In her first Harlequin Temptation, Cheryl Anne Porter explores high school sweethearts who are given a second chance at love. The child of divorce, Jamie Winslow wants security. A Navy SEAL, Kellan Chance seeks thrills risking his life in the line in duty. With such different values, they can't live with each other, nor can they live without each other.
An unexpected encounter with a publisher at a cocktail party while Jamie makes small talk about her dissertation leads to an opportunity of a lifetime. The publisher wants her to rewrite her dissertation about women who fall for the wrong type of men, making it a self-help guide on relationships complete with lots of tips and exercises. Jamie's thrilled with the offer, which she must keep a secret; but the offer is contingent upon graduation and securing her psychology license. Part of the process of securing her license depends upon therapy sessions targeted to demonstrate her own emotional strength. If she fails, ten years of higher education and her career will be lost.
Jamie feels like a fraud because she also fell for the wrong man, and is still deeply in love with him despite their breakup a year ago. Dr. Hampton tells Jamie that she must seek closure with the relationship with Kell before he'll approve her license. It seems that she left him at the altar when she was twenty-one. When they finally got together again, two years ago, she walked out again a year later. Her excuse is that Jamie doesn't believe she can live with man who defies death every time he's sent on a mission.
Kellan is Gaelic for warrior, and lives up to his name. Risk is in his genes. His parents are professional gamblers. His brother Brandon is a former Nightstalker pilot turned bodyguard (Pure Chance by Julie Elizabeth Leto). His brother T.J is a wild, uninhibited adventurer (Chance Encounter by Jill Shavis). Chance isn't just a nameit's the family motto! Further, an unexpected encounter with Jamie at the airport proves he's not at all over Jamie. But when she shows up seeking closure, they open far more issues than closing them!
Her Only Chance begins with a simmer and becomes quite a potboiler by the conclusion. Cheryl Anne Porter's strong characters and fabulous plot make for a heated tale that's become a keeper on my shelf. The humor packed and depth of emotion packed inside this romance make it an excellent read. Very highly recommended.