Second Chance (Christmas) Romances by Ali Parker

Second Chance Romance Bundle Box Set
(Christmas Novellas Included)
by Ali Parker

JADED – Kari & Jake’s Story – “Love is a lie.”
As a photographer for the New York Post, Kari Martin was used to seeing heartache and scandal up close. But one night at the club… her whole world changed. Heartbroken and willing to call off her wedding, she decides a change is in order and moves from NYC to a small town in Maine.

Jake Isaac left Texas quite a few years ago; his heart torn from his chest, and his mind set on being a bachelor forever. Maine would welcome him, give him land to explore and a community to belong to. Getting a job as the coach of the local junior high and serving on the fire department kept him busy — and labeled him a hometown hero — but the truth of his damaged heart was forever hidden. No one would ever know just how jaded he was about love. That is… until he meets Kari.

JUSTIFIED – Lisa & Marc’s Story – “Lust over love any day of the week.”
Lust has always been the emotion of choice; love nothing more than a silly game played by delusional fools.

Lisa Parks has been successful at everything she touches, her confidence her calling card. A recent move to Maine from New York is just the change of atmosphere she needs for a fresh start. With far too many mistakes in her past, her eyes remain focused on loving and leaving, her actions justified by far too many cracks in her damaged heart.

Marc Martin is living the dream, his college being paid for and his sights set on great things. In a quick turnaround trip to help his older sister Kari move to Maine after heartbreak, Marc meets the woman that just might be his match. Lust has been a reoccurring theme in his life, and he has no plans of changing that. He is young and free, handsome and ready to set the world on fire, and finds that he is justified in breaking hearts everywhere he goes.

JUDGED – Sicily & Drake’s Story – “Once judged, always judged.”
A past filled with harmful teasing isn’t easily overcome. Neither is a history of crime and death.

Sicily Moretti comes from a long line of good cooking and large hips. Having graduated at the top of her class from the Culinary Institute of America, she finds success in sugary treats and rich pastries. Having moved from New York to Maine with her closest friend, Kari and Lisa, she’s looking for a new start where the building of her own bakery will be her focus. She’s not looking for love, nor is she interested in it. She’s been judged too many times.

Drake DeMarco comes from a long line of crime, his new life a fresh start. His older, Demetri worked hard to help the feisty alpha male cut ties with who he was born to be, his past completely hidden to everyone in the small town of Bar Harbor. He’s invested in the town’s only gym and is working hard to keep his attention only on his business, but everything changes when a dark-haired beauty begins to steal not only his attention, but his heart.

With a past that would land him in jail, he’s beyond scared to let Sicily in. Good thing she doesn’t seem in the least bit interested.

I’ve been a big fan of Ali Parker and her second chance romances. This bundle set is probably the best holiday gift I received. While I have already read the first four books in this set (Jaded, Justified, Judged plus Baited), I knew I was in for a treat because Ali included four Christmas novellas in this bundle and I couldn’t be more ecstatic! Best friends Lisa, Kari and Sicily all moved to Maine to start anew with their toxic lives and meeting the men of their dreams had been the best thing that happened to them.

I love love loved all the characters in the story, their relationships were all different and quite complicated, yet very much admirable and commendable in the end. My most favorite couple though were Sicily and Drake. These two had been through a lot – blood, sweat, death and too much sugary stuffs – but they continued to stay strong and brave along with their friends.

Christmas with these lovers brought smiles and tears to my eyes. I couldn’t help but sigh and melt at their respective families (especially Jake’s!) and I couldn’t stop the tears when the men themselves hover and grovel and cry because of their love for their women.

Ali Parker is the best storyteller there is! I know I always sing praises about this woman, but that’s because she really is a great writer and a talented woman rolled into one. Ali’s got a lot of tricks up her sleeves, got so many stories running on her head and got a big heart for everyone. Everyone should read Ali Parker!

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