Second Chances book 1
I received this for free through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
When you meet your man in community service
Note: contains some explicit sex scenes
Avery Melrose is used to having it all. So when her boyfriend cheats on her, she reacts like any spoiled rich girl-she freaks out and vandalizes his new truck, Carrie Underwood style. Now she’s stuck with 300 hours of community service doing road-side garbage duty.
Seth Hunter just got out of prison, and after a few hundred hours picking up litter on the side of the highway, he can finally put his mistakes behind him. If he can string together some kind of existence, maybe it’ll be enough to get his sister away from their stepfather, the man who sent Seth to prison in the first place.
A romance between these two is doomed from the start. Girls like Avery want castles and white horses, and Seth is no prince charming. But sometimes, being around Avery makes Seth think he could make something of himself. Maybe even be worthy of a girl like her. It’s just too bad real life gets in the way first, tearing these two apart before they have any chance of getting to Happily Ever After.
That cover is super cute.
When I first requested this off NetGalley I assumed I knew what was going to happen – bad boy meets good girl at community service, love ensues. The end. Still I thought meh, maybe this will be a cute contemporary to help me get through my train ride. Turns out I was partially right and partially wrong because this was far better than advertised. It was so good that I devoured it in one sitting.
The chemistry between the two main characters Seth and Avery is electric. Everything from the flirting, to the fights, the sex and the witty banter felt very real and not over saturated. I would really love to read more about these two characters.
This could have easily turned into a sappy girl meets boy from the wrong side of the tracks teen drama but Bross’ writing is so on point that it never felt cliche to me. The story was nicely paced and I liked that everything about the characters flaws are out in the open. Both characters are dealing with their own family issues throughout which gave Seth and Avery a level of depth that I don’t think they would have had otherwise. The ending was both sad and tender and came to a great resolution – it was nice that everyone found their feet in the end.
I definitely see why this has received mixed reviews and I think some of the points are really valid but for me, this fell into my lap at the right time and I couldn’t have enjoyed it more.
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