on August 28, 2018
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Sometimes love is waiting in the second act.
In her professional career, Ella Mancini plays matchmaker at Two Love Lane but, in her personal life, she takes the stage at the Dock Street Theatre. Now she has a chance at a new role in a Hollywood movie that happens to be filming in Charleston—one that features a big-name actress, Samantha Drake. Long ago, Ella passed up a major audition while awaiting a marriage proposal. Not only didn’t she get the role; she never got the ring, either. Instead, her boyfriend Hank went on to become a huge filmstar…leaving her, and all her dreams, behind.
But now Hank’s back in Charleston, cast as the male lead in the same movie Ella’s in. In spite of the dramatic tension off-screen, he and Ella try to stay cool onset. But when their old feelings start to heat up—at the same time leading-lady Samantha sets her sights on Hank—all bets are off. How can Hank convince Ella, after all this time, that she’s the one he really wants to be with in real life—and that some happy, rom-com endings really can come true?
“Readers who enjoy works by Nora Roberts and Luanne Rice will want to give Kramer atry.”—Library Journal
~~Reviewed by Evelyn~~
SECOND CHANCE AT TWO LOVE LANE by Kieran Kramer is the third novel in the Two Love Lane series. The star of this sweet romance is Ella Mancini, one of the three friends that run a matchmaking company in Charleston.
Before getting involved in matchmaking, Ella was acting in local theatre. She was convinced she was going to get a ring from fellow actor Hank Rogers but, instead, he left to pursue his acting career on a larger scale. Luck was on his side and he soon hits it big. When his most recent movie heads to film in Charleston, he plans to contact Ella just to ask a very simple favor concerning a friend. Instead, circumstances find him sharing a house with her. Since she’s still interested in acting, he arranges for her to have a small part in the movie. The leading lady takes it from there. Convinced that Ella and Hank would make a good couple, she tries some matchmaking of her own!
Ella and Hank are both very likeable characters, and while I found myself hoping that they would get together, I have to admit that I found their story a bit difficult to get into. The pace is very slow and not much really happens. What does happen often seems contrived and hard to believe. Even the movie making aspect of the story seems unreal.
What I really did like about this story was the setting. The author does a very good job of incorporating Charleston into the story and everything has a definite southern feel.
I’m giving SECOND CHANCE AT TWO LOVE LANE three stars. While the pace is slow, the characters are likeable and it’s an easy summer read. It is also a good standalone story in spite of being the third book in the series.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.