11 Second Chance Romance Books That Will Make You Believe in Love

    Reunite with the one that got away. 

    Second chance romance will take you on an emotional rollercoaster. Unlike most love stories, where two people meet at the beginning and must build their relationship from the ground up, in second chance romance there’s already a romantic history between the characters—in all its joyful, painful, and complex glory. Happily-ever-after in any romance is great, but in second chance romance it feels epic

    It’s no wonder this is such a popular trope in the romance genre! If you love second-chance romance stories as much as we do, check out our recommendations below.

    Buy My Sweet Folly at Amazon

    My Sweet Folly

    By Laura Kinsale

    This historical romance from bestselling author Laura Kinsale pairs a tortured hero—a romance reader favorite—with the widowed bride of his relative. Years before they meet in person, Folie exchanged letters with her elderly husband’s cousin, the young and bright Lt. Robert Cambourne. Yet, when Folie’s husband dies, she’s heartbroken to discover that Robert has married. Four years later, Folie and her stepdaughter, who is Robert’s ward, are summond to his English estate…but she discovers he’s a much-changed man. Grappling with demons of his own, Folie hopes to coax him back to the land of the living in this emotional regency romance. 

    My Sweet Folly

    By Laura Kinsale

    Buy Tender Deception at Amazon

    Tender Deception

    By Heather Graham

    One of the earliest books in Heather Graham’s long and successful writing career, Tender Deception is a second chance romance with a secret baby twist. Florida dinner-theater actress Victoria had a one-night stand with Brant Wicker before he became a star…but she never told him that they conceived a child. When he returns to play the lead opposite her in Othello, she tries to keep their son a secret—and her feelings under wraps—but no one’s that good of an actress. Author Heather Graham herself acted in dinner-theater before writing, which brings authenticity to this enjoyable story.

    Tender Deception

    By Heather Graham

    Buy Follow Me, Follow You at Amazon

    Follow Me, Follow You

    By Laura E. James

    Reunion romance hops across the pond for this story between social networking director Victoria and Hollywood star Chris. Chris and Victoria fell hard for each other years ago, but they both pursued other dreams…and partners. After Chris’ wife dies, he’s back in the country and in Victoria’s orbit. But are they willing to give each other a second chance? Between Victoria’s child, Chris’ grief, and uncomfortable feelings in this mix, you’ll want to have tissues ready.

    Follow Me, Follow You

    By Laura E. James

    Buy The Marriage Bargain  at Amazon

    The Marriage Bargain

    By Jennifer Probst

    The first book in the Marriage to a Billionaire trilogy, The Marriage Bargain is fun and sexy—full of sexual tension that will make you weak in the knees. Plus, it’s heroine is a bookstore owner! Alexa has already had her heart broken once by Nicholas, her best friend’s brother. But when she needs to keep her family home, she agrees to marry him so he can lock down an inheritance. But soon enough, real feelings grow in the soil of their fake marriage. Pairing the second chance romance and fake relationship tropes together, this book is sure to keep you entertained!

    The Marriage Bargain

    By Jennifer Probst

    Buy Take This Regret at Amazon

    Take This Regret

    By A.L. Jackson

    Second chances rarely get as emotional or as raw as Take This Regret. Five years ago, Christian was so ambitious to become an attorney that he left Elizabeth and their unborn child. Now he’s back, with a tower of regrets and an eagerness to prove to Elizabeth and his daughter that he wants to be a part of their lives. Understandably, Elizabeth won’t be letting him into their hearts so easily … This is a great one to read with a friend, as you discuss what you would do in Elizabeth’s shoes.

    Take This Regret

    By A.L. Jackson

    Buy Not Quite a Husband at Amazon

    Not Quite a Husband

    By Sherry Thomas

    Winner of the 2010 RITA Award for Best Historical Romance, Not Quite a Husband is a must-read for Sherry Thomas fans. Bryony and Leo were married, briefly, until Leo decided he couldn’t stay married to a woman who became a doctor. Now, three years after their marriage was dissolved, Leo finds Bryony at a clinic in India and escorts her back to England per her sister’s request. But on the journey back, they discover that passion still burns between them…and they might not be able to contain it. Set partly in India, the story is not only fantastic, it’s also beautifully written.

    Not Quite a Husband

    By Sherry Thomas

    Buy For You  at Amazon

    For You

    By Kristen Ashley

    Second chance romance gets a dose of suspense in this story. Alexander Colton and February Owens were high school sweethearts whose relationship was wrecked by tragedy. Twenty years later, well after February left town, she returns to help out at the family bar. Colt and Feb find that their feels are still very much there, and when people close to Feb start turning up murdered, Colt does everything to protect her—even if it means getting dangerously close to putting both their hearts on the line. If you like this one, there are five other emotional and thrilling books in The ‘Burg series.

    For You

    By Kristen Ashley

    Buy Again the Magic  at Amazon

    Again the Magic

    By Lisa Kleypas

    Lisa Kleypas tackles an upstairs/downstairs romance in this start to her Wallflowers series. Despite society’s expectations, Lady Aline falls for stable boy John McKenna—and begin a secret affair. But once they’re found out, Aline rejects McKenna to save him from her father—though McKenna thinks it’s because she doesn’t want him. He goes on to gain wealth in New York City, only to return to seek vengeance on Aline—with plans to seduce and then reject her. But the passion—and love—between them makes him rethink his plans. Kleypas adds an additional love story in this one between John’s partner and Aline’s sister, so there’s even more romance in store. 

    Again the Magic

    By Lisa Kleypas

    Buy Waiting On You  at Amazon

    Waiting On You

    By Kristan Higgins

    The third book in Higgins’ popular Blue Heron series, Waiting on You reunites tavern owner Colleen O’Rourke with her first—and only—love, Lucas Campbell. Lucas broke Colleen’s heart a decade ago, but now he’s suddenly back in town. If you’ve been wanting to dip your toe into some of Kristan Higgins’ witty and well-developed romance, this is a great book—and series—to start with.

    Waiting On You

    By Kristan Higgins

    Buy The Sweet Gum Tree at Amazon

    The Sweet Gum Tree

    By Katherine Allred

    Set in the south, The Sweet Gum Tree follows two childhood friends: Alix, born into a wealthy family, and Nick, a poor boy with a troubled home life. The two form a fast friendship that turns into love as they grow older, but ends abruptly when tragedy strikes and Nick skips town—leaving Alix pregnant. Their second chance comes around when Nick shows up fifteen later, desperate to find is way back into Alix’s heart amidst the secrets and betrayal. 

    The Sweet Gum Tree

    By Katherine Allred

    Buy Persuasion at Amazon

    Persuasion

    By Jane Austen

    No second chance romance list is complete without Austen’s Persuasion, which is one of her best. Despite the tenderness of their young love, sweet Anne Elliot was swayed by a well-meaning friend to reject the hand of Frederick Wentworth based on his class. Wentworth goes on to become a respected naval captain, while Anne regrets her youthful decision. Despite her refusal, you’ll root so hard for the kind-hearted Anne throughout this slim volume as she wonders and dares to hope that Captain Wentworth might still have feelings for her when he returns. Wentworth’s letter to Anne at the end of this story is worth the price of admission alone.

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