Thursday, May 18, 2023

✱✱Audio Book Review✱✱ The Problem with Second Chances by Piper Rayne


The Problem with Second Chances
Lake Starlight, Book 1
By: Piper Rayne
Narrated by: Joe Arden & Erin Mallon

For Rylan Greene and me, it was simple. Love only got us so far.

I’ve known him since we were six, long before he became the professional soccer star he is now. We’ve weaved in and out of one another’s lives as rivals, teammates, friends, and lovers. Until three years ago, when my life took a hit, and I ran back to my small Alaskan town, Lake Starlight, away from anything or anyone that could hurt me.

He’s never far from my mind, a constant pining ache in my heart, but I’ve convinced myself I’m better off. But now, my best friend announces her engagement, and that means Rylan will return home to stand as best man to her fiancé. 

He’ll be back in my orbit for three whole weeks, but I can easily keep my distance. Sure, we’ll have to walk arm in arm down the aisle together, hold me close during the bridal party dance, and we’ll stand for pictures next to each other. Nothing I can’t handle.

I’m so naïve though, because he’s not in town for more than 24 hours before he knocks on my door. I should know by now that the two of us will never be finished business.

This second-chance romance spans 16 years of a true love match that proves these two will only ever belong to one another.

Momma Says: 4 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐

Rylan and Calista had me so thoroughly invested almost from the very first page. At the same time, I really wanted to shake the daylights out of both of them several times (some of those at the same time). I loved them both, but it was like this pair was determined to mess things up at every opportunity. Despite that, they have terrific chemistry and a magnetic pull between them that can practically be touched. Of course, we get plenty of Piper Rayne's well-timed wit and some laugh-out-loud humor. We even get some shenanigans from the local senior citizens.
As always with this writing duo, the story and its characters quickly get under your skin, and if you can manage to not fall in love with this small town, you're stronger than I am. As an added bonus, I had the privilege of listening to this one - let's hear it for duet narration! I love the fluidity of duet narration, and Joe Arden and Erin Mallon certainly know their stuff. If you've never listened to these narrators, I highly recommend you do so, and The Problem with Second Chances is a great place to start. 

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