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4.5 stars for Protecting His Second Chance by Rhonda Lee Carver #westernromance #bookreview

Title: Protecting His Second Chance

Author: Rhonda Lee Carver

Genre: Contemporary Western Romance

Book Blurb:

Plagued with guilt after her brother’s death, a grieving woman has a chance at a second chance.

Living in a haze of mistrust and tragedy, Chosen Shaw has closed herself off from everyone. Once known for her ability to see things that can help others, she’s now the woman who killed her brother.

Bend Ryder is the new sheriff in town and has a mess to clean up after the last one met an untimely death. He’s eating, sleeping and breathing a cold case involving a mysterious kidnapping, and is willing to do anything to solve the case—even if that includes looking outside of the box. Truthfully, he doesn’t believe Chosen has a “gift” but enlisting her help might be his only hope.

But, she’s left that world behind. Can he convince her to help?

Soon, they find themselves embroiled in another kidnapping.

The two find a solid connection, despite the pressures all around them. As trust and romance grow, the demons of the past start to build walls. They have a tight hold on her emotionally and physically. If she has any chance for a future with the man she loves, she must absolve herself from the guilt and let love heal her heart...and help solve a crime that has been a dark cloud over Second Chance.

Protecting His Second Chance is a story of grief, guilt, angst, redemption, and a happily ever after. Love is the ultimate healer.

My Review:

Can she finally be set free and heal? I’m a big fan of this author and her books. Rhonda Lee Carver brings so much realism to her western romances. In this book, we find a woman filled with guilt over her brother’s death. She thinks all the townsfolk blame her. When she meets Bend, the new sheriff, sparks fly. She protects her heart but in reality, she needs his love. A great premise, right?

It all starts with an emotionally-charged plot. The focus of this story is all about second chances. But second chances don’t come easy and are rife with pitfalls. The author takes us on a heartbreaking journey to redemption. There’s a lot going on and it centers on a little boy missing. I must admit, the multiple subplots make it hard to follow. The romance gets lost at times.

Don’t get me wrong, the characters are complex. Both Chosen and Bend fall for each other, but the dramatic tension was a bit much. The character development was well-written, though.

If you love high drama, angsty romances with tormented characters, you’ll love this book. Fans of Nashville will want to read this book.

My Rating: 4.5 stars

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Author Biography:

Rhonda Lee Carver is a bestselling author of contemporary western and romantic suspense, but she loves to write other genres too. She's known for writing stories that keep readers laughing, crying, gripping the edge of their seats, and screaming all in one riding a virtual roller coaster. Whether she's creating sexy cowboys or tough guys, or sassy, independent heroines, readers are sure to find strong, powerful, memorable characters that are relatable.

By day, she taps into her creative, fictional world but at some point she transitions back into reality where she's a volleyball-stands cheerleader, homework virtuoso (at least she thinks so), amateur nurse to skinned knees, mediocre chef with some awesome microwave skills, pet-guru (all the strays show up at her house), and a Jackie of all trades for her kids who are the loves of her life. Yoga and chocolate keep her sane. Hallmark movies require cuddling up with tissues because she can be emotional. She adds a sprinkle of her own real-life adventures in each story she spins because a little truth never hurt anyone. She wouldn't give up one thing in her crazy, chaotic, ever-amusing life, except, she might do magic tricks for the bungalow on the beach she's had her eye on (GOALS).

Writing for Rhonda is like falling in love and finding a new best friend over and over again. Her characters will find a place inside your heart too.

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Reviewed by: Nancy


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