Second Chance with the CEO

Second Chance with the CEO

by Anna DePalo

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After one fake kiss, she's crushing on the sexy CEO—again! Only from USA TODAY bestselling author Anna DePalo! 

Teacher Marisa Danieli needs a headliner for her school fund-raiser. Her best bet? Cole Serenghetti, former star hockey player turned CEO of his family's construction empire. Sure, she had a disastrous high school crush on the guy, but business is business… 

Until it turns into funny business—and posing as a couple. This time, the feelings are red-hot and made worse by the fact that Marisa's ex-fiancé is dating Cole's ex-girlfriend! Is Marisa's fund-raiser coup about to backfire, or is this second chance with the CEO the real deal?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781488001970
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 09/01/2016
Series: The Serenghetti Brothers
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 2,742
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

USA Today best-selling author Anna DePalo is a Harvard graduate and former intellectual property attorney. Her books have won the RT Reviewers' Choice Award, the Golden Leaf, the Book Buyer's Best and the NECRWA Readers' Choice, and have been published in over a twenty countries. She lives with her husband, son and daughter in New York. Readers are invited to follow her at,, and

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Second Chance with the CEO 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoy this author. This is another in her series. I enjoyed the book.
stanhope3234 More than 1 year ago
3.5* This was a fun read of second chances and forgiveness. Marisa Danieli needs a headliner for her schools fundraiser but can she face Cole Serenghetti after what she did 15 years ago? Cole's not about to fall for Marisa's proposition, he knows he can't trust her. Marisa is not going to give up there's to much at steak. Through understanding and time spent together they find it hard to stay away from each other but they both have goals and some may take them away. Words unspoken will end a relationship just as its started and dreams can be transformed to something you're never knew you wanted. *Book Obsessed Chicks Review team
S_Leca More than 1 year ago
15 years ago a pushy principle led to the destruction of something that could have been wonderful between Marisa Danieli and Cole Serenghetti . But with the help of a future fundraiser, and some innocent family members they may have a chance to find out if what they had back then can stand the test of time, and anger. Especially when a "fake" kiss comes into play. Marisa Danieli has been working her way up in the world. She refuses to always have financial worries like her mother had throughout her life. And Marisa refuses to fall for a sporty man. After all the females in her line has never had the best of luck when it comes to men with sports on their minds. But if Marisa ever wants a chance of rising up from being a teacher to becoming the assistant principle of her old high school then she needs to meet one of those men again, and get him to join the school fundraiser as the headliner. Of course that would be a lot easier without their... complicated... past. Cole Serenghetti has been working as CEO of his fathers company for a few months, but its no secret that he wants more out of his life. He wants back on the ice, and since he can no longer play in the NHL he is wanting a chance to be a coach. However, Cole's father is resistant to the idea of selling the family company. So when a past flame shows up in his life became a bit more complicated. Especially since that past flame stabbed him in the back. What is worst, or better depending on your outlook, is that the past flame needs his help. Yet there is no way Cole would ever help Marisa. But then again maybe second chances are worth it. This was a great second chance romance story. And the plot line was amazing. The only reason I didn't give this story a 5 star rating was because the love scenes seemed a little off, but other then that the writing style was phenomenal and it is so easy to fall in love with the main characters. As well as the secondary characters. I can not wait to read more about the family dynamics in future books by Ms. DePalo. ~A Book Obsessed Chicks Review Team Selection.
chrismom More than 1 year ago
Second Chance With the CEO By Anna DePalo Marisa Danieli is a teacher in her former high school where she was something of a nerd. Cole Serenghetti was a popular hockey player. Unlike the other students in her high school, Marisa was there on scholarship. When Cole needs tutoring, Marisa helps him. Soon it becomes more. Cole is also her first sexual experience and eventually the person who rats him out for a prank. As a result, Cole is not allowed to play in the championship game. He can never forgive her. Fast forward to today. Marisa is in charge of the school’s fundraiser and she goes to Serengetti Construction to ask them to donate to the school. Cole has left the NHL to take over the business after his father suffers a stroke. Once he realizes who Marisa is, he does everything he can to avoid her. After she explains to Cole why she had to tell them who did the prank, he forgives her and is angry for what she went through at that time. Feelings soon change as they begin to pose as a couple. It turns out that Marisa’s ex had dumped her for another woman, and that woman happens to be Cole’s ex. There are other decisions that must be resolved in this story. Cole wants to sell the family construction company so he can coach in the NHL, Marisa’s ex Sal wants her back after he dumped Cole’s ex, will Marisa’s cousin Serefina and Cole’s brother Jordan get together? This was the first book that I read by Anna DePalo, and believe me, this is not the last. I thoroughly enjoyed this second chance romance. You can’t help but be drawn in by the characters and root for them to get together and leave the past behind them to start again. The secondary characters are interesting too. Marisa’s cousin Serefina who works in a sports bar and Jordan, Cole’s brother who plays in the NHL. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book. I highly recommend this book.
SW57 More than 1 year ago
Cute 2nd chance romance, 15 years after a high school betrayal. Marisa needs a favor from Cole & comes to grovel. He is still bitter over that betrayal. The sizzling attraction is still there. The favor turns into a one hand washes the other situation, but then Cole keeps finding another angle to keep Marisa in his life. Glad I read this first book in the series & looking forward to reading about the Serenghetti siblings!
Jackie_F More than 1 year ago
Second Chance with the CEO is the first book I have read by Anna DePalo and I have really enjoyed it! Marisa Danieli is a teacher at her former high school. She is in charge of their fundraiser and wants a great guest to headline the event to make it a success. Marisa decides to ask ex-hockey star Cole Serenghetti. That is easier said than done since they have a past and haven't seen each other in 15 years. Cole Serenghetti is now the CEO of his families construction business. He isn't happy to see Marisa, especially with what he thought was her betrayal of him in school. After Marisa explains to Cole her side of the story, he is more understanding and will help her. When they are seen together at the local bar, they decide to start a fake relationship. What starts as fake, slowly starts to seem real. Cole realizes that as he spends time with Marisa, he wants more and she is the woman for him. This is a beautiful second chance story that I would definitely recommend. I also enjoyed the other characters in the story and I am looking forward to reading more about them in the future! A Book Obsessed Chicks Review Team Selection
Crystal61 More than 1 year ago
A wonderful second chance story. Cole was Marisa's first back in high school. Misunderstandings pulled them apart. After many years, Marisa needs help from Cole even though she suspects he will say no. Her determination and the renewal of feelings move these two along. Their chemistry overpowers their doubts as they open up to each other. I enjoyed the bartering back and forth to get what they wanted. I recommend this book. I received a copy of this story as a Book Obsessed Chicks Star Review selection.
HumorMyWay More than 1 year ago
There is nothing better than getting a second chance at love, we all make mistakes or do things we wish we could change for Marisa she did something in high school that will change her life and take away the one person she has had a major crush on. Cole saw it as betrayal not being able to forgive or forget he lost out on his big chance. When push come Marisa has to have a big name at her fundraiser there is no one bigger than Cole. Cole doesn’t want to see, be around or have anything to do with Marisa or her fundraiser. Knowing he must get contacts for his father’s construction company he makes a deal with the devil (Marisa). When they are cornered at a business meeting in a bar with their ex’s one thing leads to another making them a couple yes fake or is it. There are so many an emotions running around it is hard to tell if this is for real or play. One thing is for sure once this is all played out two lives will be changed forever it is anyone’s guess if broken hearts will be left behind in its wake. I really like Marisa she has always felt herself lacking she is more on the nerdy side always with her nose in a book growing up. It is no wonder she picked a teaching career. She has had a long time crush on Cole. One night many years ago he was her first and things changed you know how boys are they get what they want and never call. Some things aren’t always as they seem there is much more to this story. Marisa was made to do something that broke her heart and hurt others she really has never forgiven herself. All in all she is a very strong women and not a quitter she is going after what she wants which is to raise money to help add on to her school. In doing so it puts her back under Cole’s charm and his demands. Cole is a little complicated he is an easy man to like and is very handsome with his rugged looks. Marisa many years ago hit him right where it hurt sure he wasn’t totally innocent well he wasn’t innocent at all but still she should not have done what she did. He has to come home to help take over his father business after his stroke. His father wants him to take it over he has other plans and Marisa sure isn’t in them. He does have to admit she grew up damn sexy and if he is honest with his self he wouldn’t mind picking up where they left off that is only in the bed room she isn’t getting close to his heart again. This has a great plot from the start the author grabs your attention pulling you in. You can feel the shock in Cole as he realizes who Marisa is the word play fits this story very well. The supporting characters are something else from his brothers who throw in some humor to her cousin who has a little tempter and a sense of humor all rolled into one. I loved the parents who give a lot of love to their children they play a big part of this story from misunderstandings to how they were raised. You can feel the pain of each character as they play out their roll learning to trust again and overcoming their past learning from their mistakes and finding out all things are not as they seem. You will smile and feel the pain as the author takes you through the story of lost love of teenagers to adult who what a very strong pull with a powerful attraction. I found this a very touching heartwarming read and can’t wait for the brother’s stories. I hope you will pick this story up giving it a read there is nothing like reading a story from a Harlequin author you know when you pick it up you are in for a treat of sor