Second Chance Season by Liora Blake
Series: Grand Valley #2
Also in this series: First Step Forward, First Step Forward, Second Chance Season
Published by Pocket Books
Publication Date: June 20th 2017
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Return to Liora Blake’s Grand Valley series with Second Chance Season, in which an avowed country boy with a family duty meets an ambitious city girl with even bigger goals and who shows him just what he’s been missing.
Garrett Strickland is unapologetically country, fiercely loyal, and perfectly happy with his job at the Hotchkiss Co-op. Garrett is all about living in the present and not dwelling in the past—even if he was once on his way to a lofty agricultural sciences degree that would guarantee the brightest of futures, only to end up back home when his old man died, leaving behind a debt-ridden family farm that was impossible to keep afloat. After that, it was easy to see why dreaming big wasn’t worth the heartache. And until he crosses paths with a city girl who’s hell-bent on kick-starting her own future, he’s sure that good enough is just that.
Cara Cavanaugh is ready for more from life, even if that means changing everything; including dumping her boyfriend of ten years, turning down a lucrative job at a major newspaper, and leaving behind the upscale suburbs of Chicago where she grew up. Now, she just has to pray that temporarily relocating to the middle of nowhere in Colorado will be the first step in building a career as a freelance journalist—all she has to do is prove she’s got what it takes to make a name for herself. Unfortunately, her tony country day school is as close to “country” as she’s ever been. But when a goodhearted guy who looks like he just stumbled out of a country music video offers to help, she ends up falling hard…and discovering that the perfect story is a love story. And it’s theirs.
Second Chance Season, book two in the Grand Valley series, is a charming, feel-good romance, perfect for fans of Jennifer Probst and Kristan Higgins.
Cara has become a freelance journalist and is doing a story on the ag industry in Grand Valley. She is staying at the home of a friend. The home used to be owned by Garrett Strickland’s family but he had to sell it after his dad died. Garrett helps Cara with the little idiosyncrasies of the house when needed and this puts the two of them in close proximity.
Garrett ends up helping Cara with her story as well. He introduces her to local farmers so that she can have an in. It’s a huge help to Cara but it makes Garrett happy because he gets to spend more time with Cara. Soon the two are sleeping together and falling in love. Cara, however, is not supposed to stay in Hotchkiss and Garrett feels he has nothing to offer Cara as he just works at the co-op. The pair each have to figure out their lives before they can be together.
This was another great story from Blake. I loved Hotchkiss the first time around and the second was just as good. The story was very different from book one and I appreciated that.
Garrett was such a great guy and I loved him to pieces. He had a huge heart and was raised right. Though life hadn’t always treated him well he made the best of bad situations. When he met Cara he had no intention of falling for her but he did lust after her. I loved that the lust he felt turned into love which made for a great story.
Cara had been floundering. She’d worked for a big newspaper but she felt stifled. She went freelance and took the job to do the ag story for a magazine. She loved it in Hotchkiss. She felt right in the slower paced lifestyle. Though she knew she shouldn’t fall for Garrett it happened and she was willing to make the moves she needed to in order to stay with him. Garrett, however, needed to figure his shit out before they could be together. I was happy that Cara could help Garrett see where he needed to be.
Overall the story was fun, sweet, sexy and just all-around great. I definitely recommend this one. 🙂
Rating: 4 out of 5