Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Book Review, Giveaway: The Second First Chance by Blakely Bennett


The Second First Chance by Blakely Bennett

Release Date: March 16th 

Genre: Romance 

Cover Design: Happi Anarky 

Editing: Harper Jewel


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If you could have a second chance at true love, would you take it? Jayden is offered the opportunity to journey back in time when she loses her soulmate, Callahan, on their twentieth anniversary. Enticed by the idea of meeting Callahan ten years earlier, she takes the leap. From 2015 back to 1985, Jayden restarts her college experience at Florida State University. Her best friend Patrick from the first time around is at her side, supporting her attempts to win over young Cal. Professor Travis Stratford has his eyes set on Jayden and throws his hat into the ring. Could he be a good distraction while she waits for Callahan to give her a second first chance? Young Cal, still suffering from a recent loss of his own, is a different man than her Cally of the future. Will Jayden have the patience necessary to win him over? Will Cal believe her crazy tale? Immerse yourself in this poignant, sexy, hilarious romance, which will have you laughing—and crying— your heart out.


My Rating:

Favorite Quotes:

“He was the rock, and I was the roll, he was the stalwart who tethered my flighty airheaded balloon to the earth, which would have otherwise flown toward the sun and popped.  He was the foundation, and I was the decoration.  He made me feel safe in this crazy world...”

“Woo him and get him to fall for you before you unload your bag of crazy.”

“I am not a very patient person, and I hate walking on eggshells.  I end up cracking each and every one.”

My Review:

I have often wished/fantasized/maybe even prayed for – a “Do Over,” very few of us haven’t at one time or another.  However, never in my wildest of imaginings could I have concocted such a clever and well-crafted tale as this one.  The whole concept is beyond exciting, yet the rational reasoning and creation of the process and means for the return in time that Ms. Bennett has devised, were pure genius.  The writing, storyline, and pace of the story were flawlessly executed.  I adored the characters, the banter, the humor, steamy sensual scenes, and even the struggle and unexpected complications.  I had my own Packy for a few years before he graduated ahead of me and we lost touch.  This story pricked my memories and had me more than a bit misty with nostalgia.  While I never would have expected to relish the thought of going back and reliving my entire life from my college years forward – I may have to rethink that if I could go back with all my memories intact.  Although in my case – the Bob Seger refrain of, "I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then," may make more sense…

Empress DJ

Author Bio:


Blakely Bennett grew up in Southeast Florida and has been residing in the great Northwest for over ten years. She graduated from Nova Southeastern University with a degree in psychology, which accounts for her particular interest in crafting the personalities, struggles, and motivations of her characters. She is an avid reader of many genres of fiction but especially enjoys erotica and romance. Writing has always been her bliss. Blakely is married to a wonderful, loving, and supportive husband, who is also a writer, and who helps to keep her grounded. She is a mother, a communitarian, a lover of music (it is always on while she is writing thanks to Pandora), and a good friend. An advocate of love and female empowerment, she is also a facilitator for a women’s group. She loves to walk and hike for exercise, and finds that, since moving to Seattle, Washington, she is now one of those crazy people who walk in the rain. The Second First Chance is her eighth novel. Her other novels include the Bound by Your Love Series (Stuck in Between, Bittersweet Deceit, & Blue Persuasion), the dark erotic suspense My Body Trilogy (My Body-His, My Body-His (Marcello) and My Body-Mine) and the contemporary romance, The Demarcation of Jack, which she co-wrote with her husband, Dana Bennett.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for pimping me EVERYWHERE!

    Love it!