Monday, May 13, 2019

That Second Chance by Meghan Quinn

USA Today bestselling author Meghan Quinn delivers a smart and cheeky romance about love’s power to lift hearts... and curses.

It was supposed to be an innocent night, celebrating my brother’s birthday. Nothing was supposed to go wrong. We’d vowed to be on our best behavior after all...

But it only took one rowdy night with my brothers to flip my world upside down. One unlucky encounter saddled us with a family curse and the promise of doomed relationships. I laughed it off immediately. “Yeah, right,” I thought. “A love curse. Ha!”

Boy, was I wrong.

Word spreads quickly in a town like mine; rumors about that night soon made us the most eligible yet untouchable bachelors in Port Snow, Maine. As a subject of endless gossip and speculation, I could kiss my dating life goodbye.

It would have stayed that way if Ren Winters, the new girl in town, hadn’t crashed into my life. Brave, beautiful, and smart—her vivacious thirst for a fresh start has given me hope that maybe, just maybe, I can have one too.

Everyone wishes for that second chance... but could this really be mine?

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is the first in a new series, and therefore has a degree of world building to do. It certainly gives us a picture-perfect vision of Port Snow and its inhabitants. It also sets up the reason for the Knightly brothers all being single – and this really didn't fit in with the upstanding, family-oriented, even sensible men that we meet in Port Snow. Maybe it is just my natural questioning of any such 'curse' as having an impact, but the fact that ALL the brothers use the curse as a reason for their lack of successful relationships seems a touch too far (Rogan in particular). However, I enjoyed the story a great deal, and just accepted their behaviour as being 'quirky.'

Griff's wife died very soon after they returned from New Orleans, and this certainly has sworn him off relationships – and made perfect sense in its own right. So when he rescues Ren on her arrival in Port Snow, his feelings towards her shock him and send him into some deep and complicated reflection.

As they get to know each other and he acts as her tour guide to her new hometown, we see them become firm friends, even if she definitely wants more, and he resists his urges at every step. It is amusing, sweet, funny, and also a little sad. I was totally hooked on the story and working out how he could possibly square the logic with the heart. For a man who appears to be good to his soul, we definitely are rooting for him to wake up to himself!

Ren is a fun person, even though she teaches algebra (!), and other than a few mentions of what was clearly a very traumatic car accident in her past, she is really a calm and centred being – except when being over-parented by her mother. I loved when they turned up unannounced. 😉

There are a host of possibilities for stories going forward that I am really looking forward to reading, especially now that the curse issue should be taking a distinctly back seat in proceedings. I am looking forward to more fudge recipe ideas, more fun from the brothers, and Rogan needs to find someone to unsettle him. I also hope that we get to see Ren and Griff move forward together in their pretty perfect town of Port Snow.

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
3.5 stars
M/F Romance

This is a picturesque town with a great sense of community. When Griffin and his brothers are "cursed," the town gossip spreads like wildfire and then Griffin and his brothers are "those who should not be loved." With a tragedy following the curse, Griffin can't help but believe that him and his brothers truly are cursed.

When Ren decided that she needed to spread her wings and figure out her own life, she chose to take a job incredibly far away from her overprotective, helicopter parents. With an almost tragic car accident in her past, she knows that she wants to live her life on her terms. When she first pulls into town, of course she's met with an accident. Griffin comes to her rescue and from there, she believes that she might have found a great friend.

While this is a cute story, and I love Ren, it's Griffin's character that I have the most issues with in this book. He is not very strong mentally, despite him being portrayed as an alpha male. When he meets Ren, despite his interest, he relies on this curse to hold him back from living his life. He has this way of pushing and pulling against Ren that made my head spin.

Griffin's family were hilarious in this book and I can't wait to see them in future books. I think that if this story had focused more on Griffin and Ren, rather than the curse, it would have been more successful for me.

Mary Jo☆☆☆
I really wanted to love this book, but to me, it fell flat. The "curse" that the brothers believe they have on them was yelled at them during a drunken night in New Orleans. Now, every time something goes wrong in their love lives, they blame the curse.

Griffin's the oldest and helps run his parents’ fudge shop, as does most of his siblings at one time or another. He's also a volunteer fireman, which is how he meets Ren on her first day in town.

Ren has her own story: nearly being killed in a car accident a few years ago, lengthy rehab, and now moving cross country to get away from her very overprotective mother.

Griff's belief in this curse is impacting his life in more ways than one. He's letting fear rule is life and is unwilling to love someone because the "curse" could harm her. In the end, it’s his fear that pushes Ren away.

I like the character of Griff, but his incessant talk of the curse gets old.

USA Today Bestselling Author, wife, adoptive mother, and peanut butter lover. Author of romantic comedies and contemporary romance, Meghan Quinn brings readers the perfect combination of heart, humor, and heat in every book.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of That Second Chance (Getting Lucky #1) by Meghan Quinn to read and review.

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