Overall Grade: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 1/2
Stacy Travis’s Second Chance At Us is my favorite book from her to date. This is a story about forgiving and embracing what life brings you. We meet Becca, the heroine of this story, in her previous book, Trouble with Him, because she is the brother of the hero in that book. Becca is the family loose cannon so to speak. She’s a labor and delivery nurse who finds comfort in working the graveyard shift and living at night instead of during the day. Stuck in a bit of a rut, her siblings are all about forcing her out of her routine. This book begins Travis’s Berkley Hills series of standalones that will feature her various siblings.
Second Chance At Us follows Becca as she inadvertently reunites with a friend and potential love interest from high school, Blake. Since this is a second chance, hate to love romance, Travis carefully vacillates back and forth between their past and their present. They reunite when Blake shows up on Becca’s labor and delivery floor with a woman on the verge of giving birth. Seeing him again brings up many memories from a specific moment in high school when the possibility of a relationship between them is great. Unfortunately, Blake makes an unwise decision and hurts Becca terribly. Now, in the present, Blake realizes how much he has pined for Becca over the years, and Becca realizes that she has never let go of Blake. Is it possible for Becca to move beyond her hurt feelings to give Blake another chance? That is the question of Travis’s story.
There are so many lovely parts of this book. For one, I love how Travis has set it in the Bay Area in California. As a Californian, I love the nod to San Francisco and its surrounding cities because it is an identity of its own in Blake and Becca’s relationship. Travis is careful to mark specific moments of their journey with various parts of the city, which makes this Californian ecstatic to read this persona.
Additionally, Becca and Blake, while beautiful people, are far from perfect. They both are insecure in their own way, and it’s lovely to read about fictional people who read like real people. It feels like Travis cares for the veracity of her storytelling as she carves out people who have foibles and make mistakes.
Lastly, the way in which Travis frames this story is one of my favorite writing techniques. To end where you begin gives me chills, and Travis’s ending will make you smile and give you goosebumps.
If you’re like me and LOVE hate to love, second chances where the hero or heroine must work hard to remedy a past mistake, then you ought to be reading Stacy Travis’s newest book, Second Chance At Us. You will NOT be disappointed, and it will set you up for the next book of this new series.
In love and romance,