Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Second Chance with the Rebel - Cara Colter (HR #4377 - May 2013)

Series: Mothers in a Million

Everyone in the town could see they didn't belong together. Mac was the adventurous outsider with a mysterious past, and Lucy was the wholesome doctor's daughter. And Mac's sudden departure just proved the rest of the town right.…

Seven years later a Mother's Day Gala brings Mac back into Lucy's life, and once again she finds herself charmed by him. Everything feels different, but the risk of heartbreak is just as strong. But doesn't everyone deserve a second chance at happiness -- even her…?

Very good reunion story.  Lucy had been the local good girl and Mac was the bad boy teenager when they were younger.  Lucy had loved being with Mac who showed her a side of herself she never knew she had.  There had been something about Lucy that made Mac want to be a better person.  When Lucy's father found out he threatened Mac with arrest if he didn't leave.  Mac felt he had no choice but to protect her so he left.  Now Lucy is planning a celebration to honor his foster mother and she needs him to come back.  She doesn't expect the boy who broke her heart to still have a hold on that heart and fears getting it broken all over again.

I really liked Lucy.  She had never been a mean person like some of her friends and she had really cared for Mac.  She was terribly hurt when he left without asking her to go with him and said some things that she didn't mean.  Now she is living a different sort of life and spending a lot of time looking after his foster mother.  When she gets concerned about the woman's health she forces herself to contact Mac even though she really doesn't want to see him again.  I loved the way that Lucy had changed into someone who obviously cared so much about other people.  She put her own fears aside to contact Mac.  When he arrived she realized that she had never gotten over her love for him.  She tried fighting her feelings for him but the more he tried to get involved in her life the less she was able to resist him.  I also liked the way that she tried to get him to open up to her in ways he never had before knowing that she wanted to get to know the real Mac.  When they were finally able to trust each other with their deepest secrets they had a chance at a wonderful future.

Mac had come to Mama's as a troubled teenager.  He was fighting a guilt that made him rebel against anything that might be good in his life.  Being with Lucy touched something deep inside him and filled a hole in his soul.  He left her behind when it became obvious to him that they had no future together.  Now that she has forced him to come back he has to face the fact that he has never forgotten her.  He also sees that Lucy is not the same girl that he left behind.  He doesn't know what has caused the changes but he is determined to put some fun back in her life.  But as much as he wants to know the new Lucy he is still wary of sharing anything about his own past and opening himself up to possible rejection.  When he finally did tell her he was truly stunned to find that it didn't change her opinion of him and that it actually relieved a lot of his feelings of guilt.  I loved the way he was there for Lucy at the Mothers Day Gala and how he learned of the cause of all her changes.  There was a lot of heart that showed through that bad boy exterior.

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