31 Second-Chance Romances for the New Year

Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot?

A new year brings with it a clean slate and a new beginning. For the couples in these romances, it also brings a second chance for love. Maybe they were friends who lost touch, or young lovers who were cruelly separated from one another, or maybe their romance simply faded away—wrong time, wrong place. Navigating a new love with an old flame can be complicated by past history, but second-chance romance is a tried-and-true romance trope for good reason.  

C. L. and Ilene’s top picks for this fun trope:

 The Great EstateThe Great Estate, by Sherri Browning

Having been caught kissing another man, Sophia, the Countess of Averford, believes her marriage to Gabriel the Earl is over. Gabriel has fled the country leaving Sophia to wallow in her misery. When Gabriel returns he finds a much changed Sophia and she too finds that Gabriel is not the man he was when he left England. Slowly they begin to trust one another and find that their love hasn’t faded, but has grown while they were apart.  



Heat of the MomentHeat of the Moment, by Lori Handeland

Four centuries ago, triplet girls were sent into the future to avoid sure death at the hand of a witch hunter in their small Scottish village. Dr. Becca Carstairs was born to be a vet. She was always been a little bit of an outcast in their small town, and never told anyone that she could talk to animals. She’s asked by the police chief about a strange series of animal disappearances. Later that night, Becca discovers that her childhood friend and teenage boyfriend, Owen McAllister, has just returned with his military service dog, Reggie, after an accident in Afghanistan and that the bodies of the missing animals were left in the falling down house where he was raised. The second book in the Sisters of the Craft trilogy has a little bit of everything—romance, humor, suspense, and the paranormal.


Whenever You Come AroundWhenever You Come Around, by Robin Lee Hatcher

A looming deadline and a flooded house bring best-selling author Charity Anderson home to Kings Meadows for the summer. Seeing Buck Malone, her high-school crush, brings back old issues from her past that she’s never told anyone about and that she’s tried to forget. However, he’s living next door to her parents’ house, and when he breaks his wrist and ankle in an accident with her dog, she winds up spending a lot of time with him. Their time together proves to be healing for them both. Give to readers looking for a chaste inspirational romance; they’ll thank you for it.


Brave the HeatBraving the Heat, by Sara Humphreys

Fire Chief Gavin McGuire isn’t looking for love when he spots his high-school girlfriend 15 years after she disappeared from his life, taking a piece of his heart with her. Now a divorcée with two daughters, can Jordan McKenna find the courage to tell Gavin why she left? Can Gavin forgive her? If they can only overcome their past they will be free to build their future. This begins a new contemporary series for Humphreys. 


When the Rogue ReturnsWhen the Rogue Returns, by Sabrina Jeffries

In the second book in the Duke’s Men series, Victor and Isabella Cale have only been married a week when the royal diamonds go missing from the jewelry store where they both work. Isa’s sister and brother-in-law were responsible for the theft, but they set things up so that Victor and Isa would each believe the other was responsible. When Victor finally tracks her down, they piece together the truth, but can they manage to work together to make the real criminals pay?



The LuckietsThe Luckiest, by Mila McWarren

Coming together to help friends celebrate their wedding means that Aaron has to face is ex, Nik who broke his heart after high school. Nik has only one thing on his mind for the week—to win Aaron back. Aaron has a hard time letting go of the hurt Nik caused, but once he does, watch out! These two can’t get enough of each other in this sizzling new-adult romance. 


Truly SweetTruly Sweet, by Candis Terry

Military hero Jake Wilder is home trying to adjust to civilian life but failing miserably. Annabelle “Annie” Morgan is back home trying to pick up the pieces of her life, after leaving her jerk of an ex-boyfriend. Annie and Jake were never together, but Annie had a mad crush on him back in the day. Jake can’t believe how grown up Annie is now and wants to get to know her . . . on his terms. But as much as Annie wants Jake, she’s had enough of that game. She decides that if Jake wants her, and he does, he’ll need to be there for her in all ways. Sweet and sexy. 


ExposedExposed, by Brighton Walsh

Genevieve Meyer’s criminal past catches up with her in the second book in the Captive series. Evie faked her death and created a new identity to get away from the crime syndicate she’d been working for after making a discovery she shouldn’t have. Riley has been morning Evie’s death for the last five years when he learns from his brother, Gage, that Evie is alive and needs his help. The chemistry between Riley and Evie is still there, but can they stop running long enough to explore it?


Other great reads:

Again the Magic, by Lisa Kleypas

Anything for You, by Kristan Higgins

Bad Romeo, by Leisa Rayven

Best Kind of Trouble, by Lauren Dane

Blind Faith, by Rebecca Zanetti

Broken Juliet, by Liesa Rayven

Fall with Me, by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Gentlemen Prefer Curves, by Sugar Jamison

Home by Morning, by Kaki Warner

It Had to Be Him, by Tamra Baumann

It Must Be Your Love, by Bella Andre

Kaleidoscope Hearts, by Claire Contreras

The Legend of Lyon Redmond, by Julie Anne Long

A Love Like Ours, by Becky Wade

Love with a Perfect Cowboy, by Lori Wilde

Make You Remember, by Macy Beckett

A Man’s Promise, by Brenda Jackson

Married ’til Monday, by Denise Hunter

Match of the Century, by Cathy Maxwell

Return to You, by Samantha Chase

Second Chance Summer, by Jill Shalvis

To the Stars, by Molly McAdams

Walk through Fire, by Kristen Ashley




About the Author:

Ilene Lefkowitz is a supervising librarian at the Denville Public Library in Denville, New Jersey. Along with C. L., co-author of Read On . . . Romance (2014). When she is not reading romances she can be found cooking up a storm or attempting to be crafty. Follow her on Twitter @ilefkowitz.C. L. Quillen is the director of the Spotswood Public Library. In her spare time, she likes to get creative in the kitchen, travel, and spoil her already very spoiled Siamese-mix cat. She is the co-author of Read On . . . Romance (2014). Follow her on Twitter at @cielle.

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