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Review: Second Chances (Destiny’s Desire #1) by Kathy Ivan



Author: Kathy Ivan
Title: Second Chances
Series: Destiny's Desire
Book #: 1
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance
Release date: November 8, 2012
Publisher: Ink Lion Books
Length: 67 pages
Heat level: Moderate
Review copy provided by: Author, in exchange for honest review, without any other type of compensation
Reviewer recap: Ryan still grieves for the loss of his brother two years ago, especially since he started having nightly dreams of him asking for the impossible. His wife, Rose knows something’s up, but she hopes it’s just grief. Ryan’s best friend gives them an unexpected gift that he hopes will help them get a second chance to make things right. I say eh, whatever.
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Total Score
6/ 10

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Intriguing premise


Just didn't captivate

Bottom Line

Second Chances has an intriguing premise and if you are looking for a story about soul mates and closure in grief, give this one a shot. Ultimately it just didn’t captivate me, so GraveTells says eh, whatever.

Posted February 22, 2013 by

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The premise for this book caught my eye, but its execution fell short for me. The plot line had me confused as to exactly who was supposed to be reunited and to what end. The dreams show that Ryan’s brother needed something from him and that it was “now or never”. I never did catch why that was and when the request was fulfilled, you almost couldn’t tell. I just didn’t really see the point of that part.

I appreciated that sex in this book was more sensual than straight up erotic and was more about love than just sex for the sake of sex. They’re married so that makes sense, but I still appreciated it. There was a predictable part, but it had little-to-no impact on the story and was kind of abrupt in its placement within the plot.

Lots of little things didn’t quite add up to me though, and several errors such as misused or entirely missing words got to me after a while. Overall this book was just a little weird and nonsensical to me in the long run.

Rating: Second Chances

Eh, whatever

Buffy Kennedy

Aspiring author and avid reader. I'm married to my high school sweetheart and am a stay home mother of two.



    Well three stars isn’t so bad. Sucks that there are plot holes. Those really can kill LOL! But I do like the way you describe the romance. Great review hon. Thank you so much 😀

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