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Friday, June 12, 2009

Second Chances by Nika Dixon

Second Chances by Nika Dixon
Publisher: Red Rose Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full (367 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by: Water Lily

Jackson Hale is through with rescuing Casey Marshall. Her crazy stunts and complete disregard for her own safety goes against everything he believes in. But when she witnesses a murder, he’s duty bound to help. As he scrambles to keep her alive, he discovers the true woman beneath the crazy antics, and is left to question everything. If he can’t trust his eyes, how can he trust his heart?

Casey has spent her entire life trying to get Jackson’s attention. She discovers all it takes a dead body and a black hole in her memory. Together, on the run from hired killers, Casey realizes that the only way to keep Jackson safe is to push him away. Even if it costs her a chance at forever…and her very life.

Second Chances
hit the ground running. From the moment Casey Marshall wakes up in a deserted alley in the rain, with a killer headache, a gun in her hand, and no memory of how she got there to the happily-ever-after three hundred sixty odd pages later, Second Chances had me enthralled.

The plot is simple: someone is trying to kill Casey, and she can’t remember why. Habit and a message she needs to deliver make her turn to Jackson Hale for help even though she’s fairly certain he won’t help her—this time.

Handsome, ex-Marine Jackson Hale has been called to rescue Casey from one too many sticky situations. He thinks she’s trouble with a capital “T.” Of course, he only thinks he knows the full story. And he doesn’t believe his frustration with her has anything to do with the sexy little “Hello Kitty” tattoo she has peeking above the edge of her bikini. He’s certain she hates him for something that happened six months ago, and he’s good with that. Too bad she’s on his doorstep with a bullet graze to the back of her head and a cryptic note in her duffle bag. He should dump her at the hospital and call it good. Of course he doesn’t. Even if he were the kind who could turn his back on someone in need, she’s his boss’s niece, his cousin’s best friend, and...did I mention the tattoo?

Casey is the more complicated of the two characters. She’s not the screw up Jackson thinks she is, but she used to be. Kind of. Six months ago, something happened that changed everything. Her decade long crush on Jackson was ground beneath the heel of his distrust. Now, she’s moved on. Or will. Once this mystery is solved. If only she could remember what happened in the alley.

I loved the sexual tension between Jackson and Casey. Not lust, though they do that too—the want, the desire. There is something very satisfying when “if only” becomes reality.

I want to give more detail, but I don’t want to ruin the suspense. The romance, the mystery, the sudden violence, and the overall tension of this book make Second Chances a riveting read. I found myself stealing into quiet corners to devour another page or two when I should have been doing other things. Don’t start this book unless you have time to finish it. Nika Dixon’s Second Chances is that good.