Author: Holly Stephens
Published: January 11th 2013
Age group: Adult
Rating: ★ ★
Sam wakes up in the hospital expecting to find his girlfriend by his bedside. Instead, he finds a bleached-blond diva, claiming to be his fiancée, hovering over him. When he learns that he’s just woken up from a coma and has lost the last three years of his life, any semblance of stability he thought he had falls down around him. All he wants – all he needs – is Lil.
After countless visits with her shrink and too many sleepless nights waiting for the one man she loves to walk back through the door, Lil wants nothing more than to separate herself from the life she used to have. But the moment Sam smiles at her, Lil knows it’s going to take more than self-restraint to stay away.
Second-Rate Chances is about a young man fighting to regain his memory, and the one thing in his life that felt real. A modern-day Samson and Delilah, it’s a look at what it means to love and be loved, and to fight though it seems hopeless.
The concept of amnesia of the main character after some major accident is not new either in books or movies, and I’m particularly wary of plots dealing with it. But the summary of this story made this whole idea look fresh and actually appealing. The two main characters were in love once, but then life set them apart and only the loss of memory the main hero helped them find their way back into each others arms.
The story had so much potential to me, the summary really pulled me in and I couldn’t wait to read it. But instead what I got was like some really bad TV soap opera,where every more or less important plot twist happened at the very last possible moment.
When Sam wakes up from coma after hitting a pavement with his head, the first person he asks for is Lil. They had been together since college and the last memories Same has of her is when they bought a house together. So when he learns that these events happened 3 years ago and he and Lil are no longer together, he can’t understand why. What he knows now is that his heart is full of love for Lil and he can’t even begin to imagine what could have possibly separated them.
I was OK with the story till this very moment, but what happened next absolutely pissed me off. I mean, if the author didn’t drag this story out so much, it would have been really great. First of all, the reason for Lil and Sam not being together was kept secret for so long, I absolutely lost any interest for it, especially when I totally guessed it by myself. I just couldn’t get why Lil insisted on not telling it Sam for so long. Yes, I get it, it was a really tough moment of her life to remember, but taking time and keeping it secret didn’t actually make it any easier.
Besides, in the end, when everything was cleared out and Sam remembered, I was once again pissed off, even more than the first time. Yes, Sam and Lil admitted they still love each other, they even spent the night together. They both forgave each other for their mistakes, and Sam promised to break up with his fiancée, also his boss’s daughter, who he didn’t have any feelings for, which was mutual, by the way. So why wait for the very day of the wedding, when she is already in her gown and the guests are gathered??? You had four days to do something, and you just waited!!! This is what you typically get in soap operas, these absolutely annoying dramas! And if I wanted this, I’d be watching TV. But when used in the book, this type of plot development not only made the characters seem irrational and annoying, but totally spoiled whatever good feelings I had left about this book.
I really wanted to give only one star to this book, but I give two only because I did cared about Sam and Lil getting back together and their romantic scenes were really cute, but the story itself, not so much.