Type: Contemporary Romance
My copy: Sent
One last chance. That’s all Luke Collins, local bad boy and motocross champion, has to not only find his redemption, but win back the girl he lost. He’ll stop at nothing to make her his, even if it means playing dirty. Lara Jacobs doesn’t want her heart broken again and refuses to give Luke a second chance. After he left her after their one night stand, she ran right into the arms of her close friend, Grayson Moore. He’s always loved her, and he’s determined to make her see he’s what she needs. However, in life nothing goes as planned and tragedy strikes. After a fatal accident nearly claims Lara’s life, she’s left inside a world she can’t remember. Her memories are gone, including those of the men vying for her heart. Grayson sees her loss as a possibility to forget her love for Luke, but Luke sees it as an opportunity to start over. All he wants is one last chance to show her that she’s the one he’s been in love with all along. *** An updated version of One Taste has been included at the beginning with all new scenes. ***
First I want to note that Last Chance: A Second Chance Novel, includes an updated version of One Taste, a prequel novella for this book. This short novella tells us, finally, in detail, what happened between Lara and Luke on their one night stand and why she feels and acts the way she does towards him. This is a standalone novel, but if you have read any of the other Second Chances books by this author, we never had the full details until now and though this is a standalone book and you do not need to read the other books in the series to read this story, this novella just gives us more background into Luke and Lara’s history. I loved this short story and was glad it was included.
In Last Chance, we pick up just over a year later. Lara has moved on, at least in her mind, if not her heart. Grayson and her are together and moving forward, but Lara is starting to question her choices. Then Grayson surprises her with what should be a joyous occasion, but only plagues her with more doubt. Finally making a choice for her, she is excited to finally move forward. Then tragedy strikes when she is involved in an accident that nearly clams her life. When she finally wakes, its without any memory of the last five years. And to top it all off, there are two men vying for her love and who both say she chose them.
Who does she believe and trust? Those around her clearly have picked sides, but she knows she has to follow her mind and heart. The best course of action? Spend time with her friends and family to see if anything can trigger her memories. This include both Luke and Grayson, both hating this course of action, but not willing to give up on Lara.
And so begins the courtship of Lara. But are both men being truthful about their pasts and where they go from here? Both love Lara and though they both want Lara, are they fighting fair?
I loved that Lara was finally standing up for herself and fighting for what she wanted, even though she did not have her memory yet. She followed her heart and mind. Though we knew one person would be hurt, in the end we make choices that feel right for ourselves. And that is what Lara finally does.
Luke really showed how much he had grown during their time apart and how much he came to realize Lara meant to him. He knew they were destined to be together. Grayson, afraid to lose Lara after he thought she belonged to him will stop at nothing to get her back.
I will say, there is a twist in this story that took me by surprise and was very unexpected. I had a hard time accepting this course of action, but when you love someone and want them more than anything, how far would you be willing to go?
This story is about second chances, following your heart and finding your true place, but it also shows the length people are willing to go for what they want and love. But how far is too far? Sprinkle in some very unexpected turn of events and you have a story that will captivate you from start to finish. I am really enjoying this series and all the characters.
Last Chance: A Second Chance Novel by L.P. Dover was a 4.5-star read for me!