The best second-chance romance novels ever

Katherine Grace Author Of Just a Fling
By Katherine Grace

Who am I?

I’ve been reading romance novels since I was way too young to be reading romances and I love the romance genre. I’m a fan of many tropes, but second-chance romance is one of my favorites and it is the main trope in my debut novel, Just a Fling. When I read romance, I want to read stories that make my heart break and then stitch it back together. Second-chance romances do that because they capture the essence of hope and forgiveness. They give readers the opportunity to experience the beauty and power of forgiveness and to believe in the transformative power of love.

I wrote...

Just a Fling

By Katherine Grace,

Book cover of Just a Fling

What is my book about?

Law student Dawn Mathison's steamy summer romance with solar developer Callan Marlowe ended in disaster and Dawn vows never to see him again. But when a twist of fate brings Callan back into Dawn's life—and into her office—their sizzling attraction reignites. Maybe this time around, they won't get too serious. But fate has a sense of humor. Because Callan thinks Dawn is The One who can help him. And maybe turn their hot affair into something more?

Just a Fling is a modern second-chance romance Kirkus Reviews calls, "A sexy tale of undeniable attraction featuring a sensitive hero struggling with past trauma." "[A] knockout romance... Grace's writing is witty and perfectly paced... Great for fans of: Emily Henry's Book Lovers, Helen Hoang's The Kiss Quotient." - Publishers Weekly BookLife Editor's Pick

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The books I picked & why

Ain't She Sweet?

By Susan Elizabeth Phillips,

Book cover of Ain't She Sweet?

Why did I love this book?

Ain't She Sweet is my favorite second-chance romance. It will make you laugh, cry, and fall in love all over again.

It's about Sugar Beth Carey, the ultimate mean girl, who returns to her hometown and tries to make amends for all the drama she caused in the past. And of course, there's a handsome man from her past, Colin Byrne, who she just can't resist.

With hilarious banter, relatable characters, and steamy scenes, Ain't She Sweet is a must-read for romance junkies.

By Susan Elizabeth Phillips,

Why should I read it?

3 authors picked Ain't She Sweet? as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

In high school Sugar Carey had reigned supreme. She alone had decided what or who was cool. Her spiral perm had been the perm against which all others were measured, and her opinion on which boys were acceptable to date the only one that counted. A beautiful, blonde - if not always benevolent - dictator, she had a reputation for being the wild child of Parrish, Mississippi, the girl most likely to set the world on fire, and leave a trail of destruction in her wake. When she left home she swore she'd never return. Only now, fifteen years and…

Again the Magic

By Lisa Kleypas,

Book cover of Again the Magic

Why did I love this book?

Again the Magic, by historical queen Lisa Kleypas, is a gorgeous historical romance that'll transport you to another time and place while tearing your heart out.

Aline Marsden and John McKenna are childhood friends who reconnect after years apart and realize they've been in love all along. There's tons of drama, including societal pressure and family expectations, but their chemistry is off the charts.

It has Kleypas' gorgeous writing, swoon-worthy romance, and plenty of tension.

By Lisa Kleypas,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked Again the Magic as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

She gave him her innocence . . .

Lady Aline Marsden was brought up to marry a man of her own class, but from the moment she meets John McKenna, she risks everything to be with him.

He gave her his heart

Although their love is forbidden, McKenna's passion for the beautiful Aline is too compelling to deny.

When their secret is discovered, their world is shattered. McKenna is forced to leave forever, unaware that the only reason Aline has given him up is to save him.

Now McKenna has returned, a powerful man determined to take revenge against the…

The Sweet Gum Tree

By Katherine Allred,

Book cover of The Sweet Gum Tree

Why did I love this book?

This book is a tearjerker contemporary romance that'll tug at your heartstrings.

It centers on Alix French and Nick Anderson, childhood friends who fall in love but are torn apart by a devastating event. Years later, they reunite and try to rekindle their romance, but there are still so many obstacles in their way.

With beautiful descriptions of the American South, relatable characters, and an emotional storyline, The Sweet Gum Tree is a must-read for anyone who loves a good second-chance love story.

By Katherine Allred,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Sweet Gum Tree as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Sweet tea, corn bread and soup beans; everyday fare for eight-year-old Alix French, the precocious darling of a respected southern family. But nothing was ordinary about the day she met ten-year-old Nick Anderson, a boy from the wrong side of town. Armed with only a tin of bee balm and steely determination, Alix treats the raw evidence of a recent beating that mars his back, an act that changes both their lives forever. Through childhood disasters and teenage woes they cling together as friendship turns to love. The future looks rosy until the fateful night when Frank Anderson, Nick’s abusive…

Love and Other Words

By Christina Lauren,

Book cover of Love and Other Words

Why did I love this book?

This is a sweet and sexy contemporary romance that'll have you swooning.

Macy Sorensen, a successful doctor who reconnects with her childhood best friend and first love, Elliot Petropoulos. But there's a reason they lost touch in the first place, and Macy has to confront her past and figure out if there's a future for them.

The book features witty banter, relatable characters, and steamy scenes. 

By Christina Lauren,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked Love and Other Words as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

An uplifting and unforgettable read that will make you fall in love with life again . . .

'You can never go wrong with Christina Lauren!' Paige Toon

'A true joy from start to finish' Kristin Harmel

Macy is settling into an ambitious if emotionally tepid routine: work hard as a new paediatrics resident, plan her wedding to an older, financially secure man, keep her head down and heart tucked away.

But when she runs into Elliot - the first and only love of her life - the careful bubble she's constructed begins to dissolve. Once upon a time, Elliot…

Dark Skye

By Kresley Cole,

Book cover of Dark Skye

Why did I love this book?

Dark Skye is both an enemies-to-lovers and a second-chance epic paranormal romance.

It's part of the Immortals After Dark series (the best PNR series out there) and features Thronos, a Vrekener prince seeking revenge against the sorceress Lanthe. But things get complicated when he realizes she might not be the enemy he thought she was.

With action-packed scenes, steamy romance, and tons of supernatural creatures, Dark Skye is a must-read for anyone who loves paranormal romance.

By Kresley Cole,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Dark Skye as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

In this highly anticipated fifteenth novel in the Immortals After Dark series, #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole spins a sultry tale of a mighty warrior scarred inside and out and the beguiling sorceress with the power to heal him—or vanquish him forever.

Eternal Obsession
As a boy, Thronos, prince of Skye Hall, loved Lanthe, a mischievous Sorceri girl who made him question everything about his Vrekener clan. But when the two got caught in the middle of their families’ war, tragedy struck, leaving Thronos and Lanthe bitter enemies. Though centuries have passed, nothing can cool his seething…

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