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Change of Heart

(Second Chances #1)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  339 ratings  ·  110 reviews
Casey Evans and Decker Abrams had been best friends since they became neighbors at the age of six. After high school, Casey abruptly leaves their hometown of Charleston, South Carolina for the west coast, leaving Decker wondering where she went and why she left.

Three years later the two are reunited, both harboring some old resentment towards the other. Not to mention,
Published November 6th 2015 by Jennifer L. Allen
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United Indie Book Blog
Nov 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is such a wonderful read. It is a very sweet romantic book and I was pulling for Decker and Casey's HEA the whole time. There are some twists, heartache and parts that that had me holding my breath and tears! I love that Decker is so devoted and wants to fix and move past any issues that happened in the past. There were times I wanted to shake Casey, I mean come on Decker is perfect for her! They are perfect for each other. I really enjoyed the storyline and getting to know both Casey and ...more
Jul 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kathy Wideman
Nov 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: danger, romance
All I can say is WOW. This book took me by complete surprise. Casey and Decker have been friends since they were six years old. Casey is smart, sweet, and caring. Decker is handsome, popular, and plays baseball. In high school Casey only had one other friend Jane. Girls said mean things to her because they were jealous of how much time she spent with Decker and guys figured she must be good in bed because she wasn’t much to look at for Decker to spend so much time with her. She never told him ...more
Oct 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am amazed by this book. Why? It totally took me by surprised. By the time I realized where this book was headed I was hooked, line and sinker hooked. I totally identified with Casey and what she went through in high school. After graduation . . . I could not understand why she was so fatalistic and was pushing away the very people she loved, especially Decker her "since forever and 15 years old" best friend. She had fallen in love with him, although, she did not fully understand that fact. She ...more
Tonya Farmer
Nov 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Read and reviewed for 2 Girls Who Love Books blog

Change of Heart is my first book by Jennifer Allen and I look forward to reading more from her!
This is a stand alone book but the story does leave just enough mystery of some characters to want another book set in this world.

Get your tissue ready because oh yes there will be tears.
This story follows Casey and Decker. When Decker moves into the house across the street from Casey at the age of six he knew they were going to be best friends...her not
Amy  Crull
Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book blew me away.... I was hooked from the beginning to the end. There were so many times I was crying and even holding my breathe to see what happened next. This author really made you feel everything the characters did, you felt them during the happy times but you felt the tears and heartache when they had them. Casey and Decker are wonderful together. Yes Casey held on to some pretty big secrets including one that could have killed her if she didn't do something about it.
Casey and
Jennifer Zamora
Jun 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely LOVED this book. The characters pulled at every heartstring.......
Casey is the typical book nerd, and Decker is not. He is the complete opposite. Ever since that fateful day when Decker showed up insisting they would be best friends Casey and he were inseparable. Even after all their years together, Casey feels she cant possibly break his heart and tell him shes leaving for college. In this lies my only issue with this story.I find it hard to believe that after all those years
Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the cutest stories I have ever read in my life
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Change of Heart (Second Chances Book 1) by Jennifer L. Allen

5 Stars

You know you have a great book to look forward to when it starts out with a flashback fifteen years ago when a little boy moves in across the street from a little girl and he informs her that they are going to be best friends and she replies with “No way! Boys are gross!” because the little 6 year old girl believed “boys were mean, dirty, and disgusting.”

Casey Evans puts up with a lot in school, first because she has her AP
Laura Furuta
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Change of Heart (Second Chances Book 1)
By: Jennifer L. Allen
5 out of 5 stars

The story Change of Heart (Second Chances Book 1) by Jennifer L. Allen is a new adult/contemporary romance book. This is the amazing story of Casey Evans and Decker Abrams. They have been friends since the age of six. Then after high school, Casey suddenly leaves. This leaves Decker with a lot of questions, the most important one is why? Now Casey and Decker have been reunited. Will Decker finally get the answer to his
Kristan Anderson
Oh. My. Gosh my emotions. Change of Heart by Jennifer L. Allen is book one of the Second Chance series. This story is a back and forth novel between two best friends starting when they first met, fast forwarding the their first day of high school, graduation and the end of their last summer. Throughout all that time, the pair have become closer and have become friends with benefits.

Casey Evans was what most people would call the smart nerdy girl. The one who did not get along with the popular
Kaitlynn Taylor
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Change of Heart- Jennifer L. Allen

5 Stars Review

Change of Heart by Jennifer L. Allen is the first book in her Second Chances series and it’s simply beautiful! It’s a story about two people who are polar opposites defying the odds with a life long friendship. I absolutely loved this romance read but it’s not all sunshine and rainbows, I definitely read it with tears in my eyes for a good portion. Decker and Casey have an inspirational love story, one that I won’t forget.

“My home is wherever you
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Change of heart (Second chances #1): By Jennifer l. Allen- 4 star read

Casey Evans and Decker Abrams have been best friends since the ripe age of six. When Casey moved into Decker’s neighborhood he told her instantly that they would be best friends and they never looked back. All through highschool Casey and Decker kept to their word as best friends, but they couldn’t be less alike if they tried. Decker was the all-American hunky boy with lots of friends and Casey was the “plain Jane” who was
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Change of Heart Book 1 in the Second Chance Series by Jennifer L. Allen – 5 stars

This is the first book I’ve read by Jennifer L. Allen and I enjoyed it very much.

The story of Casey and Decker began a long long time ago when they met as 6 year olds. Their friendship continues down a somewhat traditional path of best friends when suddenly it changes. Some decisions are made hastily while others were well thought out and planned. After spending all their formative years together, Casey and Decker
Penny Stone
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
CHANGE OF HEART (Second Chances #1


CHANGE OF HEART is the first book in the Second Chances series by Jennifer L. Allen. It can be read as a stand alone, but it is suggested that you read them in order for your full enjoyment. This is the first book I have read by Jennifer, but it definitely will not be my last. I enjoyed this book so much and can't wait to get my hands on the rest of the series. This is one of those books that once you start you can't put down.
Mom's Guilty Pleasure
Change of Heart written by Jennifer L Allen
5 stars

I was hooked while reading the dedication page~I can't say that's ever happened before. It had me cracking up! I knew I was going to love Jennifer's sense of humor and sense of loyalty/family. This book had me smiling, laughing, frustrated, hopeful, heartbroken and tugged so hard on my heart. Grab your tissues...if you're like me you'll need them. A few times while reading I had to stop and take a breath unsure of how Jennifer would take the
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Change of Heart by Jennifer L. Allen is the first book in the Second Chances Series! It was my first book from Jennifer L Allen and it was absolutely amazing! I loved it! This book was a great start to the series! A great 5 star read!

Change of Heart starts with Casey Evan and Decker Adams who were best friends growing up after they became neighbors. You can tell that Casey and Decker have a special relationship, that seems to go beyond friendship. Casey started to struggle with something, but
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book! There was so much emotion and history between the two main characters, and then there was some misunderstandings and tragedies thrown in. It made for a book that was nearly impossible to put down. I'm a sucker for Second Chance romances and I love even more that this was a childhood friends who grew into love situation.

I knew something was up with Casey most of the way through the book, but I wasn't expecting what it was or the implications it would have on Decker
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved Casey and Decker and found this book incredibly easy to dive right into. The layers of emotion and drama held me rapt throughout.
The more I read of Decker, the more enamored I became with him. What a total hottie sweetheart.
When the details of Casey's secret were revealed, it was all I could do to not start crying. (And it takes a LOT for a book to make me cry.) The love, hope, and fear pouring from the pages had my complete attention. I couldn't put the book down from that point on
Bookish Addict
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sweet and emotional read. I enjoyed their story, growing up together and being best friends. What they do to protect one another ends up hurting the other. They finally have a second chance to make amends and it is a rough road for them. Great read.
Dana Busenbark
Starting out this book with a 15-yars ago prologue is so much fun. Watching Casey in elementary school meet Decker for the first time after her best friend's family moves out of the home across the street and his moves in is a hoot. Decker chases Casey that day that they meet. What he says to her is so fun to read. It sets the tone for the book! This book is full of highs and lows. It's full of protector mode from Decker and bullies in the form of the other students in High School. What is the ...more
Nov 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Admittedly, I fell in love with Ms. Allen's Our Moon, and had anxiously awaited her next release. Change of Heart definitely does not disappoint as a sophmore effort, or as any book in any author's catalog!

Jennifer is an amazing storyteller. She does an excellent job of building characters that you manage to fall in love with while they retain plenty of mystery and intrigue, along with secrets they are keeping from each other, as well as from you as a reader. Her knack for keeping the reader on
Emily Goodman
Nov 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Change of Heart by Jennifer Allen

Jennifer Allen has set the bar very high with Change of Heart. I was completely captivated by Casey and Decker’s second chance story. Within minutes of opening up the first chapter I was hooked.

In typical fashion, I have a hard time resisting a best friends to lover romance. Something about those always get me. So I knew, just by going off the synopsis that I was going to like this story. However, what I didn’t expect was to be on pins and needles waiting to see
Natasha Carrere
Jun 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-finished
Change of Heart • Jennifer L. Allen

What an adorable prologue! Decker moves into his new house at a young age; he looks out the window to see a young girl playing outside and asks his mom, "momma, is that an angel?" Beginning of senior year and they are best friends even though Casey was adamant when she was six and met him they wouldn't be. Even though Casey and Decker are the best of friends throughout school Casey is constantly talked about because she is the "nerd & smart" girl and Decker
Rebecca (Lee Lee) Cradock
Here without you

Well what can I say. I loved this book from start to finish, they way Jennifer has written this sucks you in and you can't put it down.

Anna and Ryan's story is one that a number of people will be able to relate too.

Anna had the world at her feet the perfect boyfriend and her dream of going to art school. That all change one frightful day.

Ryan new where his live was headed and Anna was a big part of it he was joining the Navy after his senior year but thanks to that frightful
Breanna Eichhorn
Nov 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Casey and Decker have been friends since they were six years old. Casey always hated the first day of school, on the bright side though it was her senior year. Girls just talked to her so they could get close to Decker. They couldn't understand what Decker saw in Casey and why he wanted to hang out with her all the time. Casey left without telling Decker where she was going, he was devastated. Know after three years Casey is back, Decker notices her car in the drive across the street and he went ...more
Kelly with Sugar Shack Book Blog
This is my first book of Jennifer's and I can say without a doubt it will not be my last!! I was absolutely blown away! I actually had to gather my thoughts and emotions to be able to sit down and write a review that I felt did this read justice!!

Once I read the blurb I was hooked, I am huge fan of friends since they are were kids and watch it develop into more!! Casey and Decker immediately stole my heart and what a ride they took it it on. It was a story filled with so much, an unbelievable
Oct 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was given an advance copy for an honest review. (I always find saying this to be funny because I will ALWAYS give an honest review).

This story follows two young kids Casey and Decker, becoming best friends at the age of 6 who remain in each other's lives until college. But that's just the lining of this beautiful story. Casey and Decker have all their firsts with each other, but nothing would set them up for the challenges and trials they are going to have and probably not together. Could love

Apr 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my goodness! Where do I even start to review this book? Just, read this book!!! I mean seriously read it now.
I absolutely fell in love with this story from page one. It started out so sweet, and ended 1,000 times sweeter. Decker knew at first sight that he and Casey would be best friends, forever.
I'm a total sucker for a sweet guy, and Decker is one of the sweetest guys around. Ever since the day he met Casey he took care of her, made sure she was protected. Maybe he made some stupid
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Jennifer was born and raised on Long Island, in New York. She relocated to South Carolina in 2002, where she met the love of her life. They got married and live their happily ever after just outside of Charleston with their fur-kids: a spoiled rat terrier and a cat who think she’s an MMA fighter. When she’s not reading or writing, she works as a behavioral therapist, and is an evening graduate ...more

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