I received this book for free from NetGalley.com . This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Second Chance at Passion Published by Desert Breeze Publishing on February 21, 2014
Audrey Rodriguez has escaped her family’s life styles of the rich and famous by moving to the small town of Holiday, Vermont. She settles into her new role as bookstore owner, never expecting to run into her Vegas hook-up.
Ethan Cartwright has been ordered to take a vacation, by his mom no less. The only people he can imagine spending down time with is his family in Holiday. While there he discovers that woman he’d had the best sex of his life was living in this story-brook town.
When Ethan’s family needs help taking down a gold-digging-sperm-stealing-nut-job Ethan and Audrey go undercover giving them more than a second chance at passion.
Any of us that have read this series have been waiting for Ethan to get his happy ending and this book did not disappoint at all.
Ethan is work, work, work and more work with little to no time to relax and perhaps have a life. While he acts like it is just what he does you had the sense that this is a man who really wants what his twin, Ryan, has with Morgan and the kids. He put his focus on the two children he and his brother were guardians to and now with Ryan raising them he really is at a loss with what happens now other than work. When a meeting gets postponed he has a weekend to waste time in Vegas but isn’t sure what to do, maybe a meal and some downtime will be what the doctor ordered? He ends up meeting a woman at the bar who ends up shaking him to his core. He’s so convinced that he doesn’t deserve love, happiness or anything other than the life he currently lives so meeting her and wanting more isn’t something he believes he can ever give. I loved watching him bare his soul in this story and seeing what he’s been keeping to himself and letting fester until it finally comes out in a rush was sad to see but necessary. He’s a very strong man who loves his family more than anything in the world to the detriment of himself.
Audrey has lived her whole life in the shadows of her more famous family and has never felt comfortable in the public eye. She’s so used to people using her to get to them that she’s decided to open a bookstore in a small town (hmmmm wonder where) but is in Vegas for a wedding. When she meets Ethan she’s convinced that he’s too good to be true when he doesn’t seem to care that her brother is a famous footballer or anything at all about her parents. As they have an amazing weekend she’s finding herself drawn more and more to this man but when the weekend comes to a close and she is set to leave things seem to change. The man that has been so open in his affections for her has closed down and lets her go without a fight or even a plea for more. She tries to shrug this off as she starts her new life in Holiday but….
Ok… Here is where I am going to stop and say that I can’t say more about the story without ruining the fun. There are moments in this that will make you sniffle or out and out cry but they are very well done. I can’t say enough about the way you become invested in this entire family so watching another one find what they deserve is just… *sigh* Now… the important question for Heather – Ummm when can I have CASE????? I can’t wait for his story to be told!!!
Special thanks to NetGalley.com and Heather Lire for letting me get my hands on this one without any pressure for review. I loved it and want more from this wonderful series.