Title: Second Chance
Author: Jay Northcote
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: 4/20/2018
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 240
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Everyone deserves a second chance.
Nate and his teenage daughter need a fresh start, so they move back to the village where he grew up. Nate’s transgender, and not used to disclosing his history, so it’s hard living where people knew him before. When Nate reconnects with Jack—his best friend from school and unrequited crush—his feelings return as strong as ever.
Jack’s returned home to get his life in order after an addiction to alcohol caused him to lose everything: his job, his driver’s licence, and nearly his life. He’s living with his parents, which is less than ideal, but rekindling his friendship with Nate—or Nat as Jack once knew him—is an unexpected benefit of being back home. Jack is amazed by Nate’s transformation, and can’t deny his attraction. Trying for more than friendship might ruin what they already have, but the chemistry between them is undeniable.
Doubting his feelings are reciprocated, Nate fears he’s risking heartbreak. Jack’s reluctance to tell his parents about their relationship only reinforces Nate’s misgivings. With both their hearts on the line and their happiness at stake, Jack needs to make things right, and Nate has to be prepared to give him a second chance.
As always, Jay Northcote releases something and I jump at the chance to read it. The friend-to- lover and second chance romance are always tropes that I enjoy reading. So one of my go to authors, my favourite genres, it should have been amazing. I did enjoy the book, it just didn’t make me jump for joy and make my heart sore like this authors work normally does.
Both Nate and Jack find themselves back in their little rural hometown after being away for almost 20 years. These two were best friend when they were younger, and Nate always had feelings for Jack however given that Jack is gay and Nate was pre-transition his love was not returned. Jack never knew of Nate’s feelings for him and has always wondered by he never kept in touch when they both moved away for college.
These two meet again and at first Jack doesn’t recognize Nate as he had no idea that he was was transgender. Through some ups and downs, they find their way back in to a friendship and further on to more.
I liked the connection between these two, and I think that the author managed to hit some really important topics for the transgender community. Their relationship was anything but smooth sailing but when they were together sparks really flew.
I liked Nate’s daughter, she’s fiery and hilarious. Her storyline was a little predictable for me and I was sort of waiting for it to happen all they way through which took me out of the story unfortunately but I did really enjoy her personality.
Overall, a good read but not a great read which is why I have gave it the rating I have. However, I still can’t wait for more from this author as I always enjoy the work they produce.