Series: Bayou's End #1
Author: Cole McCade
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 18, 2015
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About A Second Chance at Paris:One week in Paris. One chance with her childhood crush. And one lie that could ruin it all.
Before she was Dr. Celeste London, Astrophysicist, she was Mary Celeste Haverford: dork, loser, the geek formerly known as Hairy Mary. But she’d left all that behind--and left Ion Blackwell behind, nothing but an unrequited crush and the memory of a high school field trip, a night in Paris, and the words Celeste never had the courage to say. She’d never expected to see him again…until a surprise encounter on a Parisian riverboat tour brings him back into her life, and gives her the opportunity to start over as someone new. Someone Ion doesn’t recognize, transformed from a social outcast into a polished, professional woman that Ion doesn’t realize is the girl he’s been longing for since childhood, the ideal he’s dreamed of his entire life.
Suddenly this vivacious (if charmingly awkward) “new” woman is teaching him that real love is better than any dream--but Celeste is hiding more than her identity. Hiding something that makes it hard to trust her increasingly erratic behavior, and her frequent secretive phone calls. When the truth comes out, the deception could shatter them both...unless they can give each other a second chance, and take a risk on love.
This was a really fun read. As we all know, I love nerd romances!
It was a lot shorter than I expected, because it ended at like 52% and included the second book in the series (it was a nice surprise to read that, but I wish the first book was longer!). I think it was a great story of maturity and second chances.
Celeste was this strong, bold woman who was the complete opposite in high school, to the point that her reality of high school was crazy skewed. My favorite part of the book wasn’t even the romance (I know! Shocker!) but her rude awakening/reality check/wake up call/whatever you want to call it. Although the awakening wasn’t that rude.
And oh man, I really do love nerdy romances. The astronomy stuff in particular was so cute in this book. And the whole “show me your Paris” plan they were doing with each other.
I love the fact that Celeste took the one telescope everywhere she went. I love that she carries around explosives for the sake of science. I love that she blew up a lecture and couldn’t taste food for days. The only part of her I didn’t love was the part she carried over from her youth.
Ion (I kept pronouncing it ‘Ian’ in my head…is that wrong?) was so romantic and love-struck and it was so cute. Could you see the big conflict and subsequent grande gesture coming from a mile away? Sure, but whatever, the in between was really good!
About Cole McCade:
Cole McCade is a New Orleans-born Southern boy without the Southern accent, currently residing somewhere in the metropolitan wilds of the American Midwest. He spends his days as a suit-and-tie corporate consultant, and his nights writing romance novels in between fending off Tybalt, his geriatric cat. And while he spends more time than is healthy hiding in his writing cave instead of hanging around social media, you can generally find him in these usual haunts: