How far will they go for a second chance…
Years ago, Layla Parker’s romantic dreams came true. She married her high school sweetheart and settled into a house on his family’s ranch to live happily ever after. But sometimes dreams turn into nightmares and when Layla’s husband became abusive, she felt there was no way out. Her big brother was serving overseas, her friends were away at college, and her single father insisted she’d made her bed and now she had to lie in it—until death do her and her husband part. It isn’t until her father’s death over a decade later that Layla gains the courage to leave her marriage. She hopes to find peace living alone, but her dreams of happily ever after died a long time ago.
Cole Lawson has spent years secretly pining for his former best friend. Layla Parker captured his heart sophomore year of high school, but she was already taken. When she married her boyfriend two years later, she and Cole grew apart and have rarely seen each other since. Cole’s been a lady killer since the day he realized that his dimpled smile made all the cowgirls swoon, but when he discovers Layla is newly single he’s ready to put an end to his womanizing ways and make a serious play for the one who got away.
When tragedy strikes the Lawson family, Cole and Layla’s rekindled friendship grows into something more, but soon a dark secret from Layla’s past threatens to destroy their shot at forever. Now Cole will have to decide—listen to his heart or to the people warning him that Layla might not be as innocent as she seems.
I had the hardest time writing this review. There’s so much I want to say about Chaps & Chance, but I don’t want to give anything away. I want Romance fans to read it and really think. There’s a lot of heavy stuff in this book, and I’m so proud of Jessie for writing it.
Usually you find me terrorizing her, and calling her a jerkface on her Facebook. Don’t let it fool you, she loves it. But today my tone is a bit serious. If you haven’t read Chaps and Chance yet, I promise I will try my best to not spoil anything.
I had a really hard time reading this book. Not because its bad. On the contrary, it’s very good. Why hard then? Because Layla, our leading lady, was seriously abused by her husband of nine years, Wayne. They were some scenes, that were very difficult to read.
I know-I know, booooo we don’t want to read about that stuff when trying to escape our own realities, right? Not always the case for me. I think an author is responsible for the information and books that they publish. And to use this platform to bring awareness to a subject most people sweep under the rug is truly admirable. So Ii applaud Jessie for it.
If the domestic abuse wasn’t heart breaking enough, there’s this whole John and Lily thing that I can’t talk about because I’ll be ugly crying on the subway. Again. What are you doing to me goddess of everything!? My feels can’t handle it.
But don’t get me wrong, not everything about the book was so serious. There were plenty of good laughs, tender moments, and sexy. All wrapped in a packaged named Cole. Just saying his name brings a smile to my face. What a sexy fictional man. He is my new fictional boyfriend. No you can not have him. He is mine. Along with Bubba and Pike.
Speaking of Pike, I am currently re-reading Tulsi and Pike’s book. It’s the third book in the Lonesome Point, TX series. Yes, I love these books so much, I go back and re-read them and fall in love all over again.
Do yourself a favor and read Chaps & Chance. But before you do, read the previous books in order. Not that you can’t read out of order, but nice to see everything and everyone evolve.
For more information on Jessie Evans visit her website.