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Monday, April 27, 2015

Review: Second Chances by StacyFinz / @pumpupyourbook @KensingtonBooks @lyricalpress @sfinz

Title: A Nugget Romance, Book 3: Second Chances
Author: Stacy Finz
Publisher: Kensington Lyrical Press
Release Date: April 14, 2015
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
ARC Received From: Pump Up Your Book

Nugget, California, is a spot-in-the-road that’s easy to miss. But this little mountain town knows how to give the struggling and discouraged many paths back to happiness—and love…

Reporter Harlee Roberts is used to finding the story, not living it. Unfortunately, losing her dream job and glittering city life means she needs a serious rewrite. Downtime at her parents’ cabin in Nugget is a break she could really use. But the less her rugged woodworker neighbor has to say to her, the more Harlee’s natural curiosity is piqued, and the more she wants exclusive access—to his heart…  

Nugget’s open spaces and mountain quiet are the perfect refuge for Colin Burke. All he wants is solitude, to mind his own business—and for Harlee to mind hers. Still, her live-wire personality and take-no-prisoners commitment to those she cares about are a temptation pulling him way too close. Is their connection strong enough to survive his secrets—and risk a future together?

Harlee was trying to find her footing after losing her job as a reporter to a big city paper. Colin was just trying to live a quiet existence without anyone finding out the truth about his past. Their worlds collided over Harlee's U-Haul trailer hanging off the side of the road and never untangled.

Despite Colin's best attempts to keep Harlee at arm's length, she wormed her way into his life and his heart by simply being herself. She not only talked to him just because, she helped him out with his social anxiety disorder and claustrophobia without really knowing why he suffered from both. She gave him space and backed off when he closed down, but she didn't abandon him. She was still there when he came to his senses, still there despite his sending her away after she discovered his past.

Harlee was a force to be reckoned with but she knew a good person when she met one. Colin was a good person. Learning about his past didn't lessen her feelings for him or scare her away. She hung in there, moving ahead with life even though her life was with Colin in Nugget, hoping that he would realize what they had wasn't just a good thing, it was an incredible thing.

I really can't believe I haven't read any of the other books in this series. The town of Nugget is charming to say the least, and the characters give it more depth and personality than I thought possible. Colin and Harlee's story is sweet, sensual, and shows how worthy one person can be of a second chance at happiness despite their past.

Stacy Finz is an award-winning journalist. After more than seventeen years covering notorious serial killers, naked-tractor-driving farmers, fanatical foodies, aging rock stars and weird Western towns for the San Francisco Chronicle, she figured she finally had enough material to launch a career writing fiction. In 2012 she won the Daphne du Maurier Award for unpublished single-title mystery/suspense. She lives in Berkeley, California with her husband.

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