Title: Take Two
Author: Shira Anthony
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 9th sept, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary, Second-Chance Romance
Page Count: 214
Reviewed by: PIU
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Shiver me timbers! When Professor Wesley Coolidge accepts a summer job as a historical consultant to a pirate movie being filmed in North Carolina, the last person he expects to bump into is his soon-to-be-ex, movie star Sander Carson. Just like the flamboyant pirate he’s playing, Sander, aka Sam Carr, is used to getting what he wants, and he makes it clear he wants Wesley back in his life.
Sam acknowledges it’s his fault they split up. He lost Wesley when he left their life in New York City behind for a career in Hollywood. But Wesley has finally managed to put the pieces of his heart back together, and he isn’t interested in Sam and Wesley: The Sequel. Sam soon realizes that convincing Wesley to give their relationship a second chance will take much more than apologies and reminders of good times past. If he wants Wesley back, Sam will have to show Wesley that they really can sail into the sunset together—a real-life happily-ever-after that won’t end once the final credits roll.
“Second chance” romances always make me feel good and needless to say I adored “Take Two”. It was sweet, fun with the correct amount of emotions to make it a perfect second chance read. The characters were very likable and I felt their love and pain in equal measures. Plus the location of the story took me on a mental spin through the azure waters of the ocean on an adventure. Very nice plot, a healthy amount of angst and a great HEA at the end, builds up into a great reading experience.
Wesley Coolidge has been hired to be the resident pirate consultant on a new Hollywood movie. With his boyfriend away working on his research, Wesley has nothing to do during the summer vacation until he lands the consulting gig. It’s easy money plus he gets to spend more than a month on a gorgeous beach, so it would have been a no brainer that he will enjoy it. But when the lead hero of the movie is none other than Wesley’s gorgeous ex-husband, things are about to get a little dicey. Wesley needs to move on from his past but staying in close proximity with the love of his life is not helping matters. To top that, Sam Carr, Wesley’s ex has decided that he will get Wesley back, whatever it takes. So in between grand gestures by Sam and Wesley trying very hard to resist his deep-seated feelings for Sam, they find their way to each other. Sam and Wesley need a second take in their romance/marriage to get their Happily Ever After!!!
Wesley and Sam have history and we get the feel of their past lives through the flashbacks in the story. They were in love, they still are but because of bad timing and especially due to a huge lack of communication, their marriage falls apart. After almost 3 years of being separated when Wesley meets Sam again, the old memories are not ready to remain buried. The feelings are still there as strong as ever, Wesley and Sam just needs to talk and figure out what went wrong in the first place before they can even hope for a second chance.
I loved both the men. Sam was very cute and romantic with his grand gestures to woo Wesley back. His hard work backfired sometimes but at the end it was the little things and a whole new outlook towards their relationship that brings the lovebirds together again. Wesley has been hurt but he is still in love so he cannot resist Sam but he can’t let the problems go either. Both men struggle to reach their HEA a second time and at the end their effort pays off big time.
The reason behind Wesley and Sam’s unsuccessful marriage was very realistic and I loved how they both finally talk and lay out their problems in the open and try to work them out. At the end, despite of a 10 year old marriage behind them, this new rekindling of their romance was new and different in many ways. There will definitely be problems that will test them but their new understanding of each other will go a long way to save their love the next time around.
All in all, it was a very sweet and angsty romance. I cheered for the sweet couple and I was extremely satisfied with their “Take Two” in Love/Marriage. I really enjoyed this story and would love to read more by Shira Anthony.