Book: SECOND CHANCES
Author: LAUREN DANE
Genre: CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Published: October 2010, CARINA PRESS (revised edition)
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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…
I Liked -- Plot: This was actually the first Lauren Dane book that I had ever read. But, I've already become hooked, and have been scouring for her backlist. Because of the name of the book, I knew that, despite Rori finding happiness elsewhere, she would eventually return to Jude. The overall plot was great, but what I loved about Dane's writing is the amount of emotion that she is able to infuse into her words. The gamut of human interaction is thoroughly explored in SECOND CHANCES. She can truly get at the heart of a good romance, even if the characters have to endure some heartbreak or bad times to get there.
I Liked -- Character: Even though he was the bad guy for a while, I really liked Jude, in this book. The reason why I can like him so much, is that he redeems himself in the end. Dane shows his journey from the man who should have made Rori happy, into the man who truly could make Rori happy, despite her loss. Jude grows, and not superficially.
My Rating: 12.5/15 Highly Recommend (4 stars)
*Reader Advisory: This book does include mild BDSM elements*
Links for the author and her books:
Lauren Dane website