Second Chances Book 2
Reeling from a painful divorce, Miranda has returned to her hometown after a fifteen-year absence. When her brother offers her a job with the family company she takes it, not realizing she’ll be working with the man who was once the object of her teen fantasies.
When lifelong bachelor Robert decides to reform his rakish ways, he moves from Chicago to the little town of Alandale. Away from the bustling pace of city living, he settles into a new work partnership with his best friend.
His new assistant Miranda is a mystery to him, and Robert is a thorn in her side. Chemistry sizzles between them, but they have both been burned once. Will they let past heartaches, fear of disrupting the status quo, and a disapproving older brother ruin their future?
It’s always amazing to me how you can pick up one book and just fly through it. But another requires more time, like you are having to savor it. This is definitely the second type. It wasn’t dull or lengthy or over written – it was like taking a very pleasant stroll with Robert and Miranda as they get to know each other again and find themselves falling in love. (I keep reading that and it sounds kinda bad but it TOTALLY isn’t. This was a great book that I absorbed instead of let flash by.)
I really like Robert and feel for him, with his decision to start over in a new town and moving into a new stage in his life. He struggles a little, which makes him relatable, especially once he starts having feelings for his best friend’s sister 🙂 Miranda is working through a lot with the end of her marriage and all the problems that brought her back home. It takes her a while to wallow and work through her emotions. Falling for Robert definitely wasn’t something she expected and she doesn’t handle it very well. I get where she’s coming from and why she feels the way she does, and Robert has a lot of patience and understanding to not give up on her, leading to a great ending.
With realistic characters, real-world issues, moments of sweetness and shots of humor, Bennett delivers a beautiful story of second chances and finding yourself again.
(This is the second in a series but definitely reads as a stand alone.)