Second Guessing

Second Guessing

by Gail Ward Olmsted

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Second Guessing by Gail Ward Olmsted

Jill Griffin & Ben Fein are meant to be together… said no one ever!

Jill has built a successful career writing romantic ballads for many of today’s top performers. Since the tragic end of her marriage a couple years back, the 40-something single mom has all but abandoned hope for a love story of her own.

Ben is a brash, young boy-band singer seeking a solo career who hires Jill to write for him. He’s got a dark secret from his past that he wants to keep hidden.

The attraction between the two is red-hot and when Ben falls hard for Jill, he doesn’t care who knows it. Jill’s been burned before and wants to take things slow, keeping their relationship out of the glare of the media. After a gossip columnist exposes their affair, she’s forced to decide if she can risk letting go of her past in order to build a life with Ben.

When Ben’s past makes headlines, Jill begins to wonder how well she really knows him. But as Ben climbs to the top of the pop charts, he’s determined to succeed… at convincing Jill to take a second chance on love.

Second Guessing is the love story of Jill and Ben, who are so wrong for each other that they may actually be right!

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BN ID: 2940155078524
Publisher: Roane Publishing
Publication date: 02/05/2018
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 770,436
File size: 446 KB

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Second Guessing 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Scorn9 8 months ago
Second Guessing by Gail Ward Olmsted is a lovely sequel to Guessing at Normal that shouldn't be missed! I thought this book was a fantastic addition to this series - this time with Jill falling for Ben (a much younger guy). It was a nice twist on the story of older woman, younger man with lots of sweet romance scenes in between the dramatic bits. Add in another boy band, Lynsey and teenage drama with Jill's daughter Carly and you've got a soap opera-esque women's fiction novel! One thing that really hit me was that Carly accurately described how I feel about the loss of my own Father. Sometimes you forget they are gone, or you just forget - it's tough! I totally bonded with Carly over feeling like everything is okay, and then one day you wake up and realize (again) that he's gone. It was right on the nose! I also really enjoyed the final newspaper/magazine articles that worked better than an epilogue (if I'm being honest). It was a nice change and was a fun glimpse into life right after the novel finishes. One 'con' for this book was that having the names of actual recent bands and singers could potentially age the story. It wasn't a bad thing to have, because right now it's recent and makes sense. But for me, thinking about this book ending up in someone's hand in the future... will they know Maroon 5 or Nick Jonas? Will they be just as big then as they were now? The rest of this story felt like it could have aged well (maybe not the texting, but who knows where that will go in the future), but the name dropping of recent bands worries me. Older bands I can understand (I mean, they have become legends) but will those recent singers and bands be legends? That's more of a psychological question I had about this book that didn't ruin it by any means. This was by no means an R rated novel - it's a fun, sweet yet sassy PG-13 novel. I could easily see teenagers going into this book even if it is intended to be read by adults. Overall, this book was another fun women's fiction novel packed with romance and drama. Gail Ward Olmsted has hit it out of the park with another sweet hit! I highly recommend this novel to those who want romance (but no erotica), women's fiction or some soap opera-esque story lines. Four out of five stars!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite Second Guessing is a contemporary romance novel written by Gail Ward Olmsted. Jill Griffin deserved more than just being considered a rock widow, didn’t she? She was, after all, a Grammy-winning songwriter, and her recent and growing feelings for pop star Ben Fein was something she had not expected to experience again. Jill had loved her rock legend husband, Jamie Sheridan, deeply and wholeheartedly, and she was devastated by his untimely demise. Their marriage wasn’t always the best of all possible worlds for Jill, however, as Jamie liked to have his women on the side; something his wife had always tried not to think about. Things were different with Ben. He was kind and sensitive, and she felt that her long-ingrained issues over trust and self-esteem were finally resolving themselves. But there would be, inevitably, those who sought to throw a monkey wrench or three into their fairy tale romance. Some made a big deal over the disparity in Jill's and Ben’s ages; others seemed to feel Jill should remain the grieving rock widow. Could this romance survive the paparazzi, the relatives, the critics and the stalkers? Gail Ward Olmsted’s contemporary romance novel, Second Guessing, follows the romance of Ben Fein and Jill Griffin as Jill works on the live tribute concert being set up two years after her husband’s accidental death. Olmstead’s perceptive eye examines the effect of Jill’s new romance on her daughter, Carly, and Jaime’s twin brother, Alex. She also takes perfect aim at the sexist concept that any age discrepancy between romantic partners need have the man be older than the woman -- as Jill and Ben’s romance eloquently disproves. I liked the touch of suspense that Ben’s stalker provides along the way, and the countdown to the live concert subtly and nicely involves the reader in the event as it’s prepared and actually happens. Second Guessing is a feel-good musical romance marvelously set in New York City, and it seriously rocks. It’s most highly recommended.
jcresce1 More than 1 year ago
This was a good read, it kept my interest and held me from the beginning. Jill is a widow and she wrote all of her late husbands songs. He was a rock star and was not faithful, but she put up with it. She is putting together a tribute act for her late husband and falls for another rock star but will never let anyone cheat again. She is an older woman and he is the younger man, she has a daughter, and the tabloids are of course going to cause all sorts of drama. This is her journey trying to build a new and different life while things are trying to keep her stuck where she was.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great romance about finding true love and what happens when the fairytale is shattered. Great characters and I love that it is set around the music world
HumorMyWay More than 1 year ago
Being in the eyes of the public is never easy when you are a celebrity as the author show it is difficult as she spins a tale of the media and how they twist and turn things to get a story as well as how that affects the characters and their family. It is a light enjoyable read with enjoyable characters. It starts out a little slow but does pickup. There is a little danger to keep it interesting, not really sure why Ben’s secret is such a big issue. I liked the older women love story with a younger man. The author writes in a way that the two blends well together and you don’t notice the age difference so much. The story is based around Jill her lose, pain and sorrow of a lost love along with a new love that could be everything she has ever wanted. I liked that they were both in the music business which make this more realistic. Being from the same back ground they blend well together. I really liked that Ben was more down to earth not like most men his age going wild with women. Once he sets eyes on Jill he saw no other women she is the one and he is totally lost. You have the normal drugs issues, and all the things that goes with music world including the baggage that always follows them. Jill is like most older women about aging, wrinkles etc. there are some things that are a big issue to Jill but the author doesn’t follow through and never tells how these are handled. It is a cute read and does give a few laughs. It does have a few issues but is worth your time.
Amers86 More than 1 year ago
Independent Reviewer for Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books! What an interesting read full of love! Love between friends, love between family, and love between lovers. It was felt on a multitude of levels and was felt deeply. It was genuine and real. It was deep and raw. It was heartbreaking at times. Most importantly, it was a love of music that brought the cast of characters together. This was a really good read. It was a longer read and included incredible details and descriptions. Emotions were described very well and were felt very easily by the reader. They intensified the story beyond what many might believe. This story was told mainly in the present, but included a few scenes from the past that really tugged at your heart strings. My emotions were heavy and my heart was sad. The main character went through so much starting from her past marriage to her current love. This story is about so much more than love though. It is about strength, and passion, and honesty. It’s about hard work and sincerity. It has an absolute incredible cast of characters that all play an equally important part of the story. They are a tight knit group of characters. They have each other’s back through thick and thin. Their actions between one another during the concert and afterwards, left me with goosebumps. It was such an absolute great feeling. I really enjoyed reading this story. It was longer than I expected but the author did a great job telling a great story. My only complaint was the end of the story felt a bit rushed when we learned about the characters futures. I think that the author might have rushed it a bit, but I really loved the story overall. * A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *