Published by Self-Published on 01/15/2019
Second chances are for kids, diets, and shelter pets—not for relationships. Especially not one like Chase and Emma’s.
Before he was writing chart-topping hits and smashing record sales, Chase Lawson was Emma’s childhood friend and first love. They promised each other forever, but forever expired at eighteen, when he landed a major record deal and left Emma and their hometown behind.
Ten years later, he shows up at their high school reunion with a proposition she can’t refuse. Six months. Seven figures. He gets a chance to clean up his reputation, and she gets the means to restore the old family farmhouse. It’s only for show—hold hands in public, kiss for the cameras—but boundaries blur behind closed doors.
It isn't long before Emma feels her resolve slipping, crushed by the shadow of the boy she grew to love in the man selling out stadiums of present. Can Emma resist one of the most irresistible bachelors in the world? Or will she fall for the same man twice?
Fool Me Once is a sweet second chance romance. Emma and Chase were high school sweethearts until he up and left, leaving her with a broken heart, choosing fame and fortune over love. So when he returns unexpectedly, for the first time, to their 10-year high school reunion, things get interesting.
I love a good second chance romance. There’s a lot of emotions already involved from the past that can add to the intensity in the present. Plus, I just love that two people spend time apart, only to realize that nobody else measures up, and then ultimately they find each other again.
This book is also a fairly quick read, especially once you get sucked in, the pages really fly. It’s a lot shorter than what I’m used to from this author, among other things. This book is a departure from past Nicole Williams in many ways, the length of the book is just one among them. The style of writing is less thought-provoking, the plot of the book is much lighter and fluffier, the characters are interesting but not in the deep and intriguing way that I’m used to from her.
None of these things made this book unenjoyable, in fact I quite liked it. I just say it to caution you if you’re familiar with Nicole Williams, I would check your expectations at the door with this one, and just enjoy the book for what it is. Because if you go in expecting what she normally delivers, you’ll be disappointed.
Actually, you know what this book is perfect for? This is the perfect book to read after you’ve read one of Nicole’s darker reads and need something lighter to read immediately after. But I have to give her props, because if you thought that a fluffy book about high school sweethearts would make the steamy scenes less steamy, you would be wrong. Holy moly.
Fool Me Once was a great escape read for what I’ve got going on in life right now and I definitely recommend it if you need a little pick-me-up or just want some fun. Just remember: fans of Nicole Williams – check your expectations at the door.