Second Chance (First Time Gay Romance)

Second Chance (First Time Gay Romance)

by Van Barrett

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Ten years ago, Rustin and Clay were more than teammates: they were best friends chasing their big breaks into pro hockey. But their paths split when the friendship grew too complicated ... and 'male bonding' went too far.

Now a seasoned veteran in the NHL, Rustin Kellar would rather not remember the mortifying night he made a pass at his straight minor league captain. But a career-threatening concussion has left the defenseman crippled with pain – and an unlikely ghost from his past might be his only shot at recovery. Can Rustin ever forgive Clay?

Ex-hockey player turned horse-whisperer, Clay Grayson spent a decade soul-searching under the scorching Texas sun. When Clay witnesses Rustin's head smack the ice, he knows the injury is serious. But if this cowboy is good for one thing these days, it's helping old race horses find their legs again. Can Clay help Rustin recover, and finally make things right? Or is he ten years too late?


Second Chance pairs ice hockey and cowboys -- a surprisingly delicious combo! This 71,000 word first time gay romance novel has an HEA and light MMF scenes. No cliffhanger nor cheaters. Narrated in alternating third-person, past tense.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158551475
Publisher: Van Barrett
Publication date: 02/20/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 107,373
File size: 453 KB

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Second Chance 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story was an absolute joy to read! Hockey abd horses- weird combination, but it worked. Unique and it was pure magic. Very realistic with charming characters and never a lag in the story. I hated putting it down. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes m/m love that has the romance and intense emotions along with super hot sex scenes. In other words, this story has it all. Could have used a better proof reader as there were some missing words, but it didn't bother me much because the writing was so good, original and satisfying in every way. 5 well deserved stars!
HEChapter More than 1 year ago
✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ THREE & 1/2 - STAR ✩ REVIEW ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ > > Judging a Book by it's Cover > Looking Deeper As the synopsis states, this is a third-person past tense narrative. This was almost a "DNF" for me. The writing format and quality of the first 18% were excruciatingly immature and unprofessional with weak sentence structure, choppy story-telling and stiff, cardboard cutout like characters that spent too much time flashing back to things in the past and repeating points of presumed importance time and time again. While there are sex scenes (with descriptives worthy of a comic relief program) allowing it to fit into the "romance" category, there was no connection. No bond, all "buddy"... F*ck Buddy would be the most appropriate term, not boyfriend or lover, the lack of romantic chemistry was disheartening and annoying. This was a late-in-life, Gay for You story of two friends that occasionally got each other off. The most emotion I felt in this book was when Travis came racing in to be with Apple. THAT was emotional. Both were minor league hockey players. One got called up while the other ghosted (while secretly keeping tabs on his "buddy"). Ten years later, a traumatic injury occurs and allows the men a second chance. The chemistry between them, to the very end, felt more like friends with benefits than lovers. Secondary cast was alright. Dialogue and interaction were average. The plot had potential but the execution ruined it for me. If you could get past the 24% mark, you'll see the flow of the book begin to smooth out... but getting there was painful. What was with capitalizing "the Sun" all the way through? That was so odd. There was bound to be conflicts when they are in denial. Choosing to stay in the closet and pretending to be hetero. One abandons the other for ten years, without a single word... then dares to hope for a second chance, a chance to explain and possibly be forgiven. Phantom symptoms miraculously disappearing. Ugh, it was all a little much. The sex scenes were not hot or sexy, they were comical and ridiculous with one's lumbering beast throbbing lodgepole protruding. omg, just no... sorry, not for me! The ending is solid and offers a fairly satisfying ending. Yes, I made it to the end so I could say that I gave this piece my 110% at receiving a fair and full review. I don't think I'd be able to recommend this one as it is currently written, but perhaps with a professional editor going through it a few times...? Maybe. As of right now though, it did not leave a very favorable impression on me and I doubt I'd read this author again. Their writing style just does not match up to my preferences. . Rating: [R] ~ Score: 3.5 ~ Stars: 3.5 ========================== ⭐ ⭐ **** Disclosure of Material: I purchased a copy of this book from Amazon and am voluntarily leaving unbiased and unsolicited feedback. I was not asked, encouraged, or required to leave a review - nor was I compensated in any way. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising". ***** ⭐ ⭐