Why I Love Second-Chance Romances

I was thinking about my favorite tropes (I have many!) and why they appeal to me so much. One that I really love is second-chance romances. This strikes me as odd for a pretty big reason: I used to not believe in them! I truly thought that if a couple broke up, it was a sign they were not meant to be together, and it was ridiculous for people to keep getting back together and breaking up again.

Second Chances

To be fair, my frame of reference was high school relationships. 🙂 It wasn’t until I started gathering adult-relationship data that showed me that the second-chance romance could really work.

What I love about the second chance in romance novels is that the two characters already have a frame of reference for each other. There’s a history there, and it is so rich, so explosive, and so poignant that it’s impossible to ignore. I especially like a second chance romance if several years have passed. It’s usually given the characters enough time to allow the pain to dull somewhat, and nostalgia to creep in. It’s also given them time to grow beyond whatever didn’t work out for them in the past.

Their chemistry has to be pretty high, too, if they’re willing to risk that pain to give each other another try. So I love that, too.

And there’s occasionally groveling. And pining. And a bit of angst. So those, with the chemistry and the shared backstory, are probably what I love most about second-chance romances.

How about you? Do you like or love the trope? Hate it? I’d love to know your thoughts!

Want to read one of my second-chance paranormal romances?

Fierce Heartbreaker

Savage Yearning

Savage Penance

Wild Reunion

Bound to Forbidden

Exes and Exorcisms (out in February)

First in Series Freebie Event and Book Sale!

For the next three days, Savage Yearning and many other first-in-series books will be FREE. You can try out lots of new authors without handing over your hard-earned cash! Click here to check out the event, or click the image below:

promo graphic from Keira Blackwood

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Savage Yearning is Available Now!

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I’m so excited! Dristan and Laura were a really fun couple to write–their chemistry was amazing. It’s funny, because when I had them hook up in Fierce Informer (book 6 of the Sierra Pride series), I hadn’t planned on a spin-off at all. But once I started wondering what to write next, they demanded their own book. And here it is!

Also, I can’t stand cliffhangers so like all of my other books, Savage Yearning stands alone. 🙂

When a one-night stand feels like so much more…

Mountain lion shifter Laura Vidal has been given two choices: leave the territory to find a mate, or become a guardian of the pride. Unwilling to leave the only home she’s ever known, Laura chooses the rigorous and bruising guardian training. Honestly, she’s glad for the training because it keeps her too busy to see Dristan, the guy who rocked her world during an amazing one-night stand.

Dristan Rhees can’t forget the girl who stole his heart after a single night of unbridled passion, despite the fact that she now won’t give him the time of day. But when vampires invade their territory, he and Laura are forced to work together. In order to defend their pride, they must confront the desire that still threatens to consume them.

You can purchase Savage Yearning on Amazon, and it’s part of Kindle Unlimited, as well!

Savage Yearning Soundtrack

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I’m doing something new with this series and sharing the soundtracks for each book. Savage Yearning is out next week, and in the meantime you can listen to some songs that go with the book! I even assembled a playlist on YouTube.

Here are the songs for Savage Yearning!

  1. Anya Marina, Satellite Heart
  2. Dave Matthews Band, Say Goodbye
  3. A Fine Frenzy, Rangers
  4. Tones on Tail, Lions
  5. Marian Hill, One Time
  6. The Airborne Toxic Event, Sometime Around Midnight

To visit the playlist on YouTube, click here.