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Beginning Again: Book 1 in the Second Chances series [Kindle Edition]

Peggy Bird
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Book Description

Liz Fairchild is through with relationships. Widowed in her twenties, now divorced halfway through her forties, it’s time to live life for herself. No man need apply. With the proceeds from her divorce settlement—and business advice from an unexpected source—she opens an art gallery in Northwest Portland, trades her McMansion on the Columbia River for an apartment above her gallery, and looks forward to her new, independent life.

Everything is working out. She thinks.

Then Collins, a sculptor who claims to have only one name, walks into her gallery. He’s tall, rugged, and way younger than she is. He says he’s looking for a gallery to represent him in Portland and, unwilling to take no for an answer to anything, bulldozes his way into her life—and her bed.

But Liz hesitates. She senses that Collins is not exactly who—or what—he seems. What’s the mysterious business he disappears to conduct? And does it have a connection with why he came into her gallery?

And which would hurt the most—falling for him or losing him?

Sensuality Level: Hot

Peggy Bird is a writer and glass artist who lives and works in Vancouver, Washington.

Editorial Reviews


“Both Liz and Collins are great characters. Liz is not a bitter middle aged woman, but instead a very strong and brave lady. I really enjoyed Beginning Again, because it was an easy read that made my gray autumn day a little bit less gray.” --Long & Short Reviews

About the Author

Peggy Bird is a writer and glass artist who lives and works in Vancouver, Washington.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1189 KB
  • Print Length: 106 pages
  • Publisher: Crimson Romance (June 4, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008195BQK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #285,906 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This one was a sexy surprise! June 6, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Collins is a sexy sculptor who sets his sights on Liz and is determined to make all her fantasies come true. Yes, please! He is confidant and bold enough to break through the wall Liz has built to protect herself from another unsatisfying relationship. Liz does great on her own anyways! The art gallery she is jumpstarting is sure to be a hit! Luckily, Collins proves irresistable.

I am a sucker for a lovestory with a real plot and this one surely has a mystery to solve in Collins' true intentions. But the steamy sex in this book is what makes it a must read! It is hot and satisfying for Liz and me too!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Younger Men are Hot! August 18, 2012
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This is the romance for every woman over forty. Ultimate fantasy. Your husband dumps you around your forty-sixth birthday, not for a younger woman, but because he's gay. Fortunately, you still rock a killer bod and hubby not only left you with a nice nest egg, he's still willing to be your financial advisor and help you invest in your dream business.

Not enough fantasy for you? Enter Collins - the younger man who is anything but a boy toy. He's gorgeous, he's rich, he's talented, and he's apparently interested in fulfilling all your sexual fantasies.

This book is utter escapism. No, it's not realistic but it is sexy and fun and exactly what you need after a day of too much reality. Go ahead, pour yourself a glass of wine and indulge!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sexy enough to make a virgin blush! July 9, 2012
By Eye Doc
Format:Kindle Edition
I was lucky enough to read an advanced copy of Beginning Again and although romance novels are not my usual read, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The setting, relationships and plot elevate it and Ms. Bird gave me a lesson or two in sexual exploits. Interesting and fun!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cheers for Peggy Bird! April 23, 2013
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Does anyone understand how difficult it is to write such a smooth, delicious, sinfully wonderful, and entertaining novel such as this? Well, I do!

I love Liz and Collins and the other great characters who people Ms. Bird's delightful world. Hooray for a heroine of such class, smarts, style, grace, and... age. In a world of twenty-something heroines, how refreshing to read about a forty-six-year-old beauty. Well done!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Cute short read March 19, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Beginning Again is a super short (105 pages) super cute story. I hesitate to say much about the storyline due to the length. It took me only a few hours to read. Perfect if you have a day filled with appointments or waiting rooms. No major plots lines that require a lot of concentration. A light easy read to make you smile.

Not going into the story overall as the synopsis says it all :)
It was cute.
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4.0 out of 5 stars What a wonderful way to begin again! June 4, 2012
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I loved this book from beginning to end. Author Peggy Bird skillfully wove her tale of a failed marriage, perceived sexual inadequacies and an older woman/younger man scenario together seamlessly. I liked Liz Fairchild immediately with her sharp mind, her no nonsense attitude and engaging sense of humor. Collins is her equal in every way except for a slight difference in age.

At 46, Liz is set upon a new venture in life orchestrated by her recent ex-husband. Though the two are divorced they remain friends, and he convinces her to invest in an art gallery. Her decision to purchase the gallery opens the door to a well-known sculptor named Collins, and the chemistry between the two sizzles from the moment they lay eyes on each other. Collins introduces Liz to more than his reputation as a much sought-after artist. He pursues her and seduces her, and breaks down her walls and her determination to ignore him. He refuses to let her hang-ups on sex and younger men keep him out of her bed. But, Collins is on a mission and he brings with him a burden of deception. What began as simply a matter of getting information turns into something much more complicated, and he is torn between fulfilling a promise to a friend, or risk losing the love of his life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Playful! June 4, 2012
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Life begins at 40-something and after two husbands! At least for Liz Fairchild. Who knew opening a new art gallery would bring along an exciting younger lover. In walked Mr. Brash and Bold Collins. (I loved that our hero had just one name!) And he invented a to-do sex list. This was a fresh and creative take on the many sensual scenes. (I especially enjoyed the limo ride!) I really enjoyed this book's fun and playful elements. Beginning Again by Peggy Bird was a light and fast but delicious read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I loved the art themes and the humor June 4, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Go ahead - judge this book by its cover. The story is as enjoyable as the gorgeous cover art. Peggy Bird is a pro, and it shows. Smooth, succinct prose, expert comedic timing, and fast pacing from start to finish.

You'll like Liz, the heroine. She approaches her problems with an endearing sense of humor. She's strong but loving, vulnerable but no-nonsense. She even likes her ex-husband. (You'll have to read the book to find out why.) If you like sexy, mysterious heroes who are believably romanctic, you'll like Collins too. He's a sculptor - what's not to like?

I adored the art gallery setting and the fascinating look behind the scenes at an artist's life. The author's detailed knowledge of the art world is impressive. I believed I was in the middle of an exciting gallery debut!

The dialogue between the characters is perhaps the best feature. The characters really shine. I had laugh-out-loud moments. I only wished there was a bit more dialogue instead of narration, thus the 4.5 star rating, but I think readers of category-length romance will find the style to their liking. For a fresh voice, sparkling humor, and sweet love story, pick up "Beginning Again." I'll be on the lookout for Peggy Bird's next.

Note: I was provided an ARC for review as a professional courtesy. No monetary or other compensation was involved.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Trying to overcome deceit could prove to be more than you bargained...
Liz is a head-strong woman, who just got out of a deceitful marriage. Her ex-husband only wants to see her happy and successful after all the upsets he's caused. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Marie
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Way To Begin Again
The characters in this book really shine. The diaiogue between the two principal characters (Liz and Collins) is one of the stories best features. I really enjoyed this book. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kathi
5.0 out of 5 stars Peggy Bird writes love stories for real women
Peggy Bird writes love stories for real women. Women who have achieved a certain age, a lifetime of experiences. Love!
Published 8 months ago by @dehelen
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It!
I'm such a sucker for stories about women and men getting a second chance at love. I think it deserves its own sub-genre. It's not baby-boomer lit or "hen" lit, as some call it. Read more
Published on April 30, 2013 by Becky Lower
4.0 out of 5 stars Sexy and sweet
I was hooked by the premise: a man promising to help a new divorcee learn a little bit about herself and sex. Imagine! A check-off list for sexual adventures! Read more
Published on February 6, 2013 by JW
4.0 out of 5 stars A Steamy Read
I was immediately drawn into Liz's story and read the book in one sitting. I loved the fact that Liz was 46, since heroines over 40 are quite rare, and that her love interest was a... Read more
Published on February 3, 2013 by EJ Reads
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
Very enjoyable book with great characters and a good plot. Especially love the insider descriptions of Portland. Highly recommend for those looking for a romantic escape!
Published on December 27, 2012 by Rebecca Friedenwald
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart and Sexy
I was lucky enough to read an advance copy of this book. I love the Portland details! Many romance novels are poorly written with stilted dialogue. Read more
Published on December 27, 2012 by The Stern Family
5.0 out of 5 stars Made me want more....
As soon as I finished the book I wanted to know more about where the characters' relationship would evolve. Read more
Published on December 27, 2012 by Gina
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable book
The characters of Liz, a strong, self-sufficient woman, and Collins are so well developed that they become the reader's friends. Read more
Published on December 27, 2012 by Beryl
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More About the Author

I've always been a writer: stories when I was a kid, plays for my cousins to perform, terrible adolescent poetry. For the price of a few cigarettes, I ghosted love letters and "Dear John" letters for classmates in nursing school. During a checkered and wildly varying work life, I wrote speeches for politicians, brochures, fact sheets, press releases and newsletters for anyone who asked me to, and the occasional proposal and/or report for consulting clients. On vacations, I wrote memoir pieces, a number of which ended up being published in anthologies and magazines.

A few years ago, I began writing fiction (although writing for a politician is considered by some to fall in that category.) I started out writing what I believed were mysteries but the characters wanted their love stories told instead. Crimson Romance subsequently contracted for the "Second Chances" series of six books set in and around Portland, Oregon and the Northwest. In each of the stand-alone books, one (sometimes both) of the lovers needs a second try at the brass ring to find happily-ever-after. As many of us do. I know I did.

My new series, "A Holiday for Romance" begins with a July Fourth story and continues with stories centered on Halloween, New Year's Eve and birthdays. The books will be released throughout 2014 and early 2015. And there may be more. Who knows? There are lots of holidays left.

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