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Best Second Chance Romance Books

Rediscover love with the most heartwarming second chance romance novels. Selected from the favorites of romance book bloggers, these stories have captured hearts time and again.

Recommendations from 18 articles, Eric Smith, Alisha Rai.
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Love and Other Words
Christina Lauren - 2018-04-10
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This captivating women's fiction novel explores the complex themes of love, loss, friendship, and forgiveness. The story follows Macy, a pediatrics resident planning her wedding, and the return of her first love, Elliot, who broke her heart years ago. Through alternating timelines between their teenage years and adulthood, the two must confront their past and rediscover their love for each other. Written by the #1 international bestselling author Christina Lauren, this novel will leave you breathless until the very end.
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Queen Move
Kennedy Ryan - 2020-05-26
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"Queen Move" is a story of childhood friends, Ezra and the narrator, who shared their first kiss together. However, due to a family tragedy, they were pulled apart. Twenty years later, Ezra has transformed into a successful, taken man. But when they reunite, the sparks fly once more. Secrets and promises stand in their way, but the narrator is determined to make Ezra hers. Will she succeed in making her childhood love her present one?"
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Alisha Rai
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Eleanor & Grey
Brittainy Cherry - 2019-04-06
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A former crush and the man who left his mark on her life re-enters it in an unexpected way when she becomes the nanny for his children. But the once carefree boy she knew is now a cold, lonely man carrying fresh pain. He makes it clear that she is to focus on her job alone and not revisit old memories. Despite this, she sees glimpses of the boy she loved and is determined to fight for him. Will she leave a mark on his soul as he did on hers?
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Hard to Handle
K. Bromberg - 2022-02-01 (first published in 2020)
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In Hard to Handle, the first book in the Play Hard series, four sisters are determined to save their family business by signing a new athlete to their agency. But when the athlete turns out to be the only man who has ever broken one of the sister's hearts, things become complicated. Despite the attraction, they know better than to cross the professional line. Meanwhile, the athlete has his own demons to face, including a woman he let get away who is now traveling with his team. As they both work towards their respective goals, they can't help but be drawn to each other, leading to a steamy love story filled with unexpected twists and turns.
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Strawberry Summer
Melissa Brayden - 2017-04-01
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"Strawberry Summer" tells the story of Margaret Beringer, a woman trying to leave her difficult past behind. When her first love Courtney returns to manage her family's store, Margaret is forced to confront the memories she's tried to bury. This poignant novel explores the ways in which we can be trapped by our pasts, and how love and forgiveness can lead to a hopeful future.
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You Deserve Each Other
Sarah Hogle - 2020-04-07
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In this hilarious and heartwarming romantic comedy, a bride-to-be finds herself engaged to her ultimate nemesis. Naomi and Nicholas are planning their dream wedding, but Naomi is miserable and wants out. However, breaking off the engagement comes with a hefty price tag: the nonrefundable wedding bill. As things get increasingly petty and chaotic, Naomi and Nicholas find themselves falling for each other in unexpected ways. Will they go through with the wedding or call it off for good?
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The Bromance Book Club
Lyssa Kay Adams - 2019-11-05
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A Major League baseball player's marriage is on the rocks after he discovers his wife has been faking pleasure. When she asks for a divorce, he turns to an unexpected source for help: a secret book club for alpha men. Using a steamy Regency romance novel as their guide, the group coaches him on saving his marriage and winning back his wife's trust. But can he find his inner hero and succeed? Find out in this heartwarming and hilarious tale.
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Eric Smith
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Hate to Want You
Forbidden Hearts
Alisha Rai - 2017-07-25
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When Livvy and Nicholas reunite after years apart, their past comes flooding back. Every year, they shared a night of passion, until Livvy stopped showing up. Now Nicholas has an empire to run and no time for distractions, especially not Livvy. But fate keeps bringing them together, and despite their family's scandalous feud, they can't resist the intense connection they share. Hate to Want You is a steamy and forbidden romance that will leave you wanting more.
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Love Her or Lose Her
A Novel (Hot and Hammered)
Tessa Bailey - 2020-01-14
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Rekindle your love or lose it forever: Rosie and Dominic Vega were high school sweethearts, madly in love, until they weren't. Rosie is fed up with her caveman husband, but when her friends convince her to pursue her dream of opening a restaurant, she decides to give her marriage one last chance at a marriage boot camp. The twist? Her too-manly-to-feel husband agrees to go. As they complete bizarre assignments and learn love languages, they're forced to confront their underlying issues. But just as they're getting back on track, a secret threatens to tear their newly renovated relationship apart.
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Written with Regret
Aly Martinez - 2019-05-23
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A heart-wrenching story about love, loss, and sacrifice. After being saved by Caven Hunt as a child, the protagonist falls in love with him. But when a one-night stand leads to a baby, she must make the ultimate sacrifice by leaving her child with Caven. As she grapples with the pain of separation, she must face Caven again to give their child the life she deserves. A modern take on the fairytale ending we all dreamed of.
It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover
Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen
Ghosted by J.M. Darhower
Text Me Baby One More Time by Teagan Hunter
Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole
First Love, Take Two by Sajni Patel
The Words by Ashley Jade, A. Jade
Beard Necessities by Penny Reid
The Sweet Gum Tree by Katherine Allred
Swear on This Life by Renée Carlino
The Devil Wears Black by L. J. Shen
All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover
Again the Magic by Lisa Kleypas
Getting Schooled by Emma Chase
The Day He Came Back by Penelope Ward
Wait for Me by Tia Louise
Out of the Blue by Kathryn Nolan
Jilted by Sawyer Bennett
Waiting On You by Kristan Higgins
Vicious by L. J. Shen
The Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLean
RoomHate by Penelope Ward
Been There Done That by Smartypants Romance, Hope Ellis