SECOND CHANCE WITH A BILLIONAIRE Janice Maynard
The Kavanaghs of Silver Glen
, Book 5
Harlequin Desire #2392
ISBN: 978-0-373-73405-4
August 2015
Contemporary Series Romance

Silver Glen, North Carolina Present Day

Ellie Porter broke Conor Kavanagh's heart when they were teenagers when she moved away with her parents to South America and refused to keep in touch with him. Now a former ski champion and working at the family resort in Silver Glen, Conor's heart skids to a stop one day when someone mentions Ellie and her twin brother, Kirby, are back in town to take care of their ailing grandfather. One night he runs into her in his brother's bar, and she asks him to talk to Kirby, who had lost a foot in a hiking accident and is despondent. She also mentions that she's a widowed mother of a little boy. Conor still feels this intense attraction to Ellie, but she makes it clear she does not want to get involved with any man. Is she still carrying a torch for her late husband?

Ellie has some deep secrets she's hiding from everyone, including her twin. Her son and Kirby are the most important people in her life, along with taking care of her grandfather. The adult Conor is sexy and handsome, and he's persistent in his pursuit of her. She tries to keep him at an arm's length, hoping he will instead focus on helping her brother get through his issues. But fate throws them together, and soon their heated kisses turn to more. Can Ellie finally tell Conor the truth about why she's afraid of commitment?

Conor has always been the loner Kavanagh, and a lot of it is shaped by Ellie's years ago rejection of continuing their relationship when she moved away. He has remained friends with Kirby, though they've lost contact the past few years. When Ellie approaches Conor about talking to her twin in order to lift his spirits, he agrees. One has to wonder if he agreed in order to get closer to Ellie once again. The sizzling attraction between them jumps out at them, making it hard to deny. She informs him that her first priority is her son, so while a sexual fling might happen, she's not going to look for a deeper commitment with him. The older, more sensual Ellie intrigues Conor, but underneath her brave veneer lies a woman with secrets she hasn't revealed even to her own twin. Can Conor unlock her secrets?

SECOND CHANCE WITH A BILLIONAIRE is part of the Kavanaghs of Silver Glen series by Janice Maynard, and while there is interaction with prior characters, this tale can be read as a standalone. The passion between Ellie and Conor is deep and satisfying, as neither seems to get enough of the other. But her late husband is a wall between them even if she insists she's not in delayed mourning for him. When Ellie does finally tell Conor the truth in this tale, it does seem a bit rushed, but it doesn't disturb the emotion and fervor that's between them.

Filled with emotion and hot passion, SECOND CHANCE WITH A BILLIONAIRE is a book you won't want to miss.

Patti Fischer