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Prominent DC attorney Emma Taylor is pulled away from a promising date the week before Christmas to pick up her ex-fiance from the ER after a bar fight. She's in no mood to re-open old wounds, but it?s Christmas and she can?t just leave him alone and injured.
Eight hundred eighty-four days. That?s how much time has passed since Major Colton Evans made the biggest mistake of his life. Even after two tours of duty and too much shrapnel in his ...
Prominent DC attorney Emma Taylor is pulled away from a promising date the week before Christmas to pick up her ex-fiance from the ER after a bar fight. She's in no mood to re-open old wounds, but it’s Christmas and she can’t just leave him alone and injured.
Eight hundred eighty-four days. That’s how much time has passed since Major Colton Evans made the biggest mistake of his life. Even after two tours of duty and too much shrapnel in his leg, it’s still the loss of Emma that haunts him. And if he can win her back, he’ll take any chance.
When she insists he stay with her during the holiday, they put out enough sexual electricity to rival the most decorated house on the block. But will it be enough to light the way to a future together?
Posted July 29, 2014
Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews
Told in first person from the point of view of Emma Taylor, Second Chance Christmas is a lovely story of love the second time around. Engaged to be married, Emma Taylor and Major Colton Evans were both rising stars in their chosen career fields. Over two years ago, eight hundred eighty-four days to be exact, the two broke up after Colton assumed Emma was going to put off her career and follow him to his next base assignment.
Now an IED and a bar fight brings these two back together again. Second Chance Christmas gives you two wonderful characters to fall in love with. It shows that love and communication are what’s needed to make a relationship work. This is the perfect story for Christmas or anytime of the year.
Source: Personal Purchase
Posted May 7, 2014
Posted December 31, 2013
I liked this one a whole lot, with only a few reservations. I loved that Colt knew to the day how long he and Emma had been apart--right from the beginning that had me in his corner. I stayed firmly there throughout the whole novella, rooting him on. Emma, while I did like her character, seemed to be too hung up on how she thought everyone would be perceiving her because of what had happened eight hundred and eighty-four days ago--it just didn't seem in keeping with her prominent attorney persona at all.
Overall I really enjoyed this novella, especially when Emma got over herself and really paid attention to what everyone around her was saying and doing, not just what she thought they were going to say and do. A fast and satisfying holiday read.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Posted December 18, 2013
Review by Stephanie Cage; X-posted by Melissa Snark.
I was half-way sold on Second Chance Christmas before I read a word. The title gave a strong indication of the type of love story it would be, and second chance love stories are among my favourites. The blurb and opening sentences convinced me further that it was a book I would enjoy reading and reviewing. Second Chance Christmas features a hot military hero and a feisty lawyer heroine. The writing immediately draws the reader in, using the senses and raising more questions than it answers.
Why is the (initially unnamed) heroine in a hospital, inhaling the smell of antiseptic? Why has she been called away from a piano concerto, and why is her reaction annoyance, rather than the expected concern?
When we learn that she’s been called because her number is still the emergency contact in her wounded ex’s phone, and his family are far away this Christmas, it’s clear we’re in for an emotional roller-coaster of a read, and Ellen Butler follows through admirably on the promise of the opening pages.
Major Colton Evans is in some ways a stereotypical hero, but he has enough contradictions to make him interesting: he is handsome and strong but deeply wounded, infuriatingly self-contained, yet endearingly thoughtful. In the beginning, Emma Taylor teeters on the edge of unlikeability as she hardens her heart against him, yet as the story goes on it is clear that her feelings for him run deep, and her resistance is only a result of the ways she’s been hurt before. Colton and Emma are two determined people, so when his determination to win her back comes up against her determination to keep him at a distance and not be hurt again, it’s no surprise that sparks fly.
A likeable cast of secondary characters and a flirtation with the deeper issues surrounding military life make this a more thought-provoking read than one might expect from a book of its length. I’d definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good second chance love story, or military romance.
The reviewer purchased a copy.
Posted December 5, 2013
Not for me
Honestly, this was one of my least favorite stories to read from the new Flirt line. Great premise, decent plot, but the writing was so not for me. Way too many “I” statements in a row (I did this. I did that. I walked here.), too much thesaurus diving at times and way way too many adjectives.
I’m sure there are people out there that will love the bit of romance between Colton and Emma – people that will appreciate talk of the surgical adhesive closing a head wound while the she’s running her fingers through his hair, will love that Emma felt like a hooker in the dress Colton picked out for her and thought about bathroom emergencies during their romantic dinner – but I’m not one of them.
Posted December 4, 2013
This was a heart-warming Christmas read that will get you in the spirit of the season. It is a fast-paced, well written novella with strong characters and a realistic plot line. This is the first military romance that I've read and I was pleasantly surprised by it and will be checking out more.
The heroine is attorney Emma Taylor and the hero Army Major Colton Evans. Emma is a strong heroine, which are the types of heroines that I enjoy reading. She can definitely hold her own and makes her pairing with the Major believable. The couple had broken up two years ago when they decided that their respective careers were more important than their relationship. Two years passed and Colton returns and is injured while witnessing a bar fight. Their meet is very cute, with Emma being his "in case of emergency contact" and she shows up at the hospital to claim him. I loved this meeting! It's one of my favourites from the books that I read this year!
As for the read, it is a quick and emotional read. The characters are well developed, which is often not seen in novellas. The writing itself has a nice flow and it can be read in a few short hours.
* Received ARC of the novella in exchange for an honest, unbiased review *
Posted November 26, 2013
This is Colton and Emma's story. They've been broken up for over two years and Emma's still his I.C.E. contact in his phone, which is why she was called to pick him up from the ER. He was in a bar drinking a soda and was collateral damage in a bar fight and ended up with a cut on the head and a concussion. He's also a soldier on medical leave for taking shrapnel to the leg. She offers to let him stay with her and they are able to talk and get closure to the relationship they once had. It also clears the way for a new relationship if only Emma can get over all the reasons they didn't work the first time but Colton is determined to change her mind.
By now, we all know that I LOVE a good military romance. Add Christmas to that good story and I can't get enough! My heart goes out to all the soldiers and I love it when they get their happily ever after. Read this fun, romantic story that warms the heart on those chilly Winter nights or it could be all the explosive chemistry between this sexy alpha military man and this beautiful Washington D.C. attorney. Thank you Ellen Butler for this wonderful feel-good story. I look forward to reading more from this author.
I received a copy for an honest review.
Posted November 25, 2013
Second Chance Christmas by Ellen Butler is a fast-paced, well written novella that can be read in just a couple of hours. It is the story of successful Washington DC attorney Emma Taylor and decorated Army Major Colton Evans. They were engaged to each other a little over two years ago, but ended things when their respective careers took precedence over their future together.
Colton returned from deployment an injured man and now he may have a concussion because he was hurt while witnessing a bar brawl. Since he never changed his emergency contact information on his cell phone, the hospital called Emma in his time of need. Emma was attending a formal event at the time and shows up resplendent in a full length gown.
Emma and Colton are lucky to have a second chance at love. The spark is still there as they spend the week before Christmas talking, dating and loving. Secrets and misunderstandings are unveiled which results in a happily ever after for both of them.
I enjoyed this quick, emotional read. All the characters are well defined and developed, which is nice since the confines of a novella are limited. The story is chock full of warmth, romance and forgiveness, along with a splash of spice. A wonderful surprise on Christmas Eve completes this sweet story.
ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Posted March 31, 2014
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