Second Chances

Second Chances

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by Lauren Dane
     
 

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426890697
Publisher:
Carina Press
Publication date:
10/25/2010
Sold by:
HARLEQUIN
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
92,214
File size:
571 KB

Read an Excerpt

You can come home again.

Bittersweet memories overwhelmed Rori as she pulled her packed sedan up her sister's the tree-lined driveway. From the moment she'd approached the outskirts of town, the memories had rushed back.

For longer moments she'd been that girl. The fit of the self-loathing and hesitant girl who'd escaped Oakley, Tennessee as quickly as she could a decade before, had been awkward. Awkward enough she was able to finally accept that demon was finally exorcised.

She was back. For good this time. Older. Wiser. Stronger.

Her sister's pretty pale yellow two-story house loomed at the end of the drive when Rori pulled to a stop. It didn't take more than a minute to turn the car off and get out, slowly and a little stiffly.

The wet heat of late spring grabbed her in a bear hug as she stretched. Twelve hours in a car two days in a row was more than enough. She didn't want to drive more than ten minutes for at least a week or two.

"Rori? That you?" The sound of her name being called pulled her out of her thoughts and she turned around with a smile for her sister as she flew down from the porch.

Joy filled her at the sight of Kelly's still-gorgeous face. "I'm here." Rori hurried to meet Kelly in the middle, each engulfing the other in a hug, punctuated with tears and some laughter too. It had been too long and the exile had been no one's doing but her own.

After the hug broke, Kelly looked her up and down with a huge grin. "I like the blond. You look good, Rori. You looked good before, but you had shadows in your eyes. Now? You're just gorgeous. Must be all the weight you lost in the form of a loser French cheating ex-boyfriend."

"Ha! Yes, something like that. You know, you get rid of Mom's fry-it-you'll-like-it way of eating and move to a city like Paris where you walk or bike all the time and that's half of it right there."

"Since we can't pretend Mom doesn't exist, my only other idea is that Max and I should move to Paris, then. Can we leave the boys with you?" Laughing, Kelly tucked a wayward curl behind her sister's ear. "Aside from looking fabulous, doll, you're home again and I've missed you so much."

Rori found herself grinning through a sheen of tears again and shook her head. "I'm the one who's glad." She popped the trunk of the car. "I'd gladly take those boys from you, but you know you'd want them back in a few weeks." Grunting, she pulled bags out, hefting them to the driveway. "Come on then, help me with my suitcases."

"Where's the rest of your stuff?" Kelly asked from the other side of her armful of bags, leading Rori into the house.

The darker, far cooler interior was a welcome change from the bright blast of heat outside. "Christ, I forgot about the heat. Nice in here though."

"Willow trees and the big old oak in the front give great shade. Max is smart that way. You'll be in the third floor attic room. AC gets up there and there's a ceiling fan so you should be comfortable."

"Great, thank you. The rest of my things are being shipped." They took the stairs and Rori was glad she worked out on a semi-regular basis. Even at that she was huffing and puffing once they'd started the last, narrower set of stairs to the third floor. "Should be here Monday or Tuesday. I knew it would take me at least a few days to find a place so there was no use having to unload it twice."

Once they'd gotten to the attic room, Kelly spun to level a glare her way. "A place? What do you mean, a place? I just got you back and you're already planning to leave again?

Meet the Author

Lauren Dane is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over fifty novels and novellas across several genres. She lives in the Northwest with her patient husband and three wild children.

Visit Lauren on the web at www.laurendane.com

E-mail laurendane@laurendane.com

Twitter: @laurendane

You can write to her at: PO BOX 45175, Seattle, WA 98145

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Second Chances 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 203 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im not personally into ds inthe bed room.....but this stroy made it romantic zacj was my fav. Very sad and jude turned out to bed a good guy...but still sad about zach there love was so pure. Great story want more heros and heroin like rori and zach
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Never has a book reduced me too tears. I loved the story and characters. You can feel the characters emotionsand by the end, if your single, u crave to be loved like this. it was completely belieable and I recommend this book.
Katelovesbooks More than 1 year ago
The book had such a great story-line that I was enraptured by it and unable to put it down. The story is so well done that it makes you feel the emotions of the characters. Highly recommend!
Chentell Ingram More than 1 year ago
So i bought this book as a means of a break from and seties i am currently reading, and found myself very pleased with my purchase. The stoty was definitely HOT, but very emotional at the same time, just what i look for in a good story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read most of this author's books. She pulls you into the story line. The storyline is so real that you feel the emotions of the characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very much enjoyed this book. It was beautiful and sad and keep me reading until the middle of the night...a challenge considering i have a 1 year old to wake up with in just a few hours... You will enjoy the characters, the frequent, steamy sex and the thorough descussion of the lifestyle.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting characters, strong female, love, desire, super read, hot hot hot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didnt think would keep me so caught up that it would also make me cry!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!!! Take my advice and purchase this book ASAP. It's wonderful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow what a great read, I read in two day !!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Probably one of my favorite books ever written by Lauren Dane. What a complex story - not just great scenes - though it does have those too! These characters draw you into their love story making you both happy & sad for the way the story develops. Bittersweet and romantic as well as sexy.
scrappinwiz More than 1 year ago
Loved it ...... i had to read the others too
Olivia Tath More than 1 year ago
A great book!
iluvbooks81 More than 1 year ago
Got so caught up in writing my review forgot to add # of pages 520:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read the entire book in less that 12 hours. Love the characters, they made you laugh and cry. Great book and I will definitely reread.
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GrrrGirl More than 1 year ago
If Lauren Dane writes it, I will buy it. Her books are always hot but she makes me "feel" with every book she writes. I become invested in her really well written characters and how they interact with each other. Laugh, cry, get turned on, angry, happy, sad, I've experienced all of that reading Lauren Dane's books since I discovered her. You can't go wrong with this menage book or anything she writes
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I hope to read Nova's story in the near future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was absolutely amazing. Definitely one of the best books I have ever read. The story is so emotional and takes you on a ride. There are times where you smile, times you laugh, and times where you cry at what the characters go through. I definitely recommend this book to everyone who loves romance.
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Loved the characters. It was sad, funny, hot, just an overall good book