Review: SECOND CHANCES by Lauren Dane

2e456c71-2033-4e9d-8152-eb46908d021fimg100From Carina Press website:

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…

Previously published, newly revised by author

I am a huge Lauren Dane fangirl and I was really excited when this book showed up on NetGalley. I immediately downloaded it to my Kindle and started reading. This is a fantastic erotic romance. The couples in the story are into D/s and Ms. Dane knows how to write that type of relationship well without going overboard. SECOND CHANCES is a very hot book, and has a lot of heart as well as heat.

SECOND CHANCES is full of fantastic characters. Rori is great and “watching” her get a happily ever after was very satisfying, but for me Jude stole the show. In the beginning Jude is a complete jerk, but just because he’s been allowed to get away with it for so long. The women in town allow him to treat them like crap and keep coming back for more. Rori isn’t like those ladies and Jude just messes up over and over. Rori gets tired of his behavior and kicks him to the curb. She meets Zach, the younger brother of a high school friend, and they hit it off immediately. Jude realizes the error of his ways and grows up while watching Rori and Zach relationship takes off. His growth and their relationship follow the same arc. Zach is interesting, but his character wasn’t as developed as Jude’s and I just couldn’t feel much of a connection to him. If I hadn’t been able to read something redeemable about Jude I probably would have felt differently about Zach.

This story is very emotional and had me in tears in several places. (And there is one part of the story that had me bawling.) That is my favorite thing about a Lauren Dane book – the emotion. I don’t think I’ve read any of her stories without at least tearing up at one part or another. The stories come to life and the reader cares about what happens to the characters – good or bad.

SECOND CHANCES is perfect and helped tide this fan over until INSIDE OUT is released in November!

the book girl gives SECOND CHANCES a 5/5

SECOND CHANCES will be released by Carina Press on October 25th. You can pre-order at the link below.

Carina Press

5 Comments on “Review: SECOND CHANCES by Lauren Dane

  1. I’ve got this one pre-ordered as I’m a huge fan of Dane’s books. EVERY single review has positively glowed about this book…I cannot wait to read it.

  2. Lauren Dane is another author on my TBR list. And another, is seems, that I need to bump up to the top!

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