A Fighting Chance by Miya Lee | Review

a fighting chance miya leeA Fighting Chance by Miya Lee was a cute read about second chances. It’s technically a standalone, but is part of her Wild Heart universe.

I’m a fan of second chance romances. There’s something extremely gratifying about reading about couples who made mistakes or walked away in the past but get another opportunity to fall in love. Gives hope to the rest of us schmucks, ya know?

Greg and Jasper have been friends (well, they’ve known each other) for something like twenty years. When Greg helped Jasper through a really tough time, they reconnected. I think. You see, things are a bit murky on how much time they spent together before the book began. Friends don’t generally need to get each other’s numbers out of sympathy cards.

Which brings me to my biggest complaint with this book: it was disjointed in places. The pacing and the timeline were confusing to follow at times and this made it difficult for me to become invested in the characters or their relationship.

I liked both characters, especially Jasper with his need to fix things. But, there needed to be more building of them and their relationship.

For a debut book, though, I’ll give her some leeway. In the future, I hope her critique partners or beta readers help her work on making her story flow a bit better.

While a bit clunky in parts, A Fighting Chance offers glimpses of Miya Lee’s talent. There are interesting secondary characters and some decent conflict. I’ll be checking out more of her work in the future.

Copy provided in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Rating: ★★


Veterinarian Greg Evans is better at caring for animals than navigating his own relationships. So when Jasper asks for help in adopting a puppy, it’s just the ice breaker he needs to get his second chance.

After losing Bella, his yellow lab, Jasper’s having a hard time ignoring her absence. In an apartment that feels too big without her, a puppy is exactly what he needs to ease the ache around his heart. The fact he’s had a crush on Greg since the tenth grade doesn’t hurt.

As they prepare for the puppy’s arrival, their twenty-year friendship becomes something more. Jasper’s ready to take things to the next level, but after crossing paths with Greg’s ex one too many times, he can’t help thinking there’s something left between them.

It’s a truth Greg isn’t ready to face, but keeping it close to his chest could cost him more than it’s worth.

Will Greg have the courage to let Jasper in, or will his fears sabotage their friendship for good?

Release Date: April 8, 2016
Length: 148 pages
Purchase: Amazon, ARe

Ciao, darlings.

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