Publisher: Entangled Publishing (May 14, 2012)
SOURCE: Received for review from the publisher
Publication Date: May 14, 2012
Will the past keep them apart…
High-powered attorney Luke Braden knows that perfection only comes once in a lifetime, and for him it came and went in the form of his college girlfriend, Brenna Morgan. Circumstances beyond his control separated them before, but now that she’s back in Boston, Luke won’t let her slip away again.
For Brenna Morgan, returning home is the very last thing she wants, especially when it means facing the man who once became her salvation—and then dumped her at the first sign of trouble. But Luke is determined to make up for his past mistakes, and Brenna finds herself weakening against him. A decade of deceit lies between them, and he’ll have to fight if he wants to keep his second chance at love.
The title of this book may be SECOND CHANCES, but it is really a book about growing up and learning to deal with a terrible childhood, allowing healthy, loving relationships to grow and flourish. Luke and Brenna come from opposite family situations but meet in college and soon forge a seemingly unbreakable bond. When trouble – in the form of Brenna’s family – rears its head, their relationship falls apart. Now, Luke just wants a second chance with Brenna, but she is more than reluctant.
Brenna is a very engaging character, both highly flawed and very real. Her situation is not an easy one and she bears burdens that need to be put down. She is very fleshed out and her story arc is done well, if a little oversimplified. Luke, on the other hand, mostly serves as a foil – his perfection vs. her flaws – and he is less developed and a bit one dimensional in his needs/motives. He has almost no story arc at all.
Some aspects of the plot are a bit too easy and too easily resolved to be entirely realistic. But overall, the plot is strong and the character arc that Brenna undergoes carries the plot and focus. This is more of a tender returning to love story. Many of the moments between Luke and Brenna are gentle and touching, more like a caress than a fiery coming together. The story is emotional and about dealing with emotions, something they learn to do together. That’s not to say there aren’t any steamier moments, but the focus of the book is the emotional relationship between Luke and Brenna.
I found Second Chances to be a very engaging read for its rich emotional tapestry and I would strongly recommend it.
REVIEWED BY: Monique Neaves