When she returns, she is quickly reacquainted with Jude Callahan, town bad boy and headliner in almost all of Rori's childhood fantasies. Needless to say, Jude is blown away by Rori's looks and her clear confidence in herself. Blown away, and completely turned on. That being said, Jude is, in no way shape or form, a one woman guy. And although he's very attracted to Rori, he doesn't want to be hemmed in. At first Rori is fine with it, but as things progress with Jude, she begins to realize that maybe she's not cut out to have a casual relationship with him. When she walks away from Jude, he doesn't handle it well, and acts like an ass.
Enter Zach Helm. The younger brother of one of Rori's childhood friends, Zach is on the same wave length with Rori. Not only is he extremely attracted, but he's a one woman kind of guy. And the chemistry between Rori and him is everything he's ever wanted. Plus, if his suspicions are correct, Rori is the perfect submissive. In no time, he and Rori have begun a serious, committed relationship - one that completely fulfills both of them.
To say more about the story would be to ruin it.
Apparently, this is a novel that Lauren Dane wrote early in her career and overhauled for Carina Press. And in some instances, it does read as an early novel. It has a lot going on in it, and I felt like some aspects of it were underserviced because of it. Mostly the D/s stuff. On Rori and Zach's very first encounter, they engage in some pretty advanced D/s activities, mostly where Zach keeps asking her to trust him. Now, I get that there is a level of trust to most sexual encounters, but I didn't feel that the author had built enough of a foundation between the two of them for this level of D/s engagement. I just didn't buy that Rori would already have that level of trust for Zach. Also, Jude disappears for a long period of time while the foundation for Rori and Zach's relationship is built. Both of which are mild complaints about an overall entertaining and fun read. I found Second Chances to be an engaging and easy read, and am looking forward to reading more from Ms. Dane.
Final grade: B-
*This book was received from Net Galley.