Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Spotlight Tour + Review + Giveaway: Second Chances by: Evan Grace

Title:  Second Chances
Series:  Starting Over #2
Author:  Evan Grace
Genre:  Adult Romance
Publish Date:  February 2014
Review Source:  Enticing Journey

Stacy Hutchins thought she’d finally met the one, until a startling realization that shatters everything...

Mark Jefferson, her undercover DEA agent boyfriend lied about one tiny little detail…his wife and kids. Stacy hates liars and cheaters so she kicks him to the curb. But Mark makes it very clear he will not go willingly.

Has his obsession with Stacy tied them together forever? Or will Mark finally walk away?

Dustin Carmichael swore off women a long time ago, until his sister reconnected with her best friend from high school, Stacy.

But after a perfect month together, a year ago, Stacy played the ‘friends’ card. Unfortunately, they’ve been good friends ever since.

When Stacy's life turns to shambles, Dustin’s more than willing to be there for her. As she tries to get herself together, Stacy finds herself in another dilemma, she can no longer deny the feelings she’s always had for Dustin.

Will her failure to see that Dustin has changed stop them from having something everlasting?

Loved. This. Book. 

Stacy is a sweetheart. However, with men it’s made her a bit of a doormat. She doesn’t have a lot of girlfriends basically because they are all jealous. She’s beautiful. Olive skin, curves in the right places, men totally noticing her. She thinks they don’t like her because she’s not the “normal” skinny. Dustin completely adores her and he’s her best friend. They tried a real boyfriend/girlfriend relationship a year ago but she backed it off thinking she was getting too close and she didn’t want to lose her BFF when he chose to leave her. She thought breaking if off before he could would save the friendship.

Dustin has been there for Stacy since they were in their single digits in age. Stacy and Bellamy are best friends. Bellamy is also Dustin’s sister. Dustin is not giving up though. He agreed to the no relationship except friend thing but he’s done with it. The women he’s been with just don’t add up to Stacy and he can’t imagine being with anyone for the long haul except her. He’s going to get he back….

Stacy becomes extremely upset when she finds out her boyfriend, Mark, is married with two little kids. She throws him out of her house and tells him it’s over. But he’s not going easy since Mark thinks Stacy is his “property” and asults her before leaving. Dustin completely comes to her rescue making sure she’s ok. Will Stacy allow Dustin back into her heart? Will she finally allow a real relationship to form? Dustin is going to have to be patient with her, will he be able to be what Stacy needs?

Loved this book! Oh yeah, I already said that! But it’s so good! I’m leaving a HUGE part out of this review because it would be a big spoiler if I talked about it at all. Just know that you HAVE to read this book! It’s sooooooo great! I’m a total fan of Evan Grace now! I have to go read the first one. This is a standalone and I agree with that but I would rather have read them in order. That’s just a tic of mine. But Ms. Grace does a great job re-introducing the characters in a way that’s not redundant to the readers that read the first one but enough that it can be considered standalone. There were things that happened in the first book that were discussed slightly in this book, so I would recommend reading the first one first. I’m definitely going to go back and read! 

Stacy stood there for a minute enjoying the night. The sun had already set and the trees lining the walk way were decorated with twinkle lights. There weren’t too many people out front milling around as Stacy made her way back towards the doors.
She knew that voice and felt her body tense. Stacy slowly turned to see Mark standing next to a tree. He looked better than the last time she saw him, but she still didn’t want anything to do with him.
“What are you doing here Mark? I thought I made it clear that we’re over.” Stacy made sure she didn’t get anywhere near him.
He just stared at her for a minute not saying anything. Mark took a step towards her, but she put a hand out to halt him.
“Stop, don’t come any closer. Wait you know what I’m going inside I don’t care why you’re here.” Stacy turned and walked away from him.
“Stacy please I’m sorry. I love you and I’m sorry I hurt you. Please take me back.” Great, now Mark was begging.
“No Mark good-bye.” Stacy turned and walked back into the building. She couldn’t be sure, but she swore she heard him yell ‘You’re mine Stacy’.

A Midwesterner and self-proclaimed nerd, Evan has been an avid reader most of her life, but five years ago got bit by the writing bug, and it quickly became her addiction, passion and therapy. When the voices in her head give it a rest, she can always be found with her e-reader in her hand. Some of her favorites include, Shayla Black, Jaci Burton, Madeline Sheehan and Jamie Mcguire. Evan finds a lot of her inspiration in music, so if you see her wearing her headphones you know she means business and is in the zone.

During the day Evan works for a large homecare agency and at night she’s superwoman. She’s a wife to Jim and a mom to Ethan and Evan, a cook, a tutor, a friend and a writer. How does she do it? She’ll never tell.



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