Second chances: Reunited puppy love

Last updated: Mar 16th, 2020

There is nothing as sweet and earnest as young love, nothing feels quite as dramatic as the first break-up - and then the delicious reunion sometime later... No wonder first love / second chances romance books have so many fans. We have compiled a list of our favourite romance books featuring heroines and heroes finally finding back to each other.

  • #1   If You Say So - Lani Lynn Vale

    If You Say So by Lani Lynn Vale

    Small town high-school sweetheart turns amnesiac, oh no - this one ripped our hearts apart

    Gabriel Luca Maldonado, III and Francesca Leandra Solomon were meant to be. They were so in love that everybody prayed for what they had.

    Everything was glorious. They would get married, have children and live a perfect life. She would be a doctor in the emergency room once she finished her doctorate, and he would be a badass Navy SEAL and save people for a living.

    But two months into Luca’s deployment, the unthinkable happens, and Frankie is left alone and heartbroken, knowing that she’ll have to face the rest of life without Luca at her side.

    But just as she thinks that she’s getting better, one of her nightmares walks through the doors of her ER, and that nightmare has a name.

    Gabriel Luca Maldonado, III. In the flesh. Sadly, it only takes her a half a second to realize that the man that left her isn’t the same man that returned... more

  • #2   Beneath This Ink - Meghan March

    Beneath This Ink by Meghan March

    Wrong side of the tracks - bad boy meets rich girl: Lots of steam ensues

    I’ve always known she was too good for me, but that never stopped me from wanting her. And then I finally had her for one night. A night I don’t remember. I figured I’d blown my shot.

    But now she’s walked back into my life, and this time, I have the upper hand. I want my second chance. Will she be able to see the man beneath this ink? more

  • #3   Collateral - Alexandra Ayers

    Collateral by Alexandra Ayers

    Biker reunites with his high school sweetheart - careful, fictional dogs are harmed in this story!

    As Vice President of The Desert Eagles motorcycle club, Derek Pearce is ordered to do business with the ruthless organizer of a dog-fighting ring. But Derek faces another challenge: ten years after turning down his marriage proposal, his childhood love, Brielle Andrews, returns home to Las Vegas. Brielle has devoted her life to healing and saving animals from harm, including, of course, dogs used for fighting.

    Derek reconnects with Brielle after rescuing a dog severely injured in a fight and rushing it to the nearest animal hospital, where he finds Brielle as the lead veterinarian. Sparks fly, but turn acrid when she becomes suspicious about how the dog was hurt. Derek can’t risk telling her the truth for fear of exposing the club to an investigation. Out of options, Brielle enlists her father, a federal judge, for help.

    When new clues about The Desert Eagles MC come to light, will Brielle’s loyalty to her father and insistence on unearthing the truth about the fighting ring threaten her newly rekindled romance with Derek? Will Derek do whatever is necessary to save their love—and their lives—even if it means exposing the club? more

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  • #4   Love Her or Lose Her - Tessa Bailey

    Love Her or Lose Her by Tessa Bailey

    Sweet and sexy romantic comedy about a young married couple whose rocky relationship needs a serious renovation...

    Rosie and Dominic Vega are the perfect couple: high school sweethearts, best friends, madly in love. Well, they used to be anyway. Now Rosie’s lucky to get a caveman grunt from the ex-soldier every time she walks in the door. Dom is faithful and a great provider, but the man she fell in love with ten years ago is nowhere to be found. When her girlfriends encourage Rosie to demand more out of life and pursue her dream of opening a restaurant, she decides to demand more out of love, too. Three words: marriage boot camp... more

  • #5   Doctor Feel Good - Blue Saffire, Covers by Combs

    Doctor Feel Good by Blue Saffire

    Driven apart by his family's expectations, two lovers reunite 20 years later

    I knew from the first time I saw her she was my princess. The only woman I’ve ever truly wanted. However, there are things that dared to stand between us and twenty years of suffering without her have left me bare and waiting.

    Now she’s back in my life and I refuse to let her go. Not this time and not for anyone. I will do whatever I must to have Divine in my life. Whatever... more

  • #6   Something in the Way - Jessica Hawkins

    Something in the Way by Jessica Hawkins

    She was too young then, now it's a whole different story: Slow-burning forbidden love romance

    It was a hot summer day when I met him on the construction site next to my parents’ house. Under the sweat and dirt, Manning Sutter was as handsome as the sun was bright. He was older, darker, experienced. I wore a smiley-face t-shirt and had never even been kissed. Yet we saw something in each other that would link us in ways that couldn’t be matter how hard we tried.

    I loved Manning before I knew the meaning of the word. I was too young, he said. I would wait. Through all the carefully-chosen words hiding what we knew to be true, through his struggle to keep me innocent, and through infinitely-starry nights—I would wait. But even though I saw Manning first, that didn’t matter. My older sister saw him next... more

  • #7   Wrong for Me - Jackie Ashenden

    Wrong for Me by Jackie Ashenden

    Possessive hero returns from prison to claim his due, some personal growth happens as well

    After eight years in prison, Levi Rush is finally out and back on the gritty streets of Detroit to claim the future he was owed. A future that includes the one woman he’s wanted for years—his former best friend Rachel. She’s the reason he went inside and if getting her to do what he wants means buying the building that houses her tattoo studio and using it as leverage, then that’s what he’ll do. Because if there’s one thing he’s learned inside it’s that if you want to win, you have to play dirty... more

  • #8   Exrated - Stevie J. Cole

    Exrated by Stevie J. Cole

    How to date a porn star? Very sexy second chance romance

    Tyler Westbrook, better known as Johnny Depth, is taking the adult film industry by storm. With his playboy looks, it’s no surprise a few coworkers have attempted to take things off set and into the bedroom, but Tyler refuses to blur the lines between work and play…until the new assistant to the director walks in.

    Jemma Morgan was recently fired from a lead role on a kid’s TV show that was supposed to be her big break. Unable to get another acting gig, she's accepted a job in an industry she never expected to be a part of. Although she anticipates being shocked her first few days on set, nothing could prepare her for the moment she's asked to hold the reflector as her ex-boyfriend plows through a woman like a Kansas cornfield... more

  • #9   Ghosted - J.M. Darhower

    Ghosted by J.M. Darhower

    A-List movie actor reunites with single mom, who needs some convincing...

    He's a troubled young actor, Hollywood's newest heartthrob, struggling with fame as the star of the latest superhero franchise. Through scandal after scandal, addiction on top of addiction, a flurry of paparazzi hunt him as he fights to conquer his demons.

    She's a single mother, assistant manager at a grocery store, existing in monotony with her five-year-old daughter. Every day when she goes to work, lurid tabloids surround her, the face of a notorious bad boy haunting her from their covers.

    A man and a woman, living vastly different lives, but that wasn't always the case. Once, they were just a boy and a girl who bonded over comic books and fell in love unexpectedly... more

  • #10   Love and Other Words - Christina Lauren

    Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren

    Lovely friends to lovers high school romance turns into an even sweeter second chance love story 11 years later

    Macy Sorensen is settling into an ambitious if emotionally tepid routine: work hard as a new pediatrics resident, plan her wedding to an older, financially secure man, keep her head down and heart tucked away.

    But when she runs into Elliot Petropoulos—the first and only love of her life—the careful bubble she’s constructed begins to dissolve. Once upon a time, Elliot was Macy’s entire world—growing from her gangly bookish friend into the man who coaxed her heart open again after the loss of her mother...only to break it on the very night he declared his love for her... more

  • #11   Kaleidoscope Hearts - Claire Contreras

    Kaleidoscope Hearts by Claire Contreras

    Forbidden love with the brother's best friend

    He was my older brother's best friend. 
    He was never supposed to be mine. 
    I thought we would get it out of our system and move on. 

    One of us did. 
    One of us left. 

    Now he’s back, looking at me like he wants to devour me. And all those feelings I’d turned into anger are brewing into something else, something that terrifies me. 
    He broke my heart last time. 
    This time he'll obliterate it. more

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