Thursday, August 29, 2013


Title: Second Chance Summer (Chance Series, #1)
Release Date: Monday, September 23rd
Cover Design by Emma Hart

From the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Love Game and Playing for Keeps is a story of hope and the beauty of getting a second chance at the kind of love that comes once in a lifetime…
“You don’t get a love like ours and get to leave it behind.”
Kia James was never meant to return to her hometown of Harlan Grove, Alabama… But she has.
And Reese Pembleton was definitely not supposed to still be in love with her the way she is him… But he is.
Last summer was the summer to end all summers. It was the summer they both fell in too deep to get out, and try as she might, Kia can’t deny that whatever was there between them a year ago is still there. If she’s honest with herself, there’s so much more there than there ever was, but the way her dad walked out six years ago has shattered her belief of that fairytale love every girl craves.
Reese isn’t giving up so easily. His biggest mistake was not chasing after Kia the way he wanted to when she upped and left him without a word. Despite what she says, he knows her better than anyone, and he knows she still wants him the way he wants her. And this time, nothing will stop him from getting – and keeping – his girl.
But nothing is that easy. When Kia’s dad arrives back in town, family secrets come tumbling out she never realized existed. Everything her mom has ever told her about the reason he left is a lie – but how can she trust the man who, by his own admission, didn’t fight for her as hard as he could have?
With her past and present wants and needs colliding, Kia is thrown into the turmoil of the biggest decisions of her life. And she realizes, sometimes a second chance is all you need.

My thoughts after reading...

Second Chance Summer is the love story of Reese Pembleton and Kia James. 

It all started the summer after their senior year when they got together. They loved each other fervently and couldn't bear to be away from one another... But Kia James' is full of baggage. Her life wasn't colored with rainbows. She has a messed-up family... Her Dad walked out on them 6years ago & her mom turned to alcohol for solace like its the effin' shroud of Turin! 

Given all these pressures and predicament, of course one can't think rationally and surely the first easiest thing to do is not to face reality and run away... and so she did. Leaving both themselves broken-hearted. And now she's back again to spend Summer at her hometown at Harlan Grove. And suffice to say that the mindfuck she's trying to put at bay, came rushing down, on full-force making her face reality...

From the outset, I didn't like Kia James. She was just over-thinking and over-analyzing everything--and its kinda annoying... Of course I can't blame her for all the clusterfuck that is her life, but still, it was too much paranoia or apprehension for one person to deal with. I'm even surprised why her head didn't explode!😁 Didn't we all learned the fact that the the heart is utterly stubborn and there's no point in restraining it?

And Reese... Oh. My. Fawkin. Gawd. Is Reese Pembleton for real or what?? He is just too good to be true----pun intended😉 he reminds me of Gavin Blake from Pulse and David Ferris from Lick. He is just the sweetest. The way he's around Kia, and the way he's treating her is just so swoon-worthy.

In all honesty, I felt like I was sitting on the edge of my chair scrunching my forehead, as I turned to the last page... Of course there's a part 2!!argh!😒 I cant wait to see how Kia and Reese's love story plays out. And I'm also very curious about Adam and Lucy's own story, and get to know Kia's playboy bestfriend, Jay. A love-story about second-chances? What more could we ask for😊

☝Here are some of my favorite excerpts from the book by Reese:

“You can’t ever be friends with the person your heart cries out for, and you definitely can’t be friends with the person whose heart cries out for you, too. That ain’t the way it works,”

“It’s been a year since I saw you last and I want you just as damn much as I did then! Hell, baby, I can’t see anything other than you. I can’t think about anything other than you.”

“I want to wake up each morning knowing you’re mine and I’m yours. I want you to fall asleep in my arms again just so I can hold you and kiss your forehead. We both know you want everything I do. You’re just better at hiding it than I am.”

"I know when the girl that holds my heart in her hands has left the arms I promised would always protect her.”

“You drive me crazy in every way possible, girl. You’re it. And you know it. You’re all there is for me. You are my forever."

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Note from the author:

SECOND CHANCE SUMMER is book 1 of the Chance series, and there is NO cliffhanger. There are loose ends that need tying up in both the second book and companion novels – to be announced – but I have tried my best to resolve the main story line in this book.

By day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to a terrible two year old and growing bump, due September 2013. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of juice and writes books.

Emma is working on Top Secret projects she will share with her followers and fans at every available opportunity. Naturally, all Top Secret projects involve a dashingly hot guy who likes to forget to wear a shirt, a sprinkling (or several) of hold-onto-your-panties hot scenes, and a whole lotta love.

She likes to be busy - unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to bewhen all the ideas come to life.


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