Second Chances: A Romance Writers of America Collection

Second Chances: A Romance Writers of America Collection

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Do you believe in second chances?

Romance Writers of America® brings together seventeen of today's hottest authors in an anthology of never-before-published tales that reveal true love always deserves a happy ending.

Follow New York Times bestselling authors J. Kenner and Christina Lauren back to reader-favorite worlds.

New York Times bestseller Alyssa Day sprinkles Djinn magic in her humorous paranormal romance, while Rachel Hauck brings the enchantment of the holidays in her New Year's Eve contemporary love story.

And Liliana Hart delivers thrills and adventure in her hero and heroine's search for the impossible.

With characters who find love through tough situations, in elegant 1800s ballrooms, with an old friend who shows up when least expected, at a tender age when cliques and homework get in the way relationships, or after a random encounter in an unlikely setting, SECOND CHANCES delivers romance to strike every reader's fancy.

Plus tales from:
Marilyn Brant
Kerri Carpenter
CiCi Coughlin
Cassandra Dean
Tina Ferraro
Renee Luke
Ariella Moon
Brandi Willis Schreiber
Lizzie Shane
Sharon Sobel
Damon Suede
Tara Wyatt

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158730757
Publisher: Romance Writers of America, Inc.
Publication date: 09/12/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 172,036
File size: 4 MB

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Second Chances: A Romance Writers of America Collection 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
JWright57 More than 1 year ago
One Night by J Kenner I love anything this author writes but mention Damien Stark or the Stark World and I'm jumping up and down with excitement. This Novella did not disappoint. Does Love at First Sight exist, can a forever connection happen in a few hours and if so is it worth risking everything for ! This is a glimpse into Penny and Blakes story, yes it's a Novella but that doesn't mean there is any less of a story told, a couple with a past and sizzling chemistry , Penny can't believe Blake is in the building ,then the elevator doors open will this be a chance to put the past behind them and maybe give them another chance at love..... I would really recommend this Novella and I hope we get a full novel about this couple .
Megan Solomon More than 1 year ago
I am reviewing J.Kenner's "One Night". This was a super quick read/novella set in Stark World for me. This is a second chance brief encounter romance. I do wish this was just a little longer i.e. an extended epilogue of a few months later so we can get a little better picture of how the story plays out between two. Hopefully they'll be mentioned in another book to get this closure.
18644943 More than 1 year ago
I read "One Night" by J Kenner. Oh man, so much Hottiness in such a short story. No matter how much from the Stark I get, its just never enough. I love J Kenner writing style. She always very descriptive that's makes getting sucked into her story so easy. And don't leave out her fun and sexiness behind! Penny and Blake story, is short but to the point. Black wants to punish her for that one night and boy does he give a punishment. But will she accept his punishment and re-do another one night stand is the question. This story was so much fun to read.
SusanReads1 More than 1 year ago
I plan on reading all of the stories in the book. I love all things J. Kenner so I went straight to One Night and devoured it. Penny and Blake's story was hot, hot , hot! It drew me in and kept me immersed in it and turning the pages. It is intoxicating and I would love to read more about them. Their second chance was swoon worthy and had bubbling chemistry. It was great get a glimpse of Damian Stark since that is what started my love affair with J. Kenner's writing. Now I am off to enjoy the rest of the stories.
cherlym More than 1 year ago
I had the opportunity to review JAKE'S DJINN: A Cardinal Witches Story I was a bad girl and took this to work. People kept asking me what I was laughing out loud at. Have some laughter with your romance, fantastic , enjoyable read. I offered to review this book and received an Arc. This is a great pick me up in our tough times, its better than Calgon :)
momof3infl More than 1 year ago
Love second chance stories! So far, I've only read One Night in this collection, but let me tell you, I can't wait to read the rest of them! One Night is a standalone novella set in the Stark world, and features Damien Stark's secretary, Penny, and her one night stand from years ago- Blake. These two sizzle and pop. Love the steam, love the romance, absolutely cannot wait for more!
Phuong Richardson More than 1 year ago
I've only read One Night by J. Kenner so far but I love J. Kenner's Stark world so I've read all of her books about Nikki and Damien Stark and all the other couples in the Stark world. This was a surprise couple but it is so hot! Penny works as Damien Stark's secretary so she gets to see the alpha hotness of Damien daily. What we discovered was that Penny had a one night stand while stranded at the airport heading to LA with Blake. Blake wanted her to stay with him but Penny left to make a change in her life with a new start in LA. Penny and Blake meets again when Blake arrives for a meeting with Damien and Penny was unaware that the 2 even knew each other. Once Penny and Blake sets eyes on each other again, the chemistry was still there and the 2 couldn't really control their attraction to each other. Even though Penny realizes that Blake was angry with her for leaving and that this reunion could be short lived, she decides to let her heart and body take over. Penny and Blake are so hot together and they are just perfect together so the question is will it be a happily ever after for these 2? This story can be read as a standalone. You do not have to read the Stark series to read this book, which is HOT!
PeggyCopeland More than 1 year ago
You gotta love the Stark World... and this is no different! Loved the short story... but just makes you want more and more! Again the Stark World is an awesome world to be in and you never want to leave! Please give us MORE Ms Kenner!
S_Abrams More than 1 year ago
This anthology combines two favorites that I love to read, second chance love stories and being introduced to new authors. The fact that J. Kenner is part of the compilation is just an added bonus. This is Penny and Blake’s story. Penny met Blake a few years ago when he asked her to essentially run away with him. The time was not right and she turned him down. Fast forward and Penny is now working for Stark Enterprises and who should walk back into her life but Blake. Are the feelings still there between them? Can they make a relationship work and get their ‘second chance’? I volunteered to read an arc for a review.
sherrybauer More than 1 year ago
This is a great collection of authors. This review is for One Night by J. Kenner. This second chance steamy romance is set in the Stark World and Penny and Blake sizzle! Blake runs across Penny again years later after she walks out on him after a steamy night together and this time he's determined not to let her get away. This short sizzling read is a page turner that you don't want to end!
AFOX0 More than 1 year ago
Absolutely romantic..5stars! Review for One Night by J Kenner Penny never expected to see Blake Thornton, again. Sure, she only counted 17 months and 23 days since their one, hot night together in a Chicago hotel while waiting for their flight. No, she’s not obsessed with him...just head-over-heels in love with the man. Penny doesn’t trust herself enough to believe in love at first sight, risking her heart, although she surrendered every bit of herself to him. Refusing Blake’s offer of forever, she leaves for LA to pursue an acting gig. Now, Penny is Damien Stark’s assistant at the Los Angeles office. She finally turned her back on Hollywood and taking back control of her life. Her heart is about to go crazy, though, when Penny comes face to face with Blake. But he doesn’t show any indication he remembers her. Did the stubborn man already forget about their unforgettable night together? But wow! Loved, loved that reunion kiss Blake gives her hot! He never forgot about Penny from that one night they shared, and I’m cheering over the words he says to her: “Sometimes you have the chance to get back the things you lost.” *Sigh* I’m such a sucker for second chance romance and One Night does not disappoint. Ms Kenner puts in all the feels, and I just love how Blake convinces Penny to take a chance on them. It’s sexy hot what he does to her. Blake is a sexy alpha man who is not afraid of showing his feelings for Penny. Cue in that scene at the airport and my heart just melts all over again. It’s a classic scene right out of a Hollywood movie. Totally love this lighthearted story, and I hope to see more of Penny and Blake in future. I received and voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.
CrystalsBookWorld More than 1 year ago
**One Night Review** I love that One Night is based in the Stark World. I have to add, since I am crazy about him, we get a peek or two of Damien. But Damien is not the man starring in this Novella. We meet a sexy green eyed alpha male named Blake. When Penny and Blake run into each other after their "One Night", it is like fireworks are going off. These two sizzle and they were in deep. The anticipation this Novella gives you when Penny is freaking out having to face Blake at work gave me the butterflies. I could feel her excitement, dread, and my heart was pounding. J. Kenner does a fantastic job making you feel everything. I know this was a short Novella but I wanted to stay leeched onto Blake a little longer. One Night was a perfect short story that gives you a whole lot of sexy. Blake is perfect for Penny and vice versa. I loved getting to know Penny a little more. This story is what you need to get your fix from a One Night.
Faerie-bookworm More than 1 year ago
One Night by J. Kenner This story was way too short yet so hot!! I love the Stark world, the other players always make some appearance and it’s awesome! I would love to find out how Penny and Blake get their HEA (hint, hint lol). I’m not usually into such short stories, I enjoy character development and getting to know them. Spending hours living their lives in my head (the whole point in reading IMO), experiencing something new. Definitely worth the 20-30 mins it took to read! Somehow J. Kenner is able to kill it even when it’s so short a story, which is why I love her books so much!
MaryJoMI More than 1 year ago
This is am amazing selection of stories from a fabulous group of authors though I haven't read all the books in the collection yet. One Night by J. Kenner: Penny is Nikki’s free-spirited best friend. She really wants to be an actress but is finding it much harder than she thought it would be. She meets Blake and has an incredible one-night with him then leaves, well, actually runs. When he shows up at Stark Industries where she is temping, she is shocked and doesn’t know what to do. But Blake knows what he wants and that is Penny. Will Penny give in or will she run scared again? Such a fun, sexy short story. I loved getting to learn more about Penny and see that she might find her HEA just like her best friend Nikki. I voluntarily read an ARC of this book and this is my honest review.
Embell More than 1 year ago
***Review for One Night*** I rounded it up to a 4, but this was more of a 3.5 star read for me. This truly is a short story that is a second chance romance that takes place in the Stark World. Sylvia, Jackson, and Damien all pop their heads in for a hot second. This was a little too short for my liking, but it's also part of an anthology. Hopefully the story is successful and J. Kenner will re-release this story with an expanded plot as a standalone (fingers crossed, some authors have done this). If you're a fan of the Stark World there are certain things you have come to expect; hot alpha male who is quick to voice his feelings, beautiful female trying and succeeding at bettering herself and also guarding her heart, and delicious steamy moments; and you definitely get that in this story. I'm definitely interested in checking out the rest of this anthology when it releases.
Debby McNutt More than 1 year ago
What an awesome introduction to other authors of this genre! I read One Night by J Kenner, and look forward to reading the rest as well! Another sizzling hot, sensual, romantic story set in Stark World - Definitely hoping we see more of Penny and Blake!!
francoise_vanE More than 1 year ago
Review of One Night by J. Kenner: I’m a sucker for second chance romances and I was given the opportunity to read One Night by J. Kenner. Although this story was very short, I thought it was incredibly well-crafted. It keeps you riveted from beginning to end. And icing on the cake, this story is set in the world of Stark International, with cameo appearances of Damien Stark, one of my favorite romance hero! Blake and Penny’s second chance story was intense, their chemistry was explosive and their emotional connection was strong. One Night is like a delightful little treat, with a perfect combination of sweetness and sexiness! I received an advanced copy of this story and voluntarily reviewed it.
nightreaderss1 More than 1 year ago
**One Night Review** This story may be short, but it still packs the punch and gives you everything you expect from a J. Kenner story. It's set in the Stark world, and we even get a little of my favorite Book Boyfriend, Damien Stark. Penny and Blake's story begins a year after their one night stand and when they run into each other you can feel the chemistry between them. I love how JK writes and how she makes you see and feel everything. As always with her books, this story took a hold of me from the beginning and had me wishing it wasn't over at the end.
DebiDG More than 1 year ago
All the feels for One Night! Whether you've followed the Stark books or not, One Night can be read independently. Penny and Blake shared one night together. Will too much time apart make for a bitter reunion? Julie's writing is always so much fun to read. Her Stark World short story is filled with amazing descriptive writing and steamy sexy time. An outstanding read!
Abilicious More than 1 year ago
I'm looking forward to reading the other stories in this book, but this current review is for J. Kenner's One Night. This was a hot, sexy read. The only problem? It wasn't long enough! I need more Penny and Blake! The way this story started out had me drawn in immediately. Blake was an unexpected surprise in Penny's world. I was intrigued by them. I enjoyed the way we got their story bit-by-bit and the chemistry between them was H-O-T-T! I devoured this story and was lost in their world. Their second chance was a unique spin on it and I also enjoyed being back in Damien Stark's world, so we got a brief glimpse of him as well. I loved the pull Penny and Blake had on each other and I wanted to stay wrapped in their world! He was commanding and didn't let this second chance pass him by. *swoon*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
J. Kenner has done what I thought was the impossible, make a short story you wish wouldn't end. Penny and Blake are from the wonderful world of Damien Stark (who just happens to make an appearance). These two loves had a chance but fear stood in their way. One line from Blake say's it all: "Sometimes you have the chance to get back the things you lost". This story will have you laugh, cry and want to hit someone over the head!! Amazing story I could not put down until the end.
Arys More than 1 year ago
One Night by J. Kenner is a second chance short story about Penny and Blake. Two years ago they met on a plane and had an amazing, earth shattering night, after which Penny decided not to take Blake up on his whirlwind offer of Hawaii and something more between them. He hasn't been off her mind since. Now he just so happens to be having a meeting in the building she works in.  I liked how well written One Night was. Even though it is quite short it feels full. Penny goes through all sorts of internal turmoil in a very short time that adds to the realism. Both she and Blake are one of those too good to be true, don't want to admit it's love at first sight, couples. J. Kenner manages to give us backstory, history, and future goals for Penny, all in a fast, enjoyable and passionate read.  Overall, I very much enjoyed One Night by J. Kenner and the characters' passion for each other, it was fun read. I happily recommend. (I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book I received for free in exchange for my open and honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.)
Christine_Miller More than 1 year ago
I was able to read the J Kenner story in this anthology and was it HOT! Loved it so much! I can never get enough of the Stark world and this story although short had everything I love about the Stark stories. Hot, sexy and a great couple. Loved it!
M_Schaub2527 More than 1 year ago
5 Stars ***** One Night by J. Kenner is a great fast read. It is a short story that gets right to the point of past regrets, running scared and second chances. Even with being a short story, she has given us a book full of passion, that will have you yelling at the book to urge Penny to make the right decision regarding Blake. I highly recommend that you pick up this book today and start reading!
bbarneybooks28 More than 1 year ago
***Review for One Night by J. Kenner*** Can a true connection occur in one night? Can a matter of hours create something worth risking everything for? These are the questions J Kenner tries to answer in her newest short story set in the Stark World. And while readers only get a small glimpse into the chemistry between Penny and Blake, it's clear that what developed between them in one stolen night can only grow as long as they're both willing to take a risk on one another. One Night is a short and steamy second chance story that illustrates how fate sometimes steps in when someone needs a little guidance and direction and while there's minimal character development and background about Penny and Blake, what the story does is give readers hope that one's ability to get back something precious and life changing can occur when it's least expected. I'd love to read more about Penny and Blake's one night together and what they're doing now that Penny's given herself to Blake. Any story in the Stark world has my interest and the passion that exists between Penny and Blake would absolutely be a worthwhile read! 4 Poison Apples