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Interesting story, with a bit of drama. I’m just not sure that realistically, Willow would just decide to date an ex from 10 years ago with even a semblance of an explanation as to why he had left without warning or explanation. At the very least, she would have asked him a question or two. I would then have expected him to state a half truth (like his mother was sick), but nothing was mentioned at all... This part makes it quite unrealistic.
I would have liked to read about what changed with Willow’s father, at the end... Did Willow’s mother just stay & accept what had happened? If so, that would have been ridiculous. At some point, people get what they deserve... as least in stories, if not in real life...
It's like the book is missing the last few pages to wrap up the story in a perfect way. Not a deal breaker . Other then that no complaints here. Great story, loved the characters and the nature of the small town background. I actually had a hard time putting it down. Good development of the story. The writer took the time to build the characters so you get to know them. I actually got a bit upset at some of them a few times. This book will stick around with me for a bit. It was a reminder to consider there are always two sides to every story. Recommended
I fell hard and fast for this sweet and sexy storyline. Second Chance Charmer swept me right away with it's southern charm, it's small-town warmth and it's heartfelt romance. I'm a northern girl so the southern sweetness that enveloped me throughout this novel made me giddy. Everything from the decadent drawl of these characters, to the oh-so-polite yet sometimes snarky dialogue had me enamored. I love angst. I love intense romance. But what Brighton Walsh delivers here in this story is everything i needed right this moment. This romance is perfectly peppered with just the right amount of angsty heartache and complex drama, but at the heart of it is a gem of storyline, a feel-good love story of second chances that I absolutely adored.
Finn Thomas is just delicious. He's the perfect blend of southern gentleman and bad boy next door. Everything he says oozes sensuality and yummy flirtation but he's also so damn polite about it. With that swoony southern charm that slayed me the whole way through, I was head over heels for this guy who, even as he charges back into Willow's life and woos her into giving him another shot, he does so with manners, with adorable sweetness, and with this innate need to do right by her after having done her so wrong. He's just everything and I loved him so much. I don't often swoon all over a character but gosh darn it, Finn is divine. I loved a whole lot of things about this book but the charmer that is Finn Thomas is at the top of my list.
I adore a second chance romance and Second Chance Charmer is utterly fantastic. This book is so sweet, so sexy, so heartwarming, but it's rife with painful reminders that Finn left. He broke Willow's heart and we don't know why for so much of this book. This story creates a delicious war in the reader, a stark conflict between wanting desperately to see this pair find a happily ever after and wanting to see Finn grovel a bit, wanting him to really repent for breaking her heart, wanting to understand what went wrong. I loved it. I was addicted to those feels. I could not get enough. It's been a while... TOO DAMN LONG... since I've read Brighton Walsh's work and I just LOVED everything she did here in this book. I love this world, this town, this couple, this storyline, these characters. I loved all of it.
Finn and Willow's romance is EXACTLY what I needed just now. My heart is bursting at the seams as I replay so many of these scenes over and over in my mind. The premise of first love gone wrong in a small town like Havenbrook allows for such a lush backdrop for a good romance. How do you not fall hard for a book peppered with tree house picnics and pickup truck kisses? This book is so romantic. It's fiery and passionate and emotional, but it's satisfyingly sweet all at once. It's everything I was desperate for and didn't even know it. You just can't come away from this book without feeling fulfilled, feeling giddy, feeling hopeful and grateful for second chances. And I have to say, Second Chance Charmer also hints at the strong possibility of so much more romance in the town of Havenbrook so I'll be waiting with baited breath for more from this charming little town. This is a MUST READ second chance romance and a new favorite from this author. I highly recommend!!
The first chapter was so over the top i thought i was still reading my cheesy paranormal cozy mystery. But i forced my way through all the small town stereotypes and hick accents and it either improved or i just got used to it. I struggled to like, or even understand, the heroine who was so conflict averse that she just let her misogynistic father walk all over her. As well as letting her ex emotionally blackmail her (though at least that was a good thing since she was being stupid and childish). I sort of overcame that hurdle, rationalizing her attitude with her upbringing. I was almost enjoying the romance and the okay writing and characterization. After the bumpy start I was beginning to think maybe this was a C- sort of book ... Readable but that's about it. But then ...
(Spoilers below, escalating from barely spoiling to full spoilage.)
Then I got the big conflict where she gets told only part of a story, which the ex has been avoiding telling for a number of not really valid but understandable reasons, just the parts to make him look bad. I scream in delight, rejoice, and maybe break out into a song and dance number when she realizes the source is a bad one and vows to listen to his side of the story. She may be milk toast, but at least she's not dumb! I stupidly think. Then she blind sides him with her question and assumes his stupefaction is admission of guilt and DECIDES NOT TO LISTEN TO HIS SIDE OF THE STORY, suddenly developing a previously non existent backbone and kicking him out of her house. I felt like the author stabbed me repeatedly in the chest. Then to nail the lid into my coffin, she finds out the story after he leaves town and, while she forgives him, she gives up on them ever being together since he left her like she asked him to. Seriously? She has a mouth and she knows people who know where he is. There's this thing called a phone. And if a phone is too impersonal to admit she's wrong and ask if he'd give them another chance, there's this thing called a plane that could get her to California. ... Not that it should have gotten that far since several people knew he was coming back, especially those who knew how to contact him. Seriously. Ridiculous. And don't even get me started on family dynamics among the older generation of Havens, which make no sense (e.g. Mom who barely has a presence in the book until she goes hard in the dad set the end when, hello, she has to know how much of a misogynist he is so why would she expect different, stay with him, etc. Plus how did she not know when 50 grand disappeared?). So, anyway, the point is, i don't really recommend nor will i likely try anything else of this author's.
Second Chance Charmer is certainly a charming read! I initially picked it up because of the gorgeous cover- omg I love it so much, and then because it sounded like a really cute book. Thankfully it was! It met all my expectations and more. Fans of second chance romances and those who love small town, southern romances are going to want to grab this one. I can't wait for the next book in the series which is set to release in June.
Willow and Finn- the two main characters of this novel- are pure delights! Willow is as sassy as they come and has no room in her life for a certain someone that broke her heart 10 years ago. But Finn won't walk away (again) that easy and he plans on making Willow see how much he wants and needs a second chance with her.
There is some drama of course- Willow's father, the mayor of Havenbrook, wants Finn out of town and away from his daughter. Using a little blackmail may be the trick to get him out of town for good.
So what will happen with Finn and WIllow? Will they get their second chance at love? Or will the past come back to haunt them and keep them apart? You'll have to read to find out!
Overall, this is a really great read. I loved the characters (most of them anyway), the setting of Havenbrook (the authors writing gave me the ability to transport into the quaint little town), and of course the sweet little romance going on between Finn and Willow. But most of all? I love how the author sets up the upcoming, second book in the series. I am super excited! --No worries, this is a complete standalone. The next book will focus on a new set of characters!
Second Chance Charmer by Brighton Walsh is a wonderful second-chance romance set in a whimsical small town that I would love to visit. Well-paced and well-written I couldn't get enough of Finn & Willow and the secondary characters in this tale.
Willow has been dealing with the heartbreak of Finn leaving without a word for nearly ten years. She was doing good, she thought, revitalizing the town despite the constant undermining and complaining from her father, the mayor. When Finn shows back up with his twin brother wanting to open a bar on main street she is left with no choice but to deal with him. The business will pump good money into the town so she wants it to open but with as little interaction with Finn as possible if you please.
Finn left Willow behind all those years ago for a number of reasons. He wouldn't change what he did but he has always regretted it. The bar opening is a chance for him to maybe set things right with her and finally heal the gaping hole his leaving left in both their hearts.
LOVED THIS! Romantic, angsty, witty, sexy - all the good makings of a strong romance and all pieced together perfectly. Enjoy!
Sorry, but this story was 70% sex scenes and 30% story line. Now I love sex as much as the next person, but good Lord, I want a story to go with it. This was lacking in this area. Oh... since when do author's constantly using such foul language in the story will somehow make the story sound so cool? Nope, not my kind of story, at all.
I liked the relationships between all the ladies, girl power so to speak, in the story. Also liked the connection and support Finn and Drew extended to each other. I hated the constant sex and curse words every other page.
While reading the acknowledgements page, I see that cursing is the author's normal way of communicating. #cillasbookmaniacs