The Wild Rose Press
58 pages, sensual heat rating
If a second chance presented itself, would you take it?
When the love of Dana’s life leaves without a word, moving on is the last thing she wants to do. Despite loving him, she believes she will never see him again but, little does she know, she’s being set up for a night that will change her life forever.
Nicholas, A Navy man, did the only thing he could to save the woman he loved. Driven by a secret, he disappeared and now returns, years later, with hope for love. With one opportunity, will he be able to make things right, or is it just too late?
Will she resist the desire she has for a second chance or will it be Second Nature?
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“I’m sorry, sweetheart.”
She sucked back a sob, her fight slipping away. “I’ve wanted to be mad at you for so long.” She rolled her eyes. “Why do you have to look so damn good in that uniform?”
He chuckled and cupped her face in his hands, lowering his head to brush his lips gently against hers.
“Oh, God, please don’t.” She placed her palms to his solid chest, feeling his muscled pecks under all that uniform. Her body trembled from the tip of her toes to the top of her head. Startled by her immediate reaction to him, she pushed him away.
“This can’t happen, Nicholas. I’m not young and naïve anymore. You broke my heart once. I won’t let you do it again.” Whew. She hadn’t been sure she’d actually be able to say those words aloud.
His hands dropped to his sides, not stopping her when she stepped away.
“Dana, we need to talk. There’s a lot you don’t know about the night I left.”
Too little too late. She needed to flee, but couldn’t think beyond this moment. She wanted this man so much it hurt, but too much pain had been suffered. She turned, shaking her head. “It doesn’t matter anymore.”
He reached for her arm.
“It does matter, damn it. At least to me.” He ran his hand through his hair. “Please stay, Dana. You’re here and this night is about our friends and their wedding. That’s the most important thing right now—being here for our friends.”
She hesitated. Damn him, he was right. She was here for her friend, even though she was really pissed at Amy for purposely leading her into this mess. Amy knew full well Dana would be a wreck, but she would deal with her friend later. She avoided Nick’s eyes and just nodded in agreement.
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A few things first. Krista is a friend of mine, in fact she is my best friend. We are in a writing group together and will co-author a new blog in the next few months. All that said, I never read her work until its published. I don’t critique her or even help her with her writing. She’s so much better than me. So why am I writing a review on Second Nature? I’ll tell you in a few short sentences.
1. I like Krista’s writing. Its crisp, flows well and its well thought out. Her characters are real and completely relatable.
2. Second Nature is book about second chances. I’m a sucker for this trope and Ms. Ames wrote it well. The story starts in college when they are freshman and then it all goes to hell. What is different about the book is how the back story and the “why” Nicholas left Dana with no explanation…just left and joined the Navy factored in when Nicholas finally told Dana. I never ever show that twist coming and it made the story that much richer and plausable.
3. The setup of Nicholas and Dana going to their friend’s wedding…their first scene together is priceless. I really felt both of their emotions and how their time apart had affected them. 🙂
4. Lastly, Ms. Ames pulls you into her story and before you know it, it’s over. 🙁 I wanted a bit more of Dana and Nicholas and hopefully I can pursude her to write more.
Overall, if you are looking for a great second chance romance Second Nature is the one for you. Its relatable, the characters are great and did I mention its setting is Seattle with hot Naval men? Oh, I didn’t? My bad… He he!
Born and raised in Northern Indiana, Krista now resides in Northern Lower Michigan. She is married to a very supportive man who allows her to follow her true passion of writing and never complains when she is pirated away on her computer for hours. He is excellent at bouncing ideas around with and even helps the occasional writers block. He’s also a terrific “in house” editor. Krista is also a mother of 4 ornery children who keep her plenty busy. With an addition of 2 beautiful chocolate lab sisters and a playful kitty, there is never a dull or spare moment in her household.
Krista has always loved to read and would often sit up for hours into the night not able to put down a book until she was finished. She still reads when she can but her main focus is creating her own stories to share with the world.
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