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Release Day Review! SECOND CHANCE AT THE RIVERVIEW INN by Molly O’Keefe (Riverview Inn #5)

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An emotional standalone romance about finding second chances where we least expect them…

Four years ago tragedy hit Helen Larson – hard. But she has her beautiful baby girl, the love and support of her family and a job she’s great at as the fundraiser for Haven House Charity. When she gets a letter from Micah Sullivan, the bad boy, lead singer of her favorite band – Band of Outlaws, offering a sizeable contribution to Haven House, she’s not sure it’s real. But then he invites her to watch rehearsal and things get very real.

Micah Sullivan is a man with some secrets: Helen has saved his life. Twice. Once she doesn’t know about and the other she clearly doesn’t remember. He’s also a man with a problem. When he needs someone to bail him out of jail he takes the opportunity to get Helen back into his life.

It’s not supposed to be serious. It’s not supposed to be love. But the chemistry between them is real and soon, so are their feelings. But if there’s going to be a real second chance between them, he has to come clean about his secrets.

And Helen has to forgive him.

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OMG, loved! Helen and Micah’s story is just what I needed to start my week off right 🙂

I have to admit, I was taken back at first when I realized that the current pandemic was actually a thing in this novel. Every other recent book I’ve read lately has just pretended that COVID wasn’t a thing, and honestly, I was pretty much here for that idea. There’s a reason 99% of my reading is of the HEA-guaranteed variety after all–I like my reading material to feel realistic, but without too much of the actual real world in it, because we all know how often the real world is kinda sucky and feels distinctly lacking in the HEA department. So…lockdowns? Quarantine? Relatives lost to the pandemic? People suffering from long COVID symptoms? My first instinct is to say no thank you.

But I am so glad I didn’t, because I would have missed out on the gloriousness that is this novel. And though I finished book 4 absolutely panting for Helen’s story, it’s probably for the best that Ms O’Keefe made us wait–I don’t know that I would have been ready for it any sooner. Like living through a pandemic, parts of this book are hard to get through. (And LOL, I just got vibes of poor Billy Sorenson’s auction donations there. When you read this book, you’ll know what I mean ;)) But in the end–it’s all totally worth it.

I loved watching Helen and Micah each transform from idealizing/obsessing over the other from afar into people who truly know and love each other in the end–and how Ms O’Keefe 100% not only made me believe in a rock star romance, but also made it seem totally plausible that that same rock star would have been crushing on “normal girl” Helen from afar for so long. Did he take way too long to confess what he needed to to Helen? Yes. Did I hate him for it? Maybe kinda a little sometimes. But did I blame him? Nope. Did he make up for it in the end? Heck, yes.

But will I ever be OK with what the two of them get up to in concert venue bathrooms? Probably not, LOL…

Because, public restrooms, people. Not OK. 😉

Though he *is* a rock star. And he totally loves her, so…but still. Public. Restrooms. :/

Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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