Series: Second Chances
Author: Micalea Smeltzer
Genre: Contemporary New Adult Romance
Cover Design: Hang Le
Katy’s life changed two years ago, and she never looked back nor got out of the darkness. She erected walls around her. She didn’t like to be touched, except for her best friends. The nightmares were keeping her awake at night. Then Jared came into the rescue one night, and her life was never the same again.
I like how Katy finally started to give life a chance, and start to live again. Thanks to the persistence of her funny, witty and amazing best friend Rollo, and her new found friend. And of course the guy who changed her game – Jared.
Just like Katy, Jared has his own baggage and history to tell. It was as heartbreaking as Katy. But, he chose to move on and deal with life in a more productive and physical way. He has the patience of a saint and an admirable control. He didn’t mind the agony of waiting, he allowed Katy to set the pace of the relationship.
Somehow I like the plot, and I grew to love the characters. Nevertheless, I think this was a little bit draggy for me. There were a lot of slow moments in between – they were sweet, and perhaps necessary but just a little slow for me. I was expecting that big, dramatic scene between Katy and some people, it happened thank goodness. But was it wrong for me to hope for more? Like getting justice for everyone?
It’s a story about second chances, not just with love – but with life itself. It’s a story of hope, of faith and of healing.
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Ever since reading Katy and Jared’s story, I was excited in reading Karlie’s and Holden’s turn for their HEA.
He was eight years older and her brother’s best friend. He didn’t see her as a woman, but as a young girl, or so she thinks until one night they crossed that thin line between love and hate. They decided to make a pact spending the summer together until Karlie goes to New York to study ballet. It will all end – no hearts broken, no commitment issues.
What they didn’t expect was the fact that as they get to know more about each other, the harder they fall. But something happened, and it broke them apart. I thought it would be Jared that would break them apart first, but the reason was more devastating.
It took some time, a lot of bad decisions and wrong roads, before they were finally back into each other’s arms. The one who led them back? I didn’t expect that person to do it. But that person did, thank God. The person made Holden see some light and pushed him into the right path.
I love this book more than the first one. Perhaps because I was primarily excited to read Katy’s story, or the fact that they only need a little push to the right direction because ever since, the both of them were meant for each other. The pacing was better, it’s a little hotter and less dramatic. It’s a story of love, forgiveness (most especially forgiving oneself) and second chances.
Rating: 4 Stars