One week in Paris One chance with her childhood crush And one lie that could ruin it allBefore 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 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 bothunless they can give each other a second chance, and take a risk on love


10 thoughts on “A Second Chance at Paris

  1. Claire Robinson Claire Robinson says:

    There is a new cock on the roost, in what is largely a female dominated hen house, otherwise known as today s romantic fiction, and boy does he know what he is doodle do dooing It is fair to say I was a little skeptical when I read Second Chance at Paris I liked Zero Day Exploit but it doesn t hold a candle to the writing, characterization and story development in this book.Cole has a certain poetic lyricism to his writing, at points my reading flow was almost like singing a song in my head, There is a new cock on the roost, in what is largely a female dominated hen house, otherwise known as today s romantic fiction, and boy does he know what he is doodle do dooing It is fair to say I was a little skeptical when I read Second Chance at Paris I liked Zero Day Exploit but it doesn t hold a candle to the writing, characterization and story development in this book.Cole has a certain poetic lyricism to his writing, at points my reading flow was almost like singing a song in my head, the music just came and the words were his Have you seen the U.S papers todayCan t say that I haveDo you even careCan t say that I doBecause you re an assholeCould say that I amThe tropes aren t new, but they way they are used is, I am a sucker for second chance love stories, and Celeste and Ion are unique, unusual and colorful characters It really helps that the secondary characters are also likeable, and fit well into the story as a whole This is a book that isn t just about love, but about family, acceptance and learning that sometimes appearances can be deceiving in the most delightful of ways You re not the boy I watched from afar without ever really knowing him but I think you may be even better. Sometimes it s worth taking a chance, sometimes it isn t, I have been on both sides of that cointimes than I can count when it comes too books and authors This is one risk that definitely reaped rewards, and I cannot wait to see where Cole takes us next in the Bayou s End series I wished on a star, And it bought me you ARC generously provided by the author, in exchange for the above honest review


  2. Baba Baba says:

    1.5 stars DNF 27% Review posted January 30, 2015 He stripped her with his gaze, delving deep and prying out her most vulnerable parts to leave her hollow and almost bruised inside.She wished she wasn t so hyper aware of his every touch, until even his light grasp burned through her hoodie like the core of the hottest star.Fear fell over her like black rain.The fear in her eyes silvery lilac in full light, their pale brilliance almost alien roused an unfamiliar surge of dark, protective an 1.5 stars DNF 27% Review posted January 30, 2015 He stripped her with his gaze, delving deep and prying out her most vulnerable parts to leave her hollow and almost bruised inside.She wished she wasn t so hyper aware of his every touch, until even his light grasp burned through her hoodie like the core of the hottest star.Fear fell over her like black rain.The fear in her eyes silvery lilac in full light, their pale brilliance almost alien roused an unfamiliar surge of dark, protective anger.Her head snapped up, eyes wide There was that fetching blush again, peeking past the soot like a sunset through heavy clouds.Her laughter was infectious, silvery and soft with a slight throaty burr.Her cheeks steamed molten hot.He settled into the chair opposite her, a thing of dark shadows against the sunlit airiness of the caf , his hand like cinnamon spilled against the white tablecloth.Her soft hand covered his, halting it, holding it against the table with the velvet heat of her skin melting into his He froze, raising his gaze to hers She sat still as a fawn, dappled by rainbow specks of sunlight from the tinted windows.She darted a glance at him, then looked away, cheeks blooming in watercolor shades of pink and rose.It was just emotion without bounds, tight and sweet behind her ribs, like fear and exhilaration and awe all tied up in a tangled ball, every time she looked up at the sky.Celeste forgot how to move, life and breath stolen to fuel her heart s tumbling fall into that trembling place where her deepest emotions bottled up tight, so very carefully protected by the shield she d spent years crafting. Nothing is left to the imagination Every fucking thing is described in detail I just don t enjoy that kind of in your face writing It distracts because it s all about the writing and the focus is not on the characters any.Frankly, I had to restrain myself otherwise I would have quoted the crap out of this book And I mean in the worst way possible I could have quoted entire pages and those quotes I added are only the tip of the iceberg The story is riddled with that flowery, sugary sweet stuff It s safe to say it s not my cup of tea at all.Someone told me that I m sexist when I say that I would have expected that cheesy and OTT flowery writing from a woman but not from a man I stand corrected However, I d like to say that I ve read flowery prose before that actually appealed to me very much and it was written by a man. Now I d say there is flowery prose and flowery prose and it s always a question of how much is too much It depends also on how an author writes flowery passages Well, it s safe to say that Cole McCade went to full on excess in A Second Chance at Paris due toLots of electrified body parts, it sizzled here and there, hearts and entire bodies were melting or throbbing, toes experienced jolts of taunting sensation, a telescope got in the way of searing kisses and pulsing, swollen lips who were bloated to fullness Moaning till nobody could hear anything except twined breath and the vibrant timpani of hearts Holy crap Timpani That must have been loud Protect your ears, guys Well, and then guts were lurching and clenching, hearts were clenching too, a smoky voice and smoke were clouding someone s vision just kidding or maybe not Of course his smoky voice encouraged the heroine s engine to gearing up substantially There were ripples of pleasure shooting through a body, molten hot cheeks but also molten curls of desire got in my way I could go on and on and on and on but I gotta stop somewhereas he traced circles through the lace, dragging fabric across her skin until sweet frissons shot through her and pooled between her thighs in a molten curl of desire caresses that lanced deep, throbbing pleasure into her His breath chilled the wetness on her skin, only for his tongue to burn her like liquid flame She twisted her hips, crying out, back arching as she feverishly clutched his shoulders He chased every damp trickle across her skin as if he couldn t bear to miss a single taste, winding her tight with a need that clenched deep and hard and dizzying And when he circled the tight center of her pleasure, that clenching turned rough and heavy, ripping through her until she spun apart, her nails digging into his shoulders with the force of itAs it ebbed she sank to the bed, throbbing and scored too deep, even the caress of cool air from the open windows too much to endureHmm my son scores too but not between the sheets He s busy scoring on the soccer field Maybe Ion should consider a change Their fingers laced, and he kissed her with a gentleness that fragmented her to pieces Her body and heart sang in breathless tandem he filled her with every sense The scent of maleness The pressure of his hard body, sliding against hers His shadow hovering over her, enveloping her in a darkness made just for them The taste of his lips, tart with her flavor, shared in darting, sweet touches And the sound of his heavy breaths, rushing around her until she barely heard the condom wrapper crinkling, barely realized what blah blah blahShe couldn t breathe After everything he d done, the onslaught of sensation overwhelmed her She could feel everything every detail gliding against her from within, parting her and sinking deep, so deep No one had ever captured her this way with such raw intensity, clarity so sharp it was painful Intimate Terrible Wonderful She didn t know which, and could only clutch at him as he sank into her, fitting them together as if he d been made to fill her, throbbing inside like a second heartbeat. Terrible, indeeduntil the heat of him swelled insider her, and she tossed her head back as a burning cascade flooded her Her vision seared white as she tangled with him, came with him, mated herself to him with fluid bodies and twined limbs and breathless lips I didn t like the heroine and, by the way, an outward transformation or a change of name doesn t change the person as a whole Celeste should get over her hang ups Considering how old the MCs are, I found the heroine s behavior immature and strange And, frankly, the hero came off as intrusive, pretty desperate and kind of slimy.There is also a plot device that I despise The heroine s father is view spoiler suffering from Alzheimer and when she met the hero she was so surprised, baffled and embarrassed that she didn t tell him who she was BUT Then later on she used her father s illness to hide her identity I quote And she couldn t do that to her father Couldn t tell someone who might remember Alan Haverford about the disease slowly devouring his mind and heart, only for them to think of such a proud man with nothing but pity. hide spoiler That s big bull and irritated me extremely But hey, anything goes to develop a story, right My attempt at reading A Second Chance at Paris proved to be an impossible endeavor In the wake of a minefield of bad prose I had to lay down my arms It was a real nuisance My head swam too and I feelthan a little bit dizzy. I m done Sorry, I tried I really, really did but I can t take it any I usually don t rate books any when I don t reach the self imposed mark of 40% but this time I m giving it a rating nonetheless and sorryamnotsorryatall.If you love sugary, cheesy prose overwhelmed by a bouquet of strong smelling flowers then give it a try You might even enjoy it.P.S I rounded up to two stars because I DNFd so early


  3. Nicola Nicola says:

    A Second Chance at Paris is an incredible read You can t beat a good second chance love story and this is simply enchanting I have a girl crush on Celeste London Intelligent, funny and endearingly awkward, the lady is just bloody awesome An Astrophysicist, I want to be her Oh sod it, to a small degree I am her, granted not quite so intelligent Or an Astrophysicist From the frizzy haired, bespectacled, badly nicknamed socially awkward girl at school, to the dignified yet somewhat clumsy, p A Second Chance at Paris is an incredible read You can t beat a good second chance love story and this is simply enchanting I have a girl crush on Celeste London Intelligent, funny and endearingly awkward, the lady is just bloody awesome An Astrophysicist, I want to be her Oh sod it, to a small degree I am her, granted not quite so intelligent Or an Astrophysicist From the frizzy haired, bespectacled, badly nicknamed socially awkward girl at school, to the dignified yet somewhat clumsy, professional woman working in a largely male dominated industry, I don t think I ve ever sympathised with or related to a female lead so closely and I adored her instantly Her past has shaped her and the present leads her to the most romantic city in the world and into the path of the man who wasn t just her high school crush, but the boy who crushed heralbeit unwittingly Ion BlackwellHe was a writer, and writers liked pretty words Flowery crap she d be stupid to fall forCue the sighs of appreciation and the swoons that earned me looks of despair from the husband, as Celeste wasn t the only one wooed by Ion Underneath the justifiable touch of arrogant armour he wears to retain his privacy, he s a persistent thoughtful man who made my heart flutter and ache in the most wonderful of ways Clueless as to who Celeste is, he s drawn to her like a moth to a flame and their chemistry burns throughout, bringing intimacy, passion, humour, frustration and discoveries Every element of this novel worked for me From the romance and anticipation to the sexy shenanigans, brilliant humour and deeper true to life situations that Celeste and Ion face, Cole McCade has displayed a sublime talent in taking his reader on a captivating journey filled with emotion His words bewitch, his characters have depth, everything is so descriptively visual and he has taken the romance trope and placed his own unique stamp on it In a short space of time, he has proven himself as a must read author and one who I wouldn t hesitate to recommend to anyone who ll listen My first five star read of 2015, A Second Chance at Paris is deserving of every glittering one and, having been introduced to some great secondary characters, I can t wait to see what treats lie in store on our next visit to Bayou s End. This review features on Read Your Writes Book Reviews


  4. Candi~Dirty Laundry Review Candi~Dirty Laundry Review says:

    After reading this book, I want nothingthan to pick up and move to Paris Minus the whole flying part This story is about second chances A second chance to fall in love Celeste had been in love with Ion Blackwell since high school A boy with whom she never dated or kissed Growing up Cel was an oddball Quirky Made fun of And extremely shy Ion was the popular boy Good looking The whole package They shared one moment on a senior class trip to Paris kinda Ok, not really Or so sh After reading this book, I want nothingthan to pick up and move to Paris Minus the whole flying part This story is about second chances A second chance to fall in love Celeste had been in love with Ion Blackwell since high school A boy with whom she never dated or kissed Growing up Cel was an oddball Quirky Made fun of And extremely shy Ion was the popular boy Good looking The whole package They shared one moment on a senior class trip to Paris kinda Ok, not really Or so she thoughtFast forward to years later All grown up Cel has become Dr Celeste London New identity New life This Cel is strong But has her weak moments Passionate Sexy in her own Smart She s an astrophysicist people That s hot She is also very committed to her family Her father Who is not well And for these reasons she decides to move back home to care for her father Until her father forces her to go to Paris for a great job opportunity Reluctantly she goes Enter, Ion Blackwell Best selling author Who writes books about a bad ass strong girl Ion is also very private And hot, sexy, romantic, dreamy Perfect Absolutely perfect He takes my breath away just writing about him One night, by fate They meet again in Paris Ion doesn t know that this is the young shy Cel, from all those years ago But Ion is instantly drawn to her As is Cel of course But she tries to fight her feelings She s there to do a job And get back home to care for her father No distractions But Ion is a very persuasive man And wins her over after endless attempts to going out with him And thank god she gives in Gosh, Cole writes sexy times like a mother Effer So descriptive to where you feel you like you are there with them Like you have become a threesome And leaves you hot, bothered and looking for a cigarette And I don t smoke But they are both hiding secrets Will they be able to overcome the lies Well, you will have to read to find out Again, Cole has sucked me in with his words He has a way like no other to completely make life fade away and leave you feeling like you are in Paris I feel like I can honestly say that I have traveled there now And had a threesome If you guys 1 click this, you also get a bonus story called Zero Day Exploit A story based off of Ion s younger sister Zero So go now 1 click away


  5. Tarah Tarah says:

    A Second Chance at Paris is just a beautiful story the characters, the plot, the writing The writing flows with depth It s lyrical Poetic From amazing imagery to characterization just stunning This story isn t dumbed down and sexed up I was pleased to see that Of course, it s still fucking sexy as hell Let s make sure that s clear The moments between Ion and Cel are so intimate The little things make the biggest difference All the details make the reading so muchI found myse A Second Chance at Paris is just a beautiful story the characters, the plot, the writing The writing flows with depth It s lyrical Poetic From amazing imagery to characterization just stunning This story isn t dumbed down and sexed up I was pleased to see that Of course, it s still fucking sexy as hell Let s make sure that s clear The moments between Ion and Cel are so intimate The little things make the biggest difference All the details make the reading so muchI found myself feelingin the moment with the words I m reading Beingaware of myself as I maware of the characters It gave me this on edge feeling that tugged at my gut as I read That type of awareness I find insanely rare.The plot is quickly made clear I could see where things were going, but was anxious to learn about the path that would take them there Cole made the journey worthwhile I was never bored just because I could see the end.Cel is so fucking quirky and brilliant She s endearing, hilarious, and sexy I adore her to pieces and often found myself smirking and chuckling when I found bits of myself in her Her wavering confidence based on intellect and self doubt from being the nerd resonates well I think her character is so relatable and the lessons the story allows regarding one s true self is so great She is genuine and human and I think she is exactly how she needs to be.Ion I instantly loved him as well His soul and who he is as a person is so strong His self assurance counteracts where Cel is lacking and their interactions become a see saw of entertainment Their back and forth kept me in smiles His passion shows just as strongly as hers, if not , to me He stands out to me so much with his small gestures I m so, so pleased with Ion.Cel s father plays such a vital role in the story in my eyes His character is well written and strong Mainly due to family s situation and relationship being so rooted into the story and characters, I find it so impacting He was endearing and warmed my heart This story wouldn t have been right without him I love reading supporting characters who really take onthan unnecessary fillers.Cole just knows how give you the feels The New Orleans and Louisiana descriptions made me feel at home I want the Violet Sparks books to be real I love all the science I want to go to Paris I want to lay out under the stars and think about how the one I m seeing maybe isn t there any Read the story and you ll understand all this You re a painting, Cel I m filling in your colors That might be my favorite line of the whole book.You need to read this book cover to cover Not just because Zero Day Exploit is in there, but because things like the Author s Note It touched my heart Cole already gave so much of himself in the story and then to continue to givein that He doesn t cease to amaze me Between what Cole shows on social media, to his writing, to his interview with us I just can t express how grateful I am that Cole has put so much of himself out there It s beautiful I m excited to follow Cole s writing I cannot wait for Ophelia s story You all need to read this And the rest of his works too


  6. Denita Kee Denita Kee says:

    I was told about this author from an amazing friend who always recommends the best books I have to admit I had never even heard of Cole McCade But this is one name I won t ever forget now after reading this wonderful book I fell in love with Cel immediately She knows who she is and she s proud of it She loves her dad with all her heart and has put her own happiness and life aside to care for him now that he has Alzheimer s I related to this book on so many levels I lost my own father to H I was told about this author from an amazing friend who always recommends the best books I have to admit I had never even heard of Cole McCade But this is one name I won t ever forget now after reading this wonderful book I fell in love with Cel immediately She knows who she is and she s proud of it She loves her dad with all her heart and has put her own happiness and life aside to care for him now that he has Alzheimer s I related to this book on so many levels I lost my own father to Hodgkins lymphoma I cared for him for over a year as he battled chemo and put up the fight of his life I too had to make him my priority Luckily my extended family and husband stepped up to help and support me This book touched me so deeply I admire Cel so much for putting her dad s needs first That to me is the definition of unconditional love and selflessness Ok ok now on to the wonder Ion Swoon Holy cow he blew me away I have to admit I was kinda mad at him for not realizing right off that Celeste was Mary He s loved her secretly since high school But I quickly got over being mad at him He fell in love with the real Mary in my opinion, Celeste He was always so patient, sweet, understanding, and loving toward her even though she wouldn t open up to him It broke my heart when he rejected her and got so angry at her at their class reunion My heart literally broke for Cel But finally they reunite and she learns the truth Ion has loved her for years He wrote an entire book series about her Omg it doesn t get any sweeter than that This book literally blew me away I highly recommend it This will for sure not be the last book I read from Cole Such an amazing author who makes you feel as though you re living this book right along side the characters Blown away


  7. Maria Rose Maria Rose says:

    This compelling romance is the story of Celeste and Ion While in Paris for a conference, Celeste bumps into the man who has haunted her dreams since high school but goes unrecognized by him, having reinvented herself from her gawky shy awkward self into a polished professional Now that he appears wholly interested in the new her, she can t make herself admit the truth to him, fearing that he will lose all interest if he knows who she really is Their week long affair sizzles but when their tim This compelling romance is the story of Celeste and Ion While in Paris for a conference, Celeste bumps into the man who has haunted her dreams since high school but goes unrecognized by him, having reinvented herself from her gawky shy awkward self into a polished professional Now that he appears wholly interested in the new her, she can t make herself admit the truth to him, fearing that he will lose all interest if he knows who she really is Their week long affair sizzles but when their time together ends will what they ve built be enough to withstand the truth From the moment I started this story, I had a hard time putting it down The tension is thick throughout sexual tension between Ion and Celeste and the tension of knowing the secret Celeste is hiding and wondering how Ion will react when he finds out the truth I loved both their characters Celeste is wonderfully portrayed as an extremely bright woman who still harbours her old teenage insecurities She s funny, smart, bright, but still geeky and awkward and all these qualities together make for a realistic portrayal of a woman who struggled as a teenager to find her niche Ion is equally engaging as a determined, somewhat reclusive writer, idealizing his teenage crush into a series of books that have made him wealthy and able to use that wealth to live as he wishes The love scenes between them are intense and emotional The city of Paris makes for a beautiful backdrop to the story and is part of it s charm Celeste s family also plays a key role in the plot and dynamics of the novel, adding poignant moments as Celeste must make choices for her future For a debut novel, this story has everything I look for in a contemporary romance real and engaging characters, smart witty dialogue, a mix of humour and tension, steamy love scenes and a couple that deserve a happy ending 5 stars


  8. Sherry Sherry says:

    I m sure we ve all had moments in which we want to change who we are and reinvent ourselves, but Celeste London actually followed through and set about a domino effect with her reinvention In school, she was known as Hairy Mary Haverford With her blue hair and thick glasses, she crushed on Ion Blackwell, her classmate who she saw as unattainable Following her transition into her new life, she becomes an astrophysicist who moves back home to help care for her Alzheimer s stricken father A w I m sure we ve all had moments in which we want to change who we are and reinvent ourselves, but Celeste London actually followed through and set about a domino effect with her reinvention In school, she was known as Hairy Mary Haverford With her blue hair and thick glasses, she crushed on Ion Blackwell, her classmate who she saw as unattainable Following her transition into her new life, she becomes an astrophysicist who moves back home to help care for her Alzheimer s stricken father A week long conference in Paris is seen as the perfect opportunity to better her life and her father s, but it s the reappearance of Ion that changes everything For one week the two share passion and connect in depth, but the secret Celeste holds eats away at her as she s unable to fully give herself to Ion She still sees him as that same unattainable boy that she saw him as in school What was supposed to only be one week becomesfor both and leads to a series of revelations Each word was perfectly placed on the page, allowing the reader to feel the turmoil and emotions within the characters I highly recommend this book


  9. Jean Jean says:

    Don t we all have that one secret high school crush The one you dreamed of dating, marrying, having his children, etc., etc The one you obsessed over, wrote his name over and over with hearts, adding his last name to your first name you know, that one who didn t even know you were alive But you loved him and he would always be that boy in high school who made you melt.This is A Second Chance at Paris What a great, great romance novel Such a nice change If real life didn t get Don t we all have that one secret high school crush The one you dreamed of dating, marrying, having his children, etc., etc The one you obsessed over, wrote his name over and over with hearts, adding his last name to your first name you know, that one who didn t even know you were alive But you loved him and he would always be that boy in high school who made you melt.This is A Second Chance at Paris What a great, great romance novel Such a nice change If real life didn t get in the way, this book would have been unputdownable for me Celeste is a nerd, and she always was all through high school But, she knew what was important.family, education, career She was a strong witty woman and I loved her Her insecurities and lack of social life in high school has her changing herself.changing her name, her appearance I think she thought this would help her fit in She had family issues to deal with and was struggling with finding secure employment to help her father She travels to Paris for one week to make some presentations, and to put feelers out for job opportunities And what do you know, her high school crush, Ion, just so happens to live in Paris now Unfortunately, after their first encounter, he does not recognize her..and of course she thinks, why would he, he never even noticed me in high school She decides to keep this knowledge to herself..I mean she was only going to be in Paris for one week, so what was the harm She d go back to the States and never see Ion again, with him none the wiser Her decision will eventually backfire on her, which really sucked They connected immediately and they had a whirlwind week Oh this book, I just loved it There is so much to it Celeste s dedication to the stars, and Ion s involvement in a YA book series with a hero who is based on a girl he knew in high school who inspired him, are just small parts of these characters which made me feel like I knew them I can t say any..no spoilers But seriously, if you are looking for a wonderful story, with two beautiful characters, this book is for you


  10. Heidi Ho Heidi Ho says:

    I finished this book in 4 hours It had everything I love in books humour, prose, a distinctive voice, a kickass heroine and a non assinine hero Cole writes like he has been writing for a long time His descriptions of places and things in the book was done in such detail, it painted such a vivid picture in my mind, especially of Paris The story in itself is uncomplicated and there is beauty in that The running themes of family and insecurity, fear of rejection, working in a male dominated I finished this book in 4 hours It had everything I love in books humour, prose, a distinctive voice, a kickass heroine and a non assinine hero Cole writes like he has been writing for a long time His descriptions of places and things in the book was done in such detail, it painted such a vivid picture in my mind, especially of Paris The story in itself is uncomplicated and there is beauty in that The running themes of family and insecurity, fear of rejection, working in a male dominated field ALL resonated with me, as I m sure it does with many girls out there She was written in such an endearing way I just wanted to reach into my screen and hi five her at times Or just hug her Ion Ion Blackwell is a strong silent presence and it lingers throughout the book So many times while reading, I wanted to smack him in the head for not recognising her But I remember the effort Cel took in reinventing herself I was always waiting for the shit to hit the fan and this maintained a dull throbbing ache in my chest because I knew he loved her all along The fall out hit me hard, I cried real ugly tears and needed hugs I have to say the ending is pretty darn perfect though It was satisfying and infuriating and I loved it Arigato Cole 3