Monthly Feature – Second Chance Romance

This month, I’m featuring second chance romances. This is probably my favorite trope and one I return to often in my books. There’s something so seductive about lovers having another chance to get it right. Here are a few of my favorites.

Third Time Lucky, book #1 of the Coxwell series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke (writing as Claire Cross)

Third Time Lucky was the first contemporary romance I wrote, and it’s a second chance romance. Philippa had a crush on Nick in high school, but thought he was too cool to take her seriously (even though they shared a very special moment once). He comes back to town and asks for her help—but Phil’s not the same shy starry-eyed girl she used to be and isn’t interested in just being useful, even for Nick. I love how these two unravel their tangled past and build a future together. Third Time Lucky is also book one of the Coxwell Series – the other three books tell the stories of Phil’s brothers.

Just One More Time, book two of the Flatiron Five Fitness series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke

Just One More Time is book two of the Flatiron Five Fitness series. Kyle and Lauren had a fling years ago, before Kyle realized that Lauren was Tyler’s sister—and before Tyler warned Kyle never to get involved with any of his sisters. When Lauren’s husband messes around, it’s Kyle who brings her the bad news—because her husband has been caught in the act on a security video at the fitness club. She turns to Kyle for consolation. She knows he can’t commit to more than pleasure, but that’s exactly what Lauren thinks she needs. I love how well she understands Kyle, and how she refuses to demand more of him that she thinks he can give. But Kyle has grown since their fling and Lauren’s presence in his life makes him realize what he’s been missing—I love that this time, he’s willing to fight for her love and their shared future.

Double Trouble, book #2 in the Coxwell Series of contemporary romances, by Deborah Cooke

Double Trouble is the second book in the Coxwell Series and a second chance romance with a bit of a twist: Maralys and James met years before, but he eventually married her twin sister. Maralys always thought that was because love triumphed over lust, but when her sister walks out on James, she learns the truth. There’s a lot of hostility and emotion between these two, but once they start to sort out what actually happened in the past, it’s not long before they have to acknowledge their true feelings—and recognize how good they are together. There are plenty of obstacles to the course of true love in this book but I like that James doesn’t let Maralys just slip away again.

Just One Second Chance, book six of the Flatiron Five Fitness series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke

No surprise that Theo’s book, Just One Second Chance, is a second chance romance! This is book #6 of the Flatiron Five Fitness series and an interracial romance. No one is more surprised than Theo when Lyssa appears in his life again, just as suddenly as she disappeared years before. Turns out that Lyssa has a secret, one that she was afraid to share, but she knows she has to finally tell Theo the truth. How can he forgive the woman he loved and lost, when he discovers that she’s hidden his son from him? These two have a lot of work to do to rebuild the trust they’ve lost, but Theo isn’t going to let Lyssa’s past choice stand in the path of their future.

Second chance romances tend to be emotional reads with high stakes, with secrets that have to be revealed and old wounds that need to be healed. Maybe that’s why I like them so much—I feel like the characters really have to work for their HEA. Do you love second chance romances? If so, tell me why.

Bad Case of Loving You

It’s Theo’s Day!

Bad Case of Loving You, book #6 in the Flatiron Five series of contemporary romances by Deborah CookeTheo knows what’s possible…
Because he’s learned the hard way what’s not. The internationally successful supermodel known as Angel stole his heart forever when she was shy Lyssa Monroe. There’s never been another woman who could compete—he even loved Lyssa enough to walk away when she told him they had to part. When he sees her at F5, he’s resolved to make one glimpse of her sustain him for another ten years. When she offers him one night together, Theo can’t say no—even though he knows a taste will only tempt him to hope for more all over again.

Lyssa has tasted forbidden fruit…
And she can’t forget it, no matter how hard she tries. Theo’s love is a touchstone for all that is pure and good in the chaos her life has become. When their gazes meet across the dance floor at F5, everything is simple for once and only one choice is possible. The secrets she keeps from him could destroy everything, but surely she can keep them hidden for just one night. How much will she sacrifice to defend the past—and how far will Theo go to discover the truth?

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Addicted to Love Pre-Order

The pre-order for Addicted to Love is live at Amazon and Nook. (It was already live at iBooks and Kobo.) It will be available in my online store in June and at GooglePlay on the release day.

June 29 is the big day for Kyle and Lauren’s story!

Addicted to Love, a contemporary romance by Deborah CookeKyle wants it all…
Kyle Stuyvesant doesn’t believe in love and romance. His parents taught him that there’s no such thing as forever, and he took the lesson to heart. After all, there’s only one woman who ever tempted him to more than a single hot night together. Fortunately for his convictions, she’s married to another guy. Problem solved—until Lauren’s marriage collapses and Kyle isn’t just the bearer of bad news, but the man she turns to for comfort.

Lauren demands his all…
When Lauren’s marriage implodes, she wants to lose herself in pleasure and sensation. Who knows that territory better than Kyle, the eternal playboy, who seduced her so deliciously years before? It was a night Lauren never forgot, and now that she wants to forget everything, Kyle is the only man she wants. Will she be able to accept his terms of no love or romance? Or will Lauren convince Kyle to take a chance on wanting more?

Coming June 29, 2017!

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