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Second Chances

Have you ever said or done something you later regretted?  Or worse, have you not said or done something, and spent the rest of your life wondering how things might have been different "if only..."?  Even if you're content with the choices you've made, it can be hard to let go of some of those missed opportunities.  And if you're not entirely happy, those poor decisions and unresolved endings can really haunt you.

Now imagine the regret in question is a person you once loved.  What do you do when that once-special someone suddenly walks back into your life?  It could be that friend you crushed on in college, but never had the courage to approach.  He's single now... and he's moving into your building.  Perhaps it's your ex-- he's in recovery from the very issues that drove you away, and he's looking for a fresh start.  Sure, you could ignore him, and let the history between you keep you apart.  (After all, you had good reasons for breaking up with him in the first place, right?)  Or....

Or, you could finally do something about those nagging regrets.  Maybe he's changed; maybe you have.  Maybe you're both older and wiser and more confident now.  Maybe you just need to put your doubts to rest before you can move on with your real Mr. Right.  Even if a happily ever after still isn't in the cards for you and your former love, at least you'll know you found the capacity to forgive, or had the courage to try again.  Sometimes, that's all you really need to let go of those regrets at last.  And sometimes, giving a second chance to the one who walked away can lead to the love who will never leave you again.

Opportunity has knocked twice for all of the couples in this month's selections.  As you might guess from the length of the list, this is a really popular trope in all areas of romance-- even Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer have done reunion plots.  The romances below are full of long-carried torches, youthful crushes, old flames, disaffected lovers, sexy ex's, unforgettable one night stands, and the ever-popular "one that got away."  But most of all, they're all about that most precious of gifts: a second chance.

Ashes of Midnight by Lara Adrian (PbkRomance Adrian)
When We Meet Again by Victoria Alexander (LP Alexander)
Storm Kissed by Jessica Andersen (PbkRomance Andersen)
In the Arms of a Marquess by Katharine Ashe (PbkRomance Ashe)
The Pretend Wife by Bridget Asher (Fiction Asher)
His Dark Embrace by Amanda Ashley (PbkRomance Ashley)
Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage by Jennifer Ashley (PbkRomance Ashley)
Persuasion by Jane Austen (LP Austen)
The Darkest Hour by Maya Banks (PbkRomance Banks)
When Passion Lies by J. K. Beck (PbkRomance Beck)
Sultry with a Twist by Macy Beckett (PbkRomance Beckett)
Old Boyfriends by Rexanne Becnel (LP Becnel)
A Billion Reasons Why by Kristin Billerbeck (Fiction Billerbeck)
Baby, Come Home by Stephanie Bond (PbkRomance Bond)
Memoirs of a Scandalous Red Dress by Elizabeth Boyle (PbkRomance Boyle)
Last To Die by Kate Brady (PbkRomance Brady)
Freedom's Price by Suzanne Brockmann (PbkRomance Brockmann)
Heart of Steel by Meljean Brook (SF Brook)
The Night Is Mine by M. L. Buchman (PbkRomance Buchman)
The Perfect Play by Jaci Burton (PbkRomance Burton)
Hush by Nancy Bush (PbkRomance Bush)
Unforgiven by Anne Calhoun (PbkRomance Calhoun) (COMING SOON)
The Courtship Dance by Candace Camp (LP Camp)
Ex, Why, and Me by Susanna Carr (PbkRomance Carr)
Tempt Me If You Can by Janet Chapman (PbkRomance Chapman)
Dreams of a Dark Warrior by Kresley Cole (PbkRomance Cole)
Notorious by Nicola Cornick (PbkRomance Cornick)
Don't Mess with Texas by Christie Craig (PbkRomance Craig)
Tell Me Lies by Jennifer Crusie (Fiction Crusie)
Real Men Will by Victoria Dahl (PbkRomance Dahl)
Twice Tempted by a Rogue by Tessa Dare (PbkRomance Dare)
A Woman Betrayed by Barbara Delinsky (Fiction Delinsky)
The Kilt Maker by Anne Douglas (Fiction Douglas)
The Sweet Spot by Laura Drake (PbkRomance Drake) (COMING SOON)
At Your Pleasure by Meredith Duran (PbkRomance Duran)
Once upon a Wedding by Kathleen Eagle (Fiction Eagle)
A Flight of Fancy by Laurie Alice Eakes (Exp Fiction Revell)
Too Dangerous to Desire by Cara Elliott (PbkRomance Elliott)
A Beginner's Guide to Rakes by Suzanne Enoch (PbkRomance Enoch)
A Wedding Wager by Jane Feather (PbkRomance Feather)
Practically Perfect by Katie Fforde (Fiction Fforde)
Yours, Unexpectedly by Susan Fox (PbkRomance Fox)
By Starlight by Dorothy Garlock (Fiction Garlock)
Any Man of Mine by Rachel Gibson (PbkRomance Gibson)
Cowboy Take Me Away by Jane Graves (PbkRomance Graves)
A Gentleman Never Tells by Juliana Gray (PbkRomance Gray)
Wedding of the Season by Laura Lee Guhrke (PbkRomance Guhrke)
Scandal in Scotland by Karen Hawkins (PbkRomance Hawkins)
Confessions of an Improper Bride by Jennifer Haymore (PbkRomance Haymore)
Bath Tangle by Georgette Heyer (LP Heyer)
Until There Was You by Kristan Higgins (PbkRomance Higgins)
Something about Witches by Joey W. Hill (PbkRomance Hill)
The Family Fortune by Laurie Horowitz (Fiction Horowitz)
To Die For by Linda Howard (LP Howard)
Some Like It Hot by Brenda Jackson (PbkRomance Jackson)
Wed Him before You Bed Him by Sabrina Jeffries (PbkRomance Jeffries)
Persuasion by Brenda Joyce (PbkRomance Joyce)
Twisted by Andrea Kane (Fiction Kane)
Back To You by Robin Kaye (PbkRomance Kaye)
Deception by Kris Kennedy (PbkRomance Kennedy)
Seduce Me at Sunrise by Lisa Kleypas (PbkRomance Kleypas)
Tempted Again by Cathie Linz (PbkRomance Linz)
Since the Surrender by Julie Anne Long (PbkRomance Long)
A Turn in the Road by Debbie Macomber (Fiction Macomber)
Almost Perfect by Susan Mallery (PbkRomance Mallery)
The Guardian by Margaret Mallory (PbkRomance Mallory)
A Walk in the Park by Jill Mansell (Exp Fiction Mansell)
Seducing the Duchess by Ashley March (PbkRomance March)
Lover's Leap by Emily March (PbkRomance March)
Unbuttoning Miss Hardwick by Deb Marlowe (PbkRomance Marlowe)
Once upon a Scandal by Delilah Marvelle (PbkRomance Marvelle)
The Saint by Monica McCarty (PbkRomance McCarty)
Countess of Scandal by Laurel McKee (PbkRomance McKee)
Tate by Linda Lael Miller (LP Miller)
Crazy Thing Called Love by Molly O'Keefe (PbkRomance O'Keefe)
Simply Scandalous by Kate Pearce (PbkRomance Pearce)
Lucky Charm by Carly Phillips (LP Phillips)
What I Did for Love by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (Fiction Phillips)
When He Was Wicked by Julia Quinn (LP Quinn)
Sins of a Ruthless Rogue by Anna Randol (PbkRomance Randol)
A Scottish Love by Karen Ranney (PbkRomance Ranney)
No Chance by Christy Reece (PbkRomance Reece)
Can't Hurry Love by Christie Ridgway (PbkRomance Ridgway)
The Next Always by Nora Roberts (Fiction Roberts)
Lord Gray's List by Maggie Robinson (PbkRomance Robinson)
Rescue My Heart by Jill Shalvis (PbkRomance Shalvis)
The Sinner Who Seduced Me by Stefanie Sloane (PbkRomance Sloane)
Barefoot in the Sun by Roxanne St. Claire (PbkRomance St. Clare)
All He Ever Desired by Shannon Stacey (PbkRomance Stacey)
Sweet Love by Sarah Strohmeyer (Fiction Strohmeyer)
The Perfect Kiss by Melody Thomas (PbkRomance Thomas)
Not Quite a Husband by Sherry Thomas (PbkRomance Thomas)
Hold On Tight by Stephanie Tyler (PbkRomance Tyler)
Rev It Up by Julie Ann Walker (PbkRomance Walker)
The Missing by Shiloh Walker (PbkRomance Walker)
Colorado Dawn by Kaki Warner (PbkRomance Warner)
Marrying Daisy Bellamy by Susan Wiggs (PbkRomance Wiggs)
The First Love Cookie Club by Lori Wilde (PbkRomance Wilde)
Sand Castle Bay by Sherryl Woods (PbkRomance Woods)

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