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A Second Chance at Paris

(Bayou's End #1)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  156 ratings  ·  52 reviews
One week in Paris. One chance with her childhood crush. And one lie that could ruin it all.

Before she was Dr. Celeste London, Astrophysicist, she was Mary Celeste Haverford: dork, loser, the geek formerly known as Hairy Mary. But she’d left all that behind--and left Ion Blackwell behind, nothing but an unrequited crush and the memory of a high school field trip, a night in
Published January 18th 2015
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Nov 05, 2014 rated it really liked it

There is a new cock on the roost, in what is largely a female dominated hen house, otherwise known as today’s romantic fiction, and boy does he know what he is doodle-do-dooing! It is fair to say I was a little skeptical when I read Second Chance at Paris I liked Zero Day Exploit but it doesn’t hold a candle to the writing, characterization and story development in this book.

Cole has a certain poetic lyricism to his writing, at points my reading flow was almost like singing a song in my head,
1.5 stars. DNF @27%. Review posted January 30, 2015

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He stripped her with his gaze, delving deep and prying out her most vulnerable parts to leave her hollow and almost bruised inside.

She wished she wasn't so hyper-aware of his every touch, until even his light grasp burned through her hoodie like the core of the hottest star.

Fear fell over her like black rain.

The fear in her eyes--silvery lilac in full light, their pale brilliance almost alien--roused an unfamiliar surge of dark, protective an
Nov 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Second Chance at Paris is an incredible read. You can't beat a good second chance love story and this is simply enchanting.


I have a girl-crush on Celeste London. Intelligent, funny and endearingly awkward, the lady is just bloody awesome. An Astrophysicist, I want to be her! Oh sod it, to a small degree I am her, granted not quite so intelligent. Or an Astrophysicist. From the frizzy haired, bespectacled, badly nicknamed socially awkward girl at school, to the dignified yet somewhat clumsy, p
Candi~Dirty Laundry Review
Nov 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
After reading this book, I want nothing more than to pick up and move to Paris!! Minus the whole flying part.

This story is about second chances. A second chance to fall in love. Celeste had been in love with Ion Blackwell since high school. A boy with whom she never dated or kissed.

Growing up Cel was an oddball. Quirky. Made fun of. And extremely shy. Ion was the popular boy. Good looking. The whole package. They shared one moment on a senior class trip to Paris kinda. Ok, not really. Or so sh
Nov 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favies

A Second Chance at Paris is just a beautiful story… the characters, the plot, the writing. The writing flows with depth. It’s lyrical. Poetic. From amazing imagery to characterization- just stunning. This story isn’t dumbed down and sexed up. I was pleased to see that. Of course, it’s still fucking sexy as hell. Let’s make sure that’s clear.


The moments between Ion and Cel are so intimate. The little things make the biggest difference. All the details make the reading so much more. I found myse
Denita Kee
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was told about this author from an amazing friend who always recommends the best books. I have to admit I had never even heard of Cole McCade. But this is one name I won't ever forget now after reading this wonderful book. I fell in love with Cel immediately. She knows who she is and she's proud of it. She loves her dad with all her heart and has put her own happiness and life aside to care for him now that he has Alzheimer's. I related to this book on so many levels. I lost my own father to H ...more
Maria Rose
This compelling romance is the story of Celeste and Ion. While in Paris for a conference, Celeste bumps into the man who has haunted her dreams since high school but goes unrecognized by him, having reinvented herself from her gawky shy awkward self into a polished professional. Now that he appears wholly interested in the new her, she can't make herself admit the truth to him, fearing that he will lose all interest if he knows who she really is. Their week long affair sizzles but when their tim ...more
Dec 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm sure we've all had moments in which we want to change who we are and reinvent ourselves, but Celeste London actually followed through and set about a domino effect with her reinvention. In school, she was known as "Hairy" Mary Haverford. With her blue hair and thick glasses, she crushed on Ion Blackwell, her classmate who she saw as unattainable. Following her transition into her new life, she becomes an astrophysicist who moves back home to help care for her Alzheimer's stricken father. A w ...more
Jan 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Don't we all have that one secret high school crush?  The one you dreamed of dating, marrying, having his children, etc., etc.   The one you obsessed over, wrote his name over and over with hearts, adding his last name to your first name...... you know, that one who didn't even know you were alive.  But you loved him and he would always be that boy in high school who made you melt.

This is A Second Chance at Paris.  What a great, great romance novel!  Such a nice change.  If real life didn't get
Heidi Ho
Nov 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I finished this book in 4 hours. It had everything I love in books - humour, prose, a distinctive voice, a kickass heroine and a non-assinine hero. Cole writes like he has been writing for a long time. His descriptions of places and things in the book was done in such detail, it painted such a vivid picture in my mind, especially of Paris.

The story in itself is uncomplicated and there is beauty in that. The running themes of family and insecurity, fear of rejection, working in a male-dominated
Jan 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This I why I read romance

Mr McCade is quickly becoming one of my favorite people - not just a favorite author. This is the first book I've read by him and I wasn't disappointed AT ALL!.

Mr McCade has the unique ability to make you feel as if you're in the story. He has a way with words that makes me a little jealous. A little. I felt the chemistry between Ian and Celeste. I felt as if I was in Paris enjoying the sights with the couple. I felt their hurts and their triumphs. I felt everything.

Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a sweet but sexy love story that was both funny and also heartbreaking at times. Cole McCade's ability to make the reader feel as if they ARE the character is exceptional. This was the first romance I've ever read written by a male and I must admit I was impressed. It's almost uncanny how he can convey the feelings inside of a woman's heart so flawlessly. The heroine is a strong, smart astrophysicist and it's obvious the author did his research to be scientifically accurate in the myria ...more
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written love story. I was enthralled with it from the first page. The writing is smooth and flows effortlessly throughout the book. I fell in love with the quircky, brainiac, astrophysicist heroine. Then I fell in love with the soulfull, famous, YA author hero. Who wouldn't fall in love with Paris? But most of all, I fell in love with the talent and skill this author used to tell this love story.

I got all the "feels" of the romance novel. From quiet amusement, to angsty "oh no" momen
Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
5 + stars!!

This book piqued my interest from reading the synopsis. But finding out that this book was written by a man made me want this THAT much more! I went on a journey on trying to find this book! I bought it off Kobo but then there was a glitch and I couldn't get it! I ended up getting it from Smashwords and starting it right away!!!
I couldn't stop reading. The writing is so enchanting and I felt everything the characters were feeling. Ugh the writing left me speechless! The characters of
Sharon Kallenberger Marzola
Jan 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-reads
I love second chance love stories especially when the story follows a different or unexpected path for the story line and/or characters. Let’s face it who doesn’t remember a boy/girl who was out of reach years ago when we were young and insecure. For me it is Colin Wilson the beautiful guy who sat next to me in seventh and eighth grade. For Dr. Celeste London it is Ion Blackwell.

Celeste was the ugly duckling nerd type heroine in high school--at least that’s the way she saw herself. In high sc
Talking Books
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
A sexy and at oftentimes cheeky read! Ion and Celeste had the perfect combustible energy and attraction that dominated the story... But their significant history was never far away from their reality. Waiting to be revealed just how both were affected by their schoolyard crushes and how their experiences shaped the people they each became. Who they really are. The story between Celeste and Ion was powerful, gut wrenching, agonizing. Waiting for the curtain on the inadvertent deception of Celeste ...more
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
5 stars
★ ☆ ★ ☆ ★

Wondered what was up with my percentages! Bonus book!!! Pleasant surprise but for 99c totally feel like the author's been ripped off! Lol.

But anyway, this book. Where to begin... so in love with this story. Superb writing, intriguing and captivating characters. Great pace. Phenomenal 5 star read. Need more of this writer!!!!
Jan 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great read

I have to say, I was quite impressed with this story. It was a great mix of fun, light hearted moments and emotional moments that tug on your heartstrings.
Jan 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!!!!
Recommended to Shannon by: Whitney Barbetti
My first 5* read of I love this book!!!
I'm always at such a loss when trying to write reviews for books I love...I just want to gush over them, and ramble, and just talk about how much I love them, without making any sense. This quote from the book kind of sums it up perfectly for me, actually... It's a very serious thing, love is. Sometimes it makes your heart so big it gets in the way of your voice. While this was a discussion about love between people, it fits me for my love of t
Suzi (Obsessive Reading Disorder)

AHHH! This book! So sweet. So Sexy. So much fun! Ion Blackwell and Celeste London tear up Paris in a weeks’ time and tear up their hearts in the process. First off, Ion. If you are looking for a new Book Boyfriend, you will need to take Ion home with you. In fact, you’ll probably be in love with all the Blackwell’s (read about sister Zero in her novella at the end of the book.) Ion…dark hair, blue eyes, dreamy voice and the love of Celeste’s life from the time she was a teen. He unsettles her an
nikkia neil
Jan 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Loved it! I haven't read as good a romance in a long time and to think a man wrote this! ...more
Really sweet cute book. Pulled my heart strings thinking about those I've lost to Alzheimer's but very delicious, charming novel x ...more
Maria York
Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Celeste is a woman who has dreamed of the one boy she has always loved a boy but was to shy and thought herself not in his league when she was young! Ion has always loved a girl named Mary and has even went as far as writing a series of books about her! He's dreamed of her and loved her since he was in high school but could never bring himself to talk to her!
As a strong, independent, head in the stars girl who takes care of her father, Celeste finds her self moving them back to her hometown! To
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a new author to me and I really enjoyed this story. It was sweet and hot and both main characters were interesting. He was an author and she was a astrophysicist. You got to admit that's different. The love scenes were romantic and hot and I liked the story with her father and his struggles with Alzheimer's and how the family dealt with it. ...more
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Was this book written for me?

It feels like it was. I want to believe it was. I wish I may, I wish I might....

I'm no Astro physicist but my nephew is. My husband's Uncle and Aunt work at CERN. I think that means Celeste and I have a bond.

More than that, my mum had early onset dementia. The things Celeste was going through with her dad, I've been there. Talking of been there, Versailles - that garden. I'll find the pic of me carefree at the Palais age 15. Wizard of Oz my favourite film - not lyin
Brittany's Book Bumblings
Jan 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Read my full review on Book Bumblings

This was a really, really cute book. Not necessarily much in the way of originality, but executed well enough that it didn't matter.
Sam (AMNReader)
Mar 01, 2019 marked it as life-is-too-short  ·  review of another edition
I liked the writing initially. It shows a lot if promise. Then it was dripping with to much intensity and sentimentality, and the plot did not thrill me at that point. Won't hesitate to try another by the author. ...more
Jan 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2015
I reviewed this at MustReadBooksOrDie with my friend Shel!

Shel: About a year ago, I was scrolling through twitter and noticed that Cole McCade kept popping up in my friends' conversations and I was curious; I went over to his twitter to take a look at what was going on and found myself instantly intrigued by this snarky, funny, growly writer. Between his food porn, his sexually charged and playful banter, his mysteriousness, his kindness, and the writing he shared, I knew I'd have to follow him
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I decided to pick up A Second Chance at Paris after 2 author friends told me that it was a “must read”. Leading up to actually picking up the book I was jittery…I mean a romance novel written by a man? Yes please!!! Then I started to worry, could it accurately capture the true essence of a love story? Trust me people, it did and then some.

A Second Chance at Paris is a true second chance story in every way. It’s about a second chance at love, a second chance at life….

After moving back home to New
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book... Pretty quick read, well written and the perfect no nonsense love story.
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