Second Rate Chances

Second Rate Chances

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by Holly Stephens
     
 
Sam wakes up in the hospital expecting to find his girlfriend by his bedside. Instead, he finds a bleached-blond diva, claiming to be his fiancée, hovering over him. When he learns that he's just woken up from a coma and has lost the last three years of his life, any semblance of stability he thought he had falls down around him. All he wants – all he

Overview

Sam wakes up in the hospital expecting to find his girlfriend by his bedside. Instead, he finds a bleached-blond diva, claiming to be his fiancée, hovering over him. When he learns that he's just woken up from a coma and has lost the last three years of his life, any semblance of stability he thought he had falls down around him. All he wants – all he needs – is Lil.

After countless visits with her shrink and too many sleepless nights waiting for the one man she loves to walk back through the door, Lil wants nothing more than to separate herself from the life she used to have. But the moment Sam smiles at her, Lil knows it's going to take more than self-restraint to stay away.

Second-Rate Chances is a contemporary fiction about a young man fighting to regain his memory, and the one thing in his life that felt real. A modern-day Samson and Delilah, it's a look at what it means to love and be loved, and to fight though it seems hopeless.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940016066523
Publisher:
Scripted Press
Publication date:
12/30/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
225
Sales rank:
647,696
File size:
435 KB

Meet the Author

People have often told me that I live in a fantasy world. Little did they know, I was building an empire of stories in my head to one day share.

I'm a mother first, a wife second, and a writer third. I'm so thankful to have been given this chance to get my stories out of my head and onto paper.

When I'm not writing, I sell plumbing (no I'm not kidding) and read romances that leave my heart a flutter. I know a ridiculous amount of pop culture information and can quote certain movies word for word. Music drives me to write and to also sing off key.

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Second Rate Chances 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Andreat78 More than 1 year ago
Aww, you guys, I adored Second Rate Chances. Now I'll admit, I'm a sucker for amnesia and reconnected love stories, so I was an easy sell. But the prologue, it was so gorgeous and it made me want to figure out how Sam and Lil went from overwhelming joy and love, to nothing. And more importantly, would they find their way back together again? I really liked how the author approached the story, giving you Sam and Lil happy in the prologue, then beginning chapter one with them having been broken up for three years. But we're not told why they broke up, only that it was devastating. So then, when Sam is injured and wakes up not having remembered the past three years, he thinks he and Lil are still together. He doesn't recognize his fiance, his job, his apartment. He only wants Lil. This brings the two together for the first time since they broke up, and Lil, though she's devastated vows to help Sam until he regains his memories. And best of all, we get to relive the breakdown of the relationship with Sam and Lil. Second Rate Chances was surprisingly low on angst. That actually made me happy. There's not a lot of dealing with the fiance throughout the story, and that's awesome because she's awful. The story is mostly about Sam's journey to figure out how his life got so off-track, how he became someone he didn't know, or like. It was so sweet and emotional to read about a man who is so in love, willing to learn what he did wrong, and do whatever it takes to make things right and be with the woman he loves. Second Rate Chances is an intriguing tale of lost identity, endearing characters, and beautiful love story.
Oh_Mighty_Isis More than 1 year ago
What a great first book by Holly Stephens. I am not one for contemporary romance novels but I thought I would give this a try. The author gave each of the characters such great personality's that you think they must truly exist. The language is more of PG not a concern for me. I am glad I gave the novel a try. Hope to see more books from Holly Stephens
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Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Second Rate Chances by Holly Stephens Publication Date: January 10, 2013 Rating: 3 stars Source: Ecopy provided by the author Summary (from Goodreads): Sam wakes up in the hospital expecting to find his girlfriend by his bedside. Instead, he finds a bleached-blond diva, claiming to be his fiancée, hovering over him. When he learns that he's just woken up from a coma and has lost the last three years of his life, any semblance of stability he thought he had falls down around him. All he wants – all he needs – is Lil. After countless visits with her shrink and too many sleepless nights waiting for the one man she loves to walk back through the door, Lil wants nothing more than to separate herself from the life she used to have. But the moment Sam smiles at her, Lil knows it's going to take more than self-restraint to stay away. Second-Rate Chances is about a young man fighting to regain his memory, and the one thing in his life that felt real. A modern-day Samson and Delilah, it's a look at what it means to love and be loved, and to fight though it seems hopeless. What I Liked: I truly enjoyed this book when I read it. The love story was kind of nice, and the steamy tension definitely made the book worth the read. I liked how Sam struggled to recall his past, and I liked seeing how Lil stood up for herself when things got too painful for her to handle. This book has a wonderful happily-ever-after, and everything wraps up every well. There is no real, serious love triangle, although there are interests on both sides of the pair. I am glad that things worked out for the pair. No one really loses much in this book, except for the people that we as readers want to lose out. I will definitely be reading any other books related to this one (sequels, companion novels, novellas, etc.). What I Did Not Like: Honestly, at several times during this story, I was bored. That in itself is a red flag for me, because I usually do not get bored that quickly or easily. But I felt like I could not follow the story as easily as I wanted to, because there was so much unnecessary fluff that may have contributed to the detail of the story, but was not presented in an engaging manner. I was extremely frustrated with the pacing of the story. I felt like one things happens (Sam has his accident and memory problems), and then Sam and Lil need to take a trip down memory lane, and things get rekindled, etc. It felt too predictable. There were some scenes, like the Christmas tree scene, that were unique. But honestly, I feel like I could have plotted this book out from page one. This can be a good thing, and a bad thing, but in this case, I did not really like it. The writing style definitely was not the best. It was easy to follow, but as I said, I got bored at times. I feel like the writing style has the potential to get more developed, and I would like to see that in this author's writing. I really did not buy into Lil and Sam's crazy past and weird mood swings. One minute they totally want each other, the next, Lil is so mad at him, and he is the one who has to beg her to forgive him, or whatever. What a strange and asymmetrical relationship. I did not really like it. Would I Recommend It: I would recommend this book to those that love New Adult or Adult books. This is nto the most amazing or memorable book, but it is definitely a light yet complex read that will hold your attention to the very end. Rating: 3 stars. It just felt more of a 3-star. I enjoyed this book while I was reading it, but I really do not think it is one of those that I will remember for a very long time. I definitely would read any sequels or companion novels that the author may have planned!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AWWWW! Buy it, it's worth it. This was a sweet love story, well written. There were a few editing issues but easily overlooked. I'm used to more erotic love stories but I still enjoyed this one. Read it, you won't regret it.
bethany_styron More than 1 year ago
This book was fantastic! Epic from the first scene. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very nice 1st book except I pray Lil & Sam's Story continues...At first I was getting a little frustrated w/ the suspense of their past, but I'm glad I kept reading!
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