Grace Hamilton was the girl with a plan. She knew exactly where her life was going and prided herself on always achieving her goals. It was who she was, and how she lived her life. She never stepped outside the lines, and never considered what she might desire and whom she was actually trying so hard to please. Until him…

Carson Stinger was a man who didn’t play by any rules except his own. Working in the adult entertainment industry, he didn’t care what others thought, and took each day as it came, no direction, no plan. He knew what women wanted from him and believed it was all he had to offer. Until her… 

When circumstances forced them to spend several hours together, they walked away changed. But for two people who never should have meshed, overcoming the reality of their vastly different lives wasn’t possible. At least not yet…

3-3.5 stars![First half: 5 starsSecond half: 2 stars]

Having loved the first two books in this series, I don’t know why I put off this book for so long. It may be because this book is totally unrelated to Leo and Leo’s Chance, but whatever the reason, I’m glad I gave it a go. This story is all about unpredictability, about an impulsive yet unforgettable romance, and in more ways than one, is a life story than just a straightforward romance. While I adored the first half of the book where the main focus was centered on Carson and Grace, the second half lost a lot of momentum and went down the cliché route. On top of that, there was this twist in the book that made me feel like I was reading two completely different books. It just didn’t sit well with me.*************************The book is split into three parts inspired by the Scorpio sign: The Scorpion, the Eagle, and the Dove. In the first part Scorpion, a twenty-three year old Grace Hamilton rushes to a law conference in Vegas and bumps into Carson Stinger, a successful and rising porn star who also happens to have his show in the same place as Grace’s law conference. They don’t have much in common but after a few bump-ins and getting to know each other a little, Grace and Carson agree to have a weekend fling. They just don’t expect their heart-to-heart chats and explosive chemistry to turn into something more.

The book then goes to part 2, the Eagle. Though their time together was short, Grace and Carson know that each inspired something in one another. Grace finally has the courage to pursue the occupation she really wants and Carson realizes that his life has so much more potential than just being a porn star. The way they each pursue their goals is shown through multiple time gaps.And finally the book switches to part 3, the Dove. Grace and Carson are at the pinnacle of each of their respective jobs. A very rare but fated encounter brings them together once more and the memories of what happened in Vegas all those years ago rushes back, tempting each other to give their relationship another try.*************************Up until the 50% mark, I was enjoying this book a lot. Sure there were too many coincidences and cheesy moments included but they became endearing in a way, and I loved both Grace and Carson’s characters enough to overlook that. I think the author did a fantastic job portraying their time together in Vegas just for those few days, and she handled the end of their brief relationship in a very realistic, believable manner. Part one was perfect for me.Then part two started and that’s when I started to have major issues with the book. First, the story took a turn down The Notebook lane. Not a bad twist but it just felt SO out of place and out of the blue. I could accept it more if it were written in a convincing way but the author did something else that’s a huge pet peeve of mine: use time gaps. I’m talking about from a few weeks, to a few months, to a few years?!?! And I’m sorry to say but the author did a terrible job with the gaps too. I find it interesting that even though all that time passed and they both led busy lives, they still thought of each other like no time passed at all. Their few days together in Vegas did not warrant that kind of emotional devotion.Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed this book overall but in the end, the story was too spontaneous and all over the place for me. Sure it’s fiction but there’s no way life serves up that many plates of coincidences so Carson and Grace’s paths collide again and again. The message behind the story and the romance itself is beautiful and meant to be meaningful and inspirational, but I’m just too cynical and jaded to fully appreciate it.