Saturday, 7 December 2013

Review ~ Season of Second Chances by Brighton Walsh

Season of Second ChanceseARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: 5th December 2013

Publisher: Carina Press


When a storm strands Claire Hanlin in Chicago on Christmas Eve, the last person she expects to come to her rescue is Logan Dawes, the man she almost married two years ago. The chemistry between them is dangerously potent, but with nowhere else to go, Claire accepts Logan's offer to stay with him for the night.

Back in the home they shared, surrounded by reminders of Logan and his young daughter, Claire begins to realize how much she misses the family she almost had. After a few cups of Christmas cheer, she falls right back into her ex's arms-even though she knows it means setting herself up for heartbreak all over again.

The magic of the season has thrown him together with the woman he's never stopped loving, and Logan's not about to pass up this gift. He's not the workaholic he was two years ago-his family comes first. Now all he has to do is prove it to Claire, before the snow stops and she flies out of his life for good.

My Opinion

This romance novella was exactly what I was expecting and wanted. It was sweet, lovable, made me smile but also had its heart wrenching moments. It was short and sweet - the perfect read for the train journey I was on as I finished it in just under two hours.

The romance was a bit of a whirlwind, with Claire and Logan falling straight back into their old ways, however it's what I expected. I wouldn't class it as a totally instant romance as their back story and previous history made it seem like there was something deeper which I liked. However, the only thing I wished, was that there was more of a build up rather than just jumping into sex. I like the build up in romances more and I didn't feel there was one in this book. 

As well as this, I was surprised at how well I connected with the characters. In novella, they are normally too short for me to feel anything towards particular people so I was impressed by how well Brighton Walsh made me feel emotions towards them. This was most prominent towards the end where I was like "No that can't happen!" and although the HEA is predictable and heart warming, I still felt invested in the characters and their story as their lives played out.

Another aspect I liked was Logan's daughter and their relationship. It was sweet and made me smile. It was also different from the usual romance novellas. For me, it made Logan likable, despite his faults and the daughter was funny with her attitude.

Overall, this book does exactly what you expect it too. It's a great winter read that I enjoyed and made me smile.

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