Thursday, January 3, 2013

Review: Second Chance (Pararescuemen, #1) by Debbie Gould

Title: Second Chance
Author: Debbie Gould
Series: Pararescuemen
Genre: Military Contemporary Erotic Romance
Published Date: January 21, 2012
Cover Art By: LFD Designs

Lieutenant Colin Beckett, US Air Force special ops, lost his wife in childbirth while off on a mission. Two years later, he’s still trying to come to grips with the guilt that tortures him. And to complicate matters, he finds himself undeniably attracted to his wife's sister, Emily. Struggling with his desire, he tells himself he doesn’t deserve a second chance with such an amazing woman.

Emily wants Colin in her life and her bed. Enlisting the help of Colin's teammates and Madame Eve's 1Night Stand dating service, she plans to prove to Colin he can have everything he lost once again.

Will their one night lead to the happy ending she longs for or the loneliness he thinks he deserves?

I enjoyed this story, even more than I had anticipated. The author did an excellent job of creating realistic dialogue and interaction between all of the characters. 

I enjoyed the characters of Colin and Emily; the author did an amazing job of character development considering the novella length. They are both trying to move beyond the tragic death of Tabitha – Colin’s wife & Emily’s sister. Each is compartmentalizing their pain in a different way. Colin is consumed with guilt over not being there for his wife as she gave birth to their daughter then died shortly after. Never recovering from the guilt he distances himself from his daughter; leaving Emily to raise her. Emily on the other hand gives up everything to raise her deceased sister’s daughter believing it to be no sacrifice, but there were several difficult moments – Isabelle reminds her daily of Tabitha. 

I knew it would take a special someone to break down some of Colin’s defensive walls, but I knew that Emily could do it. However, once they actually let their relationship develop and opened up to each other…this book was AWESOME.

The only thing that could have improved this novella would have been to be to make it a full length novel. Also the good news is that Book 2 of the Pararescuemen is already available, In My Sights.

Disclosure: This ebook was provided to me free of charge by Decadent Publishing for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.

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