Welcome to my stop on the tour for Fast Forward, the second book in the Second Chances series by Marion Croslydon. I hope you enjoy my review, and don't forget to enter the giveaway for a Kindle Paperwhite! Also,you can check out my review for the first book, No Reverse, here.
Fast Forward (Second Chances #2)
Author: Marion Croslydon
Publisher: Carlux Publishing
Release Date: 19 December 2013
From the Amazon bestselling author of No Reverse comes a moving story about love, redemption and what happens when life switches to fast forward.
Cassie learned the hard way: Love forgives… in the end.
In No Reverse, Josh and Cassie’s epic love story went from the brink of destruction to a fragile new beginning. Now they must mend their broken family and win back the son they gave up five years ago.
But second chances need to be earned and the road ahead is rocky. With Cassie on tour and Josh trying his hand at a political career, the struggle becomes clear. When the adoption takes a bad turn, Cassie and Josh are prepared to give up everything for the fight of their lives.
Will this young family finally heal the years of heartache, or will they be torn apart for good?
*Note: There is no cliffhanger.
In the first book, I was firmly on Cassie's team and rooted for her throughout. And whilst I was still rooting for her-truly she deserved a happy ever after- I couldn't help but find her a bit annoying in this book. She is rife with insecurities about herself and her relationship with Josh and these can make her push Josh away when that's the last thing she should be doing. Overall though, I really admired Cassie's determination to do whatever it took to finally have Lucas back- even if it meant she had to give up her own dreams. She deserves to finally get to be a mother to her son, and find a peace and happiness that's long been missing from her life.
Ah, Josh. I felt like, as a reader, I connected more with Josh in this book. The chapters alternate between being in Cassie and Josh's POV, so it was great to really understand what Josh was thinking and feeling. He really has taken on the weight of the world in this book. He's trying to adopt his son, fix his relationship with Cassie, deal with his own fears and embark on his political career. Through it all, his love for Cassie and Lucas is what keeps him going. He wants nothing more than for Cassie to rely on him and to be able to make everything right for them.
Cassie and Josh's relationship had a realism about it which was refreshing, as they navigated around their insecurities and issues. They don't have an easy time of it, and they rarely get to enjoy being back together. But their love is their backbone of strength in this story, through the good and bad.
Saying that, although they did communicate fairly well, there were plenty of times I wanted to shake some sense into the pair of them. They spend a lot of time arguing and chasing around the same issues. They both let their worries take over and cause unnecessary pain.
At the heart of this story is the struggle of Cassie and Josh to reclaim their relationship and adopt their own son. It's not an easy journey, but it's one worth taking. Even if there is obstacle, after obstacle placed in their path.
Again, I really enjoyed the writing from Marion Croslydon. She has an emotive style that takes you to the heart of the story and keeps you there. Whilst I didn't love this sequel as much as I did the first book in the series, I definitely enjoyed it and am looking forward to reading the rest of the series. Especially Sam Blackhawk's story because that man is smoking hot. I'd definitely recommend this to lovers of second chance romances!
*I received a review copy as part of the blog tour, for my honest review. Thank you!
About the Author
Marion loves to share happy vibes, talk book crush, fictional boyfriends and sexual chemistry with like-minded people. And because she spends most of her days on her own deep inside her writing cave, you are welcome to come and say “hello” from time to time. Just to make sure she doesn’t sink into insanity. Her friends, family and arch-enemies (there are quite a few) will be forever grateful for your help.
Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter
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