USA Today bestselling author Meghan Quinn delivers a smart and cheeky romance about love’s power to lift hearts . . . and curses.
It was supposed to be an innocent night, celebrating my brother’s birthday. Nothing was supposed to go wrong. We’d vowed to be on our best behavior after all . . .
But it only took one rowdy night with my brothers to flip my world upside down. One unlucky encounter saddled us with a family curse and the promise of doomed relationships. I laughed it off immediately. “Yeah, right,” I thought. “A love curse. Ha!”
Boy, was I wrong.
Word spreads quickly in a town like mine; rumors about that night soon made us the most eligible yet untouchable bachelors in Port Snow, Maine. As a subject of endless gossip and speculation, I could kiss my dating life goodbye.
It would have stayed that way if Ren Winters, the new girl in town, hadn’t crashed into my life. Brave, beautiful, and smart—her vivacious thirst for a fresh start has given me hope that maybe, just maybe, I can have one too.
Everyone wishes for that second chance . . . but could this really be mine?
New Adult | Romance | Contemporary
Whoah – two Meghan Quinn reviews in a day? What is happening? Easy – I had a lot of time to read on my cruise vacation in June, now to actually type reviews for once. I know, slacker. But anyways, I love this author, I cannot say that enough and A Second Chance is another example of why I adore her writing style. This is even better too because I am a sucker for small town romances. It had the drama, the cuteness, the crazy nosey neighbors, everyone knew everything – it was really a great dynamic that I think really aided in the reason why I enjoyed Ren and Griffin’s romance.
And speaking of Ren, there was a lot that I loved about her character, and even though I can say that, me being the cruel human I am, there was a slight itch of annoyance. Ren was such a sweet, naive almost innocent character; she brought such a sweetness to the storyline, one of which I enjoyed. But with that came the reason for my dislike, I think a lot of my annoyance came from how Ren acted toward her parents in most ways, though I understood the purpose, but ugh, there was something that I wished had been different with her character. I will admit though, she did shine a great deal towards the end, I wasn’t expecting her to be that character that took the plunge, normally it is the male character that takes that incentive to say the ultimatum for the character to chose the relationship, I liked this a lot.
Are those little moose all over that box? I was so consumed by thinking people and scooping out the food that I didn’t even notice. Did you throw me a moose-themed birthday party?
While talking about the delicious male, oh my lanta, can I just say that Griffin made me swoon over a hundred times? Yeah, he did. He was a charmer in the form of all things amazingly broody and loner alpha male screaming for someone to pet him like a golden retriever wanting butt loves. He was wounded and he radiates that from the pages of his perspective. He really battled with himself a lot internally, which only heightens the emotionally crippled man meat vibe. But even with this, I had my pet peeves for his character as well – I know surprisingly this is a first. He truly hinders the relationship dynamic, I mean, I get it, I understood exactly where the author was leading this, but at the same aspect I felt he was literally the emotional woman of the romance, not bad, but not all the way good. He really needed to get the stick out of his rear…
All in all though, I loved Ren and Griffin’s romance. Griffin really tried to keep his distance from Ren, not wanting nor ready to move on from his late wife, which in turn was sweet because Ren accepted Griffin’s past. Not only that, but she enriched it, she didn’t want Griffin to forget his past but move on and grow from it; she also didn’t indulge in the town drama, which I think was key for their connection. They had such an amazing romance chemistry, it lite up the pages. Their sexual scenes were enough to melt me from my seat in seconds.
I loved the closure aspect too for this couple. I think in hindsight it was rather easy to puck up on where it would go, like I mentioned previously, but it was beautifully represented and had a sweetness to it, regardless of the easily guessed foreshadowing. It was just a great touch. Ren really aided in Griffin’s recovery for his lose, forgetting the ‘curse’ on his like but it was also Kathy (Claire’s mother) – that moment between her and Griffin really tugged at my heartstrings in all the most torturous amazing ways. I literally felt the tears in my eyes as this played out. It needed to happen, at least for there to be a future for Griffin to be with Ren, and she was absolutely perfect for him.
Everything seems more real, more alive, just like the feeling in my heart, pounding, reminding me that no matter how often I deny it, the woman in my arms has a profound effect on me. Like I’ve come back to life after a long stint in purgatory.
Overall, I enjoyed A Second Chance. It was sweet, kind, just beautifully slow built romance that had me soaring through the skies on happy clouds. I truly loved the sweetness of how Ren was towards Griffin, the dynamics of these main characters were amazing, I loved reading it. I cannot wait to see what comes next in the Getting Lucky Series, I think it is going to be just as great as the first!