Review and Giveaway: Second Rate Chances by Holly Stephens

Second Rate Chances

Second Rate Chances by Holly Stephens

Published: January 11 2013

Purchase: Amazon


Sam wakes up in the hospital expecting to find his girlfriend by his bedside. Instead, he finds a bleached-blond diva, claiming to be his fiancée, hovering over him. When he learns that he’s just woken up from a coma and has lost the last three years of his life, any semblance of stability he thought he had falls down around him. All he wants – all he needs – is Lil.

After countless visits with her shrink and too many sleepless nights waiting for the one man she loves to walk back through the door, Lil wants nothing more than to separate herself from the life she used to have. But the moment Sam smiles at her, Lil knows it’s going to take more than self-restraint to stay away.

Second-Rate Chances is about a young man fighting to regain his memory, and the one thing in his life that felt real. A modern-day Samson and Delilah, it’s a look at what it means to love and be loved, and to fight though it seems hopeless.


What a sad yet touching story about Sam and Lila. One day they are in love and so excited about buying their first house together. Then it is three years later and Lil lives in the house alone while Sam is engage to the daughter of his boss. So the question is what happened in those three years that changed everything.

Sam doesn’t remember these last three years because he had an accident and suffered amnesia because of it. He wakes up wanting to see Lil even though this other woman is there telling him she is his fiancée. In order to help Sam recover his missing memories and move on with his new life Lil is called in to help. Unfortunately Lil has not yet recovered from the past three years herself and is afraid this will just open up old wounds…

I have to say that I was not that impressed with Sam. He isn’t the kind of man I would want if he was that able to walk away from Lil and their life they had when she really needed him the most. Then to become involved with Chloe all the while Lil is back home still hurting.

Otherwise this was a really good book about second chances. The story was easy to read and moved along very quickly. This is a wonderfully written romance and I look forward to seeing more by this author.


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About Holly

People have often told me that I live in a fantasy world. Little did they know, I was building an empire of stories in my head to one day share.

I’m a mother first, a wife second, and a writer third. I’m so thankful to have been given this chance to get my stories out of my head and onto paper.

When I’m not writing, I sell plumbing (no I’m not kidding) and read romances that leave my heart a flutter. I know a ridiculous amount of pop culture information and can quote certain movies word for word. Music drives me to write and to also sing off key.
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