Bella Cove: A Second Chance Romance by Rochelle Katzman
Synopsis: She Gets a Second Chance at Love, But Her Family’s Secrets Could Ruin Everything
Kayla Conway is devastated when she is forced to leave her life and her fiancé behind in California to take care of her family. She must return to her hometown of Bella Cove, a small, charming town on Long Island to visit her grandma on her deathbed. Just before her grandmother dies, Kayla promises that she will help put the pieces of her family’s life back together.
But when she makes that promise, she has no idea of the lies, deceit, and betrayal she will have to deal with. The grief from grandma’s death brings out the worst in her family.
Two years later, her family is stronger, but Kayla’s passion for life seems to have died the day grandma left.
When her ex-fiancé, Gabe Wademan, walks back into her life—not as her partner, but as her new landlord and neighbor—Kayla feels more alive than she has in months.
But getting back together with Kayla is the last thing Gabe wants—he never forgave her for leaving him so suddenly. He demands explanations for her behavior two years earlier, but Kayla refuses to reveal her family’s deepest, darkest secrets.
So instead, she makes it her mission to show Gabe she’s the same woman he fell in love with back at school—just a little older and a lot less naïve. And if he gives their relationship a second chance, she promises she’ll never leave him again.
But when Gabe gets close to her family, Kayla is terrified that he will discover their secrets. How could he ever trust her again if he found out?
He’s only been back in her life a few weeks, but Kayla doesn’t think her heart could handle losing him a second time. Especially since this time it would be forever.
Review: This story had a lot of high emotional tension between the two main characters. They go back and forth a lot; one minute they are taking baby steps to heal things and the next Gabe is giving her the cold shoulder. The plot was enjoyable, the conflict good, setting was great, and overall I enjoyed it. I did think he held onto the past a little too long; I think once he heard about the brother he should have been better, but he continued to play hot and cold. Then when they finally have a passionate moment, the moment it is done he is cold again and telling her he needs to do more soul searching, but then he shows up at her bedroom window hours later for another go around. He was definitely hot then cold then hot again, and that got tiring after awhile. I think Kayla should have stepped back and told him he needs to make a move because she couldn’t keep putting herself out there, but she kept trying and then hurting then trying again. She fought for the relationship more than he did it seemed. I did like the story and I did enjoy the characters. If you like small town, second chance romances, this is a good one, just be prepared for an emotional rollercoaster at times.
A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book and my comments here are my honest opinion.