Riley Hart slays it yet again in this new series

Gone for You (Wild Side, #1)Gone for You by Riley Hart

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The way Riley Hart writes just perfectly speaks to me, I’ve not read anything of hers I’ve not enjoyed and this is no different.

She manages to take the everyday routine of life and falling in love, no matter what the age of the characters, and infuses it with a little bit of magic.

In this one we have a standard friends to lovers and sort of second chance romance but with Oliver and Matt she creates two stand out characters who feel utterly real.

I loved watching them bumping heads as Matt returned back to the boy he’s always loved but never felt good enough for and Oliver grew to realise he had to let Matt fix himself and say goodbye to his life long love to give it the chance to bloom fully.

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Enjoyable romp through a second chance romance

Lost and Found (Foster Puppies Book 3)Lost and Found by A.R. Steele

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5*

This is the best in the series in terms of story narrative, although it still has an odd side plot which doesn’t really bring anything to the table.

Having said that though, I think the relationship development between Cedric and Oriole (isn’t that the name of a baseball team, that kept throwing me out of the story a bit) felt realistic.

It’s not quite a true second chance romance as only Oriole had feelings in the past but it still worked well.

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Superb follow up for this new spin off series from Sloan Johnson

False Start (Wilmington Breakers, #2)False Start by Sloan Johnson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve said before how much I enjoy a good sports romance. While the real world seems to sadly lag behind when it comes to top level athletes and sportsmen being able to be out safely and successfully, these novels provide the joy and the hope things might reach that state eventually.

This was both a later life and a sort of second chance romance, two of my favourite tropes, both men coming with plenty of baggage and fears about being vulnerable.

I loved both Nix and Linc, they were uniquely drawn characters with their own distinct voice. The steam level is on the lower scale but when they do get together it’s beautifully passionate. It’s also mostly low angst too, these guys talk it out, albeit with some reluctance.

There’s a moment of sadness too but it’s not drama lama-ing for the sake of plot. Now I’m hoping that Sloan has set us up with Blake and mystery man John for book three.

Oh, truly gorgeous cover too.

#ARC kindly provided by the author in return for an unbiased and honest review.

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Nice later life romance

Silver FoxesSilver Foxes by Grant C. Holland

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a nice gentle later life romance which also doubles as a second chance one as college friends Byron and Gage reconnect at their 30 year reunion.

There’s not a lot of plot to this one, it’s fairly low in both angst and steam but it’s a sweet read with a nice story narrative and a couple of hot men finding love second time round.

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Best one yet with a delicious second chance romance

Urgent Care (Hearts & Health #3)Urgent Care by D.J. Jamison

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this one, there’s something truly delicious about second chance romances, especially when the ground work is laid down for the separation being down to circumstances or misunderstandings.

Here we have two men reconnected more than a decade later, one wondering if he made the right decision not to go to college and the other absolutely knowing he should never have walked away.

I liked the premise behind Trent’s realisation he should never have left Xavier under the circumstances in which he did. Acceptance that you turned your back on love and screwed up is a favourite trope when it’s done well like here. I also liked that Xavier accepted his part in their separation too by not confessing his money fears at the time.

Their new romance was a lovely slow burn with lots of conversations as well as red hot sex and it worked very well.

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