A Second Chance at Paris
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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.
Must Read! Sweet, sexy, romantic. New book boyfriend alert.
A Second Chance at Paris by Cole McCade is one of the sexiest and most romantic books I’ve ever read. It’s fresh, smart, charming, funny, sweet, hot as hell, and beautiful. The hero and heroine are so original and unique.
Our heroine Dr. Celeste London is an astrophysicist. An astrophysicist, people! I get really excited about books that have smart, strong, and likeable female characters. This book has that and then some. Celeste is my very favorite kind of heroine. She’s brilliant but doesn’t take herself too seriously; she’s fierce, loyal, generous, witty, warm, beautiful, and utterly charming. I want to know Cel. She’s highly professional in her career, but she knows how to let her hair down and have fun. Celeste is extremely close to her family and has a special bond with her father. She has to make some life changes due to these family situations and finds herself in Paris, which is alive with memories of an unrequited love.
Now can we talk about Ion Blackwell, the gorgeous Roma author living in Paris? Oh dear god. I love him. He’s so dreamy. I found myself blushing and smiling ridiculously at the pages so many times as I was reading this story. He’s smart, funny, sexy, talented, and kind. He has so much sex appeal that he makes my knees weak, and he’s confident. I love his attitude and his ability to show emotion and not be afraid to tell Celeste what he wants and needs. It’s really refreshing to see a male character that can be an alpha in the sense of the hot romantic hero that we love, but he’s this anomaly because he cares about women’s rights, wants to see girls empower themselves, and devotes his life to writing books about that very subject. All in all he’s a progressive, special, beautiful hero. I want to be his friend too. I want to share a Devil’s Cut with him and do many other non-friendly things to him. He’s currently my top book boyfriend.
There are so many things I want to say about the storyline but I want to be careful about spoilers. Let’s just say there’s smoldering, angst, laughs, dreams, doubts, and hopes when these two are together. Their banter makes me laugh one second and feel really warm the next. This contemporary romance has some pretty intense and hot sex scenes. I found myself squirming and crossing my legs a lot during said scenes. The chemistry between Celeste and Ion is off the charts.
Most importantly, I love the writing in this book. Cole McCade has a way with words and makes me feel the story so deeply. The descriptions are so detailed and in depth that I feel like I’m right there with the characters. I’ve found that in his other books as well.
Finally, I highly recommend this book. It has it all: terrific characters, a page turning storyline, angst, and a lovely romantic story that will make you swoon, smile, and just feel hopeful about life in general. It’s five-perfect stars, and you should one-click it now. Happy reading!
P.S. Another reason to one-click now? You get a bonus book at the end! Zero Day Exploit is book #1.5 of the Bayou’s End series and is included at the end. It features Ion’s little sister, Zero. How great is that?! Two books in one!
AHHH! This book! So sweet. So Sexy. So much fun! Ion Blackwell and Celeste London tear up Paris in a weeks’ time and tear up their hearts in the process. First off, Ion. If you are looking for a new Book Boyfriend, you will need to take Ion home with you. In fact, you’ll probably be in love with all the Blackwell’s (read about sister Zero in her novella at the end of the book.) Ion…dark hair, blue eyes, dreamy voice and the love of Celeste’s life from the time she was a teen. He unsettles her and the tension is palpable. The pacing and dialog in this book keep the reader’s attention and of course make for very swoon worthy moments. Again, mmmm, Ion Blackwell……
"Let me have as much of you as I can before you go."
I found myself highlighting passages because they were so beautifully written, I wanted to be able to go back and re-read them quickly. The similes were absolutely picturesque. I could SEE the moment and FEEL the characters. I wanted to read more just to have the pictures painted in my head. To me, a sign of a well written book.
“As he brought her high once more, sweet, bright rhythm carrying her to that gasping pinnacle, she trembled fragile and iridescent and beautiful as a dragonfly’s wing, shining in the light of his sun”
The heroine is Mary Celeste London Haverford. Pretty sure the author taps into an inner geek girl on a regular basis. I’m not sure where he hides her, but in this book, he nails the female Astrophysicist persona so well. I loved Celeste’s running inner dialog with herself. LOVED all those geeky references: Star Wars, Firefly, and Wizard of Oz. Loved that her heart is so big and overwhelmed, even when she is trying to do the right thing. (Truth..I may have considered throwing my kindle at her a few times just because she was so stubborn about her relationship with Ion).
Back to Ion…sooo worth the read just to meet him. Last quote to make you go..ahhhh…..
Ion: “All that matters is that I miss my starry-eyed daydreamer. I’ve been looking up at the same sky every night---and I’ll be waiting Forever if I have to. You know where……I’ll say everything I wanted to say all those years ago.”
You are going to want to check out the author, Cole McCade. I promise, you will enjoy the read. Be sure to keep reading after the story for Ion’s baby sister Zero and Evan’s meet. Very much looking forward to more great things from this author. Watch for Bayou’s End #2 releasing..... hopefully soon!!
This is why I read romance!!!
Mr McCade is quickly becoming one of my favorite people - not just a favorite author. This is the first book I've read by him and I wasn't disappointed AT ALL!.
Mr McCade has the unique ability to make you feel as if you're in the story. He has a way with words that makes me a little jealous. A little. I felt the chemistry between Ian and Celeste. I felt as if I was in Paris enjoying the sights with the couple. I felt their hurts and their triumphs. I felt everything.
Both Ian and Celeste were relatable characters and I think if you read this book, you'd agree with me too.
As for the bonus story included about Zoraya and Evan, their story had more angst and arguments courtesy of Evan. But the resolution of their relationship and issues was heartwarming and, at the same time,realistic.
Both books were amazing and I can't wait to read more!
Mr McCade, you have a sure winner on your hand and, boy am I glad I discovered you.
- Category: Contemporary
- Published: Jan 18, 2015
- Publisher: Cole McCade
- Seller: Smashwords
- Print Length: 288 Pages
- Language: English