Second Chance (Last Chance Rescue Series #5)

Second Chance (Last Chance Rescue Series #5)

by Christy Reece

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ISBN-13: 9780345517760
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/23/2010
Series: Last Chance Rescue Series , #5
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 4.30(w) x 6.94(h) x 1.15(d)

About the Author

After eighteen years, Christy Reece left her career at a major insurance company and pursued her dream of writing. She holds a BSW from the University of Memphis and is a member of Romance Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. Christy Reece lives in Alabama with her husband, two adorable canines, and one very shy turtle. Second Chance is the second novel in her new three-book series.

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A female shriek, loaded with drunken laughter, ripped through the air. Oh yeah. The Saturday night crowd at Bug-n-Booze was alive and kicking. The aroma of roasted peanut shells covering the floor blended with the lusty smells of women who only wanted two things—to get drunk and to get laid.
 
Wesley Tuttle’s mouth slid up in an easy smile … his favorite kind of woman.
 
“Are you listening to me?”
 
With deliberate slowness, Wes turned back to his companion. She’d asked to meet him hundreds of miles from Fairview; least she could do was let him enjoy himself for a little while. This was his first time here and Wes already knew it wouldn’t be his last.
 
He eyed the woman sitting at the table with him. With her upper-crust, snooty attitude and expensive clothes, she looked as out of place here as a possum would at a pie-throwing contest. It was all for show; everything about her was fake. He knew more than most anybody about this particular rich bitch. Those clothes might make her look high class, but when she had a little liquor inside her or needed a favor, she could make a Saturday night slut look like a nun.
 
He gave her the smile he reserved especially for her, knowing it’d piss her off. “I want the woman, too.”
 
Shock reflected on her face for barely a second, then a skinny, manicured hand waved dismissively. “Don’t be ridiculous. If you make this more complicated, it will never work. You’ll get more than enough for the kids.”
 
He stared hard. This point was non-negotiable. If she wanted him to do the job, she’d come around.
 
Her eyes skittered away from his face. Good. She might be his employer for this particular gig, but she was scared of him. Just the way he liked it.
 
She chewed at her lower lip, smearing red lipstick over her teeth. “What do you want her for? Ransom?”
 
“A grin tugged on his mouth. “You know money ain’t the reason I want her.”
 
Jealousy dripping from every word, she said, “What is it with you men? Her ass is the size of a double-wide and those boobs are freakishly large.”
 
It was all he could do not to laugh in her face. “If double-wide trailers were shaped like her ass, I wouldn’t mind living in one the rest of my life.”
 
The woman continued her rant. Wes ignored her, as he did most of the time. When she said something he wanted to hear, he’d tune in again.
 
She was pissed he wasn’t still trying to get into her panties. He’d been there and done that more times than he liked to count. Every time he made the return trip, he always swore he’d never go back again, but when he was horny, sometimes he needed the itch scratched without preliminaries. Given the proper incentive, this bitch was always willing.
 
“Are you listening to me?”
 
“I will when you say something worth hearing.”
 
Eyes flashed with a haughty fury; she reared back as only her kind could.
 
Wes snorted, not one bit impressed with her highbrow attitude. “Listen, we may be in business together, but I ain’t taking no shit off you. You tell me where I can nab the brats and the woman. I’ll take care of the rest. That sure as hell don’t mean we gotta be bosom buddies.” Wes swallowed another snort. Like she had any kind of bosom he could buddy up to. Hell, she barely had anything up top at all. Another reason she was so jealous of the woman. The difference between them was like an ocean to a mud puddle.
 
The anger in her eyes seemed to dim for the moment. Talking business was one way to keep that jealousy under control. “They’ll be hard to get to; she barely lets them out of her sight. And it’ll have to be done somewhere out of the house. It’d take a tank to get inside that estate.”
 
Wes shrugged. “So? Find a way to get them out in the open. I can get rid of anybody who sees me.”
 
“No, I don’t want anyone killed. That would attract too much attention.”
 
He cackled. Hell, she was dumber than he thought. “You don’t think kidnapping two little girls with that last name in this state ain’t going to cause an uproar? Especially after what happened to their daddy? FBI’s gonna be on it like flies on chicken shit.”
 
A small bit of fear flashed in her face and then she shrugged. “You do what I tell you to do and no one will ever find them … it doesn’t matter who’s looking for them.”
 
Man, she sure hated the woman. Wes wasn’t one to question other people’s motives. Most times he didn’t care. If he got money for it, there wasn’t a lot he wouldn’t do. He’d always prided himself on having no limits. Took balls of steel and major smarts to do what he’d done most of his life and not get caught. He eyed the woman again. Hell, might as well make the offer. It’d be some extra dough and no skin off his nose. “If you hate her that much, I can off her once I’m finished with her.”
 
Her eyes widened with what looked like genuine shock. “I don’t want her dead, you idiot. I don’t want anyone killed.” She leaned forward. “Understood?”
 
Fine with him. He sure as hell wasn’t going to do extra stuff he wouldn’t get paid for. “Fine. I’ll wear a mask or something. Don’t know why you’re so against killing all of a sudden. You sure didn’t seem to have a problem with it when you got rid of her husband.”
 
Her face went still for an instant and then her mouth tilted in a smirk. “Now, what makes you think I had anything to do with that?”
 
“’Cause I saw you right after they got married. Never seen you so pissed before. Besides, it sounds like something you’d do.”
 
She pressed a hand against her heart in fake outrage. “I can’t believe you think I’d be so vindictive.” The slight humor he’d seen in her eyes disappeared and the ice-bitch look returned. “Despite all the evidence that pointed to her, she was barely even considered a suspect.”
 
“Well, least you got the money for it.”
 
She waved a negligent hand. “Money is inconsequential.”
 
Spoken like a woman who had it to spare. To Wes, money would never be inconsequential. “What’d you have him kidnapped for then?”
 
A skinny, haughty brow lifted. “I never said I did.”
 
Wes swallowed a guffaw. Wasn’t no use denying it. He knew what the bitch was capable of. “Bet the outcome really honked you off, too. She got the money, the mansion, and got rid of a cheating husband to boot. I’d say you got screwed.”
 
“The only reason they believed her is because of her looks. Idiot men take one look at her and start thinking with their dicks. It’s disgusting.”
 
Unable to resist needling her, Wesley quipped, “Thought you said she wasn’t good-looking.”
 
Her mouth tightened at the reminder, but she stayed focused on business. “One hundred thousand to snatch both of them, plus the money you get from each buyer.” She slid a piece of paper toward him. “Here are the names, phone numbers, and addresses.” A blood-red nail tapped on the paper. “The dark-haired one goes to these people in Florida; the blonde to this couple in Pennsylvania. As soon as you make the delivery, they’ll give you the money. It’s all yours.”
 
Like he needed her telling him how to conduct business. Whatever she said didn’t mean squat. He’d do it his way. He already had a buyer set up for the blond one and would be getting a whole hell of a lot more than the fifteen thousand the people in Pennsylvania were willing to cough up. The dark-haired one might have to go to the Florida people, though. The blond one would be easier to pass off as his till he could drop her off; the dark-haired one looked too different to belong to him.
 
She continued with her instructions. “You’ll need to get out of town immediately after you take them.”
 
He knew how to take care of his business. Just ’cause she’d started the process didn’t mean she was going to run the show.
 
Once he got rid of the kids, he’d keep the woman for as long as he wanted, then drop her somewhere when he was through. Using her brats as leverage would ensure she’d do everything he told her to do. Wes squirmed in his chair as he thought about all the things that plump pink mouth would do to him.
 
Putting those needs on the back burner, he leaned forward, eager to get things into motion. The sooner he got the plans in place, the sooner he’d be getting what he’d been wanting for years. “Here’s what you’re going to do.”
 
Her face lit up and became more animated than he’d ever seen it.
 
Man, if she really hated Keeley Fairchild that much, why the hell didn’t she want her dead?
 

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An Essay by Christy Reece

The written word is a powerful tool. By evoking strong emotions and memories that can stay with you forever, words can change hearts, minds and lives. I believe the romance genre accomplishes this better than any other. Romance inspires, enlightens and entertains, allowing readers to fall in love with characters as the characters fall in love with each other.

Romance not only stirs emotions of today, but can also bring back memories of yesterday. All those firsts that help you remember what it was like to fall in love. That first eye contact across a crowded room . . . that zing of attraction was unlike anything you'd ever felt before. In an instant, you knew something special was about to happen. The first kiss, first touch. The first time you heard his deep, masculine chuckle; the first time you saw her beautiful smile. All of those wonderful remembrances can be renewed and relived with each romance.

Writing is a passion for me; being a published author in the genre I love is a dream come true. Growing up in a household of women, we shared a multitude of things and one of those is the love of reading. My mother introduced me to reading at an early age and I devoured every book that came my way. I was in my early teens when I read my first romance. Instantly, I was drawn into a world filled with drama, passion and the rich fulfillment of finding that perfect love. The moment I closed the book, I was hooked.

Though I've read and enjoyed various genres through the years, romance kept calling me back. I love the optimism...the indomitable shared hope that there will be a better day. Each story has its own journey, but in the end, I am assured, there will behappiness. As the characters develop through the pages, fall in love, make mistakes and sometimes go through horrific circumstances, they experience a self-discovery and often find out they're much stronger and capable than they thought. And despite everything they've gone through, there's hope for the future because of their love for one another. Are tears shed along the way? Sometimes. But there's also laughter, joy and every other emotion that encompasses the human condition. There is triumph and hope; there is a happy ending. My goal is to entertain my readers. I want them to close my book with a smile on their face, uplifted and energized.

Romance novels empower and embolden. They make us realize the endless possibilities of life and whatever tragedies occur, we can overcome. Yes, romance novels are fictional, but at their core, they are grounded in reality. Love might not conquer all but can strengthen and help us to overcome and endure and look to a brighter tomorrow.

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Second Chance 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
frosty1 More than 1 year ago
After reading Christy's first series I couldn't wait till the second. I really love the characters she has developed. I was very happy to see Cole get his own story. I really like the drama and it has just the right amount of romance.
ShellD More than 1 year ago
All of Christy Reeces books are a must read. I was hooked from the start. All of these books seem so real and romantic.. I fell in love with each and every character.Icannot wait for the next one!
wolf-lover More than 1 year ago
This book was just as good as the rest! I have wanted to read about Cole since he was mentioned in the previous books...he is dark and mysterious. His story did not disappoint! Cole vows to protect the family of Keeley Fairchild after his involuntary involvement in her husband's death. Keeley's children are kidnapped and he goes into overdrive trying to find them. Along the way he falls in love with Keeley and she falls in love with Cole. Their relationship is tender yet a secret Cole has not told Keeley lies between them. They fight to find her children and the characters we love from previous books, Jordan, Eden, Shea and Ethan also play big parts in this book. Cole and Keeley get their happy ending but not before the mysterious kidnapper is revealed an not who you would expect. I really love this series and can't wait for the last book in the series to come out!
bookfan3 More than 1 year ago
Second in a trilogy, but fifth in a list of books with continuing characters, this book is great! If you've read the previous books, it will mean that much more to you as characters from earlier books have significant roles in this story. Even if you haven't treated yourself to those earlier books, I think this one can stand alone. Cole is a hero who deserves his HEA perhaps more than any other hero has. Both he and the heroine in this story are an interesting mix of vulnerability and strength. The story contains drama, romance, mystery, sweetness, and even a touch of humor. Cannot recommend this book strongly enough. So ready for the next book, LAST CHANCE, to come out next month.
thehistorychic on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Read for Fun!Challanges: TBR Challenge, Mystery/SuspenseOverall Rating: 4.50Story Rating: 4.50Character Rating: 4.50First thought: I am sad that there are only 4 more books in the series!What I Loved: Cole, Cole, Cole, Cole! Ok so I have been looking forward to Cole's story because he was so damaged (like most at LCR). However, he was damaged even after being part of LCR. His story made me cry twice but the end was so rewarding! I love Keeley for him because she was just what he needed! Their love was a slow burn but so worth the wait!What I Liked: Ethan and Shea being part of the OP! I think this needed to happen for obvious reasons with their history involving Cole. I think it was healing for everyone!What made me go huh?: The only reason this wasn't a five was because the end was a bit rushed for me! I wanted a little more of Cole/Keeley happy.Final Thought: Another good installment!
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I have loved every book so far in this series, but this one was a dissapointment. I couldnt wait to read about Cole, although it was slow compared to her others.. I am still a fan, and will continue to finish all of them, I just hope she brings back the spice!!
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buddyds More than 1 year ago
great book i love this series she is a great writer
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