A Second Chance

A Second Chance

by Alexis A. Goring


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Newly single food critic and newspaper reporter Traci Hightower is done with dating. After the man of her dreams left her at the altar on their wedding day and ran off with the woman she thought was her best friend, Traci resolves to focus on work and resigns herself to being a bachelorette for life. Marc Roberts is a political reporter who is known as Mr. Nice Guy, the one who always finishes last. However, Marc's compassion and kindness are of invaluable help to his newly widowed sister Gina Braxton who is trying to raise her two kids in the wake of her firefighter husband's death. Traci and Marc may be the perfect match, but they don't know it yet. With God's guidance and the help of Gina's matchmaking skills honed by her career as a bestselling romance novelist, there is hope for a happily ever after for these two broken hearts.

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ISBN-13: 9781944203931
Publisher: Winged Publications
Publication date: 01/28/2017
Pages: 140
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.33(d)

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A Second Chance 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
cdscotton More than 1 year ago
A Second Chance by Alexis Goring, the first work I’ve read by this author, presents an interesting premise and is a quick read. Traci, the main character, is given a letter from her mother detailing the requirements for Traci to get her inheritance from him: she must be married and her mother must approve of Traci’s spouse. I’ve read this “must get married to get inheritance” in historical novels, but never in a contemporary. And though Traci worries about what to do as she is currently drowning in bills from her called off wedding, she seems to accept this condition without any problem. She’s likable. Marc, the other main character, does not trust women because his exes keep lying to him. Marc was likable enough, though he falls into the “overprotective and I will hurt anyone who hurts you because you’re mine” trope when he meets Traci’s ex-fiancé and I HATE that in my romance characters. The big misunderstanding” is based on Marc finding the letter about the inheritance by looking inside an envelope on the table—which Traci left out because she planned to tell him about the conditions to her inheritance—and assuming she’s dating him to get married to gain the money. He’s also mad because she lied to him about it, which is the only part of the conversation that I can stand. Marc never apologizes for the invasion of privacy and Traci acts as if the entire mess of the disintegrating relationship is her fault. I was so livid about the invasion of privacy and the non-apology that I almost put the book down. The characters are also seriously old-fashioned, with Traci’s passiveness and Marc’s overprotective jealousy disguised as caring for her. Traci spends most of the book waiting for Marc to make the first move, even though he takes weeks to contact her after their first meeting and doesn’t contact her quickly after their dates, either. There was also a case of “insta-love” as these characters are convinced they are in love with each other after one date and so are both of their friends. I did appreciate that both Traci and Marc have friends and families outside of the relationship, which does not always happen in romance novels. These characters needed to seriously talk with each other. At one point, they try a long-distance romance and I couldn't believe it. If they couldn’t even make it work in person, how would long-distance work? It’s much harder and requires much more communication, which neither of these characters do well. There is a lot of telling rather than showing, and much of the romance seems to happen off-screen. Part of the quickness of the romance is due to the length of the book, and I was expecting the romance would feel rushed. However, it also feels incomplete. We’re told the characters love each other, but with both stubbornly refusing to discuss problems and not trusting the other, it was hard to see it. I give A Second Chance 2/5 stars. The characters are overdramatic and uncommunicative, the plot feels contrived, and the entire romance feels rushed and incomplete and as a result I cannot recommend this book. **I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author through CelebrateLit. All opinions are my own.**
PhDMama More than 1 year ago
Alexis Goring's Second Chance was a moving story about the power of forgiveness in spite of the expectations people sometimes place on each other. The book was heartwarming and charming, and I found myself smiling from ear to ear. I actually laughed out loud in a couple places. This book was special because I could relate to many of the places she describes as I am from the DC metro area, and it was nice to have a frame of reference to some of the locations she described. Also, it was nice to read a story that wasn't similar to others I've read in this genre. After reading so many books, it's easy to sort of "predict" how things will shake out in the story. It was nice to have a few surprises to keep you turning the pages. It was an easy read for me, I devoured it in less than 12 hours! This is my first time reading this author's work, and I would definitely recommend this book.
Jade Callahan More than 1 year ago
A Second Chance is an entertaining and precious story of how Marc and Traci find their forever after. They are both two people familiar with hurt and betrayal when it comes to romantic relationships. However, with the help of God's healing and guidance as well as some crafty and supportive friends, they push past their pain and learn to love again. If you enjoy honest love stories with God at the center then give A Second Chance a read! A Review by Jade Callahan Alexis A. Goring gave me an ARC (Advanced Reading Copy) of A Second Chance in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Super sweet love story with relatable characters and a satisfying ending. Beautiful faith message as well!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story is a sweet romance that will touch your heart and leave a lasting impression. The characters, though their insecurities and past failures, learn to trust one another and move on. A satisfying read. I look forward to more works from this wonderful author.