Molly McAdams – Taking Chances Series Reading Order

by Maryse on December 1, 2012 · 16 comments

in Reading Order Guide:

<— Book #1 is angsty  as all get out! Another one of those emotionally turbulent reads, with a deep love triangle where you just can’t choose what team you’re on (or maybe you can). Either way, you’re in for heartbreak. ;) Did I cry? Oh yes. This one shocked the tears right out of me! (Check out my review). Over-the-top at times, yes, but overall, pure guilty pleasure.

P.S. You’ll likely need to join our very active support group for it: (16 pages long and counting!) <— BEWARE of spoilers. We let it all hang out, here.

Karrie: Now to tell you about Taking Chances by Molly McAdams really great book reminded me of thoughtless and beautiful disaster. Love Triangle with two delicious boys.  Loved this book had to let you know about it totally worth the read and lack of sleep.

Lauren: Taking Chances by Molly McAdams. Incredible book but sad in some places. You will love both Chase AND Brandon. Read it!

Sabrina: I just read a great book by Molly McAdams called Taking Chances and just wanted to let you know about it.  It will definitely be in your books that made me cry section.  It has a love triangle, oh yeah and tattoos and piercings lol.  The characters remind me a lot of Travis and Kellan.  I hope you add this book to your TBR list it was such a great book!

Kirsten: … I liked the angsty feel of parts of her book, and cried a heap.

Maryse: Yep I sure did read it!! And yep… it did made me cry, too. Or maybe I sobbed. *smirk* ;)

About book #1:

Eighteen year old Harper has grown up under her career Marine of a father’s thumb. Ready to live life her own way and experience things she’s only ever heard of from the jarheads in her father’s unit; she’s on her way to college at San Diego State University. Thanks to her new roommate, Harper is introduced to a world of parties, gorgeous guys, family and emotions. Some she wasn’t expecting yet, and others she never knew she was missing.

She finds herself being torn in two as she quickly falls in love with her boyfriend Brandon, and her roommate’s brother Chase. Covered in tattoos, known for fighting in the Underground and ridiculously muscled…they’re exactly what she was always warned to stay away from, but just what she needs. Despite their dangerous looks and histories, both adore and would do anything for Harper, including stepping back if it means she’s happy.

Her first year away is turning out to be near perfect, but one weekend of giving in to heated passion will change everything.

Note from Maryse: —> Now honestly, I don’t even know if this is going to be officially considered a “series” the way I have it listed here. You know… since book #2 is about a completely different set of characters, circumstances, and story. BUT!!! Since the cover is so very similar to book #1, and since it’s yet another “love triangle”  (recurring theme)… annnnnd since book #3 will be Chases’s POV from book #1, I’m turning it into a series, on my blog. So there. Good enough reasoning? I’m going with it! LOL! :P

  • Taking Chances
  • From Ashes - expected release date December 11th 2012 (coming very soon!!)  <— another triangle! Cassidy, Tyler & Gage
  • Stealing Harper - expected release date May 21st 2013 <— Chases’s POV (from Taking Chances)
  • book #4 – title and release date TBA (expected December 2013)


Notes (and quotes) from the author about the books in this series (taken from her Facebook page) . While I tried to choose the “spoiler-free” responses, I’d still recommend skipping the details below if you haven’t read “Taking Chances” yet.:

From Ashes is not a sequel, it’s a completely different story and characters…”

“I PROMISE FA is not as emotional as TC. if it helps, i bawled my way through TC and didn’t cry once in FA”

“I promise From Ashes won’t rip your heart out the way TC did”

Stealing Harper is not a prequel. The author says: “Stealing Harper is Chase’s POV from Taking Chances which should release Spring/Summer 2013″

About possibility of Brandon’s POV: “Unfortunately, I’m not. Even though I am Team Brandon. I feel like we knew enough of what Brandon was thinking the entire time that there’s really only a few things worth writing about for him. Chase was the one that REALLY was a secret!”

About that “part” ;) —> “But, no matter how hard it was, this is what needed to happen in my book. Writers wait…or hope…for their book to just click for them. And as soon as I’d written that scene, as much as it killed me, my entire book just fell in place after that.”

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Christin December 1, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Gah!!!!! I don’t know if I can handle it!!!!! While reading Taking Chances my hubby found me bawling in our bedroom, in the dark, and thought we’d lost a family member…..then he couldn’t seem to understand when I tried to explain that I HAD lost someone very dear to me!!!

Danielle G December 1, 2012 at 6:59 PM

I’m looking forward to FA,,, but I cannot WAIT for Chase’s POV!!! I’ll forever be team Chase <3

Brandy R. December 2, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Hey. I just wanted to share that TC is only 2 books TC and the novella Stealing Harper. From what I had heard From Ashes is a Stand alone book. One I can not wait to read! She does love triangles well!! Can not wait to see how this one turns out!!!!! :)

Sarah December 2, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Christin, I was in the exact same boat! I was up all night balling my eyes out like a baby.. I’m honestly not sure I will be able to handle Chase’s POV.. I see another heartbreak in the future! haha ;)

Beverly December 2, 2012 at 6:37 PM

It’s us!!! Already picked out my favorite clock.
THANKS Maryse!!!

Beverly December 2, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Sorry, wrong comments list!!!

sandy s December 2, 2012 at 8:17 PM

loved, loved this book and so excited to read more:)…. thanks for the updates maryse:)

Nicole Lowery December 2, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Read Taking Chances yesterday! Couldn’t believe I cried like a baby. Still thinking about the story today!

Lesley December 3, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Had to download this on my computer at work to keep reading today and OMG….seriously I’m not done yet but OMG…. Not getting a thing done today ( thankfully I can’t get fired, I’m the boss) but really OMG…..
And I have a son named Chase….. OMG….

Sweets December 12, 2012 at 10:51 AM

OMG…OMG….OMG…..Talk about angst! NOTHING, and I do mean NOTHING could have prepared me for Chase’s story…I am anxiously waiting for his POV. I was at work (not working) when I was reading this and actually had to stop myself from leaving for the day! I tried to tell my husband about it when I got home, but he looked at me like I was the crazy one and told me Chase wasn’t real….Sometimes, I SWEAR, guys just don’t get it!

Jennifer C December 20, 2012 at 4:50 PM

WOW! Just finished and LOVED it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Danielle O December 28, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Wow. I just finished reading both books. I loved them both. I laughed and cried through both. Gotta love thelove triangles.

Joleen October 21, 2013 at 3:20 PM

I have read over 200 books this year and Taking Chances was one of the first & also in my top five favorites. I absolutely loved this book my heart literally broke with *spoiler*. These characters have stayed with me and my heart aches every time I hear the song “I drive your truck” as I end up thinking about Harper, Chase, & Brandon.

I also loved From Ashes.

Stealing Harper brought me right back to my favorite characters but i wish the chapters were better decided in my Kobo version. At the beginning it jumped in time making me have to think hard back to the first book. After a few chapters I naturally was able to follow without having to glance back a page to see how it connected only to realize it didn’t. Still loved the Story.

Gail October 30, 2013 at 11:59 PM

I read Stealing Harper first. I did not know that there was a book before that. I don’t know if it’s because of the POV but I would always be a part of team CHASE. I cried of sadness and frustration. My heart broke when I learned that Trish drugged Chase. And because of that, painful words and heart aches happened. OUCH, literally.

maryann December 16, 2013 at 11:30 AM

I think I missed something in reading this book stealing harper. will the story line finish. is he dead. do they get back very confusing book to read especially the way it ended.

Tara January 28, 2014 at 1:06 AM

Mary Ann,
Taking Chances is the first book in the series, it is a complete story and tells you what happens after Chase’s accident. Both books are heart breaking but the author does it so well. Read Taking Chances…you won’t be sorry.

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