He has one last chance to deserve the girl of his dreams…

Overachiever River Purcell was never supposed to be a struggling single mom, working double shifts just to make ends meet. Nor was she supposed to be abandoned by her high school sweetheart, breaking her heart into a thousand jagged pieces. Now Vaughn De Matteo is back in town, his sights set onher…and River is in danger of drowning a second time.

No one believed Hook’s resident bad boy was good enough for River. Not even Vaughn himself. But he’ll fight like hell to win back the woman he never stopped loving, to keep the daughter he never expected, and convince himself he’s worth their love in the process–even if he has to rely on their fierce and undeniable sexual chemistry.

But even as River’s body arches under his hungered touch, the demons of the past lurk in the shadows. Waiting for Vaughn to repeat his mistakes one last time…


I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I keep saying this, but I love Tessa Bailey. Her dirty-talking heroes are always a treat to read. It takes a lot for an author to successfully create a hero who talks dirty without the whole dialogue sounding creepy or weird. Tessa Bailey does that with no difficulty. I think every hero I’ve ever read from her knows how to talk dirty. But other than that, these heroes of hers are far from perfect. They have flaws, they’ve made mistakes. But all in all, they are alpha males who know how to win their women.

You know me. You know I love second chance romances. And this book is that. I really liked the heroine because she was the strong one. She held on as much as she could. When she was left on her own, a single mother with a shitty job, she survived. She made things as good as they could be with her child. The hero redeemed himself because he did everything he could to win back the girl he left behind.

I read the first book in this series, and I liked it. But I think I like this one better. probably because I love the trope. But also because I really like a good redemption, and the hero got that. I always enjoy Ms. Bailey’s books, and this one is no different. I recommend this book whether you’ve read the first one or not.


Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans and laptop, driving cross-country to New York City in under four days.

Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention.

She now lives in Long Island, New York with her husband of eight years and four-year-old daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.

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