She owes him the truth. He wants to get even. But that old chemistry keeps messing up their plans.
Thirteen years back Beck Braxton enlisted in the Army and left town, but not before asking his girl to wait for him. She didn’t. Now he’s part of the elite L.A.P.D. SWAT team and he needs a skills refresher course before he deploys next month as a National Guard Medic. Because of his crazy SWAT schedule, arrangements are made with the head ER doctor from St. Stephen’s Hospital to accommodate him. But there’s something suspiciously familiar about the drab nurse he’s assigned to.
January Stewart gave up being that bubbly, carefree girl who’d fallen in love with her high school bad boy when she was forced to make a painful decision all by herself. Thirteen years later, drastically changed by life both inside and out, she goes by the name Jan Ashworth and is harboring a huge secret. She has also been assigned to work with Officer Braxton. He may soon realize she’s the girl who broke his heart while he was deployed, but he doesn’t know the half of it.
Now forced to work together, the ER nurse with every last bit of twinkle and glimmer erased, and Beck, the former wild child turned police officer, must face their past and remember that special feeling that once sizzled between them.
Review: In my reviews, I’ve made it perfectly clear that there are a couple romance tropes that I’m not real fond of. Top of the list is the boss/employee relationship. Then there’s the secret baby and then there’s the reunion story. Those last two often go hand in hand. I find them harder to make believable. And even though I may be giving a spoiler here, we get both of those tropes in this book. But then again, this is a republish of an old Harlequin title called Temporary Doctor, Surprise Father, so maybe I’m not giving a lot away after all.
Usually with Harlequin, or in this case a former Harlequin title, there’s good development of characters and plot. The plot was fine. But, when it came to the characters, I felt like we got to know January more than Beck. I felt that I spent more time in Jan’s head, dealing with her inner turmoil. I mean, she’s carry around this secret that is heavy on her heart, then runs into her old love… can’t seem to decide about telling him about said secret… I really would have liked to get more of Beck’s side of things. There were these little peeks, but I wasn’t really feeling his side of the whole thing.
But all that said, I did like the story. I enjoyed the hospital setting and really was rooting for the characters to get their happy ending. Ms Marshall did a good job of dealing with a couple touchy subjects that aren’t seen all that often in romance novels.
While it might not have been a book that I would have picked up on my own, I passed a couple enjoyable hours reading A Soldier’s Second Chance and if you like reunion stories, you might just want to pick this one up.