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Falling for Fate by Caisey Quinn
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The second book in the Second Chance series came as a bit of a surprise to me, as I thought it would also revolve around the Second Chance Ranch facility we were introduced to in the first book in the series Last Second Chance. While the ranch is mentioned a few times, it wasn't by any means the focal point of the novel. Instead, we are transported from Texas to New York City and we trade the spurs and horses for boardrooms and sexy CEO's in training.

The book actually starts with a novella, Falling For You, which I really enjoyed, despite the heartache our main character Fate endures. I liked Fate as a character, but I was confused as to why she was getting married, when it was pretty clear she wasn't over the moon happy like one would expect an engaged woman to be. Trevor is a complete jerk and I didn't like how condescending and how he would push her for sex, when she was clearly not ready for it. He just didn't respect Fate and that really drove me nuts, as she doesn't deserve to be treated that way. After the bottom falls out from beneath her, Fate throws caution to the wind and engages in one seriously hot night with an unnamed stranger on the beach.

I really enjoyed our stranger on the beach. He was compassionate and caring and didn't want to see this woman hurting. We get a hint that he is probably a playboy type, but he was exactly what Fate needed to prove to herself that she was desired and wanted and her ex-fiancé is an idiot.

However, fear sent Fate running from the delicious stranger and now after a summer of searching for her and not being able to get her out of his head, he finally finds her again.

You would think after a summer of searching for this girl and abstaining from sexual conquests with other women, our sexy stranger wouldn't be as hot and cold as he is with her when they finally reconnect. This drove me crazy and it didn't fit with the Dean I met in the novella at all. I actually could not stand his character. Sure, he has his moments, but I thought he wasn't that much better than her ex, Trevor. He doesn't know Fate's history, as she has not divulged that to him, but his constant rejection of her really angered me. I get that he's at war with himself, as he is dealing with an intercompany no dating policy, as well as taking over as CEO for his very overbearing father. That doesn't excuse him from constantly being the one to pull away, especially after she is willing to trust him. I feel like the black sheep, as Dean Maxwell did not make my insides melt to goo or fall on the floor swooning. It bothered me that he would spend so much effort on Fate, only to tell her he doesn't do relationships and that he just wants to get her out of his system. Once he realizes that isn't the case, he wants her to know he's available to meet her needs as much as she wants. Translation: they can be fuck buddies. He was just too back and forth for me and I couldn't get past the duality of his character, as I thought his character was going to go in a completely different direction that it did.

The miscommunication and fighting between Fate and Dean was also a problem for me. They are both attracted to one another, but when they first meet back up, Fate is quick to strike and be on the defensive, which leads Dean to do the same. This ends up happening several times to the point where I was over it and didn't even want them to be together. In fact, I was rooting for their friends Keaton and Gwen more than I was them. Keaton can call Dean whipped all he wants, but at least he doesn't run from the fact that he is falling for Fate's friend and co-worker. These two are actually very level-headed and I really enjoyed them together and wanted more of them and their cuteness.

Caisey Quinn is an extremely talented writer and I really did enjoy the storyline, despite my issues with Dean's duality. I love forbidden office romances and she certainly knows her way around a sexy, steamy scene. I do like this book had forgiveness and redemption as major themes, and not just with Dean. Dean and his father have a strained, informal relationship so to see some clarity as to why things were that way and how they may change was really a plus.

Overall, while this wasn't my favorite of Quinn's novels due to some issues with characterization, I do think Falling for Fate, will be enjoyed by New Adult fans, as the story of forbidden love set in corporate America itself is always a fun one to read.

*Received a copy via InkSlingerPR in exchange for a fair and honest review.*
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Reading Progress

September 27, 2014 – Started Reading
September 27, 2014 – Shelved
September 28, 2014 – Shelved as: new-adult
September 28, 2014 – Finished Reading
September 30, 2014 – Shelved as: reviewed

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