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Second Chances

(Matchmakers #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  59 ratings  ·  31 reviews
***Also available as part of Matchmakers: A Shifting Isles Trilogy (ISBN 978-1534740860)***

Nineteen-year-old porn star Remy Dawes loves his job at Matchmakers, a gay nightclub, but the fantasy he portrays every night doesn't leave room for what he really wants: companionship, love, someone to come home to, someone just for him. Who would ever take seriously a kid who pra
Paperback, 326 pages
Published July 24th 2016 by CreateSpace
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Lorraine Lesar
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I won this book in a FB competition!
A 35 year old Book Editor and a 19 year old who works in the Sex Industry, seems like an unusual pairing, but thanks to the engaging writing skills of this author, he made it work.
It was a long and arduous journey to getting their HEA - both Chance and Remy didn't make it easy for themselves, or us, the readers. But on that journey, I fell in love with Remy, he was just so special and will remain with me for a long time.
As you have most probably gathered b
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm-romance, kebb
First let's clear up the only real issue I had, the days of the week. If you pick this book up, please, go to the glossary first.

What to say about Second Chances by G.R. Lyons? Interesting, confusing, atrocious communication skills, adorable, drama - let me repeat that one DRAMA! [That] sets the stage for a unique and interesting trilogy.

Second Chances is one of those books that elicits many emotions as you turn the page.

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Mar 15, 2019 marked it as probably-not-but-freebie  ·  review of another edition
Freebie at the right now: ...more
*A copy of this book was provided for free by the author in exchange for an honest review.*

This book wasn't for me. Like at all. For most of the book it was fine. No major objections to anything, just no major love or feeling for anything either. But at about the 75/80% mark, something happens that is NOT handled well at all. (view spoiler)
Dec 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book had so many highs and lows it made my head spin. I loved Remy and how mature he is and how he loved with all of his heart even though his life was absolutely filled with heartache and grief. On so many occasions I wanted to scream at Chance to get his head out of his A$$. The other thing is Matty and his nonsense. How on earth did Remy give Matty so many chances, and why on earth did Danny give him a second chance after what he did to him. The writing was ok but I was confused about th ...more
Jenn (not Lily)
Sep 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Wow, all the drama! Good story, but I feel a little whiplashy with the we're so in love, now we're devastated with betrayal, now we're together, now we're hurt again... Looking forward to reading the next story and finding out about Chance's brother. ...more
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
Second Chances is the first book in the Matchmakers series - set in a world similar yet different to our own. Chance is an old man (his words, not mine), but he likes a younger man. He is understandably wary though, after being burnt by his last partner. This happened about three years ago, and he hasn't really had anyone since. Remy is a nineteen-year-old with an old man's soul. He has lived and experienced more in his nineteen years than some will throughout their whole lifetime. Due to Chance ...more
caroline wilson
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Read this book in one sitting, really good

I received this book from the author for an honest opinion.
This was a new to me author but the book description intrigued me so I decided to have a punt on it and I'm so glad I did. This book was really good and I thoroughly enjoyed these characters. The writing was free flowing and sucked you right into the plot, I was definitely rooting for these characaters to achieve there happy ending.
Remy is a porn star/stripper that works at matchmakers a gay club
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
The story is set in a fictional earth-like world which has multiple gods, different names for the six days of the week, seasons and months of the year. The age of consent seems to be very young. On stage pornography and prostitution are legal and socially acceptable. Modern medicine is amazingly accelerated even though there are still concerns about age old issues like STDs. There are events and characters dr
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was one incredible book and I actually can't wait to get off here and start the new one! I laughed, I cried, I fell in love with the characters. I anguished when something happened with them. It still has me reeling. The writing was so on point you couldn't help be drawn in and feel like you were right there with every step.

These two characters, Remy and Chance, were just….incredible. The ups and downs, the pasts, the crap they kept going through and yet they kept fighting. Remy is a dancer
Andrada Matei
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review

Goodness, this book destroyed me. I loved it with all my heart, and at the same time I wanted to go inside and knock some sense into somebody, yes Chance, I'm talking about you.
Remy was such a sweet guy, that went through a lot and came out the winner. He was so mature and so strong for his age and dare I say even innocent (doesn't matter what he did for a living, a job is just a job).
He knew what he wanted and went for it. H
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mm, kindle-unlimited, 2018
So many things pissed me off about this book, from the characters to the things that happened, that I can't believe I finished the book. ...more
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This story is about an older book editor Chance and a younger go-go dancer/porn star Remy. It is set in a Fictional Earth so read the Authors note in the beginning so you can understand what they are talking about with the way he has the days of the weeks and seasons.
Chance is attracted to the younger men but is always being cheated on.
Remy is looking for a home, someone he can come home to at the end of his day, someone just for him.
Obstacles seem to always get in the way; misunderstanding, b
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a fabulous read! It's full of everything you could want - romance, anguish, anger, happiness, fun, hurt and a HEA :-)
Remy is intriguing at first, appearing lighthearted and fun but the more you read, you understand what's he's lived through in his short nineteen years. I was fully drawn into his story and his potential relationship with Chance. His friendship with Danny is important, giving him that unwavering support in the good times and bad. He has a different look at his work that he do
Denise GremoryKohta
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Second Chances is the first book in the Matchmakers – A Shifting Isles Trilogy. Not only do you get Chance and Remy’s story, but you also get the groundwork for the next two books. The author does a great job of laying the foundation for the trilogy.
Chance is a thirty-five-year-old editor who likes to date younger guys. The problem for him is that they keep cheating on him. All he wants is someone who will remain faithful. He’s just about given up on finding what he’s looking for.
Remy is a 19-ye
Esther Alayeto
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Remy, a 19 year old stripper, and Chance, a 35 year old editor, seem like a very odd couple. But Dan, Remy's boss and Chance's friend, matched them up because he thought they would great together. He wasn't wrong. It's definitely not easy, Chance has a lot of trust issues because of past experiences. It's a long, drama filled road for them, but somehow, they really are perfect together!
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Chance Whitaker is lonely and looking for love and his friend, nightclub owner Danny, knows exactly who will be right for him, his dancer Remy Dawes. There is one problem though. 16 years, the difference in their ages. Chance is not sure he will ever be able to make this work and he may be right.
There are so many ups and downs. The pair go from one drama to a crisis and it is breathtaking.
This is really well written and is a real page-turner. There are 326 pages full of angst to get through. Wo
tammy rufo
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
this was an emotional rollercoaster....gah! but i loved it. it really kept me engaged in the story, what's gonna happen next? will they figure their shit out? will they be happy? loved remy and chance. would def recommend this book! ...more
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**I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review through the DMBL program**

Second Chances is about an on again-off again romance between 35-year-old Chance Whitaker and 10-year-old Remy Dawes. Chance is an editor with a penchant for younger men, and Remy is a go-go dancer/porn actor looking for true love and an off-stage relationship. Both carry emotional baggage from difficult childhoods (provided you consider Remy out of his), but are connected through the manager of Matchmakers, Dann
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m-romance
4.5 stars

**I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review through the DMBL program**

The first part that I wanted to mention was that before you begin reading the book, I would definitely recommend that you read the author’s note at the beginning of the book. Normally, I tend to skip over the note because it’s not “part of the story.” However, I am glad that I stopped to read the note this time because Lyons explains the change of the days of the week. I noticed in a few reviews that peo
Apr 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm-recs
A bit too much going on. Fast paced, dramatic with a lot of drama with serious issues that feels glossed over. Death, rape, drugs, abusive past. Miscommunication is the biggest part of the story and thank god Dan was there to babysit the pair. I have nothing to say about Matty. It was good but it kinda gave me a headache. Still I wanna read Dan’s story at some point.
I was given this book for free from the author in exchange for an unbiased review.

OK, it might be that there are some spoilers in this review, but no spoiler about actions are included and I don´t think it will change the pleasure of reading this book. The way the relationsship between Remy and Chance developes is really good written. The struggles Chance has with Remys job and how Remy sees himself and his job are so clearly worded and it was a smal lightbulb moment for me when Remy described h
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
this was amazing.. just amazing.. and perfect and sexy and just all around wonderful. i loved it
May 07, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This didn't really do anything for me. One of the MCs is clearly not able to communicate at all and is a downright asshole various times. Not my cup of tea, sorry. ...more
K. Durham
May 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Lots of hot scenarios.
Koa Spears
Jun 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
The story line is grand, it has all the right ingredients for a romance.
Elle W.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
To sum up my thoughts, I really liked it and it definitely wasn't what I expected. Remy is a great, positive character despite everything he's obviously been through and you can kind of sympathize with Chance. He's been cheated on and is skeptical of dating younger men. Unlike other books I have read (and I read many) you see the title in the story as you read. Chance gives himself a second chance at dating. He gives Remy a second c
Alexis Woods
Second Chances is a cutsey-ish story, but way heavy on drama.

While the beginning of the book was well done, it started to drag, and I just wanted it to end a lot earlier. Although the author made a note very specific to the alternate universe, with changes to a few of our common words and things, it didn’t work for me as a reader. It was too similar to our modern world, with only gods in place of God and different names for the days of the week. I needed more difference to truly bring it out ot
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G.R. Lyons stumbled into writing as a form of trauma recovery when traditional therapy wasn't working.

Then the story ideas just kept on coming.

Pulling from a vivid imagination as well as real-life experience as a trans man, a sexual assault survivor, and a person living with mental illness, Lyons has written multiple, interconnected series set within his fictional world of the Shifting Isles.


Other books in the series

Matchmakers (3 books)
  • Second Drafts (Matchmakers, #2)
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