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The Second First Chance

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  87 ratings  ·  47 reviews
If you could have a second chance at true love, would you take it?

Jayden is offered the opportunity to journey back in time after she loses her soulmate, Callahan, on their twentieth anniversary. Enticed by the idea of meeting Callahan ten years earlier, she takes the leap.

From 2015 back to 1985, Jayden restarts her college experience at Florida State University. Her best
Kindle Edition, 355 pages
Published March 16th 2016 by TandemWriters
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Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Tissues and alcohol required.

Imagine you're with the love of your life, you both are living the happily ever after then, screeeeeech, they're gone. Just. Like. That.

What wouldn't you do to get that life back?

The Second First Chance is a story about love, loss, and possibilities.

Jayden loses her husband on the 20th anniversary of their union; she's left floundering, drowning in despair.

So, when she gets the lifetime opportunity to go back to the past, to a time before she met Call
I read and finished the book!
That says something about the story, right?

The question is, is there any good?
Well, 34 chapters plus prologue and epilogue!
The best bit is the prologue then the epilogue. The rest of it? Not so much! At least that's how I feel.

Kind of disappointed really, when the heroine traveled back in time to her 18 years old self, she went back with her memories intact. So, what did I expecting? A mature 48 years old woman who tried to correct hers and her dead husband situation
BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
Ms. Bennett is an auto-read for me. Her writing just gets better and better. When I first read the blurb of this story, I was mixed. It is intriguing but I'm not too interested in contemporary romance. Within the first few pages (or screen swipes) I am hooked and I know I made a grave mistake. I started this book right before I was going to bed. Warning, do not start this book just before you are going to do something or go to bed. Set time aside to savour this book from beginning to end. This i ...more
Heather❀Book and a Blanket❀
I was a little disappointed because this book had such great reviews. Now the premise of this story is truly unique and I loved the concept of the book but it fell short in a few ways.

I did like Jayden. She had a great fun personality. She was a very direct, honest person. In the early parts of the book when she first travels back to her college days, it appears to be a love triangle with Callahan and Travis. However she never played games with them and there is no cheating. Honestly I'm not sur
Kitty Berry
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am an avid reader (like 100 books a year kind of reader) so trust me when I say The Second First Chance is a book not to be missed. I am also an author so in this review I will share my thoughts first on Blakely Bennett’s writing instead of describing the story which you can read yourself in the synopsis. I will include a tidbit or two about the plot at the end, don’t worry.
In my opinion, Ms. Bennett does a seamless job of both showing and telling the reader this story of love and devotion. Sh
DJ Sakata
Favorite Quotes:

“He was the rock, and I was the roll, he was the stalwart who tethered my flighty airheaded balloon to the earth, which would have otherwise flown toward the sun and popped. He was the foundation, and I was the decoration. He made me feel safe in this crazy world...”

“Woo him and get him to fall for you before you unload your bag of crazy.”

“I am not a very patient person, and I hate walking on eggshells. I end up cracking each and every one.”

My Review:

I have often wished/fantasize
Yveta Germano
Mar 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Rarely does a romance book evoke deeper questions and thoughts such as the probability of meeting a true soul mate, the pain of losing such a love, and the opportunity of going back in time to relive that relationship. The Second First Chance does just that.

The prologue rips your heart out as Jayden mourns Callahan, her husband of twenty years, and with him their love that is still so great, so profound, that even his untimely death cannot end it quite so completely, as this love seems almost et
Michelle Marshall
Mar 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to be given an ARC of Second First Chance by the Author Blakely bennet with the return of an honest review when I had read. Here goes , description of the story Jayden lost her husband in a freak accident and was given the chance to go back and find her love Callahan and rekindle (or restart ) what they had once had . The story all the way through makes you wonder if you were in the same position would you , or could you do the same . I loved the fact that Jayden could remembe ...more
Tami czenkus
Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Would you take a second chance at love at first sight if given the chance to have more time with your soul mate???
Jayden lost the love of her life to a freak accident and is given the chance of a lifetime.... to do it all over again, but she didn't take into consideration how difficult life would be all over again.
Blakely Bennett takes you on an emotional rollercoaster ride in this extremely unique story about second chances and starting over.
Callahan and Jayden had a "once in a lifetime" lov
Mar 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If you ever lost your soul mate and had the chance to go back and re-meet them, save them and make them fall in love with you again. .... Would you? knowing you leave behind the life you have now? Tough question.

Callahan is the love of Jordans life. Her soul mate. Best Friend. Husband. When she looses him in a tragic accident. Her life is changed forever. Left widowed and with a grieving daughter.

After Callahans funeral, Jordan is approached by a gentleman. Who claims he can right the wrong of
Debbie R
Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Imagine having a once in a lifetime kind of love and then losing that love in a freak accident. If given the chance to do it all over again would you ? If you had the opportunity to go back in time and do it all over again with the chance that it all might not work out would you risk it ? Jayden is offered the opportunity to go back in time and meet her soul mate Callahan 10 years before she met him the first time and just the idea of meeting him ten years sooner has her going for it, but can sh ...more
Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book. Who wouldn't want a second chance? Change the things you think will make life better... that is until you actually do go back. Jayden and Cal are soulmates, but can they find each other a second time? ...more
Blakely Bennett
Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I fell in love with Jayden, Callahan and Packy as these characters came to life for me. I laughed and cried as I followed them on their journey. I hope you will as well.
Deb Markanton
Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing

It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of author Blakely Bennett. I have the deepest respect for her writing. Not only do her words flow like beautiful music, her stories capture your attention and keep you enthralled for the duration of the novel. The characters she creates are often eerily familiar. Whether you recognize aspects of yourself in them, or other people you know, they come to life on the pages. And, I often find myself making mental notes to listen to the wisdom they impart through th
Peggy Lee (Reading Keeps Me Sane)
I loved this story!! It initially caught me off guard with the unconventional beginning but at the same time I was intrigued. It didn't take long before I was completely drawn in. I couldn't put it down.

The premise seems simple. Go back in time, find your soulmate and start again. As it turns out it's not so simple. Jayden has tragically lost her husband and soulmate too soon. She's given the opportunity to go back in time to start over. She's in pain and grieving for the loss of her husband so
Badass Bloggettes
Have you ever had that feeling that you would love to go back in time to that once true love and start over, well in this book you can.

From the moment I started this book, I knew it would be powerful and emotional and I was not wrong, the tears that flowed out of me were ongoing but in a good/sad way.

After losing the love of her life in an accident leaving Jayden all alone with their daughter, Jayden is just lost and heartbroken. You can actually feel the anguish through the pages and the heart
Wendy Hodges
Mar 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Second First Chance by Blakely Bennett

This was an early copy given for an honest review.

Wendy's Review 5stars started 1/3/16-finished 3/3 16

This story covers a complex situation, one that I would think many would find hard.
I myself wouldn't, I would jump in feet first. But I am lucky I don't have a child to consider into the equation, Hubby and I have also known and been friends pretty much our whole lives. Knowing the mistakes our other relationships were, I wouldn't hesitate to make sure w
Ann Pankhurst
Mar 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I can't tell you how much I love Author Blakely Bennett's books and this story is awesome! Just imagine loosing your husband, lover and soul mate of 20 years in a tragic, freak accident. Then some strange guy comes along and offers you the chance to go back in time to be able to meet him sooner and make him fall in love with you all over again. Would you leave your life and everything you have, including a daughter, to risk it?
This story is a truly emotional journey for the reader. I really fel
Roxie's Reviews
Feb 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"A Sweet and Touching story"
This book will bring you to tears right at the beginning it is so touching. The characters are amazing.
Jayden just lost the love of her life when her husband Cally was killed. After the viewing Cally to say good by a stranger sows up beside her. He is dressed all in white Jayden did not even hear him come in. He tells her he is there to give her a second first chance. Jayden freaks out and takes off. Only the stranger finds her again. When she happens to touch him sh
Tish smith
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
wow. seriously im not sure where to start. this book has me flummoxed (haha I can play that game too :) ) but flummoxed in a good way. I don't think I could possibly get my point across strongly enough.
I'm utterly awe struck...

time travel. not something that would normally jump out at me as something I would enjoy but well this story is so hard not to be drawn in to.
jayjay she's so passionate. her passion leads her to a once in a lifetime chance at capturing her soul mate again, can sh
Mar 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
I will read nearly anything, as long as it holds my interest. I agreed to read this as an arc for an honest review.
I have to say, after reading the prologue, I wasn't looking forward to the rest off the book. It made me want to cry within the first paragraph. By the time I'd finished the prologue, I was emotionally tired. It all changed about halfway through the first chapter. It grabbed a hold of me and wouldn't let go. The only reason I put it down was so I could get a few hours of sleep befo
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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*ARC recieved in return for an honest review

Curl up on the sofa with a cuppa, your favourite chocolate and let your heart soar in this heart warming and sexy time-travelling love story.

Blakely Bennett never disappoints and she definitely didn't with The Second First Chance. I was completely hooked from the first page and couldn't put it down. You can feel the love between the author and her husband pouring out of every page. I finished it with a goofy smile on my face and feeling warm and fuzzy
Apr 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was absolutely amazing!!! It was so incredibly touching. Second First Chance has you thinking "would I do this if given the chance?" Jayden and Callahan's story starts out so painful:( But when Jayden makes her decision you are brought into her world of college and her very best friend Packy!! Whom I absolutely loved. Their banter and sense of humor had me laughing so hard : ) She took such a chance going back and hoping for the best. I became so optomistic that everything would be ok ...more
Thai Holman
Apr 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Omg wow. Ok was asked to review and this was so so so different so original. Hayden loses her husband and gets a chance to go back in time find her first love. Now with that I would have thought not my kind of read, But without reading the blurb just the title thinking this would be just a second chance romance novel. Oh my no it was so much more.
What a experience this book is. It's a journey and I loved it. Started it today and ended it today. Couldn't put down.
Blakely is a new author for me
Madeline A.
Apr 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed the time travel that exists in this novel. I love the idea of second chances and thought about what people would do if they had the chance to go back in time. Blakely Bennet's writing is fantastic and truly captures the essence of the story. I felt like I was there and I really felt for Jayden and Callahan's romance. I found it so interesting how she insisted on doing things different this time. I also found it interesting that Callahan was so different when he was younger than when Ja ...more
L Morales
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Love this book!! A must read!! When Jayden unexpectedly loses the love of her life and is offered the chance to go back and time she jumps at the opportunity. She goes back in time to be with Callahan again not realizing the consequence. Jayden is willing to wait and fight for the love of her life until he is ready for a relationship. I love both the main characters and secondary characters in this book. If you looking for a awesome second chance romance book I highly recommend reading this book ...more
M.T. Miles
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was given an ARC of this book in return for an honest review.
An imaginative premise combined with a masterful insight into human nature make this book a pleasurable read. The author has created of fulsome, rounded and credible characters who aide in the storytelling. Filled with humor and tinged with anticipation, the inventive plot moves at a brisk pace, taking the reader on a most enjoyable ride.
Jenni Bishop
Mar 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I have read from this Author and I really really enjoyed it. It is such a refreshing story, from what is the norm these days and it had me crying and laughing right there with all the characters. Trust me this is one book that should not be passed over. Well done Blakely this was well written.
Nadine Bookaholic

**I have received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review**
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