Second Chance (Lili’s Review)

Title: Second Chance
Author: Jay Northcote
Publisher: Jaybird Press
Release Date: April 20th 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 240 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.25 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.

Length: 67,000 words approx

I know that I was pretty critical of Jay Northcote’s last book Pretty in Pink, but that’s because I know he can write like how he did here in Second Chance. Second Chance by Jay Northcote is a friends to lovers, second chance story. Nate and Jack were best friends growing up but through the years lost touch. Nate is a transgender man who recently moved back to his childhood town along with his daughter. Jack has recently moved back as well. Both have relocated to start over.

What I loved:

-Friends to lovers are my crack and the history of these men and where they found themselves in the present day gave me that longing ache that I saw love in a great friend to lovers book.

-Flashbacks. I generally hate them but they were well executed in this case. They were an integral part of the story, and it would’ve hindered delivery had they not been there.

-Low angst, no contrived drama.

-This book was sexy, and I appreciated that it didn’t rely on sex to carry the book.

-Older characters. Both men are in there 40s- which isn’t old but books with characters over 35 are scarce.

-The epilogue was lovely.

All in all, this was a hit for me:

-Well developed characters
-Sweet love story
-Happy ending

Recommended read! 4.25 Stars

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Galley copy of Second Chance provided by Jay Northcote in exchange of an honest review.


I'm a romance junkie, who loves when books make her cry from heartbreak and happiness. A few of my favorite tropes: -Friends to lovers -Hurt/comfort/healing -Age gap NetGalley Member since 2015 2016 NetGalley Challenge 80% Professional Reader 2015 Challenge Participant