Series: Second Chances #1
Author: Libby Rice
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Blurb: Can they love right on the redo?
Scarlet Leore enjoys a glittering existence among New York society’s elite. Ethan Blake is a prizefighter knocking his way through school, counting on his winnings to bankroll the dreams that won’t fit in a boxing ring. When the two meet, neither can deny the instant attraction that wells between the hulking fighter and the heiress who is miles and millions out of his league. But a vicious attack leaves Scarlet physically and emotionally battered, and for Ethan, the allure crumbles along with the rest of his life after Scarlet accuses him of wielding the knife.
Years later, Scarlet has abandoned the high life for that of a hard-working lawyer, while Ethan has clawed his way to the pinnacle of a business empire. Drawn into his world of high-stakes tech mergers, they dance to a tune of revenge, desire, and finally, redemption. But theirs is a world that won’t tolerate an attorney falling for her client. They’ll need more than lust and forgiveness. They must bridge the chasm of a tormented past to understand who they are today. Only then can they forge a future in the face of the resurging enemy who once tore them apart.
Thoughts: I loved this book! I loved Scarlet and Ethan! I was excited to read it as soon as I read the blurb, which always sets high expectations and I wasn’t disappointed. I didn’t expect everything to blow up as fast as it did. I guess I expected the youthful relationship to develop differently, but it makes more sense with her case of mistaken identity. It’s really rare to have a book with 2 kinda broken people battling with such conflicting feelings and wanting revenge that are still totally likeable. I can’t explain how Scarlet’s story pulled at my heartstrings. I was able to mentally imagine how it must feel to be in her shoes and it brought tears to my eyes. I don’t feel like I am giving anything away by giving you a glimpse (I mean the blurb eludes to it clearly enough). She meets a guy that she has an instant attraction with, but he doesn’t say much and makes it obvious that he has issues with her wealth (and his lack of). Headed to your car alone after one of this guys fights, a man comes up behind you calling you the same name this new guy calls you. After he leaves you bloody and broken, he goes to jail only to be released shortly after when the real attacker is found. This man who you had such intense feelings for now hates you for ruining his life after you wrongly accused him. Can you image the turmoil? the guilt? That’s even before I get into the fact that he’s your client. He’s richer than Midas and you can’t get rid of him and you have to work closely. That’s just Scarlet! That doesn’t even go into Ethan’s emotions. There were times you wanted to dislike Ethan, but you couldn’t if you considered how someone would really act in the situation. Ethan’s tender side…..heart melting……body swooning.
This ranks as one of the Best of 2014 for me. I can’t to read more in this series.