Synopsis from Goodreads
USA Today bestselling author Meghan Quinn delivers a smart and cheeky romance about love’s power to lift hearts . . . and curses.
It was supposed to be an innocent night, celebrating my brother’s birthday. Nothing was supposed to go wrong. We’d vowed to be on our best behavior after all . . .
But it only took one rowdy night with my brothers to flip my world upside down. One unlucky encounter saddled us with a family curse and the promise of doomed relationships. I laughed it off immediately. “Yeah, right,” I thought. “A love curse. Ha!”
Boy, was I wrong.
Word spreads quickly in a town like mine; rumors about that night soon made us the most eligible yet untouchable bachelors in Port Snow, Maine. As a subject of endless gossip and speculation, I could kiss my dating life goodbye.
It would have stayed that way if Ren Winters, the new girl in town, hadn’t crashed into my life. Brave, beautiful, and smart—her vivacious thirst for a fresh start has given me hope that maybe, just maybe, I can have one too.
Everyone wishes for that second chance . . . but could this really be mine?
That Second Chance is based on an unusual situation, following a drunken encounter with a psychic while celebrating the youngest of the brothers, they end up with a family curse and doomed to failed relationships. What they take for a scam soon turns more complicated when a tragic event occurs leaving the oldest of the brood reeling.
I adored the small town of Port Snow and the fabulous tight bound the Knightly family have not only with each other but their community as a whole. They support and care for each other through thick and thin, always willing to help even if it is with a sarcastic barb to lighten the mood.
My heart hurt for Griffin and the loss he suffered, understandably linking it to the ‘curse’. He has kept his heart under lock and key, shielded by impenetrable walls and hidden beneath layers of guilt. However, that also means he is incredibly lonely and his fears are creating a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Each of the brothers has their own emotional hang-ups which are exasperated by the hex placed on them. Although only little snippets of their tales are revealed in That Second Chance adding to the desperate need to give them each a happily ever after.
I absolutely adored Ren, she’s such a brave character, having suffered her own traumatic experiences she hasn’t let it live her life in fear. Rather she is determined to take control of her life and live it the way she wants. Being an only child, her parents have been a little on the over-protective side, making Ren crave independence without hurting them in the process. Hence, Ren’s relocation to Port Snow as the new algebra teacher. Even her love of math was cute and I don’t particularly like math.
Griffin and Ren meet under the most unusual of circumstances following a moose ambush; there are sparks between them from the beginning. Plus it would seem the universe (along with Griffin’s family) are conspiring to bring them together. However, Griffin is irrational in his stance regarding relationships following the jinx. Griffin and Ren couldn’t be more opposite in their outlook to how they should live their lives.
Fear is a powerful emotion that can feed upon itself preventing a person from living their best life; overcoming anxiety is a difficult path and will surely encounter setbacks along the way. Yet the reward of facing the concerns with the people who care the most about you is worth any emotional upheaval you may encounter on the journey 😍