05 April 2015

Second Chance at Love (Grand Oak Springs #1) by Grace Ryles

 Amidst a harrowing past can one woman find the strength to start again with not one but two men? For the first time in six years Kylie Jansen is free. For six years she lived in abject fear of a man who was supposed to love her. Finally able to breathe again Kylie finds herself at a crossroads.

Should she swear off men for good or should she give the two brothers who make her feel more than she has ever felt before a chance?

Trent and Jaxson Andrews are tired of living the bachelor’s life. One look from the entrance of a crowded diner, and Trent and Jaxson are hooked. Now the real test starts. Having found their woman, they have to come together to make her realize that trusting not one but both of them and taking second chance at love is what she needs to heal her heart.
Second Chance of Love was an easy read introducing us to the town and residents of Grand Oak Springs, Arizona. Kylie finds herself in the small town after her sudden escape from her abusive boyfriend while they were at a rest stop during their cross country move. Because she is in fear for her life should her ex find her, Kylie is looking for a short-term job and cheap place to stay so she can save up some money and keep moving to stay a step ahead of him. Needless to say, a relationship with a man is the last thing she is looking for and a relationship with two men is not even on her radar. Yep, that’s right – Grand Oak Springs is a community where many of the residents engage in polyamorous relationships.

Despite the instant attraction Kylie felt to Trent and to Jaxson, she brushes off their attempts to date for a month. Now a month might not sound like a long time, but the Andrews twins were relentless in their pursuit and stopped in for at least one meal a day at the diner Kylie worked, often at separate times. When she finally agrees to go to dinner with them, they are complete gentlemen despite the dinner being at their home where they could have easily taken advantage of the situation. This is one of the things I liked most about the book – the characters took their time to get to know one another instead of jumping straight into bed. While the author did not feel it necessary to bore us with each and every encounter that occurred between Kylie and the twins during their courtship, that they occurred as clear. And even when the sexy fun times finally began, the sexual activities progressed gradually with the initial encounters being some seriously hot foreplay, to sex with each brother individually (often with the other twin present), until finally they progressed to the full-on ménage sex scenes. Oh yeah, they were hot too!

While I enjoyed the action elements that were included via the situation with Kylie’s ex, I felt they played out a little too quickly to really be considered romantic suspense. That said, the resolution to the situation with Kylie’s ex was extremely satisfying, especially considering what she endured at his hands. I did find the author’s use of the third person mutli-POV writing style a tad off-putting, but mainly because she frequently backtracked in a scene to show us what one or both of the other main characters were thinking. Having scenes repeated was a bit disruptive to the flow of the story and while I generally enjoy getting the other characters’ points of view, in this case it took away from the story more than it added. That said, I am looking forward to reading the next book in the Grand Oaks Springs series to find out what’s in store for the deputies, Ryder and Chase.

P.S. – I don’t tend to comment on a book’s editing because unless I purchased it myself, I’m rarely sure if the review copy is the final version or an unedited copy. In the case of Second Chance Love, I feel I should note that I do hope that it is indeed an unedited copy because there are several places where an incorrect word was used and altered the meaning of a sentence. The occurrences were not enough to interfere with the storyline; however, there were several times where I found myself laughing at the resulting sentence. I only mention this because those readers who are sticklers for grammar will likely not be happy if the final version does contain such word misuses. 


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