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)

Soundtracks for the Dark Pines Pride

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Honestly, I don’t listen to music when I write; it’s too distracting. But I do love finding songs that connect to the stories and characters, and I’ll often listen to them over and over for inspiration when I’m not sitting at my desk.

For fun, I put together a Dark Pines playlist on YouTube, which you can find here! Below is the list of songs that go with each book. Enjoy!

Wild Homecoming

  1. Editors – “No Sound But the Wind”
  2. Fiona Apple – “The First Taste”
  3. Leagues – “Spotlight”
  4. The Brothers Bright – “Blood on My Name”
  5. Imagine Dragons – “Believer”

Wild Atonement

  1. Dave Matthews Band – “Crash Into Me”
  2. The Features – “How It Starts”
  3. The Foo Fighters – “The Sky is a Neighborhood”
  4. The B52’s – “Love Shack”
  5. Muse – “Madness”

Wild Reunion

  1. The Black Keys – “Lonely Boy”
  2. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – “Done All Wrong”
  3. Diana Krall – “Sway”
  4. Steve Kahn – “Nomads”
  5. Sarah McLaughlin – “Possession”

The Dark Pines Pride books are all available on Amazon now, and I recently bundled them together into one boxed set.

A New Shifter Romance – Wild Reunion

Out today is Wild Reunion, Will’s story in the Dark Pines Pride series!

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In the Dark Pines territory, love fights tooth and claw.

Eleanor McGowan is a piano teacher, hypochondriac, and proud fangirl of the Interstellar Love Connection graphic novel series. She’s also had her heart broken one too many times by her high school sweetheart, Will Jaynes. When he returns to Huntwood after being MIA for four years, she can’t decide whether to avoid him or kiss him or even better, kick his butt.

Mountain lion shifter Will Jaynes has been avoiding his family’s territory for one reason and one reason only, and that reason starts with an “E” and ends with a “leanor” and has beautiful hazel eyes and a tender heart. But four years ago, everything was ripped away from him after a pride war—his parents, his territory, and even Eleanor. When danger returns to the Dark Pines territory, Will must fight for his pride’s place or lose everything. And if he loses this time, he knows there’ll be no coming back.

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Wild Reunion is starting out at 99 cents and in Kindle Unlimited! You can find it on Amazon and AmazonSmile.