Review: Second Chance Summer by Emma Hart

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Second Chance Summer (Chance Series, #1)
Title: Second Chance Summer (Chance #1)
Author: Emma Hart
Date of Publication: September 21, 2013

From the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Love Game and Playing for Keeps is a story of hope and the beauty of getting a second chance at the kind of love that comes once in a lifetime…

“You don’t get a love like ours and get to leave it behind.”

Kia James was never meant to return to her hometown of Harlan Grove, Alabama… But she has.
And Reese Pembleton was definitely not supposed to still be in love with her the way she is him… But he is.

Last summer was the summer to end all summers. It was the summer they both fell in too deep to get out, and try as she might, Kia can’t deny that whatever was there between them a year ago is still there. If she’s honest with herself, there’s so much more there than there ever was, but the way her dad walked out six years ago has shattered her belief of that fairytale love every girl craves.

Reese isn’t giving up so easily. His biggest mistake was not chasing after Kia the way he wanted to when she upped and left him without a word. Despite what she says, he knows her better than anyone, and he knows she still wants him the way he wants her. And this time, nothing will stop him from getting – and keeping – his girl.

But nothing is that easy. When Kia’s dad arrives back in town, family secrets come tumbling out she never realized existed. Everything her mom has ever told her about the reason he left is a lie – but how can she trust the man who, by his own admission, didn’t fight for her as hard as he could have?

With her past and present wants and needs colliding, Kia is thrown into the turmoil of the biggest decisions of her life. And she realizes, sometimes a second chance is all you need.

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Review

My Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Thank you to Emma Hart for the electronic review copy! This in no way affected my views of the novel.

Shockingly, this is my first book by Emma Hart, which feels so wrong and weird. But I've been meaning to start her The Game series ever since Sab named her Kindle Braden after the guy from Playing for Keeps. I went into Second Chance Summer excitedly and it was good until I felt tired of it.

I ended up reading this book in a span of two months because I just couldn't finish it. I almost gave up on it but I felt bad so I dropped it and picked it up multiple times in that time period. It's just that, it was actually good at the start. I felt like I'd like it. And then, the repetitiveness started grating on my nerves. What repetitiveness, you might ask? It's just that, the book was from Kia's perspective so we get a lot of insights on her thoughts and all that. She makes small problems seem a lot bigger and she runs away from Reese instead of talking and they make up then she'll run again and they'll try to solve the problems. Again and again and again. After some time, it felt soooooo done, like, isn't there a new plot? A new arc or problem to solve? The conflicts just took a different face but it's still the core problem. I know this is due to Kia's childhood and all that but come on, stop.

Moreover, Kia, of course Reese will be jealous with your best friend (who I forgot the name but I'd like to read more of) because you guys are living together/will live together and duh. I mean, I know, Reese shouldn't be jealous but don't get shocked when he does. Then we get the side characters I actually like and then I found them kind of meh at the end due to their plot arcs. Then I learned that this is a freakin' series and I can just imagine what's going to happen in the next books and gosh, all of that could have been condensed into a single book.

I still recommend this book because the writing was well-done and the feelings and emotions really shone through. But it was too much for me because I need more meat. And yes, I know I love YA novels full of emotions and angst even though it kinda feels repetitive and I admit I have a double standard with NA. I guess I ended up not loving Kia as a heroine so I ended up feeling so meh about this one. I'll still check out Emma Hart's other books though!

About Emma Hart

By day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to two beautiful little monsters. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of whatever she fancies – usually wine – and writes books.

Emma is working on Top Secret projects she will share with her followers and fans at every available opportunity. Naturally, all Top Secret projects involve a dashingly hot guy who likes to forget to wear a shirt, a sprinkling (or several) of hold-onto-your-panties hot scenes, and a whole lotta love.

She likes to be busy - unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to be when all the ideas come to life.

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