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The hole in Tony Teagan’s heart is slowly shrinking. Since losing the love of his life, he’s buried himself in running West TonDe Press, but now he can remember the good times. Still, that doesn’t mean he’s ready for a new man in his life. Then he meets nighttime delivery guy Brandon, who appears on his doorstep with Thai food. Tony’s interest is piqued despite their ten-y The hole in Tony Teagan’s heart is slowly shrinking. Since losing the love of his life, he’s buried himself in running West TonDe Press, but now he can remember the good times. Still, that doesn’t mean he’s ready for a new man in his life. Then he meets nighttime delivery guy Brandon, who appears on his doorstep with Thai food. Tony’s interest is piqued despite their ten-year age difference, and Brandon is all for a new relationship. Relinquishing his hold on his deceased lover is the hardest challenge Tony will face, but if his future is combined with Brandon’s, he may have a second chance at love after all.


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The hole in Tony Teagan’s heart is slowly shrinking. Since losing the love of his life, he’s buried himself in running West TonDe Press, but now he can remember the good times. Still, that doesn’t mean he’s ready for a new man in his life. Then he meets nighttime delivery guy Brandon, who appears on his doorstep with Thai food. Tony’s interest is piqued despite their ten-y The hole in Tony Teagan’s heart is slowly shrinking. Since losing the love of his life, he’s buried himself in running West TonDe Press, but now he can remember the good times. Still, that doesn’t mean he’s ready for a new man in his life. Then he meets nighttime delivery guy Brandon, who appears on his doorstep with Thai food. Tony’s interest is piqued despite their ten-year age difference, and Brandon is all for a new relationship. Relinquishing his hold on his deceased lover is the hardest challenge Tony will face, but if his future is combined with Brandon’s, he may have a second chance at love after all.

30 review for Second Chance at Love

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mandy*reads obsessively*

    First I have to say I love the cover, this is not only gorgeous, it just makes me want to smile when I see it and Brandon is well portrait on it. And it's fitting that it has a nice cover since Tony has gone from struggling agent to owner of a publishing house, and you guessed it, he also publishes m/m romance novels..and has his own in-house cover models. Brandon is working two jobs to get through school since his parents cut him off after he came out to them, it has taken a little while longer First I have to say I love the cover, this is not only gorgeous, it just makes me want to smile when I see it and Brandon is well portrait on it. And it's fitting that it has a nice cover since Tony has gone from struggling agent to owner of a publishing house, and you guessed it, he also publishes m/m romance novels..and has his own in-house cover models. Brandon is working two jobs to get through school since his parents cut him off after he came out to them, it has taken a little while longer but at 24 he only has about another year to go. Coincidence has him delivering food to Tony's place one evening and it leaves a big impression on both of them. Brandon is instantly smitten with the older and über-sexy Tony and Tony has trouble getting the very beautiful young man off of his mind too. When they run into each other again at Brandon's other job, Tony sees it as a sign and decides to help this struggling man out and pay it forward. Tony knows all about that, since the love of his life, the thirteen year older Devyn helped and supported and encouraged him to make his dreams come true. In the two years since Devyn's death, Tony has been coming to terms with it, but there is sadness of course. I have to say, the author didn't make this a sad and mourning tear-jerker, thank goodness. Yes, Tony is sad, but now two years on, he is living and finally looking at love again. Devyn is an important part of Tony's life and that's ok, I really appreciate when the point is made that the dead partner is still a treasured memory and that neither the old love nor the new love have to compete, they are both equally valued. There are issues between them, the age difference and of course now Tony is Brandon's employer which makes things difficult and Brandon has reason to believe Tony isn't over his lover yet. I had a few small niggles, the conversation between Leonard, the personal trainer hired to help Brandon get in shape for all the pretty covers he is to grace talking to Tony the way he did just didn't make sense to me, but that was a small thing. I also would have loved to see more of the weekend the two men spent together, see them learning about each other and falling for the each other. But we get both POVs which I like, I realized both of them are insecure and have doubts as to what the other is thinking. Brandon thinks he's too young for Tony and that he is not ready to move on from Devyn's death and Tony isn't sure what is best for Brandon, he really wants what is best for him but he also just wants him. They talk about the feelings and fears and want to work on it. There has a definite Cinderfella feel for me and I'm a sucker for those kind of stories, no big misunderstandings, unnecessary angst or drama, just a feel good read about second chances at love. After I finished, I was left with a happy feeling that these two men deserve their Happy Ever After.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Heller

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Cinderfella story. Brandon is a struggling student working two jobs and trying to keep his grades up at university. One night he delivers food to Tony, who owns a publishing house, and Tony runs into him the next day at his other job in a coffee shop. Tony then offers Brandon a modelling job for some of the book covers, gives him a gym membership to buff up a bit and they start to fall for each other. Maybe this would have worked for me more if this was a longer story but it isn't and things move Cinderfella story. Brandon is a struggling student working two jobs and trying to keep his grades up at university. One night he delivers food to Tony, who owns a publishing house, and Tony runs into him the next day at his other job in a coffee shop. Tony then offers Brandon a modelling job for some of the book covers, gives him a gym membership to buff up a bit and they start to fall for each other. Maybe this would have worked for me more if this was a longer story but it isn't and things move very fast. I know Tony is all about paying it forward and trying to help Brandon but on an acquaintance of ten minutes? That seems a bit hinky to me. I think if Brandon had been his established delivery guy and they had some kind of history this wouldn't have felt so odd. There's only nine years difference between the men but Tony calls Brandon his "beautiful boy". Not a fan of that. The chemistry is okay but I did't feel drawn to either character or the storyline. Love the cover though.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Candice

    Like others have said the cover is great and carries through with how the characters are described, which doesn't always happen with books. For me this was an easy going, drama free story which was just what I was looking for. It was nice that Tony was at a point to begin living his life again and there wasn't a whole lot of unnecessary drama with hanging on to the past, which opened the door to his relationship with Brandon. While the way that Tony immediately offered to help Brandon without re Like others have said the cover is great and carries through with how the characters are described, which doesn't always happen with books. For me this was an easy going, drama free story which was just what I was looking for. It was nice that Tony was at a point to begin living his life again and there wasn't a whole lot of unnecessary drama with hanging on to the past, which opened the door to his relationship with Brandon. While the way that Tony immediately offered to help Brandon without really knowing him was kinda strange, it is nice to think that there may be people out there that do things without an ulterior motive. I would have liked the story a little longer so their relationship didn't seem rushed and jump forward so much, but I still got an enjoyable read.

  4. 4 out of 5

    ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~

    3.5 stars This was sweet if a little short. Brandon, who's 24, works two jobs trying to get through college. One day he delivers Thai food to the wealthy, handsome Tony, who's a publisher of m/m books and has his own in-house models. Tony thinks Brandon is cute, and he wants to help Brandon, so he offers Brandon a chance to model for the book covers. This didn't strike me as entirely unbelievable; yes, it was a little sudden, but Tony really thought Brandon would work as a model, and he had him m 3.5 stars This was sweet if a little short. Brandon, who's 24, works two jobs trying to get through college. One day he delivers Thai food to the wealthy, handsome Tony, who's a publisher of m/m books and has his own in-house models. Tony thinks Brandon is cute, and he wants to help Brandon, so he offers Brandon a chance to model for the book covers. This didn't strike me as entirely unbelievable; yes, it was a little sudden, but Tony really thought Brandon would work as a model, and he had him meet his photographer and do a trial shoot before hiring him. Brandon and Tony are drawn to each other, but Brandon worries he's not good enough for Tony, and Tony worries about getting involved because Brandon is nine years younger than him and is his employee. Tony is also still grieving the death of his partner two years before. This was too short for me to fully love it, but I liked the premise and the slow burn and tension between the MCs. There were some hot scenes (one involving a desk!). The ending was slightly rushed but still a HEA in my book. Tony's letting go of his partner was also well handled. I have a mild beef with the cover, because Tony is 24 not 16 (that model looks like a teen) and has reddish-brown, shoulder-length hair. Ironic that the cover of a book that places great emphasis on appropriate models for m/m books has a model who looks nothing like the character. Granted, the cover is adorable, but not accurate. That's a small niggle though. I think I'll read book 2, which is about Ralph, the flamboyant photograph whom I really liked in this book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    T.M. Smith

    Tony still hasn’t recovered from the loss of his husband almost two years ago. He still runs the successful company he started with Devyn and he’s settled into a comfortable life, but he’s not sure if he’ll ever be able to love someone again. Nine years Tony’s junior, Brandon is a college kid struggling with two jobs in order to stay in school. Exhausted but not bitter, his outgoing personality lights up the room along with his long red hair. Brandon pursues Tony fiercely, but Tony is still in l Tony still hasn’t recovered from the loss of his husband almost two years ago. He still runs the successful company he started with Devyn and he’s settled into a comfortable life, but he’s not sure if he’ll ever be able to love someone again. Nine years Tony’s junior, Brandon is a college kid struggling with two jobs in order to stay in school. Exhausted but not bitter, his outgoing personality lights up the room along with his long red hair. Brandon pursues Tony fiercely, but Tony is still in love with his deceased lover. Not to mention being hung up on the obvious age difference between them. When Brandon makes him an offer for a no strings attached weekend, they both bite off more than they can chew. After 48 hours of the best sex either one of them has ever had, will they be able to get past their differences and find a balance in order to build a future, together? I love when a cover plays into the story, and this cover definitely plays into the story. A particular scene in the story, a particularly steamy scene in the story. One thing that Tony and Brandon cannot deny is the chemistry they share, and that chemistry provides us with some VERY steamy sex. This was a well written story that conveyed a lot of emotion through imperfections within the characters. A must read for hopeless romantics!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mandi

    that has got to be the cutest cover ever :) ETA - finished 4-13-13 3 stars. Adorable cover put this high on my TBR list, but halfway through I found my interest in the main characters waning.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Evelyn Swift (Featherbrained Books)

    This was a very cute ‘cinderella’ story but way too short! Everything moved too fast (it is only 106 pages!), I think it would have been much better if Brandon and Tony had an existing relationship instead of relying on insta-love. I was also a bit uncomfortable with Tony calling Brandon his ‘beautiful boy’. I don’t have anything against age differences in relationships (within reason) but that seemed creepy to me and a weird thing to say. Wish this had been longer! |Featherbrained Books Blog | T This was a very cute ‘cinderella’ story but way too short! Everything moved too fast (it is only 106 pages!), I think it would have been much better if Brandon and Tony had an existing relationship instead of relying on insta-love. I was also a bit uncomfortable with Tony calling Brandon his ‘beautiful boy’. I don’t have anything against age differences in relationships (within reason) but that seemed creepy to me and a weird thing to say. Wish this had been longer! |Featherbrained Books Blog | Twitter |

  8. 4 out of 5

    Katharina

    3.5 I know I'm only reiterating what all those many reviews have already said, but: isn't this a lovely cover? So great! For that alone I add half a star, because it's just so damn rare I notice a bookcover in any positive way. Back to the important part: this story was very nice, quiet, enjoyable, and very very sweet. The characters were lovely and just the perfect kind of vulnerable and insecure, looking (even if they're not aware of it) for someone to take the hurt away and share their life wit 3.5 I know I'm only reiterating what all those many reviews have already said, but: isn't this a lovely cover? So great! For that alone I add half a star, because it's just so damn rare I notice a bookcover in any positive way. Back to the important part: this story was very nice, quiet, enjoyable, and very very sweet. The characters were lovely and just the perfect kind of vulnerable and insecure, looking (even if they're not aware of it) for someone to take the hurt away and share their life with. Despite the potentially heavy content (Tony isn't completely over the death of his life partner yet), there wasn't a lot of angst and drama involved which is a huge plus to my mind. This way, the story escaped the trap of becoming too trite and found its strength in a light, easy, if emotional story line. That being said, the story was also highly predictable (but what else could you expect seeing that blurb), told already many times (although this one was definitely one of the better stories!), and not very memorable. It's like looking at a Mr. Right Now in book form instead of a Mr. Right - but who says a Mr. Right Now doesn't have his purposes? Recommended for a nice, quiet read in between the books that rock your world.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Eli Easton

    I enjoyed this little contemporary romance. Tony is a mature, established publisher who lost his older lover 2 years ago. Brandon is a young, struggling college student working two jobs and trying to survive. Tony is drawn to Brandon from the first time they meet, and at first he helps Brandon get his life into a better place, as a mentor, and then they become lovers. I liked the message of 'paying it forward', that everyone could use a hand in life, and that age isn't the most important thing. T I enjoyed this little contemporary romance. Tony is a mature, established publisher who lost his older lover 2 years ago. Brandon is a young, struggling college student working two jobs and trying to survive. Tony is drawn to Brandon from the first time they meet, and at first he helps Brandon get his life into a better place, as a mentor, and then they become lovers. I liked the message of 'paying it forward', that everyone could use a hand in life, and that age isn't the most important thing. The characters are appealing, the UST was high, and the romantic arc was sweet. 4 stars.

  10. 4 out of 5

    LiveYourLife BuyTheBook

    4 Stars Tony was over a decade younger than his partner – who was everything to him, mentor as well as lover, he helped Tony out when he had really needed it. Now he meets Brandon, who is 10 years younger than him and has had a pretty rough time of it. His family are not great, and he is working two jobs to fund college. Life is tough. Sleep a luxury he doesn’t often get. I really liked Brandon! He was doing it tough, but you didn’t get the sense that he was a whiner – he just got on with it. The 4 Stars Tony was over a decade younger than his partner – who was everything to him, mentor as well as lover, he helped Tony out when he had really needed it. Now he meets Brandon, who is 10 years younger than him and has had a pretty rough time of it. His family are not great, and he is working two jobs to fund college. Life is tough. Sleep a luxury he doesn’t often get. I really liked Brandon! He was doing it tough, but you didn’t get the sense that he was a whiner – he just got on with it. The perfect setting to “pay it forward“. Tony was great too – two lovely guys that just needed to get past a couple of obstacles: age difference and the shadow of that great love. As I said the story is incredibly sweet, no angst to speak of – just 2 really nice guys who find eachother I really do recommend this book for that rainy day when you can curl up on the couch with a cuppa and the time to read it in one sitting: a definite feel good factor to the story which was a breath of fresh air these days when angst and D/s seem to be the tropes de rigueur Go. Buy the Book! See Barb's full review at Live Your Life, Buy The Book

  11. 5 out of 5

    GayListBookReviews

    This was a sweet novella. These guys are adorable together and while there is some misunderstandings and miscommunication, Tony is too mature and secure to allow it to continue. I loved that, all too often we have angst for angst sake and it can drag a story into stupid. While Tony is still processing his grief, I felt that he was at the stage where he’d dealt with most of the deep sadness, and was ready to make a new life for himself. He finds a good partner in Brandon who has had to grow up fas This was a sweet novella. These guys are adorable together and while there is some misunderstandings and miscommunication, Tony is too mature and secure to allow it to continue. I loved that, all too often we have angst for angst sake and it can drag a story into stupid. While Tony is still processing his grief, I felt that he was at the stage where he’d dealt with most of the deep sadness, and was ready to make a new life for himself. He finds a good partner in Brandon who has had to grow up fast since he came out and found himself footing the full bill for his education. While the guys have dealt with some serious issues. I felt that the author managed to treat their pain with respect and still make this a fun story. That takes some strong writing skills. These guys are so hot! They can't seem to get enough of each other and while the sex is smoking the relationship they develop is sweet and full of potential. I enjoyed this novella. It was well written, and while it was a short read, I felt that these guys had their story told and I got to know a really nice couple. A great read for when you’re looking for something light and easy to while away an hour with some hot sex and sweet love. Reviewed by Nina

  12. 5 out of 5

    Dionne

    I was a little disappointed in this one. I really love Diani DeRicci's books (she is an auto buy author for me) and I usually read and reread her books but this one is probably not going to be one that I read more than once. It was short-about 1200 locations-and, while the story was somewhat interesting, there was something missing in this one. There didn't seem to be much chemistry between the two main characters and I started to lose interest halfway through the book, making it hard to finish. I was a little disappointed in this one. I really love Diani DeRicci's books (she is an auto buy author for me) and I usually read and reread her books but this one is probably not going to be one that I read more than once. It was short-about 1200 locations-and, while the story was somewhat interesting, there was something missing in this one. There didn't seem to be much chemistry between the two main characters and I started to lose interest halfway through the book, making it hard to finish.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Linda-Grace

    Brandon and Tony made a lovely couple. Lust at first sight. Tony had a big heart who saw Brandon and was so drawn too him even though he was grieving. Brandon was a guy who worked two jobs and went to college after his parents withdrew their financial support because he was gay. Nothing was going to stop him making something of himself. Tony just tried to make it easier for him but didn't wanna fall for him. Brandon bringing tony back too life in more ways than one. nice story. Brandon and Tony made a lovely couple. Lust at first sight. Tony had a big heart who saw Brandon and was so drawn too him even though he was grieving. Brandon was a guy who worked two jobs and went to college after his parents withdrew their financial support because he was gay. Nothing was going to stop him making something of himself. Tony just tried to make it easier for him but didn't wanna fall for him. Brandon bringing tony back too life in more ways than one. nice story.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Page Crusherz

    I think I would have liked this more if I hadn't just read a longer, deeper book about learning to love after a loss. I didn't like the age issue here, and less the number, but more the pattern (some older guy took me in, I lost him, so I'll do the same.) It bothered me a bit on a moral level, but the story was entertaining. I think I would have liked this more if I hadn't just read a longer, deeper book about learning to love after a loss. I didn't like the age issue here, and less the number, but more the pattern (some older guy took me in, I lost him, so I'll do the same.) It bothered me a bit on a moral level, but the story was entertaining.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Leaundra

    3.5 stars

  16. 5 out of 5

    Fairy / Anna

    This cover... Adorable :D

  17. 4 out of 5

    Riley

    3.5 stars. Sweet story, but too short. I wanted more.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Simone

    3.75 stars

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sadonna

    This review and much more can be found at Love Bytes Reviews Tony lost his partner, best friend and husband two years ago. He still misses him but the pain is more of a dull ache than the raw wound it once was. He’s content running his business and yes, maybe he’s using that as a way to avoid other relationships. But then Brandon delivers his Thai food one night. He’s intrigued and when he runs into Brandon again the next morning, he’s even more fascinated and wants to help. He ends up offering This review and much more can be found at Love Bytes Reviews Tony lost his partner, best friend and husband two years ago. He still misses him but the pain is more of a dull ache than the raw wound it once was. He’s content running his business and yes, maybe he’s using that as a way to avoid other relationships. But then Brandon delivers his Thai food one night. He’s intrigued and when he runs into Brandon again the next morning, he’s even more fascinated and wants to help. He ends up offering Brandon a job that will alleviate the need for Brandon to work the two jobs he has and concentrate on what he really wants. Brandon is a college student working two jobs and going to school part time to get his finance degree. His family situation has left him without financial support, so he’s been doing what needs to be done to fulfill his dreams. When he first meets Tony as a customer on his delivery route, he’s shocked at how attractive he is and also how nice he seems. After meeting Tony at his office and seeing what Tony’s publishing house does, he’s on board for changing his life for the better and getting his degree faster. Tony is attracted to Brandon but he’s fighting it. For reasons. Firstly, he’s his boss. Secondly, he’s 9 years older. Thirdly, well he’s not sure he’s really ready to move on and feels guilty about his deceased husband. But he becomes pretty possessive of Brandon and also pretty jealous when he sees Brandon on photo shoots, etc. Brandon is obviously smitten as well and he finds it increasingly hard to hold back his feelings. When the dam breaks, boy does it break. But there are still a lot of issues to work through – for both Tony and Brandon. They need to find a way around their obstacles to a new relationship and a potential happily ever after. I really enjoyed this story! I loved Brandon and Tony both. Tony was definitely working through his issues of being single after having experienced love and loss. Brandon is just trying to figure out a way to make it in this world on his own. He’s doing it, but it’s hard. When Tony offers him some respite from the rat race, he decides to take a chance. I liked how Brandon took charge at points when Tony was teetering on the edge of backing away. Tony had his guilt to overcome. Brandon had to take a leap of faith with Tony and he did it. If you’re looking for a sweet and smexy story with a minimum of angst and a happy ending, this fits the bill.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Barb Gilmour

    Can anyone ever match up to the “love of your life” ? Life itself goes on, so in theory you get a second crack at love – if you are lucky, and maybe even want to move on. Tony seemed content to meander along – and don’t you hate the word content? Life should be LIVED! Certainly your partner that passed away would want you to move on. Surely. Then when fate smiles down on you and you meet someone out of the blue – doing something that the both of you do all the time – Tony orders in, regularly. B Can anyone ever match up to the “love of your life” ? Life itself goes on, so in theory you get a second crack at love – if you are lucky, and maybe even want to move on. Tony seemed content to meander along – and don’t you hate the word content? Life should be LIVED! Certainly your partner that passed away would want you to move on. Surely. Then when fate smiles down on you and you meet someone out of the blue – doing something that the both of you do all the time – Tony orders in, regularly. Brandon delivers take away, regularly (well, it is his job LOL) But one day your paths collide and there is a spark of interest, you would be a fool not to act on it and this Tony did, in such a sweet way. Which I won’t tell you how, just the why …. Tony was over a decade younger than his partner – who was everything to him, mentor as well as lover, he helped Tony out when he had really needed it. Now he meets Brandon, who is 10 years younger than him and has had a pretty rough time of it. His family are not great, and he is working two jobs to fund college. Life is tough. Sleep a luxury he doesn’t often get. I really liked Brandon! He was doing it tough, but you didn’t get the sense that he was a whiner – he just got on with it. The perfect setting to “pay it forward“. Tony was great too – two lovely guys that just needed to get past a couple of obstacles: age difference and the shadow of that great love. Follow the link for my full review : http://liveyourlifebuythebook.wordpre...

  21. 5 out of 5

    Phaney

    Lovely. The subject of a deceased lover is treated with respect and emotion. The previous love does not have to be demeaned to allow for a new love to gain full worth. I mean, I am not wild on this premise to begin with since I don’t deal well with death-loss, but they way it was done here? I only teared up once and it was more than manageable. Sweet story, really. Both guys remained completely likeable throughout and there was a nice build-up. Even the sex did not feel superfluous (despite the seco Lovely. The subject of a deceased lover is treated with respect and emotion. The previous love does not have to be demeaned to allow for a new love to gain full worth. I mean, I am not wild on this premise to begin with since I don’t deal well with death-loss, but they way it was done here? I only teared up once and it was more than manageable. Sweet story, really. Both guys remained completely likeable throughout and there was a nice build-up. Even the sex did not feel superfluous (despite the second scene working as the happy-end finishing flourish as is common and often results in pointlessness). If I had to complain about anything it’d be that Tony kept calling Brandon “beautiful boy”. They’re really not that far apart in age or so young that the gap seems huge, plus putting emphasis on someone’s physical attributes always disconcerts me. But this is me being my nitpicky self. I really enjoyed reading this and almost did not stop once (wouldn’t have if it could have been avoided). And now I am slightly giddy because there’s a second book and I am safe in that I don’t have the weight of picking something new pressing down on me.

  22. 5 out of 5

    ~♥ Elle ♥~

    3.5 Stars This was a cute and sweet story about taking the chance of letting yourself love again. Although the attraction started lust at first sight, I think the author paced the story and their relationship perfectly considering the length of the book. I loved that Brandon accepted that Tony still treasured his former partner's memory. The pretence of paying it forward was a huge risk, and for me a bit incredible (and improbable in real life) but still it was acceptable since it's fiction heheh 3.5 Stars This was a cute and sweet story about taking the chance of letting yourself love again. Although the attraction started lust at first sight, I think the author paced the story and their relationship perfectly considering the length of the book. I loved that Brandon accepted that Tony still treasured his former partner's memory. The pretence of paying it forward was a huge risk, and for me a bit incredible (and improbable in real life) but still it was acceptable since it's fiction hehehe. Although the story went along great, I have a thing about calling grown men "boys". Tony didn't call Brandon "boy" earlier on since he was sensitive with their age difference so I was surprised when he started calling him that near the end. That was a minus points for me. All in all, the story was enjoyable for a Cinderfella story. The couple was cute together. The cover captured the personalities of the characters perfectly. :)

  23. 5 out of 5

    KC

    3.5 Brandon is a sweet guy, in his early 20s, a student who works two jobs to put himself through college because his parents refuse to help him or talk to him since he came out. Tony is a successful publisher, in his early 30s, who is still grieving for his partner who died two years before the story starts. They meet when Brandon delivers him Thai food and Tony sees a chance to help him. They're very sweet together. The only thing that bothered me was that Tony sometimes calls Brandon 'his boy' 3.5 Brandon is a sweet guy, in his early 20s, a student who works two jobs to put himself through college because his parents refuse to help him or talk to him since he came out. Tony is a successful publisher, in his early 30s, who is still grieving for his partner who died two years before the story starts. They meet when Brandon delivers him Thai food and Tony sees a chance to help him. They're very sweet together. The only thing that bothered me was that Tony sometimes calls Brandon 'his boy'; he is only 9 years younger, and they are both very young, Tony is only 34, so this sounded to me like something that an older guy might say. Other than that, i really enjoyed the story. And that cover fits perfectly!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sunne

    3,5 stars It's a nice May/December story with two likable characters. I would have loved a bit more development, a bit more to the story. Everything went so smooth. But despite that, both MCs are well portrayed and the love story is believable and well written. It's that kind of "feel-good"-book you sometimes need. It's like choclate, you read it, it makes you smile and happy....but when it's done it has no lasting effect on you (which makes me revoke my comment about chocolate because it has an e 3,5 stars It's a nice May/December story with two likable characters. I would have loved a bit more development, a bit more to the story. Everything went so smooth. But despite that, both MCs are well portrayed and the love story is believable and well written. It's that kind of "feel-good"-book you sometimes need. It's like choclate, you read it, it makes you smile and happy....but when it's done it has no lasting effect on you (which makes me revoke my comment about chocolate because it has an effect on my weight). And the cover is perfect - I actually bought this book only because of the cover ;)

  25. 5 out of 5

    Becky Condit

    A beautiful love story of moving on and overcoming obstacles after losing a loved one. I loved this book. First of all I must mention the outstandingly beautiful and simple cover, it’s what drew me in in the first place as Diana DeRicci is a new to me author, and her haunting story lived up to the cover. See Josie Goodread's complete 5 sweet pea review and Recommended Book award on May 2, 2013 at http://mrsconditreadsbooks.com/index.... A beautiful love story of moving on and overcoming obstacles after losing a loved one. I loved this book. First of all I must mention the outstandingly beautiful and simple cover, it’s what drew me in in the first place as Diana DeRicci is a new to me author, and her haunting story lived up to the cover. See Josie Goodread's complete 5 sweet pea review and Recommended Book award on May 2, 2013 at http://mrsconditreadsbooks.com/index....

  26. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    I LOVED THIS STORY, THE CHARACTERS WAS GREAT, THE PLOT WAS GOOD ALSO. TONY IS STILL MOURNING HIS PARTNER WHO DIED TWO YEARS AGO, THERE IS NO OTHER FOR HIM. UNTIL HE MET BRANDON A COLLEGE STUDENT WITH TWO JOBS, WHO IS WORKING VERY HARD TO FINISH SCHOOL. WILL THEY MAKE IT? CAN TONY GIVE UP HIS DEAD PARTNER? A MUST READ.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sherry is on hiatus for health (selfcare) reasons

    ~~January 2016~~ Well done. I liked how the situation was handled when conflict of interest became an issue with Tony and Brandon being employer and employee and after their not quite no-strings-attached-weekend. ~~March 2013~~ the cover is sooo lovely.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Bea

    Meh. Not bad but not awesome. It was the typical rich, older widowed male who falls in love and takes care of the young lover. I got nothing extra in the story, which was a bit short for my liking. If you like the author's other books, then you will like this one. Meh. Not bad but not awesome. It was the typical rich, older widowed male who falls in love and takes care of the young lover. I got nothing extra in the story, which was a bit short for my liking. If you like the author's other books, then you will like this one.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    I'm going to sound shallow but I just had to add an extra star just for the gorgeous cover. The story itself is sweet and didn't take that long for me to read. I do think something is missing but I can not name it. Maybe a spark. Hmm. I'm going to sound shallow but I just had to add an extra star just for the gorgeous cover. The story itself is sweet and didn't take that long for me to read. I do think something is missing but I can not name it. Maybe a spark. Hmm.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Meggie

    "Second Chance at Love" is a sweet, light romance. The main storyline isn't especially deep or even tragic, but enjoyable enough and warm. I liked it. Brandon and Tony were good for each other, nice coupled pair. "Second Chance at Love" is a sweet, light romance. The main storyline isn't especially deep or even tragic, but enjoyable enough and warm. I liked it. Brandon and Tony were good for each other, nice coupled pair.

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