Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Second Chances Blog Tour by Krista Ames - Review and Excerpt

Happy Wednesday!

Welcome to my stop at the Second Chances by Krista Ames Blog Tour! This tour is organized by Sizzling PR and by the author Krista Ames. My stop includes a review, some information about the book and the author and an excerpt.

Author: Krista Ames
Title: Second Chances
Release date: 14th of March 2012
Published by: Ruby Lioness Press
Reading level: FICTION – Adult: Romance, Contemporary, Novella
Pages: 49 pages in PDF
Source: Review copy received from Sizzling PR for reviewing

If you could get a Second Chance...

When the love of Dana's life leaves without a word, she is forced to move on with her life. 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 deny any desire for Second Chances?

My review:

Second Chances by Krista Ames is a novella which is easy to read and filled with romance. It is well-written and is a perfect summer read for hot evenings.

The story starts with Dana flying to the wedding of her best friend Amy. Dana is a successful woman running her own business, but her personal life is empty. She did have a person whom she loved deeply, but he just disappeared from one day to another leaving her heartbroken. She does not have any hopes to ever meet him again. Little does she know, because when she is arriving to a party which is thrown to Amy and her future husband, she meets with her long lost love Nicholas.

It was a well written sweet story, but it left me with questions which I found not very realistic in the reality. I could not relate to Dana, because I did not understand how she, a woman who is left behind heartbroken just lets Nicholas that close again and jumps into bed with him as soon as they meet, without asking for any explanations from him. It seemed that as soon as she saw Nicholas, her brain went into a sex mode and lost any clear thoughts. The second thing which bothered me was the reason why Nicholas left Dana. It seemed flat and unbelievable and not serious enough for me. Last, but not least, how can people who have not known each other for several years even consider getting married? It did not seem real for me. It was like a fairy tale and not a contemporary novella.

With that said, I think that the author has very nice writing style and the story was beautiful even though not very realistic. The author is also very good at describing the sexually hot scenes.

5 Flowers!

3 stars.

About the author:
Born and raised in Northern Indiana, Krista now resides in Northern Lower Michigan. (apparently she wasn’t getting enough snow in Indiana ) She is married to a very supportive man, Chip, who allows her to follow her true passion of writing and never complains when she is pirated away on her computer for hours. He even helps with proof-reading and is her “in-house” editor and her idea sounding board. She is also a mother of 4 ornery and wonderful children who keep her plenty busy. With an addition of 2 beautiful chocolate lab sisters and 2 playful cats, 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.

She loves to communicate with her readers so please feel free to drop her a line anytime at  or visit her at  or .


He watched her knees buckle a bit as Dana clutched at Amy’s arm, never taking her eyes off him. She said something he couldn’t make out—he never was good at reading lips. He was good at reading body language, however, and he knew in an instant what she meant to do just as she turned and made a dash for the patio door. Instinctively, he propelled himself forward, his body miraculously unfrozen. He had to go after her. He was the reason she was bailing after all. He knew from the look on her face. He passed Dave and Amy and shook his head when Dave tried to speak.

“Don’t. I’m sorry. I have to go after her.”

He closed the sliding door behind him and stood on the deck, searching the darkness. She wasn’t there. She couldn’t have gone far. She didn’t know anyone else here, and he doubted she was familiar with the area. He descended the stairs and walked out onto the yard along the water’s edge. Where’d she go? He started walking and, with relief, caught sight of a silhouette against the water toward the end of his property.

He approached her quietly. She stood, arms hugging tightly around her middle, and held her shoes in her hand while the gentle waves splashed up and over the seawall. Damn, he wanted to touch her. It’d been so long. He couldn’t deny the growing ache pushing against his heart and a sudden tightening of his groin at the sight of how well that dress fit her curves, but this definitely wasn’t the time for his libido to come to life.

He wanted to turn her, hold her in his arms, and nuzzle her beautiful neck just below her ear like she’d always loved. Would she still like it? Maybe she wouldn’t. Maybe he didn’t know her anymore, but he couldn’t stop himself. God, he wanted this woman still. He wanted her to know how very sorry he was for hurting her, and why. But she wouldn’t welcome his touch, especially now. He was certain of it. She’d likely administer a low blow, which he would totally deserve, and bolt. She was unpredictable that way. He loved that about her, too.

He was only human, however, and he couldn’t not touch her. She knew he was there—he’d seen her form go stiff at his presence. Careful not to scare her, he slowly ran his fingertips over her bare shoulders and down her arms, feeling her shiver at his touch before she took a step away. “Don’t, Nicholas,” she said in a low, shaky whisper.

Thanks goes for the author and Sizzling PR and to Krista Ames for providing me with the review copy.
Happy reading!


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