Sunday, August 20, 2017

#BookReview - Second Chance Girl by Susan Mallery

Title:  Second Chance Girl (Book #2 - Happily Inc.)
Author:  Susan Mallery
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Release Date:  September 26, 2017

About the Book:

A touching modern fairy tale that won't let go of your heart, from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fool's Gold romances! 

Mathias Mitchell's easy smile hides a world of hurt. After the worst kind of family betrayal, he moves to Happily Inc., California—the wedding destination town supplies a steady stream of bridesmaids, perfect for his "no promises, no pain" lifestyle. Yet he can't stop watching for his beautiful, elusive neighbor on the animal preserve behind their homes. 

Gamekeeper Carol Lund knows she's not special enough to attract an alpha male like Mathias, so his offer to help her adopt a herd for her lonely giraffe is surprising—and his determined seduction, even more so. But just as she finally welcomes him into her bed, his careless actions crush her heart. Will she give him a second chance to prove she'll always come first in his heart?
Buy Links: Amazon

My Review:

You may have noticed that it was just a week or so ago that I reviewed the first book in Susan Mallery's Happily, Inc. series.  I liked it so much that I dropped everything to read SECOND CHANCE GIRL, Book #2.  This is a delightful story following the residents of a small town that caters to unusual destination weddings.  In this book we get to know Carol Lund, who manages the local large-game animal preserve.  Her newest acquisition is a giraffe named Millie.  Carol is worried about Millie because she seems so lonely.  Her efforts to raise money to buy a small herd of giraffe's for Millie are assisted by Mathias and his "twin" brother by having a benefit auction to sell works of art.  Things heat up between Carol and Mathias as things go from friendship to so much more.  But can things work out for these two after that one night of too much alcohol and no memory?  No spoilers.  You have to read this book to find out.  And what happens when Matthew's horrid father arrives to attend Del's wedding?

In the meantime, Carol's sister Violet is accused of theft by none other than the Duke of Somerbrooke, Ulrich Sherwood, changing her fond childhood memory to a nightmare.  But all that changes when Ulrich realizes his mistake and he begins to see Violet in a whole new light.

Susan Mallery has once again created some loveable and delightful characters in a town I wish really did exist.  I'd be packing my bags to go there right now!    Even the dog, Sophie, was adorable!  If you have any problem keeping these wonderful characters straight, you can find them all at Who's Who in Happily Inc.

Disclosure:  A complimentary ARC was provided by NetGalley and the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.

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About the Author:
Susan Mallery is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of books about the relationships that define women's lives—romance, friendship, family. With compassion and humor, Susan keenly observes how people think and feel, in stories that take readers on an emotional journey. Sometimes heartbreaking, often funny, and always uplifting, Susan's books have spent more than 200 weeks on the USA Today bestsellers list, thanks to her ever growing legions of fans.

Critics, too, have heaped praise on "the new queen of romantic fiction." (Walmart) Booklist says, "Romance novels don't get much better than Mallery's expert blend of emotional nuance, humor, and superb storytelling," and RT Book Reviews puts her "in a class by herself!"

Although Susan majored in Accounting, she never worked as an accountant because she was published straight out of college with two books the same month, January of 1992. Sixteen prolific years and seventy-four books later, she hit the New York Times bestsellers list for the first time with Accidentally Yours in 2008. She made many appearances in the Top 10 before (finally) hitting #1 in 2015 with Thrill Me, the twentieth book in her most popular series, the Fool's Gold romances, and the fourth of five books released that year.

Susan lives in Seattle with her husband, two ragdoll cats, and a tattletale toy poodle. Her heart for animals has led Susan to become an active supporter of the Seattle Humane Society. Animals play a big role in her books, as well, as she believes they're an integral component to a happy life. Visit Susan online at


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