No Second Chances by Marissa Farrar


Book Description:

When I was seventeen years old, I was told to stay away from Cole Devonport. Kids like him only ever meant trouble. I should have listened, but I didn’t, and surprise, surprise, I was the one who got hurt. But escaping Cole didn’t mean the end of my pain. Life has a way of screwing me over, and after joining the Army as a way of forgetting him, I suffered a loss I’ll never recover from.
So now here I am, back in the town I ran away from, with my alcoholic father apparently looking after me.
The last thing I need is Cole showing up on my doorstep because nothing has changed—with his prison tattoos and don’t-screw-with-me edge, Cole Devonport still means trouble…

I let everyone down all those years ago. I made mistakes and I’m not proud of them, but I’ve done my time and now I just want to keep my head down and get on with my life. I thought I was doing exactly that until I heard Gabriella Weston was back in town.
Despite what she thought, I was always in love with her. She might hate me, but whether she knows it or not, she also needs me.
I want to make it up to her, but with my past still trying to pull me down, perhaps it would be best if I just stayed the hell away like she keeps telling me to. Problem is, I can’t seem to resist her, and I’m the type of guy who always gets what he wants…

‘No Second Chances’ is a stand-alone, second chance, contemporary romance. It is a full length novel with no cliff-hanger!

My Thoughts:

Cole and Gabi were childhood sweethearts until Cole is arrested and sent to prison for ten years. Obviously going to prison is going to change a person but Gabi also has a lot to deal with in that time as well. Both characters find themselves back in the same small town at around the same time and even though things ended badly between them, there is obviously still a spark there.

Cole really is a very misunderstood man. He hasn’t had the best of upbringings living in foster homes but he falls for Gabi and he has big plans to make something of himself to give them both a better future. Unfortunately life doesn’t always give us a helping hand and Cole ends up being forced down a different path.

You can’t help but have every empathy for Cole, here’s a person whose heart is in the right place and it’s obvious how mad he is about Gabi. Having been in prison makes him even more determined to keep his head down and to stay out of trouble. Obviously I will happily admit to being envious of Gabi, the descriptions of Cole in the book and the more intimate parts between him and Gabi certainly got me a bit hot and bothered and would have loved to have swapped places with her. (Just don’t tell my husband).

Gabi is such a great character and I loved how even though she is such a a strong character, she is also very fragile. She doesn’t sit around wallowing in self pity after Cole is arrested, she joins the army and goes fighting in Iraq. You have to take your hat off to the author for having such an up to date female character that is very much part of today’s world. Her injury and her experiences in Iraq have obviously taken their toll on her and have left her damaged. Even though she is determined to have nothing to do with Cole the attraction between them is just to strong.

No Second Chances is a story very much of trying to move on with your life whilst battling your own demons. It is an enthralling read where the characters totally capture the reader and you get caught up in their whole world. There is also that underlying sense of romance and love that gets stronger through out the novel.

Highly recommended for readers who love a good story line that is fuelled by romance and is very current for today’s world.

My thanks to the author for a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.

No Second Chances is out today and available to purchase from Amazon.

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