I recommend readers check out all this authors wonderful stories. ...more
Tricia De Jesus-Gutierrez
Fast-paced with relatable characters, a treat if you like criminal law or police procedural primetime shows. A substantial read to tuck into your purse for a quick read at the cafe, on the train, or the beach.
Nolcha Fox
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Carolyn Bowen does a fantastic job of weaving the lives of different characters together into an international web of revenge, unresolved love, and hope for the future. I never knew what was going to happen next. The ending left me wanting more!
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CAROLYN BOWEN is a mystery author who calls on her life escapades and an adventurous, imaginative spirit to inspire and entertain. Bowen uses travel as a muse to explore cultures and dialogue to bring her stories to life. Her writing credits include Cross-Ties, a romantic adventure; The Long Road Home, a contemporary crime fiction mystery; Cross-Stepping Your Way To Success; The Sydney Jones Serie ...more

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