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Second Nature

(Survivors’ Justice #1)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  424 ratings  ·  85 reviews
This book has been re-published as "Surviving Redemption”. It is now a part of "Survivors' Justice” and no longer available in print/eBook formats.

The only mission Grant Kendal has ever blown was the one that mattered most. Haunted by his violent past, his bloodlust for justice cost his mentor and friend their only chance to find his abducted daughter. When Thalia Brezlin
Kindle Edition, First Edition, 261 pages
Published October 15th 2013
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Jenn Scranton
May 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Love, Love, Love, LOOOOOOOOOVE(*sing song voice*) this book!

It is totally different kind of book from the first book in the series, Second Chances, and it keeps you on your toes!!

First of all, Grant. Wow. I wasn't sure I liked him in Second Chances, but here in Second Nature we really got to see him. And boy did we see him!!! Come to momma!

Moving on...

Thalia is a badass woman. She is strong and has endured things that would break a lesser woman. But she feels like something is missing. In fact,
D.L. Roan
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Surviving Redemption

Wow, what a breathtaking adventure. Some of the stories I've written were for fun, some were written just for the experience but Surviving Redemption is a story that truly demanded to be written.

Grant haunted me. After writing his debut in Second Chances I couldn't get him out of my mind. I know, some think it's crazy to talk to people in your head. LOL. Maybe it is. I'm okay with that label if it means I get to tell these amazing characters' story.

While I enjoy the steamy
The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog
Holy crap, what the hell did I just read? Honestly, this book was like a freakin' movie playing out in my head and it was just amazing. I don't know what I was expecting but honest to god, I got so much more than I bargained for but in such a good way. This is NOT your conventional love story, not by a long shot. Yup there was that element but I got drama, a whole lot of action, mystery and bucket loads of suspense (which nearly killed me). For the most part of the book, my insides were doing so ...more
Sep 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
** Read ARC Given by Author for Review**

OMG...Second Nature is a must read! Author DL Roan does a phenomenal job at drawing you into the story of Human trafficking and survival! It was one emotional ride I didn't want to end! Grant just wanted to be alone, away from his past and death. Then Thalia washes up on his island and the journey begins! Thalia is strong, feisty and a survivor. She is use to taking care of herself and has a hard time handing over control to the sexy, dominant Grant. The c
Sep 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
**ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review**

I'm still in book recovery mode after reading Second Nature by DL Roan. Gosh where to start??? DL does an amazing job of drawing me into Grant and Thalia's world. Their world is full of dangerous action, soul crushing betrayal and steamy romance. Second Nature is well written with intriguing characters. DL kept me turning the pages with her story telling and left me hanging onto her every word.

Grant has relocated to a deserted Island to
Obsession Is A Book - Terrie
**ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review**

I think I’m still in recovery mode after reading Second Nature by D.L Roan.

The book is completely different from her first book in the series, Second Chance, and that draws you in further because you can’t predict which way she’s going to go with the storyline.

The book is angst filled and I think I spent the majority of the book with my fingers crossed and mutter prayers while I was reading. It affects you on different levels because you
Oct 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This author had me hooked from her first book Second Chances. This one did not disappoint! Grant is dark, grouchy and believes he doesn't deserve anything good in his life. Natalia is broken, lost and pissed off. When fate throws these two together it sparks attitude and an attraction that can't be contained! Running from the worst creatures that comb the earth Natalia finds out the hard way how to trust and Grant has love thrown in his perfectly laid out plans of being alone. DL has once again ...more
Judy Lewis
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Title: Surviving Redemption
Series: Survivors' Justice
Designation: Book One of Series, Remastered Full-Length Standalone(247 pages), NO Cliffhanger (Originally Published Title: Second Nature)
Author: D.L. Roan
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Thriller/Suspense
Reading Edition: Kindle Edition
My Rating: Five Deliciously Sexy Stars****
Wow! Another winner from D.L. Roan! A few days ago, a friend recommended a book entitled The Heart of Falcon Ridge by D.L. Roan.
Dolly Sandor
Second Nature took me completely by surprise!!

What I liked: I thought the synopsis sounded very interesting and as it was a free Kindle deal, I thought why not? Then I realized it was part of a series and you know me, I HAVE to start with the first book. I'm anal that way. Little did I realize that the two books would be so very different. Some of the same characters sure, but the whole premise of the stories are light years apart.

The characters in Second Nature are strong, resilient and smart.
Josette Reuel
Sep 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to get pulled into the world of the Second Nature Passionistas, and I do believe after finishing Second Nature last night, that I’m just going to have to stay there. I’ve been struggling with the right word to describe this book. I mean it’s sexy, smart, action packed, and provides a moral. Up until meeting DL Roan, I never really heard or gave a thought to Human Trafficking. Now, I am amazed by the facts that I’m seeing out there on this horrendous tragedy of the human circum ...more
Dasarae Dibella
Aug 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
HOT HOT HOT! Fantastic book. Lots of love mixed with action! Some very good issues not usually discussed are written about in this book which makes you stop and think about abuse and what we can do to stop it. However this book is plain awesome! Steamy love scenes..who doesn't like that? Great story and would recommend this to everyone (over 18). WOW!
Amy Davies
Oct 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Again this story gripped me from beginning to end. Through all the ups & down. The hell Thalia & Grant went through they survived.
They fought & got through it.
The story is deep & meaningful & grips your heart, you feel Thalia's pain. Also her Dads pain after loosing her years ago!
If you enjoy deep, heavy detailed with passion this book is for you.
Donanna Sommerville
Sep 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was sucked into this book from page 1!! You're dropped right into the action & it never slows down! Human trafficking is a fast growing problem I was aware of before even hearing that's what this book was about. This is a thrill ride of fiction, but I sincerely hope it brings awareness to a whole new group of people. Spread the word about human trafficking & this great book!
Hearts on Sleeves Book Blog
Aug 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: all-time-faves
Second Natureby D.L. Roan

Returning from his debut in Second Chances, lethal assassin, Grant Kendal, is hiding away on a deserted island trying his best to put his deadly past behind him. When Thalia Brezlin washes ashore, beaten, broken and hell-bent on revenge, something other than darkness is awakened inside Grant. She's feisty, stubborn, beautiful and has a kick-ass aim with a pistol. When his past catches up with hers, Grant and Thalia are drawn into the underworld of human trafficki
Liezel Felix
“For the first time in his life he understood what it was to make love to a woman, to feel the essence of another being as it slipped inside you and cradles your aching soul. He never believed it was possible to feel this whole, this complete… “

My entire weekend was consumed by both D.L. Roan’s stories I have to say that I am very surprised that I haven’t heard of this series sooner because they are simply amazing. In my opinion, it isn’t necessary to read both books but would be ideal if you e
Liezel Felix
“For the first time in his life he understood what it was to make love to a woman, to feel the essence of another being as it slipped inside you and cradles your aching soul. He never believed it was possible to feel this whole, this complete… “

My entire weekend was consumed by both D.L. Roan’s stories I have to say that I am very surprised that I haven’t heard of this series sooner because they are simply amazing. In my opinion, it isn’t necessary to read both books but would be ideal if you e
Oct 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. Just, wow. I began reading Second Nature right after I finished the first book, Second Chances. I read neither one of the summaries for these books. I guess you can say I wanted to surprise myself and see if I could grasp the main concept of the story without any background information. In Second Chances, readers are introduced to Grant Kendal who finds himself involved quite a bit in the protagonist's story. I was immediately taken by his brooding, intelligent, alpha-male exterior. He's ju ...more
Mary Tatar
Oct 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Second Nature by D.L. Roan was a pretty intense read. I have to say it hit a little close to home. Having two young daughters of my own it was an eye opening read for me. The issue of human trafficking is very real issue today. I applaud the author for addressing this in her book so tastefully. Not only did the story draw me in it captured my emotions immediately. Now I didn't read the first book and was a little lost in the beginning with the characters. I did catch on about twenty percent in. ...more
Sue Ellen Robertson
Nov 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Author D.L Roan has outdone herself again in this book. She brings in romance, action, and also a very special message that many people turn and decide to believe is still happening “Human Trafficking”. In this one you read about Thalia and Grant. I will have to say that even though you first read about Grant in her first book Second Chances, this one can definitely be a stand alone if you decided to read it by itself. They are definitely different and have their own story line, so with this bei ...more
Monique Machuca-Austin
Dec 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
**JUST BOOKED received an ARC for an honest review**

SUI GENERIS…is what I describe Second Nature, so be ready for the journey D.L. Roan will have you embark.

Author D.L. Roan embarks us on a journey of the reality of human trafficking and through her characters she is able to share the story of Thalia, a captured human slave, fighting the unimaginable in a dark place were many victims of the slave trade die by their captors.

The prologue begins with a young girl being kidnap and then fast forward
The Suburban Eclectic
Stop what you’re doing, because D.L. Roan is going to ruin you for any other action erotic suspense thriller. Second Nature is action packed from start to finish. From the opening scene in a dank, dark ship hold to the conclusion in a ramshackle hut the excitement, suspense and tension run full tilt.

Hell hath no fury than Thalia Brezlin. She is on a mission of revenge and nothing is stopping her from her objective. Grant Kendall, is a like a Ken doll/Jason Bourne hybrid come to life. The former
Oct 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Second Nature by: D.L. Roan 5 stars

**ARC provided for honest review***

I really don’t know what to say about this book except I love, love, loved it from beginning to end. I just couldn’t put it down. I fell in love with Grant and Thalia, they were literally meant for each other. Their banter back and forth and the way they challenge each other just awesome.

She was the most stubborn, suspicious, obstinate, guarded, powerfully compelling, beautifully resilient piece of work he’d ever seen.

Myra Espino
Oct 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Second Nature, WOW!!!
I so love this book. From the start to the end I was so hooked up with it!
The concept and the story flow of the story are wonderful.
About the story, I so loved it. The concept of the story is unique in a sense that it may not have an icing on top on start but as the story went, it will really hooked you up and you will definitely learn something out with it. The way the author made the story interesting, you can easily feel the emotions rolling off in each scene.

The chara
Aug 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent story of twists, turns, suspense and romance. I read this story without reading any of the reviews first, only the description, and for the first time, I'm so glad I did. I absolutely loved it!! I had no idea what would happen next and it kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time trying to anticipate what was coming. I'm usually not one to enjoy blind reading because I become so attached to the characters and worry about what's about to happen. However with Second Natu ...more
Bridgette South
Sep 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An E-Copy of this book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.
After reading Second Chances I wasn’t sure where I wanted this one to go.. I mean, I HAD my wants and what ifs, but I had no idea that D.L. Roan was going to go that deep!! WHOA!! I was so engrossed while reading this story that I found myself sitting outside my kids’ preschool in the parking lot reading what I THOUGHT was just going to be a few minutes…. Which ultimately turned into the entire 3 hours they are
Paris        (kerbytejas)
Sep 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, read-2013
Second Nature by D.L. Roan was an awesome book. It’s been a long time since I've read such a great erotic suspense. The book had such a developed, well throughout plot, with twists and turns, fully fleshed out characters, an alpha male to die for, and a heroine who was strong, hard and feminine all at the same time. There was action, violence, revenge, darkness and cruelty of human trafficking, wild animals, white sandy beaches, romance and really hot sex. Oh did I forget to mention a very sat ...more
Breezy *Lover of all things Alpha Male*
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Jul 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second Nature is a book that delves into some very horrifying and sad themes including human trafficking, torture and corruption with in the government. Thalia, the main character is strong, stubborn and a real fighter, she has been through some of the most terrifying situations but always refuses to let it defeat her. Grant the love interest of the story is a man with a past he is trying to leave behind, but when Thalia comes into his life that becomes extremely hard, as she is apart of the wor ...more
Melissa Miller-Mattern
Oct 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Even though this book dealt with the subject human trafficking, I really enjoyed book. Doan does an outstanding job developing the characters of Grant and Thalia. I absolutely loved Grant Kendall! Not only is he one tuff SOB, he is the ultimate alpha male! Thalia wasn’t a little timid fragile woman by any means; she could definitely hold her own. I really felt that the combination of these two characters’ personalities lead to intense chemistry and HOTT sex. Grant’s personality really began to d ...more
Aug 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This fast paced and action packed story had me on the edge of my seat from the very beginning. The characters were real and engaging and the story was told so vividly that I could easily picture the scene at any given moment.

Grant and Thalia are perfect for each other. They are both lethal and have damaged pasts. They both are also passionate, intense, and have a will of pure steel. I really liked Thalia and despite everything that has happened before the story and during the story, she still ma
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USA Today and International Bestselling Author D.L. Roan loves combining fantasy with the real world, giving her readers more than just a romantic story, but a true adventure in love. She writes about life: the good, bad, the silly things, the hard things, and everything in between. "If I can give someone a break from all the craziness that comes with real life, maybe even make them smile, or turn ...more

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