February 13, 2015 | by Alexis | A Second Chance at Paris

by Cole McCade
(Website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)on January 18, 2015

Genres: Love & Romance

One week in Paris. One chance with her childhood crush. And one lie that could ruin it all. Before she was Dr. Celeste London, Astrophysicist, she was Mary Celeste Haverford: dork, loser, the geek formerly known as Hairy Mary. But she’d left all that behind–and left Ion Blackwell behind, nothing but an unrequited crush and the memory of a high school field trip, a night in Paris, and the words Celeste never had the courage to say. She’d never expected to see him again…until a surprise encounter on a Parisian riverboat tour brings him back into her life, and gives her the opportunity to start over as someone new. Someone Ion doesn’t recognize, transformed from a social outcast into a polished, professional woman that Ion doesn’t realize is the girl he’s been longing for since childhood, the ideal he’s dreamed of his entire life.

Suddenly this vivacious (if charmingly awkward) “new” woman is teaching him that real love is better than any dream–but Celeste is hiding more than her identity. Hiding something that makes it hard to trust her increasingly erratic behavior, and her frequent secretive phone calls. When the truth comes out, the deception could shatter them both…unless they can give each other a second chance, and take a risk on love.

I decided to pick up A Second Chance at Paris after 2 author friends told me that it was a “must read”. Leading up to actually picking up the book I was jittery…I mean a romance novel written by a man? Yes please!!! Then I started to worry, could it accurately capture the true essence of a love story? Trust me people, it did and then some.

A Second Chance at Paris is a true second chance story in every way. It’s about a second chance at love, a second chance at life….

After moving back home to New Orleans to help out with her Alzheimer’s-stricken father, Celeste jets to Paris for a week for a conference. On her first night there and what seems like a twist of fate, she is reunited with the one boy she’s always loved, Ion. The only problem? He doesn’t realize she is the girl from his childhood that he secretly pinned for. She is no longer that awkward girl that captured his heart many years ago. Immediately Ion is taken with Celeste and wants to spend the entire week together.

Celeste (Mary) is one of the most enduring heroines that I’ve read in a long time. After growing up and being ridiculed in high school, Mary decides to shed that past life and reinvent herself. Hello to Celeste, sexy, yet still nerdy, amazing Astrophysicist. I loved how genuine she was yet how relatable she was at the same time. She makes all us nerd girls proud of a fellow nerd that blossomed yet wears her nerd as a badge.

“There is something pure about you, Cel. About your love. If you ever loved a man the way you love your work, I doubt he’d be able to handle it.”

Ion was just all out swoon. Jesus…this man knows how to woo. He is this mysterious, private, sexy, best-selling author that will melt your insides. He is also not a man to shy away from showing how he feels. He literally had my heart in a twist when he pulled out all the stops in one pulse-grabbing scene. He is also just down-right romantic. I swear if there were men out there like him I would be the first in line.

“This is the second time in my life I’ve fallen in love with you, but the first time I know who you really are.”

There is so much I want to say about this story but I will leave it to the reader to discover. I loved how everything flowed and the love these two shared was truly an experience. Plus, it makes me want to book the next flight to Paris ASAP.

The story itself was just beautiful. But to be honest, it was the writing that got me. I can’t put my finger on it exactly, but I think the best word I can use to describe this book is sensual. The words just flowed off the page and read just as smooth as a glass of wine or whatever satisfies your palate. Mr. McCade is so articulate and gah….I loved it all.

“Life doesn’t start when you meet. Lives intersect and mix and mingle. Instead of converging on a single point, they come together in a knot of each other’s entanglements.”

The Author Note at the end of the book was amazing. I have a close family member that has Alzheimer’s and it is such a debilitating disease and not only affects the patient but also everyone around them. This truly is one of the saddest and debilitating diseases one can suffer from. Thank you Cole for showing the effect it has on people.

I officially have joined the “I love Cole McCade” bandwagon…hell, I may be the leader. He has officially grabbed my literary heart and I can’t wait to see what he comes up next.