25 October 2013

Review: Second Chances by Jo Briggs


What they say: Layla Keyes is back in England. Much has changed in the five years since she moved to New York to pursue a modelling career - On the outside she appears independent, self-assured and enjoying running her own successful fashion label.

On the inside she is determined to take back what she lost five years ago when misunderstandings allowed a jealous third party to manipulate and interfere in destroying her relationship with Evan Carter.

Evan Carter has spent all that time pretending to not be affected by the loss of Layla from his life.

A twist of fate brings the two back together as they are forced to share a few days alone.

Can their love be rekindled despite the secrets they still have to confess to each other?

I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. I read the newly edited/complete series version which I believe contains both the original parts to Jo Briggs's story.
What I say: The book begins with a really sad break up leaving both Layla and Evan devastated. Layla left Evan, believing she was doing the right thing for both of them. The story picks up 5 years later and Second Chances fills in what happened in the missing years and also shows how the characters try to move on from the past.
Second Chances is about misunderstandings and miscommunications. Both Layla and Evan are equally scared of hurting the other and of being hurt themselves. As a result they left a lot unsaid in the past which is something they need to deal with this time round.
In their time apart Layla gains independence and although she suffers a lot, she is spared from depending on Evan and his money. Layla has become successful in her own right and takes responsibility for her actions. Although I disagreed with some of her choices I respected her reasons for making them.

Evan is sweet, kind, sexy and loyal. The prologue scene from his POV was really sad and the reader can see just how lost he is. It's a tough call between who makes the most mistakes, but in general I felt both characters were victims of circumstance and outside forces. Don't get me started on Caggie, the evil harpy!

Some of the language, in particular when Evan speaks is a little formal (maybe it's a class thing). The dialogue doesn't always flow, but this doesn't really effect the story. I don't think I'm particularly sentimental but I enjoyed their story and found myself desperately hoping they could get their HEA and recreate what they lost.
3.5 Stars in my Sky!

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