May 21, 2014

Title: Last Second Chance
Author: Caisey Quinn
Series: (Second Chance #1)
Publisher: self-published
Published: May 6, 2014
Genre: New Adult Contemporary

Synopsis: When Stella Jo Chandler gets an offer to work at the Second Chance Ranch celebrity rehab facility right after graduating from Texas A&M, she’s tempted to turn it down. She wants to help real people with real problems, not spoiled celebrities going on vacation for publicity. But growing up on her family’s ranch left her with a love of horses that draws her to the opportunity. How bad can babysitting a bunch of strung out celebrities be?

What she didn’t count on was being roped into a tangled mess with infamous rocker and three-time rehab drop out Van Ransom on her first day. And she sure didn’t expect to feel the overwhelming attraction that pulls her to the man who has more issues than she can count on both hands. Like the hotel rooms and tour buses he’s famous for trashing, the havoc he could wreak on Stella’s heart would be irreparable.

Van isn’t at Second Chance for publicity or because he’s suffering from “exhaustion”. He’s on the brink of destruction, and he needs the kind of help Stella isn’t sure she can give. But without her, he’ll lose everything. Because he’s on his last second chance.

**I received an advanced copy of this book for the tour,
but that did not influence the review in any way**

4.5 stars! Ms. Quinn has done it again! Last Second Chance is a sweet, yet totally dark and gritty smexy little story that will have you fangirling all over Van Ransom. Shamelessly too, I might add.

Here’s the short review of my feels as I read:
1. Stella has a boring life, I can’t wait for her to take this job
2. Van is a hot tattooed gorgeous mess that I would like to rub down all night long
3. The chemistry is H.O.T.
4. I’m ready I’m ready oh yeah I’m ready
5. Oh gawwwwwd. Van is a dirty talker. I’m really in love
6. *bites nails* they’re gonna get caught!
7. Sweet Lord Baby Jeebus. I would really like a candlelight romantic dinner please, Mr. Ransom
8. Oh yes oh yes, let’s hear all of the secrets
9. *cheers on Van and Stella* you guys can do this!
10. Dawwww, the epilogue was perfectly perfect.

What made this story so good? I think it was the way it was written. The storyline itself wasn’t overly layered or complex, (which is totally OK by the way!), it was about two people that had issues and as they came to terms with their issues they found love. Or maybe the love helped them come to terms with the issues (yes, the chicken or the egg question ). That takes real talent to take a simple concept, yet execute it so well that it can turn into a whole book that was impossible to put down.

But a great story also has to have great characters to really work, and that it did. I will admit, in the beginning I felt that maybe I was thrown a little bit right into the middle of Van and Stella, but honestly, that turned out to be the beauty of their relationship too. Both characters weren’t just words on the paper, they were fleshed out so that I ended up feeling like I really knew them and was living their lives right along side of them.

Lastly, while I’m not a fan of 3rd person POV, it turned out to be a non-factor because I always felt like I was in both Stella and Van’s heads. Felt both of their fears, joys, lust, all of it.

And of course a romance has to have that push-pull feeling to keep it fresh, to give you those butterflies the whole time. Yes. To that. And now that I mention it was fresh,  I’m not just talking new love *cough* ifyouknowwhatimeanandithinkyoudo *cough*.  Ransom is a dirty talker. *pumps fists* Right there is reason alone you should read this book. I don’t want to spoil anything, but there are plenty of highlight-able naughty things in this book. Van’s idea of a romantic candlelit dinner? Yes and please and thank you so much.

To make this a well rounded review I should touch on what could have been better. Well, I pretty much loved it, but I’ll tell you one thing that was inconsistent for me: I was a little confused because I thought Stella was supposed to have more patient interaction in terms of counseling…not that the detail matters, but she kind of seemed just like an admin person. She was just set up to be more like a therapist, but her job didn’t have her doing any of that. She was so sought after by Dr. Ramirez, but never really brought anything to the table. However, it never took anything away from the story for me.

Would I rec this? YES. This is my second book by Caisey Quinn and definitely not my last.

About the Author: Caisey Quinn lives in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband, daughter, and other assorted animals. She is the bestselling author of the Kylie Ryans series as well as several New Adult Romance novels featuring country girls finding love in unexpected places. You can find her online at www.caiseyquinnwrites.com .

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