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Second Chances

(Destiny's Desire #1)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  84 ratings  ·  18 reviews
A firefighter in Denver, Ryan Jackson still grieves the loss of his brother who died almost two years earlier on Christmas Eve. He thought he'd gotten past the loss until he began having dreams about his dead brother. In the dreams his brother asks him for something—impossible.

Ryan's wife, Rose, knows something's wrong. For the last several months Ryan's grown more withd
Paperback, 116 pages
Published December 19th 2012 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published November 8th 2012)
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Buffy Kennedy
Feb 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
The premise for this book caught my eye, but its execution fell short for me. The plot line had me confused as to exactly who was supposed to be reunited and to what end. The dreams show that Ryan’s brother needed something from him and that it was “now or never”. I never did catch why that was and when the request was fulfilled, you almost couldn’t tell. I just didn’t really see the point of that part.

I appreciated that sex in this book was more sensual than straight up erotic and was more abou
Nancy Steinle gummel
Second Chances by Kathy Ivan is a cute paranormal story about love conquering grief. Ryan is a fireman with Jake. Ryan is married to Rosie. His brother Terry and his new bride were killed on their honeymoon when a car hit black ice killing all three. Ryan has grief feeling it's his fault because he and Rosie gave them a combined wedding/Christmas present by giving them the gift of the get away. Ryan has been dreaming of Terry for months. Not nightmares but good feeling dreams. Terry is telling R ...more
InD'tale Magazine
“Second Chances” is a thoughtful story of love, loss and recovery. However, perhaps because of its brevity, it doesn’t quite succeed in getting the strong emotions across with the depth that is desired and needed, making the great “conflict” seem somewhat unnecessary.

Full review in March 2013 issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Jun 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015
Totally weird!
Dec 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A super sexy romance that's a little on the sappy side with a surprise paranormal twist that I definitely didn't see coming. Ryan is haunted by the death of his brother and sister-in-law because he feels he contributed to the accident that took their lives. His wife Rose is willing to do anything to restore their close and loving relationship because Ryan has been withdrawn and she suspects the worst. The character of Quinton Chase was especially intriguing to me so I'm looking forward to learni ...more
Vickie Chaisson
Dec 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Second Chances by Kathy Ivan is a sweet short novel about a brother grieving for his brother who was killed in a car accident. Ryan is a firefighter and his brother was a doctor. This story is about growing, guilt, love and forgiveness. Ryan and Rose his wife have a very loving relationship that is being tested by the grief and guilt Ryan feels regarding his brothers death. Ryan feels guilty because his brother and wife were killed in the trip they got them as a wedding present.

Ryan has been hav
Ryan is haunted by a dream where his dead brother comes to him nightly and it is making accepting his death, which he blames himself for so much harder to come to grips with in Second Chance. Rose, Ryan's wife loves her husband and knows he loves her but she feels him slipping away from her and can't seem to stop it.

Giving his brother a Second Chance helps him find peace in a strange twist of fate with a little help from his friend and a strange inn keeper. Although not based on reality Second C
Aug 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a free book that I received from Instafreebe.and the first book from this author. This is a very sad story about how loss can affect all the people who are left behind after a loved one dies. This story tells of that loss from different characters views. I liked how the author brought in an unusual character,..a "fate keeper" who has the ability to reconnect the lost lives and their loved one,so that they can all heal. I didn't care for the graphic sex scenes,(been there done that) so I ...more
Linda Rimer-Como
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a quick read and I found it to be really cute. Ryan is having trouble dealing with loss and guilt. Can a strange request from beyond be the answer! Love will always find a way! Enjoyed the story and recommend you don't miss out.

I voluntarily read and reviewed this book, all opinions expressed are my own.
Sue Davis
Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: almost-favorite
This is a short story but very interesting. A new ideal for a story, one I would like to read more of. New guest of course, to keep it interesting. But I LOVED this story. And didn't guess the dream before he tells it, she got me, USUALLY I can guess the answers, but not this time. And I certainly never guessed his wife finale ideal. ...more
Rhonda Ziglar
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Second Chances by Kathy Ivans.....What a heartfelt story that has a interesting storyline. This book will hit all the emotion buttons. I loved Ryan and Rose and seeing there stories be told. Kathy Ivan pulls us into the story and you feel like you know the characters.
Jun 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unbelievable but wonderful

This story is so touching. It covers heartache and pain of loss while having humor and lots of hot sex. Will definitely look for the next book in this series.
megan wykle
Jan 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a great short read. I loved Rose and Ryan. Great well characters with a good storyline. I liked the paranormal element of the story.
I voluntarily reviewed this book and was not compensated in any way.
Mar 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars
A true paranormal romance.

"Love was a strong emotion, probably one of the strongest there was, and he prayed theirs was strong enough to endure the events to come."

*Received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads*
Jun 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
Glenda Bettin
Feb 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
really enjoyed this book, hope to see more of her books out
May 24, 2013 rated it liked it
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

It was a nice little short story, a very quick read.
Karen Alfero
Jun 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


Great plot...kept me intrigued and on the edge of my seat...can't wait to see what is in store for Jake
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USA TODAY Bestselling author Kathy Ivan can’t remember a time when books and reading weren’t a part of my daily life. I was blessed with a mother who instilled the love of reading in me at a young age. That progressed into a passion for the written word in all forms, which led to my writing. Every day I have new stories and new ideas roaming through my brain, the characters chomping at the bit for ...more

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