Susan Mallery has really touched something here and created such depth with her characters. ~ Amanda, Guilty Pleasures
touching modern fairy tale that won’t let go of your heart, from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fool’s Gold romances!
Mathias Mitchell’s easy smile hides a world of hurt. After the worst kind of family betrayal, he moves to Happily Inc., California—the wedding destination town supplies a steady stream of bridesmaids, perfect for his “no promises, no pain” lifestyle. Yet he can’t stop watching for his beautiful, elusive neighbor on the animal preserve behind their homes.
Gamekeeper Carol Lund knows she’s not special enough to attract an alpha male like Mathias, so his offer to help her adopt a herd for her lonely giraffe is surprising—and his determined seduction, even more so. But just as she finally welcomes him into her bed, his careless actions crush her heart. Will she give him a second chance to prove she’ll always come first in his heart?
Second Chance Girl is the second story in Susan Mallery’s Happily Inc. series and it is a delightful story that touched me with her heartwarming and insightful writing. This story deals with one of the younger Mitchell brothers that has real issues with love and commitment due his family’s dysfunctional upbringing. Neighbors Matthias Mitchell and Carol Lund are friends and get along great because they tease and keep things light between them. Neither are aware of the others feelings and keep it that way because Carol doesn’t feel special enough and Matthias thinks she deserves better. Getting these together wasn’t easy and throw in a trouble-causing beagle, and you have a wonderful romantic story.
Matthias is a brilliant artist who works with glass and has uses the host of weddings and bridesmaids the way to scratch his itch without building a relationship. He moved here 5 years ago along with Ronan and Nick, in order to escape their father’s criticism and vitriol and carve out their own artistic careers. Things haven’t been the same between him and Ronan his twin and it has really left him lost and abandoned. He has etched out a good life but it could be so much more if he could let go of his past and believe in himself and his art. Matthias makes only with dishes and pottery and leaves the ‘art’ to Ronan and Nick, much to their dismay. He believes is that he isn’t cut out for relationships and wouldn’t really know how to go about it. It didn’t mean he couldn’t imagine what it would be like with Carol, considering she is the woman of his dreams.
Carol is the gamekeeper of the animal preserve on the outskirts of town and has a huge crush on Matthias but doesn’t feel special like the women he goes after. She’s your average girl whose goal at the moment is to raise money to get Millie the giraffe a herd to belong to. She loves what she does and lives simply but doesn’t know how to attract a man like Matthias and keep his interest. When Matthias intervenes to help her cause she got a big eye opener to what his life was like with his family and wants to do what she can to have his back. Their friendship grows throughout the story and the development of their romance has a bit of a hitch, but works out in the end. I like her style and how she goes for what she wants to get her man.
A bonus in this story is a second romance blooming between a British Duke and Carol’s sister Violet. The girls are close and the best of friends and want what’s best for the other. I love how these two navigate their way to finding love for themselves and how certain choices had to be decided. Throughout this whole story we saw how families should work and how some will never work right at all. It just takes that special someone who sees you for what you are and not for what you do. Carol and Matthias saw that in one another and how their love and friendship could be the best thing for both of them. Susan Mallery has really touched something here and created such depth with her characters. They grow emotionally and found the love of their life. Second Chance Girl warmed my heart and I look forward to more stories from Happily Inc.