A Sexy Second Chance Romance
Author Kelly Siskind
Narrated by Samantha Cook, Aaron Shedlock
Published by Tantor Media
Publication date Jun 5, 2018
Running time 10 hrs 21 min
I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
Thirty-six hours is a short spell when racing the clock.
2,160 minutes is an eternity for old friends to fall in love . . .
August Cruz is the only man I’ve ever loved.
He’s the one who got away.
He’s the one I totally screwed over.
Now he’s standing on my doorstep, nine years later, but he’s not the only thing that turns up. My mother’s lost diary is in my hands, and it might lead me to my father. A possibility I wished for one year ago, at my last birthday.
I have thirty-six hours to fulfill that wish.
I have thirty-six hours to drag August on a wild scavenger hunt.
I have thirty-six hours to protect my heart before I lose him again . . . because there’s something he’s not telling me.
Young people make bad decisions.
Someone is your friend, your best friend, and you distance yourself because someone else told you to? Then you screw up in a big way, and don’t speak for nine years? Friends, lifelong friends, forgive each other, they give each other time to cool off, they don’t give up.
There is a story here – somewhat unrealistic, but unusual and mysterious. While everything revolves around the identity of Gwen’s father, there are several plot twists that, while a little jejune, give the plot an edge. There’s a lot of sex though and it competed with the story. I prefer when the story and the sex are at least equivalent. For some reason it just felt over-emphasized. I think the story and a little steam would have made a better book.
I also thought August made too much of his conflict, the mistake he spends most of the book worrying about. He screwed up but, seriously it could hardly have been considered his fault. Her big mistake was just that. He didn’t really give her a chance to explain. I thought that with these past behaviors a relationship wouldn’t have a chance. At least the two characters grew up a little when they were apart and were able to establish their careers. I like that she doesn’t rush to give it all up for “love.”
The narration is good with both narractors giving voice to the characters with appropriate age and gravitas.
This is not my favorite erotic fiction. I thought the confluence of interesting but unlikely events and the insertion of nine years worth of sex and relationship into the thirty-six hours didn’t work for me.