This was different! This Chance book was a romance about an alcoholic doctor & an escaped prostitute who just killed her customer. It starts at its lowest point with Hero & heroine at their worst & having the basest regard for each other. Hero was self-pitying drunk & heroine a hardened & manipulative prostitute. The romance grew gradually & solidly as they got to know each other at their obvious worst & their hidden best. There’s quite a bit of angst & lots of emotional baggage for both main characters. It was a testament to the author’s writing to be able to build love & see beauty in the main characters despite all the ugliness in their lives. The portrayal of Hero as an alcoholic was not sugar-coated with a sudden cure due to being in love with heroine. We see Hero’s strong craving & endless obsession for his next drink. We see him succumb to the temptation & other time resist it. We also see heroine’s struggle with maintaining her emotional barriers to intimacy. These 2 are clearly fallen people who are trying to escape their pain but manage to see a kindred spirit & love for each other. We know that Hero & heroine have a long road in their healing from their individual pasts. But it was beautiful to see them do it together.