Second Chance Season by Liora Blake – Review, Excerpt & Giveaway
Garrett Strickland is unapologetically country, fiercely loyal, and perfectly happy with his job at the Hotchkiss Co-op. Garrett is all about living in the present and not dwelling in the past—even if he was once on his way to a lofty agricultural sciences degree that would guarantee the brightest of futures, only to end up back home when his old man died, leaving behind a debt-ridden family farm that was impossible to keep afloat. After that, it was easy to see why dreaming big wasn’t worth the heartache. And until he crosses paths with a city girl who’s hell-bent on kick-starting her own future, he’s sure that good enough is just that.
Cara Cavanaugh is ready for more from life, even if that means changing everything; including dumping her boyfriend of ten years, turning down a lucrative job at a major newspaper, and leaving behind the upscale suburbs of Chicago where she grew up. Now, she just has to pray that temporarily relocating to the middle of nowhere in Colorado will be the first step in building a career as a freelance journalist—all she has to do is prove she’s got what it takes to make a name for herself. Unfortunately, her tony country day school is as close to “country” as she’s ever been. But when a goodhearted guy who looks like he just stumbled out of a country music video offers to help, she ends up falling hard…and discovering that the perfect story is a love story. And it’s theirs.
Second Chance Season by Liora Blake is the 2nd book in her Grand Valley series. Cara Cavanaugh , our heroine, is on her way to Grand Valley, Colorado for a few months to research on the farming agriculture for her new freelance job. Cara comes from a wealthy family, has broken up her engagement to her lifelong boyfriend, and is determined to make a name for herself. While stopped on the side of the road close to her destination, she talks on the phone with her sister, when she is shocked to see someone knocking on the car window. Who is this gorgeous cowboy?
Garrett Strickland, our hero, has lived in Hotchkiss all his life, and privately mourns the loss of his dad, and the land they had to sell to make ends meet. When Garret is on his way home, he spots a car on the road, and goes to see if he can help. Garrett sees an attractive girl, who looks like “City” all over her. Being the gentleman he is, Garret will have Cara follow him to the house she will be staying in during her research. Of course, the house turns out to be his old house that he grew up in.
What follows is a slow build romance between two people totally different. Garrett, who had an agricultural science degree, but gave it up when his family was debt ridden, is a full blown redneck cowboy; and Cara, is from wealth and city personified. Wow, they were so good together; as their chemistry was off the wall hot. Most of all, I loved everything about both of them. Though they knew there was no future, they were so much fun together. The witty banter between them; the lust they each had for each other was scorching, and it was fun to watch them fall hard for each other. I really enjoyed their romance, and prayed they would find a way to stay together. The secondary characters in the book, including seeing Whitney and Cooper again, Braden and Cara’s sister Aimee were very good.
As they begin to know they are falling in love, things begin to fall apart, since they knew that the time for Cara’s departure was near, with each having different lives to return to. You will need to read this book to see what happens.
I really enjoyed Second Chance Season, which was a perfect romance with a perfect couple. The only thing I would add is that the last half of the book had a lot of constant sex scenes. It was sensual, but I do like my stories in the forefront. I do recommend that you read this, as it was an enjoyable read, and well written by Liora Blake.
Reviewed by Barb
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