Sometimes love is waiting in the second act…
In her professional career, Ella Mancini plays matchmaker at Two Love Lane but, in her personal life, shetakes the stage at the Dock Street Theatre. Now she has a chance at a new role in a Hollywood movie that happens to be filming in Charleston—one that features a big-name actress, Samantha Drake. Long ago, Ella passed up a major audition while awaiting a marriage proposal. Not only didn’t she get the role; she never got the ring, either. Instead, her boyfriend Hank went on to become a huge film star…leaving her, and all her dreams, behind.
But now Hank’s back in Charleston, cast as the male lead in the same movie Ella’s in. In spite of the dramatic tension off-screen, he and Ella try to stay cool onset. But when their old feelings start to heat up—at the same time leading-lady Samantha tries to play cupid—all bets are off. How can Hank convince Ella, after all this time, that she’s the one he really wants to be with in real life—and that some happy, rom-com endings really can come true?
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Fly Girl’s Review:
I liked this book. It was a sweet romance for a couple who cautiously took a second chance at love. This young couple had the opportunity to try again. Ella was so shell shocked from him leaving the first time it was truly hard for her to open up to a second chance. Hank on the other hand made the second chance happen and took all the punishment for being such an idiot.
The two characters were from the acting community and Kieran gave a very interesting take on why actors are drawn to that career and what it means to live that lifestyle. She also told a tale of two actors that want to act, but not for the lifestyle; but how acting fulfills them. I loved the description of Serendipity 3 so much. This is the second book I’ve read that references it. It made me want to go just to get “Frozen Hot Chocolate.” Maybe next time in New York. Also, the community lifestyle she portrays for Charleston is so endearing that it makes you feel like you are there in the 1800’s, not in the 2010’s.
I’m only giving this a 4 of 5 because the prose she uses and the setting she describes are very old world. Hank acts as someone would in the 1800’s I felt, while Ella was very contemporary. The dating service and the environment descriptions felt very old fashioned. This created a juxtaposition I was never able to get out of my head. When I was reading it felt as if the furniture and clothes and words they spoke were from the wrong era. However if you love second chance romance this one is a winner.
4 of 5 propellers
To catch up on the series, check these ones out too.
A Wedding at Two Love Lane Amazon
Christmas at Two Love Lane Amazon
Connect with Kieran Kramer
USA Today bestselling author Kieran Kramer writes fun romance novels for St. Martin’s Press. SECOND CHANCE AT TWO LOVE LANE is on sale August 28, 2018! A former journalist and English teacher, Kieran’s also a game show veteran, karaoke enthusiast, and general adventurer. She lives where she grew up-in the Lowcountry of South Carolina-with her family. Find her on Instagram (her favorite place to hang out), as well as on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and at https://kierankramer.com.