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Career-driven second baseman Nick Durban broke up with Jamie at college graduation so they both could follow ...
Career-driven second baseman Nick Durban broke up with Jamie at college graduation so they both could follow their dreams. Seven years later, he gets a reality check when he learns about Olivia.
Jamie is so determined to keep Nick out of her life that she tries online dating, never dreaming he is her perfect electronic match. Can this out-of-sync couple get past their second thoughts and learn to trust each other again?
Posted July 19, 2014
Lucky me, I won a copy of Mindy Klasky's book, Second Thoughts, through LibraryThing. Ms. Klasky is a "new to me" author and I am so glad I got the opportunity to read this book from her Diamond Brides series. At this point there are five books in the series, with more to come. Each book focuses upon one of the players from the Raleigh Rockets, a professional baseball team. The two main characters of this story are former college sweethearts, Nick Durban, the second baseman for the Rockets and Jamie Martin, a professional photographer.
Seven years ago and the night before they graduated from college, Jamie and Nick were madly in love. However, Nick got cold feet in addition to some poor advice and abruptly broke off their engagement. Both were devastated, Jamie even more so, since she found out a couple of months later that she was pregnant with their child Olivia. As Nick was working himself up through the minor to the major leagues, Jamie was making a name for herself as a photographer in the New York City cover band community. In order to be a good mother to Olivia, and spend as much time with her as possible, Jamie decided to move back to her college hometown, for a slower and more meaningful lifestyle. The only drawback, marketing herself and her work to attract business. Her first opportunity, a Raleigh Rockets baseball calendar.
Jamie and Nick are one hot couple. Ms. Klasky does an amazing job of creating heat and sexual tension. She also weaves Olivia's existence with great care, when Nick sees her for the very first time. Jamie and Nick are still very much in love and I felt it with every word Ms. Klasky composed. Overall, this is a great story, with an engaging plot, well-defined characters and a happily ever after that left me smiling from ear to ear.
Complimentary copy received by LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review.
Posted July 13, 2014
Can a Brokenheart Trust Again?
by Mindy Klasky
Second Thoughts is the fourth book in Mindy Klasky's The Diamond Brides series. Second Thoughts is a romance featuring a couple who were college sweethearts for four years and were engaged to be married. They had the perfect relationship until the day before graduation when Nick unexpectedly breaks off the engagement. Jamie is devasted. NeitherJamie or Nick knew she was pregnant when he broke her heart. He has made no effort to contact her since the breakup so she makes the decision not to tell him about the baby.
Jamie Martin spends the next seven years moving on with her life. She has to make some tough career decisions as a single mom. She eventually moves back to Raleigh to build her photography business in an environment condusive to her daughter's schedule. When she lands a contract with the professional baseball team fate seems to have stepped in as Nick is one of the first players brought in for the photo shoot. Seeing him again brings back so much pain and reminders and are almost too much for Jamie. What will happen if he sees her with her daughter?
Klasky's writing style is smooth and easy to follow. She does a good job in developing Jamie's character but is weak in developing supporting roles.
The sexual scenes are explicit and seem not to fit the tone of the story.
Note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Posted July 7, 2014
I’m such a sucker for a second chance romances, and when you throw the sports theme on top of it I’m sold! This was another quick, fun read in the Diamond Brides series that had me turning the pages and smiling to get to the happily ever after.
When Nick breaks up with Jamie right before college graduation, neither of them ever really moved on. And when fate lands them both back in Raleigh and brings them together again, Nick is sure surprised to find out that Jamie has kept a real big secret from him for the past 7 years…the fact that he has a daughter. As these two try to navigate around the old feelings that still exist between them, Jamie also needs to figure out what to do about their daughter – if she can trust Nick to be part of Olivia’s life and not hurt her.
“Jamie?” Nick said, and she heard the dark challenge in his voice, the fire beneath his words that matched the gleaming copper of his hair.
She shook her head. “No. You don’t have the right. You don’t have any rights at all. You’re the one who walked away.”
He closed his eyes like she’d slapped him, and he kept them closed as he said, “This is different.”
“How?” There she did still have some anger to draw on. It scorched that single word like wildfire. She let a little more of her rage bleed into her voice as she said, “Is it different because there’s an innocent child you can walk away from now? I don’t trust you, Nick. I’ll never let you hurt Olivia the way you hurt me.”
And when an online dating service match-up goes awry, Nick and Jamie spend a night together…only the next morning brings to light lies and half-truths that threaten to keep these two apart.
I really enjoyed Nick & Jamie’s story. They were both great characters. Jamie was awesome as a single mom. She did whatever she had to in order to raise her daughter right, which is what ultimately landed her back in Raleigh. Nick knew that he screwed up, and even though youth was part of the factor, he ultimately owned the fact that his decision was made for selfish reasons. You could tell that their love story didn’t really end with their college years, and it seemed to me that the two of them were better in a lot of ways by the seven years spent apart…except for where Olivia was concerned, but even though I may not have made the same choices that Jamie did, I can understand what led her to her decisions regarding Olivia.
I think my only complaint with this story would be that the ending seemed a bit rushed…there was conflict and then – boom – all was forgiven and we moved right to the HEA. But even so, I still really enjoyed this book and will continue on with the series. If you like quick reads with a bit of conflict, a bit of sexy, and a whole lot of sweet, then this is a series to check out.
I received this book from the publisher through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program.
Posted June 30, 2014
Second thoughts, second chances, and true love’s victory
What would you do if you had the chance for a ‘do-over’ on what you considered the biggest mistake of your life? This is exactly what Nick is faced with in Second Thoughts, only there is a slight plot twist that raises the stakes of his ‘do-over’. You see, Nick and Jamie once had everything – until Nick threw in the towel. Now they are face-to-face seven years later still knowing each other, still feeling the chemistry drawing them together and wondering ‘if’ through shades of doubt, pain and mistrust.
Klasky does it again, and I have to admit – this is my favorite book so far in the Diamond Brides series. With each story the author brings us a little bit closer to players on the fictional baseball team the Raleigh Rockets. She weaves in cameos for the characters of the previous books in the series, using them to keep the reader grounded in the team. This causes me to feel like each book I read is actually a chapter in the life of the Raleigh Rockets. They are tied together seamlessly and as a baseball fan I can imagine myself with a box seat in the stadium ready for the season to start, getting to know each player a bit more personally.
This is another win for Mindy Klasky. I can’t wait to see what’s in store in the next book!
Posted June 23, 2014
I really enjoyed this 4th book of the Diamond Brides series. These books are quick reads chock full of sweetness & sexiness. This book did not disappoint - it was great!! The chemistry between Jamie & Nick was amazing & his interaction with her daughter was so sweet! Looking forward to more in this series - great books for quick HEA reads!
Posted June 5, 2014
Second Thoughts is such a great story! Photographer Jamie and Second Baseman Nick have a history -- they were college sweethearts and haven't seen each other since he broke up with her at graduation, seven years earlier. When Nick meets her daughter, Olivia, and it's obvious he's the father, he wants to be involved in her life. The scenes with Nick and Olivia were so cute! Although they have to work together, Jamie doesn't want to get involved with Nick again. Both take part in an online dating site and that adds such a great layer to their story. Their chemistry is off the charts and I loved watching their relationship unfold. The Diamond Brides series is a winner and Second Thoughts is another grand slam by Mindy!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 4, 2014
What would you do if you were once again faced with the one love that got away? That is the dilemma that Jaimie is facing when she takes an exclusive photography job with the Rockets...a job that requires her to again be in contact with her former fiance, Nick. Nick broke off their engagement seven years ago, breaking her heart more than she thought was possible. And just when she became resolved to her loss, she discovered she was pregnant. She went through it all with the support of her family, refusing to let Nick know that he had a beautiful and charming daughter. But now, she discovers she still has feelings for him, feelings that she thought were long buried, but she needs to remain professionally aloof to complete her assignment. Her friend suggests it is time to start dating again, and sets her up with an Internet love match site, where she soon meets someone she senses she could become close to. How can she deal with both of these relationships, and more importantly, how can she keep Nick from finding out about their daughter? This is the 4th book in the Diamond Brides series, and as with the others, is full of romance and angst. Warning: there are explicit sex scenes in this story. I am looking forward to reading additional stories about the men and women connected to the Rockets team. Disclosure: I received an advance readers copy of this story in exchange for an honest review.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.