Mar 24 2016 1:00pm

When Is Leaving the Best Decision?

Ignite by Karen Erickson

Today we're joined at Heroes and Heartbreakers by Karen Erickson. Karen's latest release, Ignite, just came out on March 15, and features a hero who left his hometown to escape his family. When he finally returns it's to meet the girl he had a passionate night with—only to leave the next day without a word. Karen is here today to discuss characters who needed to give one another a second chance, and when leaving might have been the best decision. Thanks, Karen!

Second chances. We all deserve one, right? Well, some of us might not. And some of us might even get more than one—depending on the situation, that is.

But what if that person who wanted a second chance with you bailed out? Up and left without a word, without an explanation, without an apology. Only to come crawling back a few days, months, years later and want that second chance.

Would you say yes or no?

There are so many books, movies and television shows with this exact theme, though when I started writing this post, I couldn’t think of a one. It was one of those moments where I’m like, I’d love to write about this! Followed by…how am I going to write about this?

I took to the streets (aka the Internet) and asked for recommendations on this run away/second chance theme and received some great ones. *rubs hands together* So let’s get started.

Bound Memories by Sidney Bristol

If you like it super hot (as in BDSM level hot), then Sidney Bristol’s Bound Memories fits the come back for that second chance theme. A hot tattoo artist has returned to his hometown and wants another chance with the woman who pushed him away many years ago—delicious right?

A reader recommended Ripped by Katy Evans and I had a total duh moment, considering Katy is my critique partner! This is such a great book about second chances and things not being what they seem. Katy knows just how to infuse her characters (especially her heroes) with so much emotion and turmoil, I consider myself lucky that I get to read her books early. And hello, the hero is a famous, sexy rock star. That checks all my boxes.

Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino. This book ripped my heart apart and then pieced it back together. College sweethearts are reunited by a missed connections ad in Craigslist. I don’t want to give away too much but just know, if you haven’t read this book yet, you should. 

The movie Sweet Home Alabama has that whole second chance theme going on, though when it starts Reese Witherspoon’s character doesn’t want a second chance. She wants a divorce from her first husband so she can marry the man who fits into her new life—the one she thinks she wants. But spending time in her hometown with her first love reminds her that maybe she wants what she once had after all…

Paradise by Judith McNaught

And once I thought of Sweet Home Alabama my mind immediately redirected to Paradise by one of my all time favorite authors, Judith McNaught. Oh MAN this book. A boy from the wrong side of the tracks meets a rich, seemingly snobby girl and they have a moment. Ahem, well really it was a one-night stand. Things happen (pregnant things). Tragedy strikes. Lies are told. Lives are ripped apart and wow, that Matthew Farrell is one pissed off, determined, sexy dude. Fast forward ten years later (maybe eleven? It’s been too long since I’ve read this book) and Meredith finds out she’s still legally married to one now very rich, very ruthless man named Matt. What happens next is so swoon worthy and epic, it’s forcing me to go into my garage after I turn in this post and dig up that book that’s stashed in a box somewhere. One of my absolute favorite books ever!

But enough about my recommendations—do you have any second chance romances that are your favorites? They can be movies, books…whatever. Share in the comments!


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USA Today bestselling author Karen Erickson writes what she loves to read – sexy contemporary romance. Published since 2006, she’s a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite with her husband and three children.


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1. Mo
Ah, Paradise. Probably my favorite McNaught of all time, especially since it has not one but two second chance stories in it.
2. torifl
I LOVED Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino
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