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Second Chance Charmer

(Havenbrook #1)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  1,005 ratings  ·  178 reviews
He was the resident bad boy. She’s small town royalty. Their love was doomed from the start.

Finn spent his childhood living so far on the wrong side of the tracks, he couldn’t even see them through his trailer window. When he moves back to his small, southern hometown to open the first bar in a formerly dry county, he’s no longer the boy who left—he’s a man with something
Kindle Edition, 342 pages
Published March 19th 2018 by Bright Publishing, LLC (first published March 15th 2018)
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Ahhh….be still my heart!! It’s been awhile since I have read a Brighton Walsh book but once again she reminds me why I adore and love her books. With her sexy and visceral beautiful writing she creates a story for readers to get lost in. Hearts will burst with happiness as we are swept away in an endearing second chance love story that is set in a small town in her latest release, Second Chance Charmer.

fe4fd9a65f574be3b425288ba99ff8 No matter what’s happened between us,
Jaime Arkin
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am so excited to have another Contemporary Romance from Brighton Walsh in my hands!

Willow Haven has lived in the town that bears her family name all her life. She had big plans when she was younger… and dating the resident bad boy, but all that is in her past because he broke her heart and left town years ago. Her life is on the right track working for her very demanding father in the mayor’s office. Or so she keeps telling herself.

Finn Thomas never had it easy, growing up on the wrong side o
Happily Mary After
Second Chance Charmer by Brighton Walsh is a heartfelt, fan-yourself-worthy, small-town romance that you do not want to miss.

Finn and Willow loved one another in high school, but Finn left town without explanation and broke her heart. She’s never really gotten over him or her anger over his actions, so her feathers are ruffled when he comes back to town ten years later to open a bar. She’s ready to ignore him, but Finn realizes he lost the best thing he ever had and sets out to win her back. He’
Leticia (jerseygirl)
Sep 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
"I want you to know what you’re signing up for. This is it. Me by your side for the rest of my life."
I'm becoming a real fan of the small-town trope. Maybe it speaks to me a bit more because I grew up in one, with all the advantages and definitely ALL the downsides of it.

This was my first Brighton Walsh book. I had it in my Kindle for a while, and it won't be my last. I loved how her writing style flowed, and how sweet and sort of steamy it got. Plus, I also want to see what happens to the other
Sentranced Jem
Mar 29, 2018 rated it liked it

I love a second chance romance. The romantic in me can't help but hope for a beautiful heart breaking, angst filled second chance romance. Sadly for me, this book, Second Chance Charmer lacked the 'umpf factor' for me. Actually, scratch that, It had a lot of sexual chemistry but I still found myself to be skimming through the pages of the book.
Sadly I could not connect with the characters and even though I loved their chemistry,sometimes, I just didn't love the book.
I felt like the storyl
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 stars!

This is a gorgeous read. A sweet, sexy and heartfelt second-chance-romance that is low-angst and completely engaging, and I loved it.

Willow and Finn grew up in the small town of Havenbrook, but their lives couldn’t have been more different. Willow is considered small-town royalty as her family founded the town and one family member after another has held the office of Mayor going back generations – currently her father. Finn grew up on the other side of town in a trailer with his twin b
Elle G. Reads
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Release Date: March 19, 2018
Genre: Small Town, Southern Romance.
Actual Rating: 4 stars

Second Chance Charmer is certainly a charming read! I initially picked it up because of the gorgeous cover- omg I love it so much, and then because it sounded like a really cute book. Thankfully it was! It met all my expectations and more. Fans of second chance romances and those who love small town, southern romances are going to want to grab this one. I can't wait for the next book in the series which i
Brighton Walsh has always been a favorite. I’ve been reading her words for what seems like forever and I will forever read them. I don’t even need to know what the story is about, her name is enough.

Willow and Finn are so much fun together. She seems straight laced, but she’s full of sass and he seems gruff, but he’s a sweet marshmallow when it comes to Willow. Together they have chemistry off the charts.

Plot wise it was a lot of push and pull and so many things could have been solved with a M
Smut Matters
Mar 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Heather's review from Smut MattersOn the surface; this should have been a perfect read for me. Second chance romance, small town, hero who comes back to his hometown temporarily but ended up staying. Unfortunately the book fell a little flat for me.

I mentioned this on Twitter, but I'm getting more and more tired of the narrative we get in these second-chance stories where the woman has been stuck since the hero left, unable to move on with her life until he comes home and rescues her from her st
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
Willow Haven is doing her best to be perfect and keep her life in order and routine. But she will never be good enough for her Daddy the Mayor no matter how much she does for him or the town. And she was not good enough to keep the one man who stole her heart years ago and left town with it. And that changed the course of her life.

Finn Thomas, the previous bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks that broke her heart and left her is now back in town. He and his brother and friend are bringing a
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing

This second chance romance is one that will draw you in and keep you hooked until before you know it, the last word has been read and you're left with that wonderful feeling of having just enjoyed a great book.

Willow and Finn are childhood sweethearts who's romance ended abruptly when Finn left with no word. Willow was devastated but has grown up and when he shows up 10 years later she plans to ignore him until he moves on again as she's sure he will. Finn on the other hand is happy about the b
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Second Chance Charmer by Brighton Walsh is the story of Willow Haven and Finn Thomas.
Willow and Finn were young and in love over 10 years ago when Finn up and broke it off with her....then left town. Willow never really got of the break up or him up and leaving and he is always in the back of her mind. Finn now all these years later is returning to Havenbrook with the intent to open a bar and get back the girl he left. Finn is no longer the young scared boy that can easily be threaten away.
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This small-town romance will win your heart. Steamy chemistry and snappy dialogue had me glued to every page. Brighton Walsh penned one hell of a second-chance romance.
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Original review: The Romance Corner

*I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

Last year, a blogger friend of mine introduced me to an author duo named London Hale and I became obsessed. These authors wrote some sexy, sweet and smutty as hell novellas that entertained me so much, I simply could not get enough. Now, you’re probably wondering “what the hell does London Hale have to do with this review, Ari??” Well, Brighton Walsh makes up one ha
nick (the infinite limits of love)
Brighton Walsh is back with a bang! She’s one of my top authors and as much as I enjoyed her erotica series written as London Hale, I was craving a full-length contemporary romance from her. Second Chance Charmer has the signature Brighton Walsh package of steaminess that fogs up your windows and swooniness that has you crying at your single state in a corner. Yes, I totally devoured this sexy small-town romance!

This book had one of my favorite romance tropes of all time – the second chance roma
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Second Chance Charmer was, dare I say it? An absolutely charming book.

This novel takes place in a small town and follows the classic story of girl being left behind by boy years ago, only to have him come back and wreck havoc on their lives. While Second Chance Charmer follows a multitude of familiar tropes and plotlines, I couldn’t help but fall in love with it anyway. It’s the type of classic second-chance romance that I’m here for anytime, anywhere.

The girl left behind, Willow, works for he
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Second Chance Charmer was so much fun! Wow, Finn and Willow really intrigued me, and I was addicted to their second chance.

Willow is the second daughter of a man who just wants sons. He got all daughters. She wants to please him so much, and just have her dad be proud of her. He's blustery and rude, and hates the man who just blew back into town, Finn. Finn was Willow's teenage love. Her first love who took off without looking back. There is so much more going on than she realizes, but she is s
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Second Chance Charmer charmed the pants right off of me. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this second chance at love between childhood sweethearts story. The chemistry between the main characters, Willow and Finn had butterflies taking flight in my stomach and caused my pores to raise. Those scenes were everything. I loved going on this journey with them, getting a feel for the town and its inhabitants. I'm definitely hoping for more books from this world especially for the siblings of the hero and ...more
Jul 09, 2019 marked it as to-read
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Samantha (WLABB)
Oct 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
My introduction to Brighton Walsh's books was a good one! I enjoyed getting to know this town and its inhabitants, but the icing on the cake was this wonderful second chance romance. Willow needed this closure while Finn needed to prove his worth. Lots of sweet and tender moments, as well as tons of heat, proved to me that they belonged together. A highlight were all the sibling relationships as well. Seeing Willow's affection for her older sister grow, while reveling in the interactions between ...more
Sep 07, 2021 rated it it was ok
2.5 Stars. I had SUCH high hopes for this one! I thought it looked really cute and I like a good second-chance romance story. I really had to force myself to get through it, though. What really didn't work for me is that there was so much more steam than actual story. I wanted to see Willow and Finn get to know each other again. I wanted to hear more about their relationship ten years prior. I wanted to know why Finn left how he did and I wanted Willow to ASK HIM about it. Instead, after an init ...more
Jessica  (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)

I fell hard and fast for this sweet and sexy storyline. Second Chance Charmer swept me right away with it's southern charm, it's small-town warmth and it's heartfelt romance. I'm a northern girl so the southern sweetness that enveloped me throughout this novel made me giddy. Everything from the decadent drawl of these characters, to the oh-so-polite yet sometimes snarky dialogue had me enamored. I love angst. I love intense romance. But what Brighton Walsh delivers here in this story is
I won't lie, Brighton Walsh is a bestie and I've worked with her closely behind the scenes for all her books, but this title and its upcoming companion novels in this series are very near and dear to my heart for a whole new reason. Set in a small southern town loosely based on my own hometown (yay, she came and visited me for research purposes!!!), I feel a certain kinship with these characters and the little community they live in. Which brings me to my next point. Walsh has always had the cap ...more
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Willow Haven has dedicated her career to the hometown that carries her family name. Working for her father, the mayor, isn’t easy: her accomplishments are overlooked and belittled while more and more work is piled onto her plate. She feels the pressure to succeed everywhere, but feels like it doesn’t matter how hard she works, she will never measure up to expectations.

Finn Thomas has a reputation for trouble that was earned during his wild teenage years. He has plans to remodel a prominent buil
Mar 14, 2018 rated it liked it
***ARC Provided by the Author and Social Butterfly PR***

3.5 Stars

I enjoyed the story of Finn and Willow reconnecting and finding the happy that had been taken from them. There was enough info about their past to understand the connection without it dragging the story into one that was dwelling in the past.

A second chance romance, to work, needs the reason to be compelling enough that you believe it, but not quite bad enough that you can't forgive it...and this title struck that balance well. I
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Such a fun read!

We meet Willow and Finn, they were together many years ago, planned a future out of the town and all; but then something happened and Finn had to leave town and leave Willow behind with many questions.

Anyway, now he’s back and maybe there’ll be some answers, lol.

I love these two, I just absolutely loved the tension between them. NGL, I LOVE it when the main characters hate each other and slowly they open up to each other. There were so many secrets here, things Willow and Finn di
Luisa Rivas
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is one of those cute flirty stories with a strong southern flair. In this book, parents are called Daddy and Momma no matter how old you are, it’s full of “y’alls” and sweet tea and biscuits with gravy. A small town that was perishing but thanks to Willow Haven’s hard work, she was successful in bringing the town square back to life. Havenbrook was named after Willow’s family and through the generations, there has always been a Haven serving as mayor. Willow’s daddy is the current mayor, an ...more
Mar 23, 2020 rated it did not like it
Contains spoilers!

I’m not a fan of second-chance romance, but this is Brighton Walsh so I thought I’d give it a chance. Unfortunately, it was disappointing.

What I’ve always hoped to see when I read books about this trope is a realistic portrayal of how a normal human being would react if faced with this particular situation. If I’m left without a goodbye or any explanations for ten long years, I would have moved on. If I hadn’t moved on and I saw the one who left me for ten long years, the firs
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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After a year with no new Brighton Walsh books (though I loved her London Hale releases!), I was thrilled to learn she was releasing a new book early in 2018. I read it pretty much as soon as I got my hot little hands on it. (I just, uh, sucked at getting it reviewed. Are you sensing a theme?) I totally adored Finlow and the southern, small town setting totally worked for me.

I can always count on Brighton to bring the heat and the swoons — and I
Mar 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Just the right kind of sweet and light, but with a passionate romance between two people who deserved a second chance at love. Though not my favorite of Brighton's, it had her signature flair. A rough-and-tumble guy who absolutely melts for his girl, a woman who knows when to push back and who demands the best, with relationships between siblings and friends that are the heart of the story. But there wasn't much... to this, and I wanted a whole hell of a lot more from it. And the way that everyt ...more
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Award-winning USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Brighton Walsh spent nearly a decade as a professional photographer before taking her storytelling in a different direction and reconnecting with her first love: writing. When she’s not lost in her own made up worlds, she’s probably either reading or shopping—maybe even both at once. She lives in the Midwest with her real life hero ...more

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