Wednesday, April 10, 2013

From the shelf: Second Rate Chances

Title: Second Rate Chances
Author: Holly Stephens

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Chick-Lit, YA

Date read: April 9, 2013
Dawn Rates:  (4/5)

Summary (cr: goodreads)

Sam wakes up in the hospital expecting to find his girlfriend by his bedside. Instead, he finds a bleached-blond diva, claiming to be his fiancée, hovering over him. When he learns that he's just woken up from a coma and has lost the last three years of his life, any semblance of stability he thought he had falls down around him. All he wants – all he needs – is Lil.

After countless visits with her shrink and too many sleepless nights waiting for the one man she loves to walk back through the door, Lil wants nothing more than to separate herself from the life she used to have. But the moment Sam smiles at her, Lil knows it's going to take more than self-restraint to stay away.

Second-Rate Chances is about a young man fighting to regain his memory, and the one thing in his life that felt real. A modern-day Samson and Delilah, it's a look at what it means to love and be loved, and to fight though it seems hopeless.

My Review: (also in goodreads)

When I first saw the book in the list of my recommended readings I was curious, mainly because of the cover. Lil and Sam, these are the protagonists of the story...shortened versions of Delilah and Samson (sounds familiar?). The prologue was great, the story started with un-named characters starting their life together, flash forward to 3 years after and the story begins. At first, I was pitying Sam for having that accident weeks before his wedding, kind of curious who Lil is in his life, but when the pieces started to take shape..seriously, I wanted to roll and push him off a cliff for what he did....I really wanted to. But I then realized that he had lost a lot in the process: his family, his bestfriends, his happiness and most especially the person he wanted to spend the rest of his life with. Second rate chances is a story of redemption from a past forgotten. A lot happened between the two of them and it even reached the point where faith had to intervene for them to have enough courage to straighten out what should have been. This story makes one reflect upon decisions made in life, how much courage you have to hold on, of regrets, what could have been, what might have been and the pain one has to go through to become what they are now.

My fave conversation:

"Sam you don't owe me anything. Lil on the other hand, you owe her so much more than some second rate, second chance"
Hoping Ellie could see the honesty in his eyes he said, "I'm not asking for a second chance with her Ellie, I'm asking for forever..."

Till the next read...

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