I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Second to None
Billionaire chemist Max Varela is selling his company and leaving New York for good when Emily Wade bursts into his office, desperate for his help in funding her program for disadvantaged kids and shelter dogs. Seven years ago, he fell in love with her when she was married to another man. To fight the unbidden attraction, he cut off all contact—but he’s never forgotten her.
Ever since her husband died, Emily has poured her heart and soul into the after-school care center. Seeing Max reawakens the pain of her loss, but it also brings unexpected hope for the future. As emotions thought long gone resurface, the two begin a passionate affair that seems destined for a fairy-tale ending.
That is, until Max reveals that he’s moving to Chicago in a matter of weeks and wants Emily to uproot her daughter and her life to come with him. If a second chance at love is possible, someone’s got to give.
Nancy Herkness’s books have somehow found their way unto my “must reads” list. Second to None captured all of the things that I look for in a romance. While this one tugged at my heartstrings more times than I can count, it also fogged up my Kindle with the sexiness.
This was so much more than a romance to me. There were other elements that really made this a good read for me. The underprivileged children and the program that Emily is trying to put together really elevated the story. It was amazing how much story and emotions were jammed packed into this novella. I felt that it really encompassed everything crucial in a regular novel, but condensed it into a sweet little package. While I think Emily’s and Max’s romance was sizzling, I really think Diego stole the show. He was one of the children that was present in this story. It was his love for dogs that really clinched it for me.
I teared up big time. Not only was I worried but I could have totally become heartbroken for Diego.
Tears streaked silently down Diego’s cheeks. “I can help him fight. He needs to know that someone wants him to live. Ask the doc to let me see him.”
Oh my God, this kid. I just wanted to hug him.
I kind of wanted to hug Max as well. He really did think money could buy everything.
He’d made millions…no, billions of dollars since then. And it was doing him absolutely no good in this situation. So what the hell had been the point?
He’d done it to try to ward off the emptiness.
Poor sad Max, so I was routing for both him and Emily the whole way too. It was one of those romances where they both had to figure themselves out before finding their happily ever after.
This story got me into the Christmas mood way too early, but I think it’s worth the read anytime during the year. My emotions ran rampant and I was invested in every character.
“I love you. Not just six days’ worth, but for seven years.”