Season of Second Chances by Brighton Walsh
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: January 1, 2013
Publisher: Carina Press
Format: eBook, 74 pages
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When a storm strands Claire Hanlin in Chicago on Christmas Eve, the last person she expects to come to her rescue is Logan Dawes, the man she almost married two years ago. The chemistry between them is dangerously potent, but with nowhere else to go, Claire accepts Logan's offer to stay with him for the night.
Back in the home they shared, surrounded by reminders of Logan and his young daughter, Claire begins to realize how much she misses the family she almost had. After a few cups of Christmas cheer, she falls right back into her ex's arms-even though she knows it means setting herself up for heartbreak all over again.
The magic of the season has thrown him together with the woman he's never stopped loving, and Logan's not about to pass up this gift. He's not the workaholic he was two years ago-his family comes first. Now all he has to do is prove it to Claire, before the snow stops and she flies out of his life for good.
In my earlier post about holiday romances, I admitted that holiday romance novellas are one of my biggest guilty pleasures this time of year. After putting up the Christmas tree at my parents’ house, I wanted nothing more than to read one. So, that’s exactly what I did yesterday on a lazy, dreary Sunday. I’d purchased Brighton Walsh’s Season of Second Chances last year while I was in “read all the Brighton books” mode, but I didn’t get around to it. Now I’m equal parts sad I put it off and happy I read it when I did.
Claire’s stranded in Chicago, a city she left after she and Logan broke up. They were once engaged, but things went south when Logan couldn’t make Claire a priority. She felt like she was constantly coming in third place – behind his daughter (understandable) and his job (so not) – and her heart couldn’t take it any more. When they’re reunited at the airport during a blizzard, there’s no denying there’s still a spark between them. Fortunately for them (and us!) the hotels in Chicago are booked and Claire will be spending a few days with Logan until she can fly back to California. That’ll give them plenty of time to work through their past and make a fresh start, right?
Second chance romances are one of my favorite tropes and somehow they’re even better when they’re set in the snow and cold. It gives characters a perfect excuse to heat things up. *eyebrow wiggle* That’s exactly what Logan and Claire did in this book. This one was short and sweet – with a bit of spice – and I adored it. Did I mention there was plenty of swooning and feels packed into this novella? Because there was. Single dad Logan was super swoony. Claire was a fantastic and relatable heroine. I loved reading along as they spent time together and allowed those old feelings to resurface.
If you’re looking for your new favorite holiday romance novella, look no further. Season of Second Chances was wonderful. There were lots of big grins (and perhaps a tear or two) with this one.