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Second Chances [Paperback]

Claude Dancourt


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Book Description

Sept. 6 2011
"I will convince my father to unfreeze the amount for the surgery despite the financial checking that is currently going on. In return, you will help with this little problem I have." Talk about a 'little' problem: his father wants him to marry, and Arthur chooses Maya... as a fake girlfriend to avoid walking down the aisle. If only she had another way to save Matthew's life, she would slam her door on the jerk's face with pleasure. Arthur is so... arrogant. Self-righteous. One track-minded. Handsome... Not that his looks matter, anyway. His proposal is simply shocking. A young boy's life is not something to bargain with! Plus, between her work, Christmas preparations and those threats against her charity foundation, Maya has no time for absurd fantasies about Arthur. No time at all. Even if he is awfully nice when he wants to...

Product Details

  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: World Castle Publishing (Sept. 6 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937593223
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937593223
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 413 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,165,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 3.6 out of 5 stars  13 reviews
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Story To Fall In Love With April 4 2012
By Bukcrz - Published on Amazon.com
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The author sold me 100% in the romance between the main characters. One reviewer is correct that this is not a 'love at first sight' kind of romance.
The heroine is quite likeable and passionate in her cause. I love that the author was able to make her three dimentional and was able to let me in her previlaged world. Her blind loyalty to her sister and almost passive blindness to her fault - though make sense - is a peeve.
The hero, *sigh* what can I say since he melts my heart one instant and made me want to knock his head the next. I am glad that this attitude was addressed immediately just when his mixed signals started to annoy me. He is presented as a burn-out playboy just ready to be roped in with just the right woman.
Watching the romance blossom between the main characters is like falling in love myself and I love that the author showed that. It's a treat considering a lot of the books I picked up lately adhered to the love at first sight kind of thing that this is a welcome change. The repeated sexual tension is great at first - and though it neatly made the hero a to-die-for man - it became frustrating *grins*.
Secondary characters are as memorable, the villain and friends alike.
A story worth reading mainly because it was well written.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SECOD CHANCE July 24 2012
By desi reilly - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
i received this book from the writer.I love the story form the begging . Here is girl and her sister who run
a non profit group to help the dis who could not afford the care they need and then they come to the hospital and then they get
the treatment they need and no question asked.Maya is trying to do t he best she can, and then with the sister and cousin the company in in trouble who is the bad guy here the god father put a freeze on here money because they think Maya is doing drugs but she just works long hours and does not take care of her self Now the playboy son of the godfather comes in and said he taking care of the money but there is surprise for them a little boy who is a orphan and can not talk because of cancer, and who going to help him
get through the surgery which is going to cost a lot of money. Well you love the book and i disagree with the negative revies

i love the way the boo was wrote and then the author new how to pull the heart string of the readers
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant read Feb. 6 2012
By BevHarro - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed reading this book. It was a rather different storyline than usual. I loved the interaction between Arthur and Maya. Arthur's father was such a pig, I disliked him intensely. A very pleasant read. Will look forward to reading more from this author.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read March 23 2012
By Puddie - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed this book. There were several unexpected twists to the plot, not what I was expecting. This was a bit different and held my interest from page 1 to the end.
3.0 out of 5 stars Need to set up the foundation first Aug. 22 2014
By Future Boy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
A lot of legal relationships drive this book. It's mentioned that Maya Finnegan, the heroine in this book, is a ward of the boyfriend's father, Robert Pendleton. There is a Foundation, called the Gerald Finnegan Foundation, which mission is to fund fulfillment of wishes of children dying from incurable diseases. There is some kind of firm, what it does is not mentioned, but it appears to be a trusteeship, called Pendleton and Associates.

A problem is that people's reactions to their legal relationships, as they understand them, will drive their human relationships, which in turn make up the conflict and character of the book. And I'm not sure what the roles are. What city and country is this book in? London, England?

How could Maya be a ward of Robert Pendleton, legally? She appears to be of sound mind, physically capable, and over eighteen years of age. She clearly has the competence to go to court to prove her ability to make decisions that affect her personally and financially, and in doing so, remove Robert Pendleton as guardian. I would understand it more if Robert Pendleton was named as guardian if Maya's father, Gerard Finnegan, died when Maya was much younger, like nine or ten, and then continued (and then resigned) until Maya came of age. The book didn't explain how Gerard Finnegan died at such a young age, and where was Maya and Moira's mother when Gerard died?

It's not explained in the book what kind of services Pendleton and Associates does. Is it a trusteeship? Is it a law firm? An accounting firm? The board of directors of a foundation make the decisions for the foundation. They can easily choose another accounting firm to audit its accounts, or if they do not have accounting staff, to prepare the accounts on a daily basis. Not sure why a foundation would ask a trustee to run affairs for them. Isn't a board of directors the only legal authority for a foundation? A trusteeship usually only runs companies that have been placed under receivership by a court, and then only temporarily until the company is wound down.

Therefore, with these legal relationships not clear, I was lost in why the characters were behaving the way they did, and why they intellectually felt that they had these legal constraints that forced them to maintain a relationship. It's not explained what Arthur's (the boyfriend) role is in Pendleton and Associates, and what office he holds, and if he serves as employee at the pleasure of his father, or is appointed by an independent authority like a board of directors. It's not clear what role Robert Pendleton has, although I can easily imagine he is the President and owner of Pendleton and Associates (is it a partnership?).

There is some potential in the plot. I liked the idea of a man and woman bonding together over an incurably sick boy. There were some tear-jerker moments near the end. Although it can be overdone in the romance market, a reluctant but-can't-help-it relationship "love/hate" is always something that hooks me.

I wasn't sure about making a sister a drug addict, it didn't add to the plot. Would have been better to have the sister perhaps steal money for other purposes. Also the relationship of this sister, Moira, to the other characters wasn't clear. There seemed to be practically no sisterly relationship between Maya and Moira (the names are very similar). Don't they have auditors to audit the books, and if these fraudulent accounts continued for a number of years, wouldn't the independent auditors have found out by now? There are a lot of strict laws for a charity to have its books audited by independent auditors annually and for the board to vote on the financial statements.

In short, this book has a lot of potential. I think more research is needed in charity law, trustee affairs, and legal matters in order to straighten out this book, including why there is a need to make Maya a ward of someone. As well, the writing could be more sharp and focused.

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