The Second Chance Hero by Jeannie Moon
Series: Forever Love #4
Published by Penguin on October 21, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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The eternal bachelor finally finds his match—if he can get her attention…
After her fiancé dies in her arms in Afghanistan, combat nurse Kim Torres decides to get as far away from men and the war as she can. Now a nanny to a little girl, she’s trying to date again, but her heart just isn’t in it. Not even for a man as sexy as Owen Kent…
When Major Owen Kent returns from his deployment with the Marines in Afghanistan, he discovers how much things have really changed. The billionaire CIO’s friends are settling down and having families—things a serial dater like Owen doesn’t expect to do. But he’s also not expecting his friend Harper’s new nanny to be the woman who stole his heart half a world away. Kim may want nothing to do with Owen, but he’s not about to surrender without a fight
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
The last year in Afghanistan had been nothing but heat and death. It had been hell, but finally, looking at Kim, he saw the only reason he needed for having gone…
The Second Chance Hero is the fourth book in the Forever Love series by author Jeannie Moon and is told through dual points of view of the main characters. Each book focuses on one couple and should be considered a stand-alone. The series is sequential and shares supporting characters so expect some minor spoilers on the earlier books if you jump in without reading the earlier books. I didn’t find it a major issue. For those that enjoy reading series books in order, start with book one, The Temporary Wife.
The military storyline is what drew me to The Second Chance Hero. I loved that both the heroine, Kim, and the hero, Owen, were both in Afghanistan until they later return home. The blurb for the book reveals that Kim loses her fiancé while she’s stationed abroad but there is a twist to the circumstances related to his death which make the loss all the more painful. I don’t want to give anything away but will say that my heart hurt for Kim and the situation she finds herself in. Owen is a great hero and one that was easy to like. Despite his past womanizing ways, he has an instant connection to Kim, even one that she’s not fully aware of until much later in the book.
One of the only things I didn’t like about the story was that Owen kept putting himself in a bad situation with Kim by not being up front about certain things . He brought a lot of problems on himself by keeping things from her. I will mention that not only was Owen a Commanding Officer in the military, he’s also (along with two of his friends) a billionaire software developer. That’s right. Billionaire. Hey, this is fiction and romance. Just go with it! If over the top plot lines like that bother you, this may not be the book for you!
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. The writing was good, the story was well paced. I’d consider the steam level for this book to be low compared to the steamier stories I tend to read. That being said, I don’t feel like I missed much. Everything was very well done and I’d read more from this author (and series) again. I’d recommend this book to readers that enjoy lower steam but solidly written contemporary romances.
4 Low Steam But Still Good Stars
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