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Second Chance on Cypress Lane

(Holly Grove Island #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  258 ratings  ·  178 reviews
In this heartwarming second-chance romance, a woman returns home and discovers that, when it comes to finding love, there's no place like home.

When a romance gone wrong lands reporter Dakota Jones in the pages of the tabloids, her rising star crashes and burns. Instead of getting the weekend anchor job she'd been promised, she's promptly shown the door. Which leaves her on
Mass Market Paperback, 413 pages
Published December 1st 2020 by Forever
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Dakota Jones is an investigative reporter whose career in broadcast news was finally starting to soar when it crashed because of a messy scandal. She leaves New York and returns home to Holly Grove Island, her small hometown in the Outer Banks, to hide out among family and friends and figure out her next move. Dakota doesn’t tell anyone the real reason she lost her job, unwilling to face the shame of her downfall. She had no idea that Dexter Roberts had also returned to the island, her first lov ...more
CYIReadBooks (Claire)
Dakota Jones, considered one of the elite investigative reporters is on her way to becoming a lead news anchor in New York. But then a foolish mistake — an affair with a married Italian director causes a huge scandal. The scandal headlining all of the tabloid papers and media, causes Dakota to be ultimately fired and blacklisted.

Dejected and with no other avenues of job prospects in New York, Dakota heads back home to Holly Grove Island, North Carolina. There in Holly Grove, she has to face her
Reese Ryan
Oct 11, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: books-i-wrote
I'm so excited for readers to take a journey to Holly Grove Island and explore Dexter & Dakota's #SteamySmallTownRomance.

Elle's Book Blog
Dec 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
My Rating: 4 Stars
Genre Small Town | Second Chance Romance

Two of my favorite romance tropes are small towns, and second chances. So, when I saw that this book included both I knew I needed to read it! Reese Ryan has written a wonderful series starter with this novel and I’m excited to see what she brings us next! She writes vivid characters, a charming plot, and sprinkles in some steam to keep us seasoned romance readers interested! One of the things I loved most about this book was how endea
Ms. Woc Reader
Nov 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
If you like small town romance this book has all those cute things you'll enjoy. It's a small beach side town, there's a big Forth of July festival everyone attentions, cozy local eateries, homestyle food, small town gossip, cute dates, and neighbor's who know each other so well.

When Dakota Jones run's back to her quiet beachside home town of Holly Grove Island after a bad breakup and scandal leaves her jobless; she ends up reconnecting with her old friends and her ex boyfriend Dexter Roberts w
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
Dakota and Dexter got their second chance and this sweet little town got the couple they loved back together again. This was a really good story with some interesting twists and turns. I’m looking forward to reading more of the series!
Read In Colour
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love, love, love a good small town romance. And if you set it in a southern town or a coastal town, any place with quirky characters who are all up in each other’s business or one of a kind festivals? You might as well buy me a ticket there because I’ve already packed my suitcases (in my head) and started planning how soon I can move to this imaginary place. All of this to say, Reese Ryan has created a cozy little town in the Outer Banks of North Carolina and I can’t wait to read more about th ...more
Jan 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Small island town
Secrets and Scandals
Sprinkling of Steamy Romance

I just loved reading this diverse contemporary romance read set in North Carolina’s Outer Banks - a small community, and a haven for second chances for both Dakota and Dexter. In this immersive read, I found myself getting lost in the story and imagining myself part of the community, the goings-on about the town, the slew of secondary characters that are just so fun to read about. I thought the writing was beautiful - it focused
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was just the right combo of sweet and funny with a little bit of steam mixed in. I love the characters and the little community, which I’m excited to get back to when the second book comes out. If you’re looking for a new contemporary romance series, I highly recommend starting with Dakota and Dexter.

I received an advanced copy in exchange for my review.
Randi (randi_reads)
Dec 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Forever Publishing for my complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

I enjoyed this heartwarming second chance romance between former high school sweethearts, Dakota and Dexter. Dakota returns home after sixteen years in NYC to Holly Grove Island, North Carolina after a scandal with a married man. It's only meant to be a temporary stop until she figures out her next move. But, her dad's health issues means her stay will be longer than she originally intended.
Gretchen  (About That Story)
This was a heartfelt and sweet second chance romance! I loved the emotion, drama, and passion between Dexter and Dakota. It was a really entertaining story that made my heart happy!

I loved Dexter and Dakota and learning about their history. I liked the details of their youth and what happened between them and where they're at now in the present. Dexter was such a sweet guy, he seemed to wear his heart on his sleeve and I liked how he was trying to reconnect with Dakota. I loved Dakota, she was t
Amy (TheSouthernGirlReads)
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you Forever for my review copy.
It’s no secret that I love cozy Romance. It’s no secret that I love books based in my beloved North Carolina. Add these two together and what do you get? A new favorite series.
I am absolutely smitten with this sweet little town and their sweet residents. Bring in a second chance romance and I’m sold. Dex & Dakota were delightful. I loved the sprinkling of steaminess...
All in all, this is a series I will absolutely return to.
Dec 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Investigative reporter Dakota Jones worked all her life to be a news anchor in New York. But trusting the wrong man trew a wrench in her plan and put it temporarily on hold. Dakota didn't return to her hometown since her mother died five years ago. Now she's back in her South Carolina small town, waiting for the scandal to pass so she can return to the Big Apple. Our heroine doesn't want to tell her father the real reason she lost her job and she wants even less to cross path with her high schoo ...more
Sarah {The Bookish Knitter}
4.5 Stars

This book was so delightful and I loved everything about it!

The small town, the great cast of characters, the family and friendships. Also, of course, the romance. This is a book that absolutely reminded me why second chance romances are a favorite of mine.
Jess (ireadergosum) Reviews
I really do love small towns and the characters they bring. It was just such a charming setting. And of course in this small town, Dakota and Dexter just keep running into each other. How else could this second chance romance go? This was definitely a cute and cozy romance and I think readers will really enjoy it!
Janilyn Kocher
Oct 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ryan delivers a super sweet read. Dakota comes home to Holly Grove Island after making some bad decisions. Dexter is eager to see her. Years before he had shattered her heart for her own best interests, but she didn't know that. I liked the setting and the community, replete with the one nuisance character, Angela, who serves a purpose. Dexter is a super sweetie. His devotion to Dakota is complete and that's rare in real life or fiction. I almost feel like he loved her more than she loved him, b ...more
LaKenya Robertson-Smith
Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
You won't be disappointed. I just wish I was at that club for that playlist from the band. This book got so good. I made my own playlist for it. ...more
Niki (mustreadalltheromance)
When investigative reporter Dakota Jones' personal life implodes, taking her reputation down with it, she finds her career ruined and her profession credentials in tatters. With no job and no prospects, she returns to her small North Carolina hometown to regroup and spend time with her dad while trying to avoid her first love.

Dexter Roberts has always regretted letting Dakota go. When she returns to the island, he has to try to get her back, knowing she's the love of his life. But now that he's
Dec 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a quick, fast paced light heart read. Dakota has just lost her dream job in NYC. She did not know the man she was seeing was married, and it was all over the tabloids. So she is now labeled as a home-wrecker and others are questioning how she could not have know he was married! She left the big city and has returned to her childhood home, and father with her tail between her legs, that is just until this all blows over.

Holly Grove Island doesn’t take long to get the rumor mill going, an
Diane Peterson
Second Chance on Cypress Lane is the first book of the Holly Grove Island series by Reese Ryan. It is a warm and friendly contemporary novel with some nice sexy bits. Dakota Jones returns to her hometown after an embarrassing love affair severely damages her career as a television reporter. While she loves returning to her father and her best friend, she is reluctant to encounter her teenage love that rejected her years before. Little does she know that Dexter Roberts has long been regretting ho ...more
Dec 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
vance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review!
Dakota Jones was on the fast tracks to her dream career. She was just offered a promotion to become a weekend anchor, something she had spent the last few decades working towards. When she unknowingly falls for a married man, the tabloids eat her alive and her shining career is quickly yanked away. With her tail between her legs, Kota makes her way back home to Holly Grove Island. She left years before and only came home once, for her mo
MidnightAce Book Bar
Dec 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Second Chance on Cypress Lane has two of my favorite tropes. Our first visit to Holly Grove island explores a 17-year separation without the truth of why; Will love prevail?

Dakota Jones's well-planned life of becoming a weekend anchor shatters due to a relationship scandal that goes viral. It wasn't enough that she lost the job, but she was blacklisted in the industry. She takes the opportunity to come home to Holly Grove Island to heal and refocus. New challenges come after being reunited with
Nov 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a lovely second chance romance between 2 lovely people, who fell victim to a meddling parent.
After Dakota's life she built for herself in NY goes up in smoke, she comes home to lick her wounds and figure out her next move. What she doesn't expect is that her father is having some health issues, and just didn't want to burden her with it.
Dexter is so excited to see Dakota, so that he can make amends for how things ended between them. He has regretted it, and isn't going to let her go.
Nov 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Cosy, lighthearted, and romantic!

Second Chance on Cypress Lane is an uplifting, charming tale that takes you into the life of the kind, heartbroken Dakota Jones who after being shattered by a scandalous affair returns home to the idyllic Holly Grove Island to rebuild her self esteem, repair old friendships, help out her widowed father, and hopefully hide from the one man who broke her heart to pieces seventeen years ago.

The writing is sentimental and warm. The characters are multilayered, suppo
Danielle Urban
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Second Chance on Cypress Lane by Reese Ryan is amazing! This story follows a young woman who lost her career and love interest all in one swoop. It also features her journey back home and a rekindle of past romance with her best friend. But she's afraid of heartbreak again and isn't sure giving the first man who broke her heart a second chance. However, with their time spent together while she's home brings them closer and old feelings resurface. Hope, second chances, new beginnings, and family ...more
Alyson (alysonbookishthoughts)
Oct 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Why have I not read anything by Reese Ryan yet because I adored this book! The second chance romance between Dakota and Dexter was so sweet and I could not put this book down. I couldn’t wait to get to the end to see what would happen, but I also didn’t want it to end because I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to these characters.

After a scandal ruins her job opportunities in New York, Dakota heads home to North Carolina to reevaluate things and spend time with her father. The one person she hopes n
Lauren loves llamas
Nov 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Dear world, please give me more Black small town romances like this! This is a thoroughly enjoyable second-chance romance with an insane amount of pining. Though it’s releasing during the usual holiday novel season, it
Marsha Keeper Bookshelf
Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

Second Chance on Cypress Lane begins the Holly Grove Island series with another chance to get love right for Dexter and Dakota along with a small coastal town community that will quickly draw you in and invites you to stay for a while.

Once upon a time, Dakota and Dex were a young couple in love with a future ahead of them right up until Dex left for college and broke Dakota’s heart with a break-up instead of a forever. There were reasons (there always are), but ones t
Nov 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fluff, netgalley, 2020
Thank you to Forever Publishing and Netgalley for a copy of Second Chance on Cypress Lane in exchange for an honest review.

Second Chance on Cypress Lane is available on December 1, 2020!

Dakota Jones is heading home after years away in NYC as an investigative reporter. It wasn't what she had planned but after her career exploded in her face due to a controversy with a married ex-boyfriend the only place she can seek solace is Holly Grove Island, NC. Dexter "Dex" Roberts was the love of her life
Dec 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Dakota Jones is coming to Holly Grove Island after a devastating career disaster that left her unemployed and in the tabloids. She just wants to refocus and decide what to do with her career, so spending time with her dad might just do the trick. When she runs right into her old high school flame Dexter, the man who broke her heart, maybe returning home might not have been the right choice.

Dexter is home for good and when he sees Dakota, he wants to explain to her why he left her so many years a
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Author of the Bourbon Brothers and Pleasure Cove series, Reese Ryan writes sexy, emotional love stories with family drama and surprising secrets.

Reese is the recipient of the 2020 and 2018 Donna Hill Breakout Author Award, a panelist at the 2017 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books and past president of her local Romance Writers of America chapter.

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