In her professional career, Ella Mancini plays matchmaker at Two Love Lane but, in her personal life, she takes 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?
Titles in the Two Love Lane series include: Christmas at Two Love Lane – Wedding at Two Love Lane – Second Chance at Two Love Lane
Title: Second Chance at Two Love Lane
Series: Two Love Lane #3
Author: Kieran Kramer
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: August 28, 2018
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
My Rating: 4 stars
Second Chance at Two Love Lane is the third story in the Two Love Lane series. It’s a fun, flirty romance for a matchmaker who was once left behind when her then boyfriend decided that the draw of the big screen was more important than the love they shared or the life they could build together.
Hank knew he’d made a mistake in leaving Ella behind and that is supported by his not being able to forget her over the years. What was done is done, but when a second chance comes around he’ll do whatever he can to reunite with his one love. Ella has a contented life if not the one she dreamed of for herself. When she is offered a bit part in a movie filming in her hometown she steps back into the dream once again… only Hank is starring in this movie and her chance to do what she’d dreamed of is bittersweet knowing he is near.
I enjoyed stepping back into the world of Two Love Lane again. I do wish Hank and Ella had spent more time talking to each other and far less time thinking and having their own inner-mind conversations though. That is my own personal opinion, but I believe I would have connected with them a bit deeper if I saw them put their thoughts into action. As always, I loved the secondary characters and the matchmakers themselves. In all, it was a fun read one that I’d recommend to any Romance reader who loves that second chance to fall in love all over again.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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