A Review for INTENDED FOR BRISTOL by L.P. Dover
Second Chances and Redemption—My Favorite of the Series!
For those of you who have followed my reviews, you know I am a sucker for second change romances and, more so, for characters who are given a chance at redemption. For this reason, I think Intended for Bristol may be my favorite release in the A Second Chances Novel series.
I absolutely loved the depth of Jaxon Reed. It takes great talent for an author to be able to pull readers in and have them cheering for the character who had held the place as the antihero. But L.P. Dover did just that. She gave readers a character who covered his hurt, anger, and insecurity by hiding his true self, by dragging others down to build his own happiness. But through writing in his backstory and bringing in the perfect complimentary heroine, she allowed readers to understand him better and connect with the man he was to the man he becomes throughout the story. Reader will also learn more about the hidden talents Jaxon possesses and the depth to which he is able to love, how he is able to heal, and how he is finally able to find true happiness.
As much as I wanted to hate him for the spiteful and menacing actions he was involved in when he tried to steal Evan Townsends girl, his pranks, and his womanizing ways, I could not help but love how the tables turned when his initial plan to get back at the new quarterback, Ryan Delaney, by using his half-sister, Bristol, turned on him. Funny how life sometimes has other plans, and in this case, Jaxon finds himself in deeper than he ever anticipated.
This was a well-paced read that infused a bit of suspense, steamy romance, and a cast of character that not only complimented one another, but offered a look at the value of strong friendships and forgiveness.
*Although this is the ninth book in the series, you can easily read this book without having read the others. There are details that may be given away from previous stories and character with whom you will not be familiar, but it will be easy to back track into the series and be just fine.
“Deft plotting and a hair-raising finale elevate this pulse-pounding tale.”—Publishers Weekly
“I loved this book.”—A Crazy Vermonter’s Book Reviews
“…well written, character driven and has several great storylines.” —Reader Review
“…this book has A LOT of hot chemistry, sexy banter and will take you for a ride!” —Kelly’s Book Blog
“Hey,” I squealed, waving my hand in the air. I was so happy my brother would finally get to meet Jack.
He walked toward me with a smile, but when he caught sight of Jack, that smile turned into an all-out heated glare. “What the fuck are you doing here?” he growled, quickening his pace.
Jack froze and gripped my arm, grumbling, “Shit,” before pulling me around to face him. “Bristol, listen to me. This isn’t how I wanted you to find out.”
Everything was happening so fast, I didn’t know what to think. “Find out what?” I asked desperately.
Before he could reply, Ryan ripped me out of Jack’s hold and pushed him away. Jaw tense, Jack was ready to fight, but I couldn’t let that happen. “Ryan, stop!” I shouted, digging my nails in his shoulder.
Jerking his head around, he glared straight at me. “Do you even know who this cocksucker is? He’s playing you to get back at me.”
I threw my hands in the air. “What the hell are you talking about? How do you even know him?”
Jack’s eyes never left mine, the anguish on his face making me sicker by the second. I had a feeling I wasn’t going to like what came out of Ryan’s mouth. He scoffed incredulously and spat at Jack. “He’s Jaxon fucking Reed, the asshole on the team I’ve been telling you about. Don’t tell me you didn’t know?”
Jack stepped forward, but then again, that wasn’t his name. It was Jaxon Reed.
She loves to write, but she also loves to play tennis, go on mountain hikes and white water rafting, and has a passion for singing. Her two youngest fans expect a concert each and every night before bedtime, usually Christmas carols.
Dover has written countless novels, including her Forever Fae series, the Second Chances series, the Gloves Off series, the Armed & Dangerous series, the Royal Shifters series, and her standalone novel Love, Lies, and Deception. Her favorite genre to read and write is romantic suspense, but if she got to choose a setting in which to live, it would be with her faeries in the Land of the Fae.