Second Chances

Second ChancesBy Lauren Dane

Publisher: Carina Press
Publication Date: October 25, 2010
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Netgalley

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 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…

Goodreads Summary

When Rori Simon left home ten years ago, she was overweight, had acne, wore glasses and bore the weight of the censure of her mother and her own self-doubt.  Now she’s back, confident and sexy and while more than one man has taken notice, it’s just one that she’s interested in: Jude Callahan, her high school crush.  The problem is, Jude’s a player who doesn’t want to commit to one woman and when Rori tries to turn the tables on him and make him chase her, she gets burned.

Enter Zach Helm, who becomes the man Rori didn’t know she deserved.  Zach introduces Rori to the D/s lifestyle, their relationship flourishes beyond her wildest dreams and they find happiness together.  It’s only when Jude sees how deeply Zach and Rori love each other that he finally realizes what he lost when he pushed her away, how much he loves her and how badly he wants her back in his life.

This is a re-worked, or maybe just enhanced version of a book that originally was released in 2005.  I had actually read the earlier version and remember loving it back then, so it was interesting to read this one and pick out what differences I could, given what I was able to remember.

I admired Rori’s rather fearless attitude towards her relationships, friendships and especially her sexuality.  She’d taken a lot of crap when she was younger and now that she’d had ten years to see the world and find herself, she wasn’t about to take it anymore.  She wasn’t coy about enjoying sex; when her relationship with Jude became unhealthy, she ended it; when she knew in her gut she could trust Zach, even if she’d only known him a short time, she submitted to him.  The D/s aspect of their relationship is insanely sexy, yet also remains true to Rori’s character; just because she submits to him in the bedroom, she keeps her own boundaries outside of it and they work together in creating a balanced, real relationship.   My not-so-well kept secret for anyone who’s seen my Kindle is that it’s loaded with Dane’s books and one of the reasons is that I love the way she writes her women.

Obviously, given the title, this is a story about discovering something, losing it and through a twist of fate, getting a second chance at making it work.  This is such an emotional rollercoaster; full of a whole lot of smoking sexiness, wild and crazy attraction, tender love, heartbreak, sweet friendship, hope, simple happiness and more smoking sexiness.  You’ll certainly need a box of tissues.

I definitely recommend this book, and if you like this, I suggest you try Dane’s wonderful series of Chase Brothers books (four of them): Giving Chase, Taking Chase, Chased and Making Chase.  They have a similar flavor, as does her awesome new series which includes Laid Bare, Coming Undone and the soon to be released Inside Out.

My Rating: A



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