Hello all! This Tuesday’s blog post is another reader request. The reader asked for second chance romances. Since it wasn’t specified the following books are going to contain the second chance romance, but the characters may or may not start out still friends, enemies, frenemies, or even acquaintances since they haven’t seen the other(s) in years. The second chance romance could be with one person from the harem, or all of them. Per usual the blurbs are verbatim from Amazon along with the covers. As always, Happy Reading! – Quare Eligere
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From Book 1:
He was my best friend before he was my enemy.
I’m a nobody at Black Falls High.
When the school’s mean queen forces me to my knees in front of the student body, everything changes.
Now, I’m back on my former best friend’s radar.
And this time, he has his new crew and “no” isn’t part of their vocabulary.
When a night out puts me in a compromising position, I’m at their mercy. If they don’t keep my secret, it could destroy more than my friendship.
They own me.
And my former best friend is making it his mission to ruin me.
But not if I ruin them first.
In Ruins is a dark romance with four hot-as-fire guys and one girl. Due to dark content, this book is recommended for eighteen and older.
They were my whole world—four boys who morphed from best friends to lovers. They were my biggest fans, and my quiet strength.
Until they left me.
What I once gave freely became my weakness. Judged, shamed, alone, and with no one to count on, I found I’d do anything to survive. I never bared my soul, but my body was my ticket to success.
Burlesque might not have been the type of dance I dreamed of, but it rocketed me to the top. My body was mine to own. If people wanted to see me, they had to pay for a ticket.
But all my carefully laid plans and rebuilt dreams crash when the spotlight lands on the boys who used to be mine.
Josh, Brant, Wes, and Landry are back, standing at the edge of the stage and holding the pieces of my heart.
They want forgiveness. A second chance.
But when I handed them my heart once, they shattered it. And I might not survive giving it to them again.
Thoughts from Paige
The sample on this is long. I'm at chapter seven and it's 86% of the sample. It still feels like the prologue to the book. I'm assuming our MC gets a wee bit more 'woman of the night'ish, but I can't tell yet. So far the level of angst is high. But, the book is definitely addressing the real-world societal demands of one partner per person, so that's something. I think I'll keep reading, but so far it's not enough to derail me from finishing this post.
From the gutter to the stars...
Dance is in my blood.
It’s what keeps me sane, out of trouble. It used to keep them out of trouble too.
A group of boys I grew up with.
Xeno, York, Zayn and Dax.
We were a crew once and we ruled the clubs.
Separate we were insanely good, together we were unbeatable. F*&ing on fire.
I was their girl and they were my Breakers.
Until they did something they promised they never would; break my heart.
We were seventeen when they left me.
You see, for kids like us, dance was all we had.
Growing up in a rundown housing estate in London with no prospects can make you view the world differently.
It can make you choose the wrong path.
I chose dance, and they chose crime.
Three years later I’ve won a scholarship to Stardom Academy. I try to forget my past.
But how can I do that when the four boys who hurt me are back?
And this time they’re following in my footsteps and joining the academy too.
**Freestyle is book one of this new gritty, contemporary reverse harem academy romance for 17+ readers and deals with adult themes and some subjects you may find upsetting. If you love dance, your men on the criminal side, alpha hot holes and the friends-to-enemies-to-lovers trope, this is for you. Contains foul language and sexual scenes and ends on a cliffhanger.**
Thoughts from Paige
The prologue was a bit ominous...but the first chapter gave me Step it Up vibes. The series has been featured on our RH Best Sellers list posts for quite a few weeks, and I can see why from the sample. Well written, and the plot sucks you in.
“Our love is so much more than a mere catastrophic occurrence.”
My name is Freya Wilson.
I am not your typical girl next door.
I’m far from it.
As my mother likes to point out since I graduated high school, I should be planning my life instead of wallowing around the house, in my pajamas all day. Girls my age are either preparing for college or taking advantage of the warm summer days that California provides in spades. She doesn’t understand why I prefer to be stuck in my room, watching the world pass by.
But there is a reason to my melancholy that she will never know.
I’m in mourning. I morn a love I can never have. A love that if anyone were to learn about its existence, I would be judged and ridiculed. Branded with names too ugly to mention. Years ago, I had made the ultimate sacrifice so no one would discover my secret.
However, now my secret is being put to the test. I will need to overcome one last obstacle.
When fate brings me to live under the same roof temptation lies, I fear I might not be strong enough to hide my feelings. The moment I set foot inside it, my life takes an unexpected turn and the vision I once had of eternal solitude, seems out of reach. The chains I have weaved around me are no match for the allurement the house next door provides.
There is no running away from love, and I was a fool to think otherwise.
This love story involves five alpha knights that will do anything to get their princess back. If you believe that love conquers all, and adore all things Reverse Harem than this book is for you.
*Bad Influence is a Contemporary Reverse Harem Romance series. Each book is a standalone novel, with all new characters and brand new love stories.
*Recommended 18+ due to mature language and situations.
Thoughts from Paige
Some reviewers have commented on the level of Angst in this book being more teen than adult. This is book one in a series of standalone, meaning you can read this and have a HEA. However if you like it there are other books available in the series.
Ten years ago, I left the men I loved for another man.
My husband took everything from me. My home, my family, my friends, my magic. The one thing he gave me was my sweet little girl.
Now that he’s gone, I’m finally ready to start over. It’s time to move back home and teach my daughter it’s okay to have magic. I only hope I can undo the damage he’s done.
But going home means I have to face the men I left behind. Am I ready to see them again?
Will they be able to forgive me for the way I left? Or will returning to Everton be just another mistake?
Returning to Everton is the first book in a completed duet. This book ends in a cliffhanger, but the next book is already available. Buy this steamy romance where the FMC doesn't have to choose between the men she loves.
Thoughts from Paige
I remember reading this one, I think I liked it... There may have been some bits I skipped, but I remember liking the story and I believe I read the next book as well.