Monday, October 2, 2017

Review & Excerpt: Second Chance Girl (Happily, Inc. #2) by Susan Mallery

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fool’s Gold romances Susan Mallery, comes the second standalone title in the Happily, Inc. Series - SECOND CHANCE GIRL! You’re invited to visit Happily, Inc., a wedding destination founded on a fairy tale. Where people live… wait for it… happily ever after.


Title: Second Chance Girl
Series: Happily Inc #2
Author: Susan Mallery
Release Date: September 26, 2017


From the #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Susan Mallery, read the second irresistible installment in the Happily Inc series!

Mathias Mitchell’s easy smile hides a world of hurt. After the worst kind of family betrayal, he moves to Happily Inc., California—the wedding destination town supplies a steady stream of bridesmaids, perfect for his “no promises, no pain” lifestyle. Yet he can’t stop watching for his beautiful, elusive neighbor on the animal preserve behind their homes.

Gamekeeper Carol Lund knows she’s not special enough to attract an alpha male like Mathias, so his offer to help her adopt a herd for her lonely giraffe is surprising—and his determined seduction, even more so. But just as she finally welcomes him into her bed, his careless actions crush her heart. Will she give him a second chance to prove she’ll always come first in his heart?

Don’t miss You Say It First, the first book in the Happily Inc series.

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THE SWEET DREAMS Inn off of Eternal Drive was the stuff of nightmares—at least for Ulrich. His plan had been to leave Happily Inc after he concluded his business with Violet Lund—thief and swindler—return to Los Angeles and catch a flight back to England. Only nothing had gone according to plan.

His meeting with the surprisingly attractive and very animated woman had left him feeling both awkward and confused. She had been able to produce a bill of sale for the buttons his grandmother had sent, and buttons were not what had been stolen from the house. Was she not the thief and if not her, then who?

Ulrich had driven to LA only to reschedule his flight and return to Happily Inc. The Sweet Dreams Inn had been the first hotel he’d seen, so he’d pulled in. Too late he’d discovered it was a themed hotel with each of the rooms representing something ridiculous. For reasons not completely clear to him, he’d agreed to a couple of nights in the Drive-In room, which was how he found himself with a mattress fit into a red, 1959 Cadillac convertible, a television the size of a movie screen and a sitting room decorated like a concession stand. Even he had to admit the car was beautiful—with big fins and white-walled tires. Still, it wasn’t where one expected to sleep. Regardless of the strange surroundings, the Wi-Fi was excellent and the kitchen delivered meals to his room.

Ulrich had spent nearly a day researching Violet Lund and antique buttons only to come to the conclusion that it was more than possible that she had been telling the truth. There was money to be made in the world of buttons. Even more troubling, it seemed Miss Violet Lund was nothing more than a very honest shopkeeper.

She had no criminal record, no trouble with the IRS, not even a ticket. He’d used several online sites to investigate her and she’d come back annoyingly normal and law abiding. How could he have been so wrong?

He was never wrong—he made it a point to be sure of things. He’d only been seriously fooled once in his life and that had been by his ex-wife Penelope. In that case, the deception had been deliberate—at least on her part. Thinking about that didn’t help him at all, and he mentally turned his back on his former wife. The bigger question was what to do about Violet. He’d slept on the information, then had woken up in the morning with no clear idea of what to do next.

After showering, he ordered breakfast and knew he had to come up with a plan—only he had no idea what it would be. He opened another file on his computer and reviewed the list of missing items provided to him by his housekeeper and his own investigation.

The trouble had started three months ago when Ulrich had ordered a complete inventory of the house, including the attics. The project had taken over a month and they’d discovered some truly wonderful pieces. But many things had also been missing.

The public rooms were closely monitored and protected, and the guests who stayed in the hotel wing didn’t have access to the private residence without an escort. The previous inventory had been conducted by his father, nearly five years before. Ulrich had no way of knowing what had been taken when. Or so he’d thought.

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About the Author:
#1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery writes heartwarming and humorous novels about the relationships that define women's lives—family, friendship, romance. She's best known for putting nuanced characters into emotionally complex, real-life situations with twists that surprise readers to laughter. Because Susan is passionate about animal welfare, pets play a big role in her books. Beloved by millions of readers worldwide, her books have been translated into 28 languages. Susan lives in Washington state with her husband, two ragdoll cats, and a small poodle with delusions of grandeur. Visit her online at      

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My Review:
For me, Susan Mallery is one of the best old school romance writers out there and I've always enjoyed her writing style. And Second Chance Girl definitely doesn't disappoint. It is sweet and romantic, with a dose of heartbreak and sprinkle of hotness. It is the story of two people, fighting the ghosts of their pasts. The story of two people finding shelter in each other's arms but still looking for the strength to reveal and believe in their feelings.

Mathias and Carol are two intriguing characters. Both of them have reasons to be shy of intimacy and love. Both of them have been hurt by people close to their hearts and still live in the shadows of that pain and betrayal. Whereas for Carol, that's her previous experience in the boyfriend department that left her hiding, for Mathias it is  the dynamics in his own family. The behaviour of his parents thought him to be reserved and not to trust other people with his feelings. And the last nail in that coffin was the day Ronan pulled away from him. But with Carol's help, he finds his way through the labyrinth of his feelings. Even if he need a little bit of a kick in the backside in the end ;) Carol on the other hand is more aware of her feelings but it still takes Ronan to point out that she has more than friendly intentions towards Mathias.

Another part of the book I loved a lot was the secondary love story. Violet and Ulrich were so lovely and even fun. Their story was kind of fast romance ending with HEA but it was definitely intriguing :) As a bonus you also get to meet again some of the Fool's Gold characters and that's always a treat. Especially, when you have Mayor Marsha and two old ladies who are quite partial to men's physique and love letting their hands wander :D

So if you are looking for a sweet romance with some heartbreak and a touch of hotness, don't look any further. Carol and Mathias will definitely give you that sweet warm feeling that a good old school romance brings. If you've read the first book in the series, you will get your fix of your favorite characters and you will meet new ones. Right now, I am completely focused on Ronan and I can't wait to get his story in my hands. I hope it will come out soon :)


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