Taking a Chance (Restoration #3) by AM Arthur ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

Taking-a-ChanceTitle: Taking a Chance (Restoration #3)

Author: AM Arthur

Publisher: Carina Press

Cover Artist: unknown

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 09/14/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance


The last time Elliott fell in love, his fiancé cheated on him. Now fresh out of rehab, Elliott’s confidence lags behind his libidoénot that that stops him from lusting after the sexy carpenter working on his kitchen—from a distance. He won’t risk his sobriety on another potential broken heart.

As half of an experienced home renovation duo, Augustus expects this job will be easy. Until he sees the house’s tenant, a man he never thought he’d meet—his ex’s other man. Augustus knows he should say something about their secret, shared past, but he’s tongue-tied by their intense, unwanted attraction.

Despite attempts to keep things professional, the two men give in to temptation and forge a genuine connection—and his developing feelings for Elliott leave Augustus in an impossible situation. If he stays, his secret will always hang over the relationship. But telling the truth might send Elliott spiraling to a new rock bottom and cost Augustus the only man he’s ever really loved.

Book three of The Restoration series

80,000 words

My View:

I have sat on this review overnight. I usually either write reviews immediately, or I forget to write them for a few days. This one I sat down to write immediately and nothing came to me.

There is a lot going on with Taking a Chance by AM Arthur. It is the third book in her Restoration series, which is a spinoff of her Beginningsseries. This title focuses on Elliott, who we know as a friend to Jay and Boxer from the first two books in the series, respectively. We also know that has been a little out of control of late.

Taking a Chance is not about Elliott’s recovery. It is about Elliott’s new normal. It is about moving past his party boy ways, coming to terms with his late fiance’s betrayal and finding his new path forward. It is about forgiveness and grief. It is about trust and taking chances with his heart. It is also about facing the consequences of some of the chances he took while he was in his downward spiral.

I don’t know that Augustus (Auggie) was the perfect person to use as Elliott’s love interest. It was an interesting courtship, only because you knew from the start, as did Auggie, that it was destined to fail. One huge secret laid between them. However, Auggie is in a unique position to understand some of what sent Elliott on his downward spiral to begin with.

This book is not easy to read. Elliott and Auggie have to face some very real and uncomfortable truths. They have to decide what is important and how to keep each other safe. They take a few unnecessary risks along the way. However, I found they were good for each other. They helped even each other out, as hard as I found that to perceive in the beginning.

While I didn’t expect this book to worm its way into my heart, I think it is my favorite of the two series. While you don’t necessarily have to have read the rest of the Restoration series to enjoy this installment, I highly recommend you do so in order to have a full understanding of where Elliott’s head and heart are as he begins his own road to restoration.


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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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