15 Second Chance Romance Books In Bestseller List

Second Chance Romance

In second chance romance, the couple/lovers had something serious in the past, whether they had something not so serious in the past. It’s sometimes has passed since they had whatever they had, and it’s time for them to try again out of romance. I love these because there’s so much history between the characters and feelings there. Many times are bad feelings that they have to rehash and get through together.

People generally have emotional turmoil, whether they should give a second chance who have hurt them, who’ve caused them inconvenience and losses. So, first of all, we need to decode how did this problem happen? How did things go so astray and worry that you have declared that this person has done huge damage to the point that you’re confused now? Sometimes we don’t set expectations. We take a lot of things for granted. You are tuned in to the same mindset, culture, and vision.

15 Second Chance Romance Books

Life is not a movie or a sitcom where everything seems pretty rosy, and you’re in love and live happily ever after. The reality is that you’re going to face crises at some point, and you’re facing one now. The point is that you often lose by starting again because things have become difficult no matter who you’re with.

At some point, your relationship will become difficult, and it’s very easy to think that you can start over and use your second chance. It is possible to rebuild, and that’s why the second chance relationship is popular. The romance readers like this trope because it is real-life based and we face in our life. So I will review 15 second chance romance books to inspire you. Let’s begin!

1. Ruin (Gods)

This book follows Zeus and Cameron, and they were each other’s entire world. They were so in love and had so much chemistry. Cameron has a lot of good things going for her. On the other hand, Zeus is on his way to becoming one of the world’s best boxers. Then, suddenly, Zeus ends things, and Cameron is pissed. She is heartbroken from it, but she does end up moving on. There are reasons why she has to move on.

About five years later, they meet again. Zeus did all that passion and love they used to have for each other again. It never went away, and they are trying to make things work. Cameron has been holding out a huge secret from Zeus. So this is the secret baby trope with second chance romance.

They are trying to be in each other’s lives, but there is so much standing between them, and they’re trying to make it work. Zeus is pissed that she’s kept his child away from him. Then Cameron still has trust issues from what Zeus did to her years ago. So they both did each other work for it, and it was so satisfying when they did get together.


Author: Samantha Towle
Average Customer Review: (4.4 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Sports Romance
Number Of Pages: 318
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Kindle | Audio CD

2. Rookie Move (Brooklyn Bruisers)

This is book one in the Brooklyn Bruisers series. It is a hockey romance that follows Leo and Georgia. Leo is new to the Brooklyn Bruisers team, and he’s touring the place and meeting everyone. He so happens to see his high school love Georgia. Georgia works for the team somehow. They dated in high school, and they thought they would be together forever.

It’s been seven years, and they have not seen each other since they have had no contact. Georgia had something traumatizing happen to her, so she broke up with him, and there was no contact. Even though they’ve been apart for all these years now that they’re back together. Also, they have to work together and see each other every day, those feelings they had in high school. So a second chance romance happens between them.

Rookie Move

Author: Sarina Bowen
Average Customer Review: (4.4 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Hockey Romance
Number Of Pages: 335
Available: Audiobook | Mass Market Paperback | Kindle | Audio CD

3. Say You’ll Stay (The Hennington Brothers)

This one is a bit more on the emotional side. Check your trigger warnings before you go into this book. The story follows Presley and Zach. In the first chapter of this book, something happens to Presley that changes her life forever. She’s a single mother, and she’s forced to take her sons and move back to her small town in Tennessee. So she is excited to go back home and be with her family. But she does not want to see Zach.

So Zach and Presley had an epic love that everyone thought they would be together forever. They thought that they would last forever, but they didn’t. They both made decisions that tore them both apart. Now they’re back together, and they have to decide whether or not they’re willing to take the second chance at love that not a lot of people get. So this book is so heartbreaking. Presley’s journey is incredible, and she’s so strong. You get to see her at the bottom, but she’s trying to claw her way back out.

Say You'll Stay

Author: Corinne Michaels
Average Customer Review: (4.4 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Contemporary Women Fiction
Number Of Pages: 310
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Kindle

4. Love and Other Words

This book follows Macy and Elliot. When they are younger, they live together. It’s across the street or next door from each other, so they become best friends. Then that friendship turns into a relationship. So this book is told between the past and the present. At the beginning of this book, we know that Macy is a pediatric resident. She is engaged to someone else, and she and Elliot have not spoken or seen each other in 11 years.

So Macy and Elliot end up seeing each other again for the first time in many years. But they still have those feelings for each other, like as soon as they come back together. They never got over each other. While you’re reading both the past and the present chapters, you’re trying to figure out what happened that tore these two apart because they have feelings for each other. We know that it had to be something terrible that tore them apart.

Love and Other Words

Author: Christina Lauren
Average Customer Review: (4.6 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Romantic Comedy
Number Of Pages: 432
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Kindle | Audio CD

5. The Good Luck Charm

This is another hockey romance, and it follows Ethan and Lilah. They were high school sweethearts, and their relationship was pretty serious. One day, Ethan decides to break up with Lilah to focus on his hockey career. So Ethan moves away and becomes a big hockey star. Lilah has stayed in their small town this whole time, and she is still close with his family, and it’s been eight or so years since they’ve seen each other.

Something brings Ethan back into town, and he is determined to get Lilah to give him a second chance. But Lilah’s a little standoffish because of what he did to her in the past. She’s having a hard time trusting him, and Ethan’s not deterred by her at all. He is willing to do whatever it takes. Are they finally getting together? If you want to know the answer, then pick this book.

The Good Luck Charm

Author: Helena Hunting
Average Customer Review: (4.2 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Humorous Fiction
Number Of Pages: 384
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Kindle

6. Bittersweet (True North)

Author Sarina Bowen does a lot of second chance romances, and I enjoy them. This one follows Griffin and Audrey. Griffin is a grumpy farmer. He has a lot on his plate, and he thought his life would go in a different direction. So he’s pissed at the world that he’s back home and running this farm when he thought his life was going to go in a completely different direction.

Then you have Audrey, who lives in Boston, and she’s trying to get her foot in the door at this company. So she’s been working little odd jobs here and there as an intern for this company. One of those jobs takes her to Vermont, where she is supposed to buy some farm-fresh products. So Audrey and Griffin had a fling in college. It was very short-lived, but they were very attracted to each other. Then back together, bringing back all of that attraction. If you like second chance with small-town romances, check it out.


Author: Sarina Bowen
Average Customer Review: (4.4 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Erotic Fiction
Number Of Pages: 348
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Kindle | Audio CD

7. Getting Schooled (Getting Some)

This book follows Callie and Garrett. Callie moved away from her hometown and has been living in California. She has to move back to her small hometown to help her parents out, and she ends up getting a job at her old high school. When she gets there, she finds out that her ex-boyfriend and first love Garrett work as teachers and coaches.

So Callie is the only girl that Garrett has ever truly loved. Since they split up, he’s been in relationships, but no one ever compared it to Callie. Now that she is back in his life, he is not letting her go. Both are trying to form a new relationship and giving a second chance.

Getting Schooled

Author: Emma Chase
Average Customer Review: (4.4 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Contemporary Romance
Number Of Pages: 258
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Kindle | Audio CD

8. Lady Isabella’s Scandalous Marriage (Mackenzies & McBrides)

This book is about Lady Isabella Mackenzie and her husband, Mac Mackenzie, estranged for three years. They got married in a very scandalous way. At 18 years old, she met Mac. They danced together, and Mac eloped with her. He got her to come away with him, married her that night, and took her on a whirlwind beginning of a marriage.

Mac is a painter and an artist. But he’s an alcoholic, and he will go through these maudlin periods and then fight. Then he would run away for a while and come back later on, and it slowly broke. Isabella had a miscarriage, and Mac was away painting. He was drunk when he returned, and she couldn’t take it anymore. She loves him, but she needs time away from him.

So, Mac takes that as a second chance and goes to work about getting sober, which is a huge soft spot for me. I love seeing the changes he’s made and how he views her.

Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage

Author: Jennifer Ashley
Average Customer Review: (4.4 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Scottish Historical Romance
Number Of Pages: 316
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Hardcover | Kindle | Mass Market Paperback

9. The Duke’s Perfect Wife (Mackenzies & McBrides)

In this book, we’re talking about the oldest Mackenzie. His name is Hart Mackenzie, and he’s on the road to being prime minister. About ten years ago, he was still in love with Lady Eleanor, and he was engaged to her. But he took it for granted, and he had mistresses at that time. So his mistress at the time met Eleanor and liked her.

It’s a huge part of the book’s storyline, why they’re so dark and have different desires because their dad tortured them. Also, it was horrible, and my heart is into BDSM. So Hart has a house that he owns where people can go to do that. He’s not quite a pimp, but he owns the premise and his mistress. She ends up running it later and becomes the madam of the place. But she felt bad for Eleanor because Eleanor was such a sweet woman, and partly she did it to get back at heart.

The Duke's Perfect Wife

Author: Jennifer Ashley
Average Customer Review: (4.4 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Medieval Historical Romance
Number Of Pages: 320
Available: Audiobook | Staple Bound | Hardcover | Kindle | Mass Market Paperback

10. Again the Magic (Wallflowers)

This is mostly about Lady Aline and John McKenna. They were in love when they were very young. Aline is the daughter of the Lord, and he was the stable boy. To save him from her father, he would make sure he ended up in prison, and she had to break up with him. John believed her that she was breaking up with him.

So he went to America to make his fortune. Now he’s back to win her and use his second chance. Also, he wants to seduce her sex and leave. Aline has wanted no one, but John is ready to let him do it all these years. Does Aline finally fall in love? Does John change his mind? Read this book if you want to discover their secret.

Again the Magic

Author: Lisa Kleypas
Average Customer Review: (4.6 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Victorian Historical Romance
Number Of Pages: 421
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Hardcover | Kindle | Mass Market Paperback

11. Pipe Dreams (Brooklyn Bruisers)

It is book three in the Brooklyn Bruisers series. These are all standalone. This one is a hockey romance that is about Mike Beacon, who is a goalie. He and Lauren were in love with each other. It’s five years ago for them, but they will be together. Mike was getting divorced from his wife, and he would be with Lauren. They were so much in love, and it was adorable.

So they were planning on starting a family together once he divorced his wife. Then Mike finds out his wife has cancer and he has a daughter with this woman, and he can’t leave her. So he has to break up with Lauren and go back to his wife, who’s dying. It’s so heartbreaking. Now we’re a few years later, Mike, his wife, has died, and he and Lauren are back with the same team.

Lauren’s helping manage the team for the billionaire. Mike and Lauren are put in forced proximity together, and Mike goes about trying to win her back and explain everything that happened and go from there.

Pipe Dreams

Author: Sarina Bowen
Average Customer Review: (4.6 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Sports Romance
Number Of Pages: 331
Available: Audiobook | Mass Market Paperback | Kindle | Audio CD

12. The Bromance Book Club (Bromance Book Club)

This is another marriage in trouble. Gavin finds out that his wife has been faking orgasms almost the entire time that they’ve been together, and they are on the point of divorce. It is not because of orgasms, but a big part of it, and his teammates rope him into their Bromance Book Club, where they read romance novels to find out how to woo their women. So It’s adorable.

Gavin can get his wife to agree to a stay of divorce and convince her to give him another chance because he’s sorry that he messed up. Also, another one you’re probably expecting, love her and lose her. This is another second chance where they want to reunite. It is a case of miscommunication and not knowing each other’s love languages.

The Bromance Book Club

Author: Lyssa Kay Adams
Average Customer Review: (4.3 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Women’s Humorous Fiction
Number Of Pages: 350
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Library Binding | Kindle

13. Unbreakable (Cloverleigh Farms)

We have Henry, who runs the winery at Cloverleigh Farms. It is the fourth book out of five in the series. It is about the oldest daughter, Sylvia. Both Sylvia and Henry have recently gotten divorced, so it’s a second chance for both of them. It’s mowing the lawn right out there. But this is the first time they’ve ever been together, so I like that because it was a second chance at life for both of them.

Henry has wanted kids his whole life. His wife got divorced because they couldn’t have kids, and it was a struggle. Also, their chemistry is so sweet, sexy, and adorable. I always love how their relationships start and how they reunite.


Author: Melanie Harlow
Average Customer Review: (4.6 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Romantic Comedy
Number Of Pages: 319
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Kindle

14. The Beast (Wicked Villains)

The story is about Isabelle, who dated both Beast and Gaeton. She was dating them simultaneously, and they were competing for her. Then both of their relationships got broken up. These men moved away from her family because they worked for her father. Neither of them was getting the relationship that they needed. Isabelle needs to bring them back to help her family in her family business. The whole setup of this series is hard to explain.

But they enter into this deal that she will be both of their submissives for two weeks. At the end of the two weeks, she’ll pick one of them to be with. That’ll be the end of it. Things go down a little bit differently than that, but this is a second chance for all three of them. This is a montage story, and Katee Robert writes better and manager.

The Beast

Author: Katee Robert
Average Customer Review: (4.5 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Romantic Suspense
Number Of Pages: 284
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Kindle

15. Fumbled (Playbook)

Our main character, Poppy, is a single mom, and she runs into TK Moore, a professional football player. They had a romance when she was 16, and she ended it. It’s their second chance. TK Moore is a hard character at the beginning because he’s closed off to her. She broke his heart when they were younger, so it’s hard to trust her again. But once he breaks down those walls, he is so swoon-worthy.

It’s nice seeing Poppy open up herself again to love. Being a single mom for six years has caused her to put her family first and not herself. So it’s a very cute romance. It’s very football-heavy and deals with the concussion controversy in football.


Author: Alexa Martin
Average Customer Review: (4.5 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Single Women Fiction
Number Of Pages: 331
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Library Binding | Kindle

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