Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Book Review: Taking Charge by Mandy Baggot

Taking Charge
By Mandy Baggot
Release Date: May 3, 2012
Summary: Is going back Robyn’s only way forward?

American-born Robyn Matthers is going home. With her dad in hospital, his roadhouse in ruins and the ice hockey team slipping down the league, she needs to take charge. But does she have the strength to do it?

Cole Ryan is a hockey player on a personal mission. He’s tall, dark, hot and Robyn’s noticed! But can she trust her feelings - or his? And what will Cole do when he finds out the truth about her?

With an ill father, a trailer trash step-mom and ex-boyfriend Brad desperate for another chance, does Robyn have time to contemplate a relationship? Can she start again? Does she really want to? And can two people really fall in love in three days?

Review: There's nothing more I hate about a book than an annoying character. And boy I was I annoyed with the main character of this book. Robyn said whatever she wanted, but in a 9-year-old kind of way. She would just blurt out whatever she felt like, no matter how rude, so I was very surprised when later it was said she was 25 instead of a teenager like I was expecting. Despite my annoyance with her, I decided to give the book a shot and read it all through. And I'm glad I did. 

Though I was still annoyed with her over the top character, events that had taken place in Robyn's past were explained, making her personality understandable and necessary for the whole plot of the book. Despite her magically falling for the guy she just so happens to meet on a plane on the very first page of the book, the story ended up being quite enjoyable and had me reading in anticipation until the last page. 

Robyn is returning home after spending 9 years in England. Her father is getting open heart surgery, so she is taking over his roadhouse and managing the local hockey team. I am absolutely obsessed with sports romances, so when Robyn met up with the team and Cole (the guy she met on the plane) said he played too, I knew I was going to like this book. There are so many things Robyn deals with when she comes back into town that there's never really a dull moment in the book. 

Both Robyn and Cole are dealing with dark issues in their past and they try and overcome them together, which is really sweet. Despite Robyn's overconfident attitude, she's anything but perfect and coming back into town opens up scars from the past. All of the characters from her past are really unique and make the story. From her roughing-it Dad to her best friend from high school who's still with her high school boyfriend, every character has a special place in the storyline. I got to know each and every one of them without taking away from Robyn's story, which was a nice added aspect. 

Overall, the enjoyable parts of the book greatly outweigh the bad parts. This book was a nice read and went by pretty quickly. If you're looking for something that has heart and nice characters, Taking Charge is the book for you!

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