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Second Chances | [Lauren Dane]

Second Chances

Ten years ago, Rori Simon left town shy, unattractive and with zero self-esteem. Now she's back, older, stronger and finally loving herself ;and it shows. Hot men are soon knocking at her door, including Jude Callahan, the bad boy who starred in her teenage daydreams...and her adult fantasies.
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Publisher's Summary

Ten years ago, Rori Simon left town shy, unattractive, and with zero self-esteem. Now she's back, older, stronger and finally loving herself - and it shows. Hot men are soon knocking at her door, including Jude Callahan, the bad boy who starred in her teenage daydreams... and her adult fantasies.

Jude can't believe the sexy, confident woman before him is actually Rori! She's gotten under his skin like no other woman has... and she brings out secret desires he can't resist. He wants to dominate Rori with every fiber of his being. Wants to own her and pleasure her. To cherish her as he makes her his.

Rori discovers she likes being controlled. She also knows Jude is not a one-woman man. Everything changes when she meets Zach Helm. Edgy, sensual Zach knows just what she needs, and before long, she's in love. Jude watches them together and wonders if he's lost his chance forever.

Previously published, newly revised by author.

©2010 Lauren Dane (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

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    Candyce 12-25-10
    Candyce 12-25-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Not sure why it was in the erotic section..."

    I guess it made it into the erotic section because of the bondage stuff...but this book is TAME by normal bondage standards (assuming there are bondage standards), it was pretty vanilla. I really enjoy books that can bring my emotions through and this book does, I was really angry in parts, cried in others and laughed in others. Lauren Dane is an excellent author and Isabelle Gordon did a great job with the narration.

    19 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 11-05-11
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 11-05-11 Member Since 2010

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "Girl gets boys"

    In reading the summary, I thought this would be girl gets pretty comes back and gets revenge. Not even close. It was girl leaves town because she is fat and ugly due to mothers bad cooking (even though her older sister was prom queen, head cheerleader etc., guess she was eating elsewhere.) She comes back to town successful writer of sex books, she is now so beautiful that all the men in town fall in love with her. This town by the way is a woman's dream, all the men are in there twenties, muscular and well hung. We are told that Rory, are heroine, is better then the rest of the sluts in town, she has more respect for herself. She proves this by going to her knees on the first date ever time and swallowing. With one guy, on the second date she lets him tie her up, etc. We are then told that she is a very independent girl and she proves this by letting a man give her a collar that marks her as his property. In this town everyone is into Bondage and Submission, so all know when they see Rory's collar that she is his property,but that she is still an independent girl.

    At first I thought I would enjoy this book, it started out fairly well, made some good points and seemed halfway intelligent. Chapter Five is an extremely good sex scene. After that it got stupider and stupider. The author often gets sex mixed up with love. The sex gets boring, it is all bondage and submission, which is fine every now and then, but nothing but? These guys need some imagination. You see the plot unfolding way ahead of time and you keep hoping no, don't be so stupid, but no it happens. The author uses cheats to get what she wants to happen to happen.

    20 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Dianne NH 01-11-11
    Dianne NH 01-11-11 Member Since 2004
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    "loved it"

    Great love story, charachters well developed. Narrator is spot on and the romance is hot, Hot, HOT!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    DB 01-11-11
    DB 01-11-11
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    "Dane tries to be Megan Hart without success ..."

    Lauren Dane concentrates so hard on the dirty words and explicit sex details that she loses her way from the original setting and plot in every book I've read by her. The initial setting had great potential, the characters could have been lovable, memorable and well developed...Too bad again, Lauren Dane. What could have been a great erotic love story with interesting characters wound up just like all her other books...Boring, pedestrian and FLAT with lots of dirty words filling in page quotas. The bondage aspect was less than interesting. Could have been a good book but didn't make it.
    Lauren Dane tries to be Megan Hart without success.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Leesa 05-30-13
    Leesa 05-30-13 Member Since 2012

    I've always been a avid reader so now I'm a avid listener. I prefer the paranormal genre but I do like to switch things up. It's boring if you don't have variety. Of course I do love the romance and the hotter the better. Also, you can't beat a good thriller filled with suspense and a ending you can't even guess at until the very end.

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    "Why did I wait so long to get this one????"

    I just loved it. Girl not popular in school, comes back 10 years later and is a beauty. Hooks up with the guy she has always wanted but he treats her like crap. She finds a great man then the other guy realized what he lost. Plus the sex scenes are sooo good!!! YUM YUM. So worth my time and credit.

    15 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Dee Sav Scarsdale, NY 02-25-13
    Dee Sav Scarsdale, NY 02-25-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Very good! Kept my interest!"

    Very good, kept my interest but a little predictable. I would love a sequel.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ron West Chester, OH, United States 07-23-12
    Ron West Chester, OH, United States 07-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Enthrawling"
    If you could sum up Second Chances in three words, what would they be?

    When a story line is as good as this one it stands on its own merrit but when the narrator is as outstanding as Isabelle Gordon it brings the story to a vibrant life like form glowing before your eyes. Her performance was outstanding and not only entertained my but brought me into the room with her and deep into the scene.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Second Chances?

    Even though the focus of the book was not on BDSM I Thought the writer did a very accurate job of describing that lifestyle and took from it what the character liked and was most turned on by. Her interperatation of that lifestyle was dead on realistic.


    Which character – as performed by Isabelle Gordon – was your favorite?

    The main Rori character grew ans learned from each experience and took what she loved from the BDSM lifestyle and formed her own circle of values. She took the reader on this journey with her and we learned together.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Nothing


    Any additional comments?

    Would love to read any other books by this author and narrated by Ms Gordon. I would alos love to read more stories with a BDSM focus.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Karen 06-28-14
    Karen 06-28-14

    Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.

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    "a bit dark"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I purchased this book early on in my audible buys as I bought all I.G. reads. I just love her male voice. this had a good outline, but a bit dark personality for our heroine. I now own more Lauren Dane books and not quite sure why I buy them. I think some paid reviewers have lead me down the wrong path so I have become very cautious to their popular reviews of current stories.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    this was hot and a bit dark at the same time


    What does Isabelle Gordon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    just plain sexy men, what more could you ask for?


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    Meghan SILVER SPRING, MD, United States 02-07-14
    Meghan SILVER SPRING, MD, United States 02-07-14 Member Since 2011
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    "A Difficult One to Review..."

    So I loved the story from the beginning to about an hour a half before the end. The narrator was really quite good. Adding her to my list of good narrators. Without spoiling the story, I'll say that it's not quite what you think you're getting. I loved the story of a girl going back home after having come out of her shell and getting the attention of the man she had a huge crush on as a teen but he ends up not living up to the fantasy. Then she finds real love in what I would have called her second chance. It's STEAMY and Sweet. But apparently the author wants to come up with as many second chance opportunites as possible. Whatever happened to HEA. The ending (last 90 min) is rushed and PAINFUL. And just yesterday I was loving the story so much I barely even noticed the god awful traffic had doubled my commute home. So yes, I would recommend this story but don't be somewhere you can't get upset when you get close to the end.

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    Tara Eagle River, Alaska 12-10-13
    Tara Eagle River, Alaska 12-10-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Potential to be Great"

    This story has mixed feeling for me. It started a little flat and I struggled to be drawn into the characters. Rori is someone we can all relate to. She was not popular and struggled with herself confidence and appearance. She is smart and is now come back to her old town and is not taking any crap. Although the author did an ok job developing this character there were some gaps. The Alpha men Zach and Jude were also interesting but I needed more to truly buy into them. Especially Zach they just sort of met and then boom they are a couple. You don’t get the connection at first. I like the bad boy role that Jude plays. But again to you read parts and think did they edit out some details to the story line. I would not call this truly an erotic read. There is BDSM but it is mild. Overall it was a good listen but I am glad I got the book on sale. That made it worth the listen. I think the book gets better as it goes but there was potential for the story to be more. It is a good solid listen.

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