Tuesday, August 30, 2016

~*★Release Blitz with Review★*~ Last Chance (A Second Chances Novel) by L.P. Dover



Title: Last Chance
Series: Second Chances #8 (Standalone)
Author: L.P. Dover
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 30, 2016




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One last chance.

That's all Luke Collins, local bad boy and motocross champion, has to not only find his redemption, but win back the girl he lost. He'll stop at nothing to make her his, even if it means playing dirty.

Lara Jacobs doesn't want her heart broken again and refuses to give Luke a second chance. After he left her after their one night stand, she ran right into the arms of her close friend, Grayson Moore. He's always loved her, and he's determined to make her see he's what she needs.

However, in life nothing goes as planned and tragedy strikes. After a fatal accident nearly claims Lara's life, she's left inside a world she can't remember. Her memories are gone, including those of the men vying for her heart. Grayson sees her loss as a possibility to forget her love for Luke, but Luke sees it as an opportunity to start over. All he wants is one last chance to show her that she's the one he's been in love with all along.

*** An updated version of One Taste has been included in Last Chance with all new scenes. I highly recommend reading it again. ***





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EXCERPT


“Why can’t I go in there and tell her I’m sorry? She needs to hear it from me.”

“No, she doesn’t because she won’t believe it. You need to do a lot more than tell her you’re sorry. Actions speak louder than words. And until you can show everyone you’ve changed, it’s best you stay away from her. It’ll only make things worse.”

“What if I go in there anyway?” I questioned, crossing my arms over my chest. I didn’t want to fight Evan, but I was getting desperate. I needed her forgiveness, for her to know I never meant to hurt her.

Evan huffed and closed his eyes. “You’ll have to go through me first. Lara doesn’t want to see you. She’s with someone else now.”

It was as if someone had sucker punched me in the gut, the air being ripped out of my lungs as I took the hit. Summer groaned and I glared at her. “Is that true?”

“Yes, but I don’t see how that is any of your business. She’s happy, so leave her be.”

“Fuck that,” I shouted. “I’m going inside.” I tried to push past Evan, but he blocked me. We faced off with each other, the tension rising.

Summer stepped between us with a hand on each of our chests. “Guys, this is stupid. You’re friends.”

I scoffed and backed away. “That’s where I beg to differ,” I said, glaring at Evan. “If our situations were reversed and it was Summer inside, I’d let you go to her. I would give you the benefit of the doubt and accept that you’ve changed. But you’re not going to do that, are you?”

Evan’s face softened and he sighed. “I would, brother, but this night is special for Summer and Lara. The last thing they need is you and Grayson battling it out. I have no doubt he’ll come after you if you go in there.”

I faltered, the anger welling in my chest. “Fucking Grayson? That’s who she’s with?”

“Can you blame her? He was there for her, after everything you put her through,” Summer said.

Peering down at her, I hoped she could see the determination in my face. “You tell her it’s not over. I’m not going to give up.” With those final words, I jumped in my truck and sped out of the parking lot. The thought of Grayson touching her made me so goddamn furious. I didn’t care if she was with him . . . I wasn’t going to give up.

Title: Last Chance
Author: L.P. Dover
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports - Motocross
Series or Standalone: Standalone Series (A Second Chances Novel)
Rating: ★★★★
Reviewer: Melyssa
After reading Defending Hayden and loving it, a first for me and this author, it seemed like a no brainer that when this book dropped, I snag up this one too. Especially since it contained characters from the previous book that while I didn’t know the entire background on, I was definitely intrigued by.

Last Chance is written a lot like the previous story that I read. The writing is solid, the pace quick, fast even, given the way the conversations and situations just easily flow into each other, which was great considering the book wasn’t short. It was what I had come to expect from the author after my previous experience with her and kept me glued until I was done.

Where this book differs from that one is our hero. He’s not part of the Carolina Cougars (though they are his friends). He’s his own man and has built his own name in the motocross industry. Yes, we have a racer, which is actually another selling point to the story for me since this is my first go round with someone in that industry.

I wasn’t sure how to feel about Luke given the history between him and Lara here. What you’re given a bird’s eye view into with the short story that accompanies the actual story with One Taste. He had a lot of making up to do if he wanted to get back into this readers good graces.

As it turns out though, given that this book does in fact contain a love triangle of sorts, I didn’t come out of it feeling quite the way I did when I went in. Luke was easy to love. Like super easy to love. I suppose when you’ve lost what actually matters and you’re given this time frame of being alone without being able to be near what you love, you change. You become the person you’re meant to be. The one you should have been before so that you didn’t end up in the predicament you did. That’s what I got with Luke.

I enjoyed Lara. She wasn’t a typical heroine. She was feisty, both before and after what happens to her and I enjoyed having a stronger heroine like that. One that doesn’t take stuff lying down or at face value, even if at times, like in this book, what she’s seeing is wrong. She had her moments where I felt as though she was a little too easy on Luke and even Grayson, but at the end of the day, she was stronger more than she was weaker and that made for a good reading experience and a greater connection.

I think some of the stuff that happens here, (instances that take place that shape getting us to the ending), were a little crazy and I will admit to rolling my eyes a couple of times. It seemed a little out of this world, even in the fictional realm. I couldn’t hold much stock in it or the impact that it had on the characters themselves. I am thankful though that these instances were few and far between and when they did happen, they were handled swiftly and it didn’t break up the pace of the story much.


If anything, I came away from this story with an even greater pull to read more from this band of Carolina characters and the women that steal their hearts). So that for me is a win.

My thanks to the author and all others involved in letting me read a copy of this story before its official release. Luke and Lara’s journey is one that I am so glad that I got to be a part of. If you’ve read previous stories from this series at all, I think you’ll definitely wanna give this one a shot. I know I’m glad I did.




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AUTHOR BIO


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author L. P. Dover is a southern belle living in North Carolina with her husband and two beautiful girls. Before she began her literary journey she worked in periodontics, enjoying the wonderment of dental surgeries.

She loves to write, but she also loves to play tennis, go on mountain hikes and white water rafting, and has a passion for singing. Her two youngest fans expect a concert each and every night before bedtime, usually Christmas carols.

Dover has written more than twenty novels, including her Forever Fae series, the Second Chances series, the Gloves Off series, the Armed & Dangerous series, the Royal Shifters series, the Society X series and her standalone novel Love, Lies, and Deception. Her favorite genre to read and write is romantic suspense, but if she got to choose a setting in which to live, it would be with her faeries in the Land of the Fae.




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