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Second Chances: A Control Series Spin Off

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At the tender age of thirteen Elena Lopez saw her prima ballerina dreams ruined by injury. Now she passes her love down to the future generation as a dance teacher. A chance meeting at the premier BDSM club in London with the hypnotizing and charming, Ryan North leaves her examining her future. When tragedy strikes and the memories of her youth resurface, she's left fighti ...more
Kindle Edition, 209 pages
Published October 8th 2019
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Louise
Sep 26, 2019 rated it liked it
A book I'm happy to recommend

There were things about this book I loved and things that didn't work for me personally, but they were very much to do with my preferences rather than writing. Overall I enjoyed Elena and Ryan's story and am happy to recommend it to others. The writing, pace, flow and characters are great. It interlinks to other books but was easy to read stand alone and whilst it does have some degree of BDSM/power exchange it is only lightly explored and should suit the tastes of many palates
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Ola Adamska
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-2019
I hadn't read Control series before this one, so I'm treating it as standalone.
The story is very in D/s relationship, there are some events, but nothing on any extreme spectrum.
The story itself was food and intriguing with plot changing its curses.
Now there were places where I felt that the story overall was disjointed as well as characters or what was happening to them was not what i felt inside of me, and that's what i was looking for - to connect with them, but not every time it
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Shelli
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I haven't read the Control series yet, so I did read this book as a standalone, and I really enjoyed it. After reading it, it makes me really want to go back and read the series though, just because I can tell I would enjoy it! This book will pull you right into the storyline and you'll have to keep reading til you finish it! It was a BDSM romance, but it was more of a light BDSM read, nothing real heavy or offensive or over the top kinky, if you know what I mean. LOL. All in all, it was a reall ...more
Joyffree
Oct 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-tbr
I loved the Control series and I admit I was curious about what the future might look like for our cast.
Especially for Ryan.
His childhood was more of a warping of the mind and body into a tool for revenge purposes.
I believe this is marked as a standalone therefore I do not want to risk spoilers for those who choose to go back to the beginning.
And I really really suggest that.

Elena got on my nerves during a couple of scenes. I felt she came off a bit judgmental maybe jus
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Jennifer - You Can't Resista Dirty Book
A book a intrigue, romance and rebirth! Although Ryan and Elena struggles are different they are still trying to find their way in a world that is so different to the ones they once knew. Watching their journey of self discovery is truly Breath-taking!

Ryan North MI6 agent recovering from tragic circumstances. All this life he has been fed lies to further another's cause and now Ryan is piecing a new life together with his family and finding control through training to become a Domina
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Judith
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Judith by: ARC
Shelves: finished-reading
It was a disappointing effort. The book had all the elements of an action packed plot but the majority of that action was inadequately introduced and not weaved properly into the storyline. The transition from one situation to the next was quite sudden without satisfactorily allowing for any explanation or the need for yet another dramatic twist in the story. I didn’t like the moral message that it was OK to kill someone, as long as they were not good people. For crying out loud!!!!! Executing s ...more
SaraLou
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm so freaking happy that this book exists. 
For me, this finishes off the Control series.

Elena Lopez believes you don't get second chances in this life, not after the fall she had ruined her dreams. 
Ryan North has done some horrible things in his past and he doesn't believe he deserves a second chance.
With the help of friends and family, will they both learn that second chances actually do exist? Will they be able to put their past where it belongs and start living
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Sharon
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-booksprout
4.75 stars
This is one impactful read from start to finish. I do recommend reading The Control Series to gain a better understanding of the family dynamics. This is Ryan’s tale and it shows readers who he is and how he grew up to become the man he eventually became. It is distressing learning that someone who supposedly loved you fed you lies. Then there is Elena trying to live up to her mother’s expectations while dealing with her own issues. The chemistry between these two characters is c
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Julia Gerard
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ok so I love Anna Edwards, every single word....But Second Chances has to be the best one yet! Ryan North, didn't know who he was, except hungry and hurt as a little boy. No education, drug addicts for foster parents. So the Old guy who offered him fresh hot pizza and claimed to be his Grandpa was a relief, or was it? Ryan grew u, had a good job, but then revenge kicks in against his perceived enemies, only they weren't he was just so broken. Elena had her career planned, until she had an accide ...more
marzimarzo
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great book about redeeming love for an abandoned son, for an attempted murderer, for a drug addict, for a failed ballerina.
So much depth in the power of second chances and how the love of family and a significant one, as well as the strength of a Dom/sub relationship, can help bring back people and give their life meaning.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book that has it all: betrayal, revenge, abuse, drugs, adventure, danger, undercover agents, sexy strong doms, sassy subs, supportive fa
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Jurae
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ryan is broken and throughout his life he has learned some hard lessons which has caused him to hurt those who he thought, or was told, had wronged him. Elena thought that her dream was to be a prima ballerina but when tragedy strikes she thinks that her life will never be the same. Together they seem to find a place where they both thrive and their past is just that....the past until life throws them a curve ball that neither saw coming.

I loved this book. The supporting characters w
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Avid Reader
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have not read the other books in the series but there was sufficient backstory for the story to work as a standalone. Ryan was a very complex figure who had been traumatised by being brought up and living in a web of lies. The books his struggle to come to terms with learning the truth. Elena had her dream of being a prima ballerina stolen from her after a childhood accident. The loss of her planned future turned her mother nasty and bitter. Elena and Ryan were two very broken souls who worked ...more
Hanan
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good story about second chances at love and life.
Both the main characters of this book,Ryan and Elena are broken people.
They go about their lives but their souls are damaged.
Each trying to put a painful past to rest.
When Elena and Ryan come across each other both feel an instant attraction.
I think the more intimate deeper connection of Ryan and Elena was their souls reaching out to each other. They were kindred spirits.
Each trying to repair the damage done to them
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Sandy
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It is a story of recovery for more than one person.
This book starts off strong and deadly and you just know this young man's life is going to go to hell even more than the hell he was living in. As you get farther into the book you will see just how damaged Ryan is what was done to him out of revenge was horrible. This is only in the first part of the book. If you only read one book try and make it this one it has a powerful message and is done in a well-written thoughtful way. Yes, I high
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Diane Richmond
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
A story of two people struggling through personal tragedy now hoping for a better future. Ryan was literally stolen as an infant by his grandfather, raised to believe his parents never loved him, trained from a child to be a vengeful killer. Elena, a glittering career as a prima ballerina cut short by an accidental fall, constantly berated by her mother for ruining her life. Can they now move forward together or will they face the greatest challenge yet?

I received a free copy of this
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Susan Freestone
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was so excited about this spinoff of Anna Edwards brillant Control Series which was the first books I read from this Author.

I absolutely LOVED THIS , very emotional, another brillant book!!
So well written and it made me fall back into Anna's world of control, which I absolutely enjoyed reading.

This is Ryan's and Elena's story and they have both been through so much, I went through so many emotions reading this, but you will see that together they find true love and happiness.

I c
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Gladys
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. I found it easy to root for and like Ryan and Elena. Both of these characters have painful pasts filled with broken dreams and lies and I really liked that the story was about change, coming to terms with things and of how you moving on. I loved the chemistry between this couple and I enjoyed the steam that they generated together. Just so you know, this read does contain elements of D/s. I felt it was all very much on the mild side though. This is my honest, voluntary revie ...more
Marianela Aybar
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked Ryan and Elena. They each had their own demons or struggles to work with but I felt like they needed each other and that's why they met. There is some angst and mystery with some BDSM that I loved. It won't be just for BDSM fans though as it's not just about that. I didn't feel as connected to Ryan and Elena at points but the story itself was good and now I want to read the rest of the series as I haven't read any of them before.

I received a free copy of this book via Bookspr
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Michelle
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Second Chances is a standalone spin off from the Control Series and if you have read the Control Series you know you are in for a fantastic read. At a young age Elena's dream of becoming a prima ballerina ends because of an injury. Ryan is a MI5 operative struggling with his past. I loved Ryan and Elena together and how they learned to deal with their pasts. This is an emotional, heartbreakingly beautiful story with some sexy twists. Great writing, interesting characters and a story I couldn't p ...more
Lisa Roberts
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ryan's back story is heartbreaking and dealing with all the lies and truths are very overwhelming as he tries to find himself and his place.
I really loved Elena she has a great sense of humor and is very outspoken which brought a great deal of normal to the story as these two find comfort in each other. Lots of twists and danger and intense at times. I adore Ryan's family as they each have a place for him in their hearts. I really loved this one.
K.
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Emotional, and Intense

This is the story of Ryan, and Elena, both damaged souls, both going through life broken by the past. A chance meeting changes all that, when these two connect, they start to help each other heal. This was a great read, the characters are well written, and have great chemistry, this book was emotional, raw, intense, and a must read.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Susan  (Sandra Loves Books)
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was so excited and looking forward to reading this book.

I absolutely LOVED THIS , very emotional, another brillant book!!
So well written and it made me fall back into Anna's world of control, which I absolutely enjoyed reading.

This is Ryan's and Elena's story and they have both been through so much, I went through so many emotions reading this, but you will see that together they find true love and happiness.

I can highly recommend this book and this Author.
Jeanne Richardson
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the 4th book I've read written by Anna Edwards; she has done a great job at writing a good book; I can’t wait to read more of her books.

The story line caught my attention at the very beginning and kept me interested throughout the entire book.

I loved the chemistry between the characters.

I received a free copy of this book via booksprout and I’m voluntarily leaving a review.
Theresa Doherty
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such an easy read, with all the twists and turns I could not stop reading. Ryan didn't have the best start to life and when he did it was based on lies, now as he has accepted the truth about everything he meets Elena and he can feel his Dom go into full my woman mode.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Maja
Oct 08, 2019 rated it liked it
The beginning of this book was very difficult. Ryan is a foster kid to two people who foster, only so they can get the money to buy drugs. But one day, Ryan runs into his real grandfather. The story has a very slow start.
This was my first read from this author and it was okay.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Kristina Simkins
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I haven’t read the Control Series so reading as a stand-alone. Even without reading the original series first I really loved Second Chances. This book’s is very well written, all of the characters are amazing and the storyline is an absolute page-turner.

Ryan and Elena both have past that they would rather forget about and move on from. There is a darkness of different kinds inside both of them, but a chance netting changes everything for both of them. Together they are each other’s light and bi
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melanie allen
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Second Chances: a spin of Series that’s just WOW, a book that captivates and draws you into the story. A true emotional tale. There where so many emotions reading this book but the main emotion that flows through this book is love. This is a truly fantastic series that I will be keeping up with to see what comes next. Anna Edwards truly delivered with this story.
Moonreader62
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Captivating, second chance romance story from the Control series. Intriguing well-developed characters. The well-written book kept my attention throughout, enjoyed reading. I have voluntarily chosen to read and review this book.
poppy
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ng
While this is a spin-off from the Control Series I think it can easily be read as a standalone. I really liked Ryan and Elena i thought they were great characters and you just cannot help but feel for these two. I really liked this book and will definitely be checking out more from this series.
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Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tanya-19
Ok so I absolutely love Elena and Ryan. The fact that they both were overcoming so much and fought their way forward not giving up. I did think the writing though made it difficult to feel what was going on sometimes but overall I did enjoy the story.
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