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The author did a wonderful job of grabbing my attention from page one, and I found myself engrossed in the book. As it was with the other book of hers I read, the characters are well defined and I was able to feel their struggles and other emotions. It was evident that the author took her time to research some of the key elements of the book in order to make it realistic.
A good portion of the books this author writes aren't genres I read, so I was please to find out when this book came out. It didn't disappoint, and I highly recommend it.
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.
The past story is a story of young love and bad decisions. Cole, growing up in the foster system doesn't trust anyone but his bandmates and Gabi. Some bad decisions lead him to prison and away from Gabi.
Both stories are told from both points of view (Gabi and Cole) in their own chapters, so you always get to see why they make the choices they do.
I really liked the strong, but fragile, female lead. An army captain, she's tough and sharp, but her recent injury has left her with some mental wounds to heal, as well as the physical. She really fits into the "self-rescuing princess" category and I like that. I wish romance novels had more strong female leads.Strong women like love, too. Gabi knows what she wants--a better artificial leg and her independence back, stays on goal and doesn't take any crap. She's a little self-conscious about the no leg thing, but who wouldn't be?
Cole is just trying to get his life back together after 10 years in prison. On top of his old feelings for Gabi, he now feels guilty thinking his treatment of her in the past is why she joined the army and now is missing a leg. He's learned from his bad choices and is just keeping his head down and trying to prove he's not still the same screw up he was ten years ago.
These characters are really well developed and not your typical romance leads. She's the strong one who knows what she wants and goes for it. He's the one who holds back, not out of weakness, but because he's smart--acting brash will just get him back in prison or make people think he's still the same old Cole. I like that the author created a strong female lead, without making a weak male lead. It's rare in romance to get a female lead that doesn't just give in to the male's every demand. Here is a woman that doesn't need a man in her life and makes it clear she doesn't need him and so he actually has to prove his value to her.
I have, and this is just being nit-picky at this point, two problems with the book. One is that (and I got an advanced copy, so this might have been fixed) although the story takes place in California, there are a few "British-isms" that briefly took me out of the story; one I actually had to look up to see what it was (my British grandmother would be so disappointed in me)--rashers are just bacon, apparently. The second problem is that ***minor spoiler*** by the end of the book, Gabi still hasn't come to terms with what she wants to do with her life career-wise, it's all about getting her payout from the army for her injury.