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All They Ever Wanted

A Second Chances Novel

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In the new Second Chances novel by the author of Back to Before, even love might not prove strong enough to save a man’s promising future from a woman’s hidden past...

All he ever fought for...
 
Aspiring congressman Miles McAlister has dreamed of representing his hometown of Chances Inlet, North Carolina, since he was a boy. So when he’s asked to help run his mother’s bed and breakfast he moves home and rolls out his campaign at the same time. But political stardom isn’t a given, especially when he’s expected to compromise the very ideals he’s trying to uphold. Making matters worse is the inn’s stubborn, and distractingly beautiful cook. He’s loved and lost before, so falling for Lori Hunt is not part of his plan.
 
All she ever feared...
 
Lori just wants to do her job and be left alone until she can safely move on. The last thing she needs is to get involved with her boss’s son. Miles proves to be too sexy to ignore, however.  Their heated fling elicits feelings deeper than either anticipated. But everything about Lori is a lie. She’s harboring a secret that’ll destroy Miles’s career, and when the truth gets out it’s going to shock Chances Inlet to its core, forcing Miles to make the hardest decision of his life.

From Publishers Weekly

Mar 07, 2016 – Book two of Solheim's Second Chances series (after Back to Before) succumbs early to its lead-weight back story and winsome secondary characters, making for a sluggish, digression-plagued read. Congressional candidate Miles McAlister, second child of bed-and-breakfast owner Patricia, has shifted his campaign operations to her inn, purportedly to help run the place while his mother recuperates from a broken hip sustained in a car accident. The actual work is done by Lori Hunt, the cook, who incurs Miles's suspicion, though he can neither bully her nor kiss her into admitting that she is running from a sordid past. The couple spins in slow circles of accusation-kiss-standoff before finally falling into bed, thereby allowing some small advancement of the plot to happen. The spectacle of a career politician deploying threats and sexual coercion, justified by "You weren't putting up much of a protest," may be uncomfortably plausible, but calling it "romance" isn't.

Customer Reviews

Controlling One's Destiny

All They Ever Wanted by Tracy Solheim is the second book in her Second Chances series. Miles McAllister had planned out his life by the time he was ten. He is in the middle of his campaign to become a congressman when his mother is hurt in a hit and run accident. He returns home to run his mothers B & B while she is healing only to find the cook/maid Lori Hunt running things. Miles finds himself attracted to her, but Lori does not fit into his neat and tidy list. He knows she is hiding something and he wants to know what it is since his family has been hurt enough.

Lori Hunt is living a life of lies. She is on the run from something that happened in her past. She unexpectedly finds herself falling in love with this small town and the people in it. Lori knows she shouldn’t have a relationship with Miles, although she doesn’t think their having some fun together would be a problem. It isn’t a problem until things start missing from the B & B and her past comes calling.

I enjoyed the suspense of why Lori was on the run and how it would come out. I was completely surprised on what it was and let's just say there is always more than meets the eye.

I highly recommend this book to all readers. The characters were well written and complex. The plot was riveting and kept my attention to the very end.

Taking chances

Lori Hunt/Buchman found what she thought was the perfect job by working at the Bed & Breakfast in Chances Inlet, North Carolina. No one knew who she was and she wanted to keep it that way, so she kept herself in the background and quiet. Lori is trying to save money so she can leave and get to a place where she feels safe. She just never expected to fall in love with not only the town itself but the people in it. It does not help when the boss’s son shows up it throws her for a loop, because he a hottie, he is a suspicious hottie.

Miles McAlister had his life mapped out, it happened at a young age. He was going to be elected into Congress, get married and then be elected as President. It all seemed to be going well and he was starting up a great campaign when there was a hiccup, his mom being hurt in an accident so needing someone to run the Bed & Breakfast. Little did Miles realize that while you can have this perfect plan, it does not mean it will happen at all, especially when there is a woman thrown into the mix, a woman who seems to have secrets.

When things go missing from the B&B, Miles blames Lori and Lori thinks Miles is trying to set her up. They realize they need to work together in order to solve the mystery. Hopefully it can be done before Lori’s hidden past comes to full light and changes everything forever.

Once again Tracy has captured me in this book. There is the standard ups and downs but then add in a little spice and mystery and you have yourself a book you cannot put down until you are done. She is also able to give you a book that is part of a series but also a standalone. I am definitely recommending it to all my family and friends!!

Loved it!!

I was so excited to read another story set in Chances Inlet, and did not disappoint me. Loved Miles and Lori's romance. Miles has his future all planned out in politics and finding love was not one of them at this time. Loved how Lori called him Mr. Dudley Do Right. Lori does have a secret, that she has been hiding from everyone, that need to be taken care of.

This is a fun story, plenty of romance in small town. Love the quirky residents and Miles's family are a hoot. I highly recommend this story, along with the first book in the series but can be read as a stand alone. I received this book from netgalley for an honest review.

All They Ever Wanted
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Published: Mar 01, 2016
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
  • Print Length: 304 Pages
  • Language: English
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