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Monday, January 17, 2011

Second Chances by Lauren Dane

Second Chances by Lauren Dane
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (200 Pages)
Other: M/F, multiple partners, BDSM
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

Ten years ago, Rori Simon left town shy, unattractive and with zero self-esteem. Now she's back, older, stronger and finally loving herself—and it shows. Hot men are soon knocking at her door, including Jude Callahan, the bad boy who starred in her teenage daydreams...and her adult fantasies.

Jude can't believe the sexy, confident woman before him is actually Rori! She's gotten under his skin like no other woman has...and she brings out secret desires he can't resist. He wants to dominate Rori with every fiber of his being. Wants to own her and pleasure her. To cherish her as he makes her his.

Rori discovers she likes being controlled. She also knows Jude is not a one-woman man. Everything changes when she meets Zach Helm. Edgy, sensual Zach knows just what she needs, and before long, she's in love. Jude watches them together and wonders if he's lost his chance forever...

Have you ever read a book and without realizing it started playing the soundtrack to the story in your mind? Well, let me tell you, one of the songs that would have to be included on the soundtrack for Second Chances would be Theory of A Deadman’s Not Meant To Be. The last lines of the song are a poignant picture of Rori and Jude’s story.

“It's like one step forward and two steps back no matter what I do you're always mad.

And I, baby I'm sorry to see maybe we're not meant to be”.

I’ve been a fan of Lauren Dane’s writing since reading the Arcadia Wolves series and as such I fully expected to enjoy Second Chances. I was NOT disappointed and actually became so invested in the story I had to finish it the same day I started it. I’m pretty sure I lost sleep reading it but it was well worth it!

The storyline is incredible. I thought I knew the direction it would lead when I began but every time I thought Ms. Dane was going to zig she zagged. She hit me with some powerful and emotional story arcs that left me breathless and close to tears at times. The initial story of “ugly duckling returns to small town home as a swan and hooks up with high school bad boy crush” isn’t so much a new story but what happens next was totally unexpected and kept me glued to my e-reader for several hours.

The character development is strong and defined. You know who these people are and actually want to know more about the family and friends that surround them. If I haven’t made my point clear enough…you won’t want to put this book down! I only award Best Book status to books that truly touch me and keep me thinking about the stories and characters long after I’ve read the last pages and for me Second Chances was that type of book. Bravo Ms. Dane and I honestly can’t wait to see what you give to us next!

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