No Chance Meeting (No Chance Love #1)
Alex Jennings is done with life. After losing her brother in Afghanistan, everything has collapsed around her. Getting laid off from her day job and failing in her art career, she has nowhere left to turn. She once had faith to believe that all things would work together for good, but that faith died with her brother. Now she just wants the pain to end.Riley Conrad served thirteen years in the military until three bullets sent him home. After a year and a half of physical therapy and scraping together a living, all he wants is to live a simple life and perhaps even open the coffee shop he dreams about. However, the weight of failing his parents’ expectations doesn’t make it easy, and working as a bartender isn’t getting him anywhere fast.Could a “chance” meeting between Alex and Riley set them both on the path God always intended?

No Chance Meeting (No Chance Love #1) Details

TitleNo Chance Meeting (No Chance Love #1)
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ReleaseJan 1st, 1970
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GenreContemporary, Romance, Christian, Christian Fiction, Fiction

No Chance Meeting (No Chance Love #1) Review

  • Tricia Mingerink
    January 1, 1970
    I normally don’t read contemporary Christian romance. It just isn’t my thing. But this author's fantasy stories under her other pen name are some of my favorite books, so I decided to take a chance on reading her books under her contemporary pen name.I’m glad I did! I loved this book so much and couldn’t put it down. I loved all the details, from a main guy who drives an old truck to the main girl’s intense soul-searching.This is not just a fluffy, feel-good romance. It deals with deep topics, I normally don’t read contemporary Christian romance. It just isn’t my thing. But this author's fantasy stories under her other pen name are some of my favorite books, so I decided to take a chance on reading her books under her contemporary pen name.I’m glad I did! I loved this book so much and couldn’t put it down. I loved all the details, from a main guy who drives an old truck to the main girl’s intense soul-searching.This is not just a fluffy, feel-good romance. It deals with deep topics, from suicide to depression. Much of the book takes place in a bar. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea. But it is very real and raw and beautiful in its healing.Still, there are plenty of swoony scenes and sigh-worthy romance, even if it stays on the clean end of things.I can’t recommend this author enough, and I can’t wait to read the rest of this series!
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  • Lilian
    January 1, 1970
    Pretty solid book! Really enjoyed this one--reminds me a lot of Faith Potts' books. ;) RTC.No Chance Meetingis easily one of my favorite books I’ve ever read. To be honest, I was expecting an incredible book because I’ve read other books from Jaye and absolutely loved them, but as this book was from a completely different genre I really wasn’t sure what to expect. However, Jaye completely knocked it out of the park and astounded me with how vivid and heartfelt the story was.From the start we Pretty solid book! Really enjoyed this one--reminds me a lot of Faith Potts' books. ;) RTC.No Chance Meeting is easily one of my favorite books I’ve ever read. To be honest, I was expecting an incredible book because I’ve read other books from Jaye and absolutely loved them, but as this book was from a completely different genre I really wasn’t sure what to expect. However, Jaye completely knocked it out of the park and astounded me with how vivid and heartfelt the story was.From the start we encounter a broken and worn down but extremely lovely character — Alex Jennings (I’ve always loved the name Alex for a girl so that was already a plus :P). She struggles to find meaning in life after losing her brother as well as her sight of God. She coincidentally meets Riley Conrad, who through his loving actions nudges her towards God. Riley and Alex are definitely one of my favorite couples and individual characters out there; they complement each other perfectly (and it’s definitely different from most books as instead of the female MC being a light for the male MC, it’s the opposite), but solely are so unique and special, and I definitely got attached to them quickly. There’s SO much character development from each of them, from their own selves as well as their relationships with friends and family. I especially loved Alex’s best friend, Mindy, and how encouraging and stable she was. Riley, who originally was completely distanced from his family, noticeably grew closer to them in a realistic and encouraging way as well.It’s interesting how many themes and plot twists there are; looking at the summary of the plot at the start I didn’t think it’d be filled with much action, but now that I’ve finished the book I can definitely say there’s a lot going on. Jaye Elliot’s writing style really blew me away as well; it’s so fluid and gorgeous and it draws me into her stories without fail every. single. time. and this book was for sure no exception. She’s such a talented author and I could tell from her experienced approach to difficult topics (such as suicide as well as faith, which was without a doubt in the foreground of the whole story and one of, if not the biggest, theme in the story).There’s a lot more I can talk about, but in efforts to keep this review on the short side, I’ll wrap it up here. No Chance Meeting easily makes the list of my top three favorite books of the year (so far, and I’ve read more than 30). From faith to family to friendships, it really hands you a well-written and heartwarming story that I’d recommend to anyone as well as characters and a small town that I can’t wait to read more about. 5 stars.I received a complimentary copy from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review. All thoughts are my own.
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  • Faith
    January 1, 1970
    Let me start off by saying that I've been wanting to read this book for ever so long. Given that, along with the fact the book deals with suicide and depression and there's numerous Marine references, I expected to love it. Buutttt I didn't. Now I'm trying to figure out why. :PFor the most part, it's a slower story. There's no massive happenings occurring throughout the story, other than an unexpected twist here and there (the one beyond the 85% mark, now that's something I didn't see coming). A Let me start off by saying that I've been wanting to read this book for ever so long. Given that, along with the fact the book deals with suicide and depression and there's numerous Marine references, I expected to love it. Buutttt I didn't. Now I'm trying to figure out why. :PFor the most part, it's a slower story. There's no massive happenings occurring throughout the story, other than an unexpected twist here and there (the one beyond the 85% mark, now that's something I didn't see coming). A tale of falling in love, achieving freedom from past fears and sins and tragedies, and holding to faith through all else.Both of the main characters were sweet, likable, and realistic, with plenty of quirks and attributes to keep them original. I adored Riley. He's so adorable. Epic Marine guy, with a dream of a coffee shop. Add to that his long hair and the fact that—for once—the love interest actually isn't six feet four? I approve. 10/10.Alex was a fun character, too. I love the name, her artsy side, and the fact that she's awkward, not crazy pretty, and wears glasses. I found myself struggling to connect with her and feel compassion toward her pain, but I loved seeing her and Riley's relationship and the way they complimented each other and encouraging each other to pursue their dreams.One of my favorite things about the book was the frequent coffee references. These people chug as much caffeine as I do, and I loved it. xD Add to that the dreams of a coffee shop and the vibe of the whole idea. Loooove.The book is filled with a cast of other complex characters. From Mindy and Zach, to Luke and Kat, to Riley's and Alex's parents and grandparents, all the way down to the well-known artist, the landlady, and the pastor and his wife. A well-crafted cast of people I look forward to hearing more about in future books.Oh, and the whole ordeal with the punk kid and how it reappeared when I least expected it? Love, love, love. Probably one of my favorite parts of the book, actually.Unfortunately, I didn't exactly finish the book with hearts in my eyes. There were a few things that were seemingly left hanging and either weren't wrapped up/were left undone for awhile before presenting themselves again later in the plot. For example, Grandpa Joe. After meeting him the first time, I expected to see more of him, often, from there on out, which wasn't the case.All things considered, I'm giving No Chance Meeting a solid four star rating. It deals with topics that are often avoided or mishandled in Christian fiction, so I greatly appreciated the story in that respect. A lovely read!
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  • Alyssa
    January 1, 1970
    So one of my favorite Fantasy authors wrote a Contemporary novel!But I'm pretty dang excited about it!
  • A. Harrison
    January 1, 1970
    I knew I had to read this the instant I heard about it … A veteran, a grieving sister, and a "chance" but not really a "chance" meeting. You know, the perfect romance, to me. I love military books, military romances, and Christian military fiction, each of which could describe No Chance Meeting, this was truly a wonderful book.With veteran suicides being the highest it ever has been I have been glad to see authors bring attention to the fact that so many soldiers need help yet when it is show in I knew I had to read this the instant I heard about it … A veteran, a grieving sister, and a "chance" but not really a "chance" meeting. You know, the perfect romance, to me. I love military books, military romances, and Christian military fiction, each of which could describe No Chance Meeting, this was truly a wonderful book.With veteran suicides being the highest it ever has been I have been glad to see authors bring attention to the fact that so many soldiers need help yet when it is show in fiction it can get so sadly chlich so I was slightly surprised at the fast that ***SPOILERS*** Riley was not the one near to commiting suicide, I did like the twist on the story there.The elements of faith were perfect, I loved Riley's sweet ways, for a soldier that is. And I loved Alex's character growth.As the book got to the halfway point I was so in love with the story but realized something was going to happen, something likely bad … Knowing that I read with baited breath as the sweet interactions between Riley and Alex, the lovely story, and all until something unexpected happened. No more spoilers, so I'll just say yikes did I love and hate the last parts at times!I was pleased by the story overall, I was not sure how much I would love it but I knew I would like it, since I've loved each and every one of the books by Jaye Elliot under her other author names, especially the books under Jaye L. Knight. Each of her works is spectacular, even if they are hard to read with the good and bad truths shown in a way that one can't help but be pulled into the story.I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.
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  • Carole Jarvis
    January 1, 1970
    Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2w9eMhwNo Chance Meeting by Jaye Elliot is a character-driven romance with realistically flawed characters and strong spiritual themes. I’m a firm believer in the way God is always working behind the scenes, leaving nothing to chance, so the title is especially meaningful. It’s refreshing to see a Christian fiction book where God is actually the main character.Riley and Alex are sympathetic and relatable lead characters. They’re far from perfect and Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2w9eMhwNo Chance Meeting by Jaye Elliot is a character-driven romance with realistically flawed characters and strong spiritual themes. I’m a firm believer in the way God is always working behind the scenes, leaving nothing to chance, so the title is especially meaningful. It’s refreshing to see a Christian fiction book where God is actually the main character.Riley and Alex are sympathetic and relatable lead characters. They’re far from perfect and both realize the need for God’s grace in their lives. The loss of her brother to a suicide bomber in Afghanistan caused Alex’s life to spiral downward. Riley, a Marine who had tried to save her brother, deals with memories, past sins before becoming a Christian, and a strained relationship with his parents. It was no accident that these two met. Personal tragedy in life can draw us closer to God or cause us to drift away, as in Alex’s case. I enjoyed the connection between these two from the first and that it was Riley’s faith that helped to open Alex’s eyes. I loved Riley’s heart and also thought it was great that he was the proud owner of a tuxedo cat that he had rescued, appropriately named Tux.No Chance Meeting effectively deals with some darker topics, such as suicidal thoughts and depression. Although emotionally raw at times, it’s a beautiful story of hope and healing. I appreciated that the relationship between Riley and Alex was smooth and built gradually, rather than being filled with the tension of high and lows.No Chance Meeting is not a fast-paced story, rather moving from one day’s activity to another with a lot of inward thoughts and details that kept things moving slowly. However, the storyline and characters, both main and secondary, are very appealing. For me, more emphasis on storyline with less introspection and daily life details would have made a much stronger story. I still enjoyed No Chance Meeting overall and would like to read more stories in this series. I received a copy of this book through Prism Book Tours. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
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  • Leah Good
    January 1, 1970
    Summary of No Chance MeetingAlex has been a different person since she lost her brother to the war in Afghanistan. Somewhere along the way, her relationship with God grew cold, and she can’t find anything that makes life worth living. The weariness almost causes her to do the unthinkable, but God has other plans.Just before Alex follows through with a plan to end her life, she meets Riley Conrad. He seems to sense something is wrong, and his invitation to breakfast saves her life. When he turns Summary of No Chance MeetingAlex has been a different person since she lost her brother to the war in Afghanistan. Somewhere along the way, her relationship with God grew cold, and she can’t find anything that makes life worth living. The weariness almost causes her to do the unthinkable, but God has other plans.Just before Alex follows through with a plan to end her life, she meets Riley Conrad. He seems to sense something is wrong, and his invitation to breakfast saves her life. When he turns out to be a Christian, and his interest in her continues, Alex wonders if there is a way out of the fog she’s been living in. My Thoughts on No Chance MeetingWhen Jaye announced that she was veering away from the Ilyon Chronicles (temporarily) to release a contemporary book under a different pen name, I was skeptical. In fact, I almost passed on the book entirely. I’m glad I decided to give it a chance.No Chance Meeting is refreshingly pure, even when compared to other Christian books, and lacks many of the tropes typical of its genre. I should have expected no less from Jaye!No Chance Meeting QuoteWhen I first started reading, I feared the story wouldn’t hold my attention. However, Alex and Riley soon grew to be familiar and lovable, and before I long, I found the pages passing quickly.This is a relaxing read about recovering faith, valuing life, and learning to cherish family. If you’re an adrenaline junkie when it comes to fiction, this might not be the book for you. However, if you are in the mood to curl up with a cup of tea and make a few new friends within the pages of a book, you’ll definitely enjoy No Chance Meeting.Romantic content is limited to several kisses and some PG teasing.*Advanced reader copy provided in exchange for an honest review
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  • Abigail
    January 1, 1970
    This is a really hard review for me to write because I loved many aspects of this book but I felt it lacking and I had a hard time connecting to the story as a whole. The characters were amazing and Ms. Elliot did a phenomenal job with the topic of suicide. The characters were realistic and just sweethearts. I loved watching them grow and mature throughout the book and Riley was a huge cinnamon roll of an ex-marine. He was so sweet and was one of the more unique male protagonists that I have This is a really hard review for me to write because I loved many aspects of this book but I felt it lacking and I had a hard time connecting to the story as a whole. The characters were amazing and Ms. Elliot did a phenomenal job with the topic of suicide. The characters were realistic and just sweethearts. I loved watching them grow and mature throughout the book and Riley was a huge cinnamon roll of an ex-marine. He was so sweet and was one of the more unique male protagonists that I have read in contemporary. I really liked Alex as well and her story was so heart breaking. Her development was beautiful throughout this book. All the other characters were so unique in their own ways and I loved (nearly) each and every one of them! I really loved Mindy and her bundle of energy that appeared whenever she was around. It made me smile. This book was also pretty predictable, besides one part with the punk kid....I was not expecting that at all. Though this book wasn't my favorite, I still really enjoyed it. I did feel like a few things were left unresolved, but this book still gets a solid four stars from me! I am interested to see where book 2 takes us! *I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not required to write a positive review.*
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  • Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed the characters and plot but the writing style just wasn't for me. Too many details of mundane daily life things that weren't pertinent and just slowed the story down waaaay too much for me. I can see others enjoying the book just fine.(I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions expressed in this review are my own)
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  • Suzie Waltner
    January 1, 1970
    While No Chance Meeting is a slow, meandering read with a lot of daily minutiae and internal pondering, it plumbs emotional depths.Jaye Elliott’s debut focuses on two people who are doing their best to move forward with life. While Alex is smothered by grief and darkness, meeting Riley leads her to open up with him and with the other important people in her life. Riley is a support for Alex but is by no means perfect. He’s made mistakes he regrets and has some broken relationships scattered in While No Chance Meeting is a slow, meandering read with a lot of daily minutiae and internal pondering, it plumbs emotional depths.Jaye Elliott’s debut focuses on two people who are doing their best to move forward with life. While Alex is smothered by grief and darkness, meeting Riley leads her to open up with him and with the other important people in her life. Riley is a support for Alex but is by no means perfect. He’s made mistakes he regrets and has some broken relationships scattered in the landscape of his life.Elliott tackles the difficult topic of depression with grace and gentleness, never glossing over the internal battle that Alex wages on her emotions. The faith element of the book is also authentic to the story. I'll be watching for more from this author.Disclosure statement: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.
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  • Claire Banschbach
    January 1, 1970
    Overall enjoyed it, though contemporary romance is not my usual genre, gave it a chance because I love Jaye's writing. Cute story, but felt a bit choppy in places, and didn't read as well/feel as developed as her other books (though is likely due to the difference in genre!). I liked the characters and Riley was so sweet!! Recommended for anyone who enjoys Christian contemporary romance!
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  • Raechel
    January 1, 1970
    RTC!
  • Sarah Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    I was provided an ARC copy by the author in exchange for my honest review.{The Basics}Sooooo. One of my favorite authors, also known as Jaye L. Knight of the Ilyon Chronicles, has written her first contemporary novel! and I had the chance (no pun intended...) to read an advanced copy!!This was such a sweet, moving, and real-life story---definitely an easy read with some TWISTS. I adored Riley, and Alex was my kinda country, born-n'-bred, farm girl with a penchant for art. Her parents were I was provided an ARC copy by the author in exchange for my honest review.{The Basics}Sooooo. One of my favorite authors, also known as Jaye L. Knight of the Ilyon Chronicles, has written her first contemporary novel! and I had the chance (no pun intended...) to read an advanced copy!!This was such a sweet, moving, and real-life story---definitely an easy read with some TWISTS. I adored Riley, and Alex was my kinda country, born-n'-bred, farm girl with a penchant for art. Her parents were extremely supportive & loving. Her friends even more so.As opposed to the whimsical worlds of fantasy & the incredible adventures & story world in the Ilyon Chronicles, this tale is much more mellow, but it certainly deals with real-life issues, struggles, & regrets.All that said, I really enjoyed Riley & Alex's story & would highly recommend if you are looking for a great, clean, contemporary read. :] Read on for more details!{Violence}A character has struggled often with suicidal thoughts & was on her way to a bridge in town where she planned to jump to her death. [SPOILER] Circumstances stop her & she attempts to turn her life around. The depression, doubts, & fears still linger, but she learns to keep her friends & family close, and comes to rely on her faith like she once did.We hear the story of how a soldier tried to save another from fatal wounds due to an IED bombing.A man punches another for lewdly insulting a woman (nothing detailed by way of dialogue, but it's certainly implied).A man is beaten to unconsciousness & is hospitalized in a coma. He suffered broken ribs, a bruised kidney, & head trauma.{Spiritual Content}Alex grew up in a Christian home, but at nearly 30 years old, following her years of college, she has fallen stagnate in her faith. This is something she intentionally wishes to change. Riley is a new Christian in recent years, following his honorable discharge in the military due to injuries.Both Alex & Riley pray often and attend church together. Alex desires to read her Bible after putting it off for so long. She finds she feels unworthy---abandoning God after the death of her brother a few years prior.Mention of not allowing Satan to succeed in dragging her down.On Veteran's Day, Alex's family goes to visit the grave-sites of those lost in the wars. They go to the graces and "tell" their loved ones how they miss them.Both Riley & Alex have small tattoos symbolizing something or someone in their life.{Language // Alcohol & Drugs}None. One character is said to have cursed, but it's not in the actual dialogue---instead, it's used as a verb.Alex goes into the bar seeking some liquid courage---a small shot of whiskey. It's obvious she doesn't drink alcohol of any kind as she barely gets one gulp down. There, she meets Riley, who is the bartender. At one point, in need of a job, Alex begins work there as well, learning how to serve all kinds of alcoholic beverages.A group of friends share a bottle of red wine. A Christmas party serves wine. Riley shares a glass with his dad later that evening.Both Riley & Alex attend a psychiatrist. Alex is prescribed an antidepressant as she struggles with anxiety & depression.{Romantic Content}Riley & Alex shares several kisses, and hugs often. Alex breaks on one particular kiss, afraid it could end disastrously, and confesses her commitment to remain pure. Riley honors her commitment, and admits his regrets, confessing to have been with other girls.At a Christmas party, Riley's younger sister's boyfriend is seen checking out all the other girls present, including Alex. Some women wear revealing cocktail dresses.We meet Riley's ex-girlfriend, who seems to be trying to seduce him again.A rowdy group of young men draw attention at the bar, one in particular flirts with Alex (to her disgust). He runs his hand down her back before she slaps it away.{Conclusion}All told, this was a sweet, romantic, easy read with A LOT of feels. It deals with the hard trials & heavy struggles of reality beautifully, and paints a lovely picture of steadfast faith & encouragement---especially in the characters of those around Riley & Alex.I would certainly recommend if you need a cozy read for these last few weeks of Winter! However, I would caution you as to the content of suicidal thoughts, anxiety, & depression. Jaye Elliot does a great job of showing how prevalent such issues can be, but also weaves into it that suicide is NEVER the answer for life struggles. If you or anyone you know is dealing with these burdens, there is NO SHAME in asking for help, support, & encouragement. You are so BELOVED, dear heart! What an amazing truth. <3
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I've read and enjoyed many books that this author has written, from early ones to Ilyon Chronicles, so I was excited to see another story!! This is not the normal kind of book I read much of, but I was very impressed, especially considering this is the first attempt made at this genre. (I guess at least the first attempt she's published. There could be other stories, who knows). Oh yeah, and I may or may not have stayed up until almost 11 pm reading last night ;)I LOVED THE CHARACTERS!!!! Alex, I've read and enjoyed many books that this author has written, from early ones to Ilyon Chronicles, so I was excited to see another story!! This is not the normal kind of book I read much of, but I was very impressed, especially considering this is the first attempt made at this genre. (I guess at least the first attempt she's published. There could be other stories, who knows). Oh yeah, and I may or may not have stayed up until almost 11 pm reading last night ;)I LOVED THE CHARACTERS!!!! Alex, Riley, Mindy, Zach... they were AMAZING and I especially loved what Mindy and Zach represented for Alex. How they were there for her and the history and friendship they give her. Mindy is such a great best friend; I love her energy and enthusiasm. Zach is kind of a surrogate big brother, which is nice. One thing I take away from this book is that you never know when God will use you in someone's life or how He can use you. You never know when a smile or brief exchange can change someone's entire day or even life. Riley had no clue what was going on in Alex's life the day he met her. Granted, he sensed she was having a rough time that day, but nothing beyond that. I loved the relationship. It was sweet and real. Alex having to come to terms with Riley's past, the temptations they faced, how they cared so much for each other and supported each other's dreams. I liked how they did things together that showed different sides. Spending time with their families, speaking up and defending each other when necessary. It just is rare to see a book to so well giving an example of how a relationship can and should work. So, it is kind of predictable, at least a few elements. (view spoiler)[I knew Tony would do something, I just didn't know what or when. Actually, by that point in the book, I was starting to wonder if my prediction was unfounded, but no. And as soon as Riley saw the For Sale sign, I was pretty sure the buyer would be his parents. (hide spoiler)]It's kind of funny because my dad had coworkers who had a daughter around my age and we used to play together. Their husband's name was Alex and the wife was Mindy :) Literally my only "complaint" about this book is that both MCs had generic names that could be boys or girls. I got used to it pretty quickly though and it's not a big deal. I have to mention somewhere that I thought Jaye handled Alex's depression and suicidal thoughts very well. I actually appreciate that it wasn't as though Alex didn't believe, she did, she was just so lost. Christians struggle too. It's some heavy stuff but I really think Jaye did a good job. I really liked this book a lot and look forward to the rest of them, just hopefully after she finishes Ilyon :) Recommended for 18+
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  • Hanne T
    January 1, 1970
    TW: suicide, depression/anxietyThis was a really adorable book! I haven't read anything by Jaye, although I've heard lots of good things about her fantasy series, so when I saw No Chance Meeting, her first contemporary, I was super excited to read it and check it out!This book was very sweet!! I loved Alex and Riley: they are absolutely meant for each other, and I LOOOOOOOOVED reading their story. The side characters are also amazing--Zach and Mindy, the parents, Luke--each of them was distinct TW: suicide, depression/anxietyThis was a really adorable book! I haven't read anything by Jaye, although I've heard lots of good things about her fantasy series, so when I saw No Chance Meeting, her first contemporary, I was super excited to read it and check it out!This book was very sweet!! I loved Alex and Riley: they are absolutely meant for each other, and I LOOOOOOOOVED reading their story. The side characters are also amazing--Zach and Mindy, the parents, Luke--each of them was distinct and brought their story to life.Obviously Alex and Riley were the focus of the book, and since it was narrated from Alex's point of view most of the time, it was more Alex heavy (which was sad: I really enjoyed the parts from Riley's POV and wanted more!!). The relationship was a perfect representation of what a good, godly relationship should be like. I especially enjoyed the author's careful writing of really important truths (tw: suicide, depression/anxiety) and worldviews into the book, especially regarding the building of a relationship.I really liked the daily routine storytelling fashion, and how it wasn't really dramatic or fast paced: it was really slow (but in a good way!) pretty much all through the book, and detailed how Alex and Riley fell in love. However with that, there wasn't a significant amount of plot, and readers that like a fast paced plot might be a little disappointed.With that, however, it was pretty obvious that this was the author's first book of the sort (though to be completely fair I haven't read any of her other books, so I couldn't compare them). There were several plot bunnies, and the writing style wasn't as smooth as it could have been. In addition, I pretty much called all the big scenes in the book well before they happened, so that was a little bit disappointing. (Also, this is a personal complaint, but Alex cried A LOT. To the point where it was a little bit mundane to read. I understand she was Going Through It, but stILL. It was a little bit much)Overall? It was a really sweet and adorable book! I enjoyed reading it a lot, and it was exactly the type of soft, fluffy romance that makes your heart melt <3. I stayed up late reading, and I haven't done that in a long time.7/10I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion; I was not required to write a positive review.
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  • Alyssa
    January 1, 1970
    So it's no secret that over the past couple years I've come to the realization that I love contemporaries. Of course, having already read most of Jaye's fantasy books (published under Jaye L Knight) and loving them to pieces, I was ecstatic to get the opportunity to start and read No Chance Meeting. And I wasn't disappointed!First off, the characters are all amazing. Each of them are realistic and believable (leaning pretty heavily on the "sweet"/conservative side, but still) and likeable. Alex So it's no secret that over the past couple years I've come to the realization that I love contemporaries. Of course, having already read most of Jaye's fantasy books (published under Jaye L Knight) and loving them to pieces, I was ecstatic to get the opportunity to start and read No Chance Meeting. And I wasn't disappointed!First off, the characters are all amazing. Each of them are realistic and believable (leaning pretty heavily on the "sweet"/conservative side, but still) and likeable. Alex is pretty much the main narrator, and I actually really enjoyed her voice. How Miss Elliot wrote her depression and dry faith (Alex still believes in God - but her struggles are pretty relateable and well-known to many Christians out there) was very well -done. I also like this layer that was added on so that it wasn't just a romance book.Riley was our other narrator. (Can I say real fast that having a female narrator named Alex and a dude named Riley was kind of confusing? Not a BD, but I was a little confused at the beginning, lol) Riley was great. He rides that line perfectly of being a sweet, considerate gentleman, but ALSO BEING BELIEVABLE. How he supported Alex - but would give her some tough love - was something that I really appreciated seeing. And also, he is retired military and seeing his struggle through that was something I liked seeing, as well.Zach and Mindy are also two other pretty main characters. They are Alex's friends (though they pretty quickly connect with Riley!), and were perfectly supportive and genuine. I found Mindy to be a little unrealistic at times (she is constant energy and crazy), but I still loved her.The pacing was slow and steady, which was perfect for the story. It also wasn't some intense flurry of emotions or whatever that I typically associate with romance novels (or maybe that's just because I tend to read YA novels), which I hugely appreciated. How faith was also incorporated in the story (I already briefly touched on that) was amazing to see.(i just wanted to mention: allll the jeep and flannel love in this book!)So, overall, I am becoming a fan of Jaye's new contemporary adventures! :) I would definitely recommend this to anyone wanting to dip their toes into clean romance! Now, it IS an adult book, so some of you younger teens might just want to go in with that in mind.*I received a review copy for my honest opinion. I just happened to like it a lot! :)
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  • Michelle Bruhn
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC copy of this book but was not required to leave a positive review. My thoughts are entirely my own and provided honestly. I’m also going to preface this with the fact that I don’t typically read romance novels. Love me some romantic side-plot, not so much main plot, BUT I also love Jaye Elliot’s series The Ilyon Chronicles (under the name Jaye L. Knight), so I was very interested in reading another of her books.This book is very slice-of-life—walking through Riley and Alex’s I received an ARC copy of this book but was not required to leave a positive review. My thoughts are entirely my own and provided honestly. I’m also going to preface this with the fact that I don’t typically read romance novels. Love me some romantic side-plot, not so much main plot, BUT I also love Jaye Elliot’s series The Ilyon Chronicles (under the name Jaye L. Knight), so I was very interested in reading another of her books.This book is very slice-of-life—walking through Riley and Alex’s everyday happenings, watching what they each bring to the other’s life, and seeing God work in the midst of it. At times it was a little slow for me, being used to sci-fi and fantasy, but my attachment to the characters and their relationship spurred me on through those moments. Their chemistry was great and their interactions so sweet. Even in moments of tension, where personalities clash and hard things have to be said, both of them always had each other’s best interests at heart. It made this near-30 single woman’s heart flutter, let me tell ya. Also, Riley has a cat, so he can do no wrong in my eyes. ;)
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  • ACME TEEN BOOKS Kids, YA & NA Too!
    January 1, 1970
    What an outstanding and feel-good-in-the-end book! Two characters, both living a life other than what they had planned, both struggling emotionally. One who's lost her job and a loved one, one who's been a Marine and done multiple tours of duty in Afghanistan. Both hurting yet meet by 'chance'. Jaye Elliot did a fantastic job of setting up the perfect story then setting it on it's up and down trajectory. Alex and Riley are so loveable and they move the plot along rather than the plot moving What an outstanding and feel-good-in-the-end book! Two characters, both living a life other than what they had planned, both struggling emotionally. One who's lost her job and a loved one, one who's been a Marine and done multiple tours of duty in Afghanistan. Both hurting yet meet by 'chance'. Jaye Elliot did a fantastic job of setting up the perfect story then setting it on it's up and down trajectory. Alex and Riley are so loveable and they move the plot along rather than the plot moving them. I adored their love story and how they were able to help each other and the faith that finds it's way back into their hearts. There is a serious plot twist towards the end that could make or break the story and hearts. Jaye did a beautiful job with this and kudos for focusing on such a common and painful issue. I highly recommend this book to all lovers of Christian Contemporary Romance lovers!5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️I received this complimentary book upon request and am leaving my review voluntarily. All opinions are my own.
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  • Naomi
    January 1, 1970
    “No Chance Meeting” by Jaye Elliot was one of those contemporary romances that you just can’t put down! I think this is the first I’ve ever read intentionally, and I found that I really enjoyed! I’m more of an action reader usually, but the military aspect and connecting deeply with Alex practically entranced me. I have a loyal love for our military, and Jaye did a beautiful job of portraying different perspectives and feelings on that. I won’t give away any spoilers, but I have to rave a little “No Chance Meeting” by Jaye Elliot was one of those contemporary romances that you just can’t put down! I think this is the first I’ve ever read intentionally, and I found that I really enjoyed! I’m more of an action reader usually, but the military aspect and connecting deeply with Alex practically entranced me. I have a loyal love for our military, and Jaye did a beautiful job of portraying different perspectives and feelings on that. I won’t give away any spoilers, but I have to rave a little more about this wonderful story! One chapter left me gasping several times with multiple chills waves, and another had my heart racing and longing to jump into the book and fight for my hero. Now you go read this, and see what I mean!
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  • Priscilla Krahn
    January 1, 1970
    No Chance Meeting was a very well written contemporary romance about a struggling artist, and a war vet. While the book dealt with some heavy topics, such as suicide, and relationships, it was very well done, and I found myself unable to put it down. Jaye Elliot captured the true feelings of depression and doubts, as well as the path leading out. The reason I rated it with a 4 star, instead of a 5 star is because of a few items of questionable content such as the fact that the main characters No Chance Meeting was a very well written contemporary romance about a struggling artist, and a war vet. While the book dealt with some heavy topics, such as suicide, and relationships, it was very well done, and I found myself unable to put it down. Jaye Elliot captured the true feelings of depression and doubts, as well as the path leading out. The reason I rated it with a 4 star, instead of a 5 star is because of a few items of questionable content such as the fact that the main characters work at a bar, and there is some minor kissing scenes. While it was all handled very well, and appropriately, it's something to be aware of as a sensitive reader.
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  • LeeJay Mulvaney
    January 1, 1970
    Beautiful Godly Love story This was one of my most favourite books to date. Not only was the plot well written and developed exceptionally, this author chose to write a God-centred love story, which is rare to find! It was so encouraging and edifying to read a romance book that glorifies the most important relationship of all, the one between the individual and their Saviour. Thank you for such a wonderful read !
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  • Janice Sisemore
    January 1, 1970
    No chance meeting I loved Alex’s and Riley’s story. Alex had a lot to overcome with her brothers death. When she meets Riley everything changes for her. He is her knight in shining armor. This Is a new author to me. I really enjoyed her writing. I loved how Alex and Riley was so supportive of each other. I plan on reading more by the author. I received a complimentary copy of the book from Prism book tours. This book review is my own opinion.
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  • Holly
    January 1, 1970
    Contemporary is my favourite genre, so I was pretty excited about this book. So first off some minor criticisms. I did find the book fairly slow moving - it followed the characters day-to-day lives, rather than having a solid overarching plot or storyline. I wouldn’t say there was a consistent antagonist either. There was an overarching theme or message, but I wouldn’t say there was a plot. Riley seemed a bit too perfect at the beginning, but as the story progressed we saw his more human side. I Contemporary is my favourite genre, so I was pretty excited about this book. So first off some minor criticisms. I did find the book fairly slow moving - it followed the characters day-to-day lives, rather than having a solid overarching plot or storyline. I wouldn’t say there was a consistent antagonist either. There was an overarching theme or message, but I wouldn’t say there was a plot. Riley seemed a bit too perfect at the beginning, but as the story progressed we saw his more human side. I loved that he had a cat, that isn’t something you see very often in books. I liked that the characters got together fairly early on in the story and the book was more about them learning more about each other than dragging the tension out for as long as possible. As this is going to be a series, I’m looking forward to how the other books go. My comments for the next two would be that I hope they can just be a bit tighter and stronger storyline wise than this one, other than that I have nothing to complain about. I really enjoyed it.3.5 stars (The first 20% was very slow, so three stars for that, but the rest was four stars.)
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