Title: Last Second Chance
Author: Caisey Quinn
Series: Second Chance #1
Release Date: May 6, 2014
When Stella Jo Chandler gets an offer to work at the Second Chance Ranch celebrity rehab facility right after graduating from Texas A&M, she’s tempted to turn it down. She wants to help real people with real problems, not spoiled celebrities going on vacation for publicity. But growing up on her family’s ranch left her with a love of horses that draws her to the opportunity. How bad can babysitting a bunch of strung out celebrities be?
What she didn’t count on was being roped into a tangled mess with infamous rocker and three-time rehab drop out Van Ransom on her first day. And she sure didn’t expect to feel the overwhelming attraction that pulls her to the man who has more issues than she can count on both hands. Like the hotel rooms and tour buses he’s famous for trashing, the havoc he could wreak on Stella’s heart would be irreparable.
Van isn’t at Second Chance for publicity or because he’s suffering from “exhaustion”. He’s on the brink of destruction, and he needs the kind of help Stella isn’t sure she can give. But without her, he’ll lose everything. Because he’s on his last second chance.
I’m a huge fan of Caisey Quinn. I fell in love with her words in Keep Me Still and I’ve yet to meet a CQ book that doesn’t move me and leave me wanting more. I’ll admit I signed up to read Last Second Chance without knowing anything about it. The name on the cover was enough to have me anxious to read it. As a reader there are certain authors whose words, for no discernable reason, we connect with more than others. As I read Last Second Chance I had that moment, the one where you know a book has just permanently etched itself onto your heart because someone’s words have just touched your soul.
“Some sins are worth it.”
This story is not a fairytale by any means. It is a story of addiction, loss, and coming back from the edge. This story is raw and real and at times heartbreaking. But with darkness you can appreciate the light, so this is also a story of hope and courage and love. The journey CQ took me on was the perfect balance of light and dark. She tugged on my heartstrings one minute and made me giddy with anticipation the next. This story took me for a ride through the incredible spectrum of human emotion, but it did so flawlessly. There was no emotional whiplash from unnecessary drama or unrealistic moments of sweetness, just a very natural journey that I’m glad to have been a part of.
“But for some reason, this near stranger, this man she barely knew, had managed to break through her impenetrable barrier and reach her in a place she kept buried.”
Stella is a beautiful character. I loved her intelligence, her courage and the strength she possessed, whether or not she recognized it as such. In her life she had been either ignored completely or tightly controlled. This didn’t lead her to be one to let people in easily. Van had to fight for her to let him in and in doing so they both learned that sometimes we all need a little help to heal. Van stole my heart completely. I drooled over the bad boy rocker who was kind of an asshole but I fell hard for the man who was so tragically broken and irrevocably scarred. He’d have me seething at his behavior one minute then devastated by the loss he’s been forced to live with the next. While reading his story I was overwhelmed by the urge to reach out and help him. Fix him. That’s how I knew he had me.
“I’ve spent so long avoiding feeling things – pain, pleasure, anything – that sometimes I’m afraid I might be completely… empty inside.”
I have to give a hand to CQ for this one, addiction is not an easy topic to tackle and it’s never easy to put yourself inside the mind of someone as damaged as Van. But she did. Van and Stella’s story resulted and it couldn’t be a better testament to the reality of addiction, the strength of human character or the unexpected power that connection with another person can have on us. As many times as my heart was broken over the course of this story, it was also pieced back together and filled with hope. I already want to read this story again. I can’t wait to see where this new series will take us and what other perfectly imperfect characters we will get to meet along the way.
How did the idea for Van & Stella’s story come to you?
My husband and I were looking at places to vacation and we came across this ranch in Texas (The Wild Catter) and it looked so secluded and private that I thought it’d make a great rehabilitation facility for celebrity types. I already knew that I’d write about one, but it was the model for the Second Chance Ranch.
How many books are planned for the Second Chance series?
Four definitely, possibly two additional ones. Each one is a stand alone with different characters that somehow incorporates the ranch.
How is this series different from your previous Kylie Ryans series?
It’s a lot grittier and sexier. In Kylie’s series, her career was as much a character as she was, but in this series there’s more focus on addiction and darker, more personal issues.
What was the hardest part about putting out something new and different than what your readers were used to?
The fear that everyone would hate it! Or that they’d think I was just jumping on the erotica bandwagon. I always knew I would write something darker and sexier, more adult than New Adult, after Kylie’s series, but not all of my readers were expecting that leap. Fortunately they held my hand the whole way! I am very blessed to have such loyal and precious readers!
What’s your favorite part about being an indie author?
Having so much control over the cover, the formatting, the price and the release dates.
Least favorite part?
Being responsible for making decisions about the cover, the formatting, the price and the release dates. 😉
What’s one thing that readers might find surprising about you?
I write my books out of order! I always thought I was doing it wrong, writing scenes this way, until I met several other writers at retreats that did the exact same thing.
What can we look forward to from you?
There will be a surprise release this summer that’s a part of the Keep Me Still world, and Falling for Fate this fall, which is the next book in the Second Chance series.
Coffee or Tea? Sweet Tea please!
Chocolate or Vanilla? Definitely chocolate!
Billionaires or Cowboys? Cowboys
PC or Mac? Mac, but that’s a recent change.
Night Owl or Early Bird? Definitely a night owl 😉 It’s the only time I can get any work done!
Thank you so much for having me!!
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Don’t miss the rest of the Second Chance series:
Falling for You (Second Chance #1.5)
Falling for Fate (Second Chance #2)
One Last Ride (Second Chance #3)
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Caisey Quinn lives in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband, daughter, and other assorted animals. She is the bestselling author of the Kylie Ryans series as well as several New Adult Romance novels featuring country girls finding love in unexpected places. You can find her online at www.caiseyquinnwrites.com.