The eternal bachelor finally finds his match—if he can get her attention… After her fiancé dies in her arms in Afghanistan, combat nurse Kim Torres decides to get as far away from men and the war as she can. Now a nanny to a little girl, she’s trying to date again, but her heart just isn’t in it. Not even for a man as sexy as Owen Kent… When Major Owen Kent returns from his deployment with the Marines in Afghanistan, he discovers how much things have really changed. The billionaire CIO’s friends are settling down and having families—things a serial dater like Owen doesn’t expect to do. But he’s also not expecting his friend Harper’s new nanny to be the woman who stole his heart half a world away. Kim may want nothing to do with Owen, but he’s not about to surrender without a fight.
I have read and enjoyed all previous three books in the Forever Love Story series and from the moment I read the except for The Second Chance Hero, I was eagerly waiting for the release.The meeting between Kim and Owen was gut-wrenching and I wanted to see how their relationship played out.
Kim Torres was a combat nurse stationed in Afghanistan. She was engaged to her next door neighbor and best friend’s older brother Tom, a Marine also stationed in Afghanistan. When Tom died in her arms, she was devastated. She was even more devastated when she discovered Tom’s secret. She left Afghanistan and her nursing career behind to become a nanny.
Major Owen Kent was there when Kim’s world imploded and even though he met her very briefly, she made such a lasting impression on him that he came back to find her, only to discover that she had already left Afghanistan. Fast-forward to a year later and Owen is back to resume his duties as the COI of the company he started with his two friends. He agrees to do a favor for a friend, one that leads him back to Kim. Kim does not remember him and he finds himself having to make a difficult choice: tell Kim that he was her late fiancé’s commanding officer and that he was a witness to all that went down in Afghanistan and ruin any chance of a relationship with her or give in to Kim’s desire to leave the war behind and keep his secret to himself.
Owen was such a sweet guy – laidback, patient, caring and single-minded in his pursuit of Kim. His gentle wooing was just what Kim needed. Kim was understandably wary of getting involved with another guy on the heels of the betrayal she was still recovering from. It did not help that Tom’s family worshipped him as a hero, when she knew that he was anything but one. However, she vacillated between being strong and being weak one too many times. She redeemed herself in the end by being gutsy and going after what she wanted.
The Second Chance Hero was not a light read like the previous books. It was an emotional read for me as it delved into weightier issues of betrayal, grief and moving on. Ms. Moon’s handling of these issues was realistic and it was good to catch up with the rest of the gang. This book can be read as a stand-alone but I would strongly recommend reading the series in order, so as to keep track of all the characters. It would be nice to close the circle with Nate’s story (do you hear that, Ms. Moon?).