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Whatever It Takes by L.E. Bross

Posted in Advanced Reader Copy/ Contemporary Romance/ Netgalley/ New Adult/ Reviews/ Young Adult 5th December 2015
Whatever It Takes by L.E. BrossWhatever It Takes by L.E. Bross
Series: Second Chances #2
Published by Pocket Star on December 14th 2015
Pages: 224
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three-stars

Tess is burdened with a responsibility she’s not quite sure she can handle, and Ryan is determined to save her from it—if she ever stops pushing him away—in this sexy follow-up to Right Where You Are, the first new adult novel in the captivating Second Chances series.
Tess is a lot of things. Strong. Independent. Determined. Completely overwhelmed by the responsibilities of being her little brother’s caretaker. But she can handle it. She has to. Because there’s no way in hell she’s letting anyone else raise Noah.
Ryan’s happy with a life on cruise control. He has no intention of tying himself down. That road only leads to heartbreak, a lesson he learned the hard way when he was fifteen. So why can’t he stay away from the one woman who broke his heart?
Tess knows exactly why Ryan keeps popping up right when she needs the most help: He’s got a hero complex big enough to save Cinderella. But Tess isn’t that girl, and she refuses to let him be part of her life. Not even when Noah takes a liking to him. Not even when they kind of, maybe, hook up.
Not even when she starts to fall for him…

‘Whatever It Takes’ offers a more conventional and predictable take on the second chance romance, reuniting teenage lovers at a time when things couldn’t be more difficult for both the H/hr. For that reason, I felt that it wasn’t too much of a standout compared to its predecessor which was written around more unique circumstances and more standout characters. That being said however, L.E. Bross does nicely capture NA voices that tend to be a mix of impulsivity and growing maturity and I did like the portrayal of Tess and her struggles with Noah.

three-stars

Right Where You Are by L.E. Bross

Posted in Advanced Reader Copy/ Chick Lit/ Contemporary Romance/ Netgalley/ New Adult/ Reviews/ Young Adult 11th October 2015
Right Where You Are by L.E. BrossRight Where You Are by L.E. Bross
Series: Second Chances #1
Published by Pocket Star on November 16th 2015
Pages: 272
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four-stars

A college senior takes Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats” a bit too literally in this smart, snappy new adult debut, the first in the Second Chances series, and finds herself sentenced to community service—where she meets a bad boy who might just be exactly what she needs.
Avery Melrose is used to having it all. So when her boyfriend cheats on her, she reacts like any spoiled rich girl—she freaks out and vandalizes his new truck, Carrie Underwood style. Now she’s stuck with 300 hours of community service to repent her sins, and dreading every minute.
Seth Hunter just got out of prison, and after a few hundred hours picking up litter on the side of the highway, he can finally put his mistakes behind him. If he can string together some kind of existence, maybe it’ll be enough to get his sister away from their stepfather, the man who sent Seth to prison in the first place.
A romance between these two is doomed from the start. Girls like Avery want castles and white horses, but Seth is no prince charming. He’s not even charming. He’s pissed off, and he’s got a chip on his shoulder big enough to sink the Titanic.
Spending time with Avery makes Seth think he could make something of himself, maybe even be good enough for a girl like her. But when broken promises threaten to tear them apart, will they lose their chance at happily ever after?

Community Service is the end point of Avery Melrose’s tantrum when she finds her longterm boyfriend humping another woman behind her back, only to meet Seth Hunter – the almost one-night stand in a bar – there as well, a very recent ex-con who’d just about ruined his life the past few years. After a very rocky start, Avery and Seth find themselves gelling in a way no one could have thought two people from opposite sides of the track would, but there’re a number of apparently insurmountable obstacles that narrow that path to happiness.

‘Right Where You Are’ surprised me more and more (in a good way) after I ploughed through Avery’s spoiled rich girl antics and the early shrewish behaviour that made me initially wonder if I made the right decision in picking up this one. In particular, I loved seeing the unwavering pillar of support she became for Seth and the sweetness of their growing relationship that faltered only towards the end, regretting only that the bittersweet end came too soon.

four-stars
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