My guest today is Stacey from whisperingstories who reviewed this romance, written from a male perspective.
Second Chances Book 1
Author – Michael Ross
Publisher – Limitless Publishing LLC
Release Date – 26th July 2016
Danny Pearson is cruising through life on the edge of contentment—even in his marriage…
His wife seems distant, yet perfectly happy. They work on different schedules and pass like ships in the night. But that’s how marriage is after so many years, right?
When Danny meets a mysterious girl, his idea of the meaning of love shatters at his feet…
She’s not extraordinary, but somehow she’s so much more than just another girl. When he catches her gaze, he knows deep in his gut that she’s the one—the love of his life. But being a decent guy, he holds his feelings in check, and there is no ulterior motive when he shares a coffee with her. As she leaves, she gives him a business card. That’s all there is to it.
Her name is Ella. And after that, she is nothing more than a fond memory.
Danny puts Ella out of his mind and moves on with his life—until his world falls apart…When his wife confesses to having an affair and demands a divorce, his life is thrown into chaos. It’s a challenge adjusting to the single life, but it’s not impossible. As time passes, he continues to reminisce of his brief encounter with the woman he’s sure was his chance at true happiness.
How far is Danny willing to go in the pursuit of love? How far would you when, in all probability, you are only…
Chasing what’s already gone?
Chasing What’s Already Gone by Michael Ross is a romance book told from a male perspective.
Daniel Pearson has just met the love of his life, his soul mate. Unfortunately, no-one has told her, or his wife. It happened as he briefly passed the young woman at the shopping centre, and he knew that the woman was meant to be his.
When he bumps into her again, shortly afterwards at Costa Coffee, he plucks up the courage to talk to her, and spill his life story! Luckily for him she gives him her business card and tells him to call her soon. However the business card isn’t hers and now Daniel is back to square one again. Who is his soul mate and more importantly, where is she?
When I was first asked to review this book I was dubious. I have read other romance books written by male authors and the majority haven’t worked in my eyes, but this book has a great story line. It was also fun and full of surprises.
The characters were well defined and likeable, if a little unbelievable. To me it felt like Daniel had this magically bracelet that brought him constant good luck (i.e like James Nesbit in Lucky Man, for those who will understand the reference.) It also felt like he was a man obsessed, stalkerish. He couldn’t stop thinking about this woman he had spent a few minutes with and was going to extreme lengths to find her. His obsession with this woman was written in an amusing manner, it was only afterwards, reflecting back, that it came to light how weird this seemed.
Although this book is interesting, engaging and entertaining, I did have a few niggles with it, hence the 3.5 stars. My main issue was with the dialogue. The book is full with dialogue, which felt like 50% of the book, this for me was far too much talking and not enough story – The author has been in touch with me to state that it was only 20% of the book, so I stand corrected, but unfortunately it did feel like a higher percentage to me.
An interesting romance book, executed well, but would of received 4, possible 5 stars if it didn’t feel like I was listening to a conversation, rather than reading a novel sometimes.
Reviewed by Stacey
Three and a half stars
It was a strange and twisting road that led to the publishing of my second novel.
Born and raised in Bristol, England. I spent my adult life in business, the majority of that time marketing cars. I eventually owned the largest Saab specialist in the world, before a divorce put an end to that part of my life.
This led me to leave Bristol to live halfway up a mountain in the Welsh valleys, start a part time six year English Literature course at Bristol University, and attend creative writing classes in Cardiff.
My interest in English literature flourished and I have won several prizes for my short stories. My first book, ‘Twenty Short Stories – Settling a score,” reached No 6 in the Short Stories Best Sellers and is still available. My second novel, a romantic thriller entitled Hand Over Fist was released earlier this year.
Chasing What’s Already Gone evolved from a short story Carpe Diem in my second anthology Twenty One Short Stories. I could not get the two main characters out of my head and I had to find out what happened to them after the end of the short story.
I now live very happily halfway up that mountain in the Welsh Valleys with my wonderful partner, Mari, and our rescue dog, Wolfie.
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