Tuesday, March 12, 2013
No Castle or H50? No Problem. Book Review: Second Chances
There was no Castle last night and the repeat of Hawaii Five-O was one of my least favorite episodes, so I read a book instead. And it was a very good book that I practically read in one sitting, so I definitely want to share my find with you.
Second Chances by Melanie Jacobson starts out with two businesswomen/roommates who are trying to start a web version of The Bachelor but with a twist---it's a Mormon bachelor and it's to help jump-start the dating scene in Huntington Beach and launch her marketing company. Louisa, the owner, has the bachelor back out at the last minute (he got a girlfriend) and she's going to lose everything she's worked for (the girl is living on oatmeal packets and ramen as it is!) if she doesn't find someone quick.
Enter her ex-boyfriend Nick, who is an actor. She broke up with him three years ago because he was sort of shallow and even though she would see flashes of depth in him, he never really let her in. (She still watches his show re-runs on late night TV, though) But, in her desperation that all her business plans not be ruined, she calls him and he agrees to be the bachelor for her. What follows is fun and quirky and made me laugh out loud.
But, there's something unexpected.
There is some real growth in the heroine during this story. With the set-up, I was expecting the guy to have changed and he would realize why she left and they would have their happily ever after. But this book isn't cliche like that. The heroine has some real growth as a person and for me, that sets it apart from the other romances I've been reading lately. I like it when you can have a fun story with some depth to it because it seems sort of rare these days.
So, if you are looking for a can't-put-down book that has some great bachelor dating situations (read: funny), some romance with realistic characters that feel like your best friends, and a hero to sigh over, then this is the book for you. And as a bonus, Ms. Jacobson throws in an update on my favorite couple from her book The List. You may remember I complained a teeny bit in my review (you can read it here) that I didn't feel closure with them. Well, now I do. Thank you for that!
Here is the backliner:
After walking out of a thankless job at a prestigious marketing firm, feisty California entrepreneur Louisa Gibson is going into business for herself. Lou’s pioneering venture, The Mormon Bachelor, is a reality dating web series sure to be fabulous advertising for her new marketing firm. And as a bonus, she can solve a problem close to home: while Huntington Beach is crawling with eligible, sun-bronzed Saints, they’ve forgotten the vital skill of dating. Lou hopes the reality show will finally inspire this group of hangout enthusiasts to pair off. But shortly before filming begins, the unthinkable happens—Trentyn, a.k.a. The Bachelor, gets a girlfriend. And Lou needs a new leading man—fast.