A Second Chance at Paris

A Second Chance at Paris

by Cole McCade

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A Second Chance at Paris by Cole McCade

One week in Paris. One chance with her childhood crush. And one lie that could ruin it all.

Before she was Dr. Celeste London, Astrophysicist, she was Mary Celeste Haverford: dork, loser, the geek formerly known as Hairy Mary. But she’d left all that behind--and left Ion Blackwell behind, nothing but an unrequited crush and the memory of a high school field trip, a night in Paris, and the words Celeste never had the courage to say. She’d never expected to see him again…until a surprise encounter on a Parisian riverboat tour brings him back into her life, and gives her the opportunity to start over as someone new. Someone Ion doesn’t recognize, transformed from a social outcast into a polished, professional woman that Ion doesn’t realize is the girl he’s been longing for since childhood, the ideal he’s dreamed of his entire life.

Suddenly this vivacious (if charmingly awkward) “new” woman is teaching him that real love is better than any dream--but Celeste is hiding more than her identity. Hiding something that makes it hard to trust her increasingly erratic behavior, and her frequent secretive phone calls. When the truth comes out, the deception could shatter them both...unless they can give each other a second chance, and take a risk on love.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940046505641
Publisher: Cole McCade
Publication date: 01/18/2015
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 579 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Cole McCade is a New Orleans-born Southern boy without the Southern accent, currently residing somewhere in the metropolitan wilds of the American Midwest. He spends his days as a suit-and-tie corporate consultant and business writer, and his nights writing romance novels when he’s not being tackled by two hyperactive cats. And while he spends more time than is healthy hiding in his writing cave instead of hanging around social media, you can generally find him in these usual haunts: •Email: cole@colemccade.com •Twitter: @ColeMcCade •Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cole.mccade •Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/ColeMcCadeBooks •Website & Blog: http://www.colemccade.com •Tumblr: http://colemccade.tumblr.com/ He also runs an advice column called Dammit, Cole, where he occasionally answers questions about everything from romance and dating to the culture of hypermasculinity, from the perspective of a male romance author: •http://www.colemccade.com/category/dammit-cole/ Looking for more? You can get early access to cover reveals, blurbs, contests, and other exclusives by joining the McCade’s Marauders street team at: •http://www.facebook.com/groups/mccadesmarauders/

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A Second Chance at Paris 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Nicola_1202 More than 1 year ago
A Second Chance at Paris is an incredible read. I LOVED IT. And not only do we get one story we get two, as included is Zero Day Exploit featuring the hero's sister and is equally as fabulous. But back to ASCAP - It's become a rare occurrence for me to find myself so consumed by a story, where everything around me ceased to exist, the earth stopped spinning, but the planets were perfectly aligned. ‘I've always had a thing for men with large hadron colliders.’ I have a girl-crush on Celeste London. Intelligent, funny and endearingly awkward, the lady is just bloody awesome. An Astrophysicist, I want to be her! Oh sod it, to a small degree I am her, granted not quite so intelligent. Or an Astrophysicist. From the frizzy haired, bespectacled, badly nicknamed socially awkward girl at school, to the dignified yet somewhat clumsy, professional woman working in a largely male dominated industry, I don't think I've ever sympathised with or related to a female lead so closely and I adored her instantly. Her past has shaped her and the present leads her to the most romantic city in the world and into the path of the man who wasn't just her high-school crush, but the boy who crushed her...albeit unwittingly. Ion Blackwell. ‘He was a writer, and writers liked pretty words. Flowery crap she’d be stupid to fall for.’ Cue the sighs of appreciation and the swoons that earned me looks of despair from the husband, as Celeste wasn't the only one wooed by Ion. Underneath the justifiable touch of arrogant armour he wears to retain his privacy, he's a persistent thoughtful man who made my heart flutter and ache in the most wonderful of ways. Clueless as to who Celeste is, he's drawn to her like a moth to a flame and their chemistry burns throughout, bringing intimacy, passion, humour, frustration and discoveries. ‘If we'd just met tonight and would never see each other again, what would you say?’ ‘Stay.’ Every element of this novel worked for me. From the romance and anticipation to the sexy shenanigans, brilliant humour and deeper true-to-life situations that Celeste and Ion face, Cole McCade has displayed a sublime talent in taking his reader on a captivating journey filled with emotion. His words bewitch, his characters have depth, everything is so descriptively visual and he has taken the romance trope and placed his own unique stamp on it. In a short space of time, he has proven himself as a must-read author and one who I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to anyone who'll listen. My first five-star read of 2015, A Second Chance at Paris is deserving of every glittering one and, having been introduced to some great secondary characters, I can't wait to see what treats lie in store on our next visit to Bayou's End. ‘You're like gravity. You pull me in. You hold me down. And I don't want you to let go.’ As previously mentioned ASCAP also includes Zero Day Exploit (Bayou's End 1.5), featuring Zoraya, Ion's bright, sparky and stubborn younger sister and the perfectly imperfect, Evan James.
AngOh More than 1 year ago
A Second Chance at Paris by Cole McCade is one of the sexiest and most romantic books I’ve ever read. It’s fresh, smart, charming, funny, sweet, hot as hell, and beautiful. The hero and heroine are so original and unique. Our heroine Dr. Celeste London is an astrophysicist. An astrophysicist, people! I get really excited about books that have smart, strong, and likeable female characters. This book has that and then some. Celeste is my very favorite kind of heroine. She’s brilliant but doesn’t take herself too seriously; she’s fierce, loyal, generous, witty, warm, beautiful, and utterly charming. I want to know Cel. She’s highly professional in her career, but she knows how to let her hair down and have fun. Celeste is extremely close to her family and has a special bond with her father. She has to make some life changes due to these family situations and finds herself in Paris, which is alive with memories of an unrequited love. Now can we talk about Ion Blackwell, the gorgeous Roma author living in Paris? Oh dear god. I love him. He’s so dreamy. I found myself blushing and smiling ridiculously at the pages so many times as I was reading this story. He’s smart, funny, sexy, talented, and kind. He has so much sex appeal that he makes my knees weak, and he’s confident. I love his attitude and his ability to show emotion and not be afraid to tell Celeste what he wants and needs. It’s really refreshing to see a male character that can be an alpha in the sense of the hot romantic hero that we love, but he’s this anomaly because he cares about women’s rights, wants to see girls empower themselves, and devotes his life to writing books about that very subject. All in all he’s a progressive, special, beautiful hero. I want to be his friend too. I want to share a Devil’s Cut with him and do many other non-friendly things to him. He’s currently my top book boyfriend. There are so many things I want to say about the storyline but I want to be careful about spoilers. Let’s just say there’s smoldering, angst, laughs, dreams, doubts, and hopes when these two are together. Their banter makes me laugh one second and feel really warm the next. This contemporary romance has some pretty intense and hot sex scenes. I found myself squirming and crossing my legs a lot during said scenes. The chemistry between Celeste and Ion is off the charts. Most importantly, I love the writing in this book. Cole McCade has a way with words and makes me feel the story so deeply. The descriptions are so detailed and in depth that I feel like I’m right there with the characters. I’ve found that in his other books as well. Finally, I highly recommend this book. It has it all: terrific characters, a page turning storyline, angst, and a lovely romantic story that will make you swoon, smile, and just feel hopeful about life in general. It’s five-perfect stars, and you should one-click it now. Happy reading! P.S. Another reason to one-click now? You get a bonus book at the end! Zero Day Exploit is book #1.5 of the Bayou’s End series and is included at the end. It features Ion’s little sister, Zero. How great is that?! Two books in one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love second chance stories and this author did not disappoint me with beautiful, smart, swoon worthy scenes and wit. Celeste is smart and a bit awkward which makes her even more beautiful. Ion is handsome and a writer a little broody, but who does not love a man that writes books to empower young women. The description of places in Paris make me want jump on a plane and experience the places described in this book. To also add that Celeste loves her father who is her idol who is suffering for Alzheimer's well there you go a disease that is so difficult to deal with which is handled with care and patience. The other characters in this book are just as great. You will also learn about dreams, wishes and the stars. You also receive a second story about Ion's sister which is also fantastic. Mr. McCade, thank you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a sweet but sexy love story that was both funny and also heartbreaking at times. Cole McCade's ability to make the reader feel as if they ARE the character is exceptional. This was the first romance I've ever read written by a male and I must admit I was impressed. It's almost uncanny how he can convey the feelings inside of a woman's heart so flawlessly. The heroine is a strong, smart astrophysicist and it's obvious the author did his research to be scientifically accurate in the myriad of details he embeds within the story. The bonus story included at the end, Zero Day Exploit is also a full length novel and I enjoyed it just as much. The heroine, Zero, was so easy for me to identify with personally and I appreciated watching her personality mature and grow more confident throughout. I highly recommend this author for any fan of romance.
topsytoy More than 1 year ago
Mr McCade is quickly becoming one of my favorite people - not just a favorite author. This is the first book I've read by him and I wasn't disappointed AT ALL!. Mr McCade has the unique ability to make you feel as if you're in the story. He has a way with words that makes me a little jealous. A little. I felt the chemistry between Ian and Celeste. I felt as if I was in Paris enjoying the sights with the couple. I felt their hurts and their triumphs. I felt everything. Both Ian and Celeste were relatable characters and I think if you read this book, you'd agree with me too. As for the bonus story included about Zoraya and Evan, their story had more angst and arguments courtesy of Evan. But the resolution of their relationship and issues was heartwarming and, at the same time,realistic. Both books were amazing and I can't wait to read more! Mr McCade, you have a sure winner on your hand and, boy am I glad I discovered you.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
This compelling romance is the story of Celeste and Ion. While in Paris for a conference, Celeste bumps into the man who has haunted her dreams since high school but goes unrecognized by him, having reinvented herself from her gawky shy awkward self into a polished professional. Now that he appears wholly interested in the new her, she can't make herself admit the truth to him, fearing that he will lose all interest if he knows who she really is. Their week long affair sizzles but when their time together ends will what they've built be enough to withstand the truth? From the moment I started this story, I had a hard time putting it down. The tension is thick throughout - sexual tension between Ion and Celeste and the tension of knowing the secret Celeste is hiding and wondering how Ion will react when he finds out the truth. I loved both their characters. Celeste is wonderfully portrayed as an extremely bright woman who still harbours her old teenage insecurities. She's funny, smart, bright, but still geeky and awkward and all these qualities together make for a realistic portrayal of a woman who struggled as a teenager to find her niche. Ion is equally engaging as a determined, somewhat reclusive writer, idealizing his teenage crush into a series of books that have made him wealthy and able to use that wealth to live as he wishes. The love scenes between them are intense and emotional. The city of Paris makes for a beautiful backdrop to the story and is part of it's charm. Celeste's family also plays a key role in the plot and dynamics of the novel, adding poignant moments as Celeste must make choices for her future. For a debut novel, this story has everything I look for in a contemporary romance - real and engaging characters, smart witty dialogue, a mix of humour and tension, steamy love scenes and a couple that deserve a happy ending. 5 stars! There is also a second story at the end of Ion and Celeste's involving Ion's sister Zoraya. Here is a review of that story as well: Zero Day Exploit What a fabulous story! If you are looking for a sexy, romantic, angsty and emotional read you will find it in this tale of love in the corporate world. Zoraya (aka Zero) was a wonderful character as a computer programmer who marches to the beat of her own drum, being forced to assimilate into the corporate vision her company has hired Evan to enforce. Her feelings for him are complicated from the beginning, having spent one night with him as a stranger to her, then discovering he's the one who is going to be making her work life hell. But while Zero is still able to remain true to herself despite the cosmetic outer changes, Evan is the one who really shows that appearances can be deceiving. His character draws the reader's empathy as the hotshot corporate executive who can pay lip service with the best of them but hides behind this mask to prevent his true loneliness from getting out. Zero makes Evan want to share things he's never shared with anyone, and the emotional effect of that is to alternately scare him away and draw him in. The sexual tension between them is at the heart of the story from the first time they meet and the resulting love scenes are steamy and emotional. Once I started reading this story I had a hard time putting it down! I'm looking forward to more of this series. 5 stars!
Sherry_Baby More than 1 year ago
I'm sure we've all had moments in which we want to change who we are and reinvent ourselves, but Celeste London actually followed through and set about a domino effect with her reinvention. In school, she was known as "Hairy" Mary Haverford. With her blue hair and thick glasses, she crushed on Ion Blackwell, her classmate who she saw as unattainable. Following her transition into her new life, she becomes an astrophysicist who moves back home to help care for her Alzheimer's stricken father. A week long conference in Paris is seen as the perfect opportunity to better her life and her father's, but it's the reappearance of Ion that changes everything. For one week the two share passion and connect in depth, but the secret Celeste holds eats away at her as she's unable to fully give herself to Ion. She still sees him as that same unattainable boy that she saw him as in school. What was supposed to only be one week becomes more for both and leads to a series of revelations. Each word was perfectly placed on the page, allowing the reader to feel the turmoil and emotions within the characters. I highly recommend this book