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12 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. 

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My Sweet Folly

By Laura Kinsale

Buy Fearless Men at Amazon

Fearless Men

By Sandra Kitt

This trio of steamy novels by the great Sandra Kitt opens with Serenade, the emotional story of Alexandra and Parker. When she was just a college freshman, aspiring singer Alexandra met composer Parker, and fell — hard. The two shared a passionate romance molded by their mutual love of music, but their young love ended in heartache. Ten years later, Alexandra is a grown woman with a successful singing career. Alex is a lauded jazz musician. When the two meet again, they realize their passion for one another hasn't disappeared in the decade since they broke up. But Alex has a dark secret which she worries could take down her career...and her romantic reunion with Parker. 

Serenade is followed by Sincerely, a romantic thriller with a murder suspect whose looks alone could kill, and Suddenly, an opposites-attract romance between a supermodel and a doctor. 

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Fearless Men

By Sandra Kitt

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.

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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.

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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, its 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!

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

Persuasion

By Jane Austen

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Published on 24 Apr 2019

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