Discover the best second chance romance books worth reading that will make you believe in happily-ever-after.
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Who hasn’t felt it at one time or another in their life?
And when you’re suffering through heartache after the loss of a relationship, it can make you question whether a happily-ever-after will ever be in the cards for you.
But that’s what I love most about second chance romance books.
They can inspire even the most hopeless romantic to believe in happily-ever-after again!
What are Second Chance Romance Books?
Second chance romance books have a storyline in which former lovers reconnect after a break up or separation and finally find their happy ending.
Now these epic love stories don’t involve a reconciliation after a simple fight or a week’s separation. It can be years later that characters find love once again – together.
Why I Love Second Chance Romance Books
I adore second chance romance books because these are stories of love that is hard fought.
Characters could be childhood friends, high school sweethearts or just people whose timing wasn’t quite right the first time around but their connection is undeniable.
No matter the cause of separation or the amount of time a part, the happy endings in second chance romance books are so satisfying when two soulmates are reunited.
Plus, this special romance book category can show you that love CAN be found a second time.
My favorites in this category will give you all the feels like only second chance romance books can.
You’ll find childhood friends turned lovers reconnecting, high school sweethearts reuniting and lovers torn a part for various reasons finally finding their way back to one another.
I guarantee that your heart will swoon and you’ll discover a new book boyfriend or two.
My Favorite Second Chance Romance Books:
A Classic, Second Chance Romance Book
Matthew Farrell is well known for his corporate takeovers, but he was once the boy from the opposite side of the tracks.
That didn’t stop, 18 year-old Meredith Bancroft from disappearing from the country club with Matt and finding a once in a lifetime connection.
Only the department store heiress ultimately betrayed him.
Now years later, Matt’s back and ready to exact some revenge on Meredith and the Bancroft empire, only to find that their past is mixed up in lies and deceit and their feelings returning with a vengeance.
This is hands down one of the best romance novels of all time and one of the first that inspired my love for the genre.
I’ve reread it so many times and I love it even more each time.
It is the ultimate second chance romance book filled with young love, heartbreak, miscommunication and deceit that tore two lovers apart only for them to come face to face with their past years later.
I loved the tension in their reunion and the arrangement Matt forces on Meredith which finally enables the truth to come out.
I consider this the ultimate, classic, second chance romance book that every romance book lover should read!
A Second Chance Romance Book With Revenge In Mind
Victoria Price is a self-help coach who travels the world empowering women and sharing her message that you don’t need a man.
She’s blocked off her own heart from ever falling in love again after her teenage heart was broken by Parker Maxwell – her first love.
When Victoria runs into Parker again, she is unrecognizable to him with a new look and new name yet the sparks still fly.
It’s the perfect set up for Victoria to enact revenge on the unsuspecting Parker but the more time she spends with him the more she’s reconsidering her plan.
I love so many of Geissinger’s romance books because she’s not only a talented writer but pens amazing characters that I can’t help but fall for and wish I could meet in real life.
I loved how Victoria could go toe to toe with the best of them and never apologizes for her attitude.
Yet beneath this tough exterior is a woman who’s spent years running from a hurt that she’s never truly healed from.
This was such a wonderful second chance romance book where love is found again after great heartbreak. I can’t recommend it enough.
Read it for the romance but also read it for the strong anthems for claiming your own power.
I loved the anecdotes Geissinger includes when Victoria is on stage to bring home a message of female empowerment which added another great element to this must read book.
A Second Chance Romance Book Between Childhood Soulmates
Billy Winston and Claire McClure (aka Scarlet St. Claire) once found the deepest, soul-yearning love in a forest in the backwoods of Tennessee, but cruelty and circumstances drove them apart.
Secrecy and silence has kept them separated but Billy’s family has seen enough and is ready to step in and push these two together if it’s the last thing they do.
Shenanigans ensue on a family trip to Italy where Billy and Claire or forced together but it remains to be see if the forced proximity will bring them back together or tear them further apart.
If ever there was a second chance romance book that I COULD NOT WAIT to get my hands on it was this one.
Beard Necessities is the seventh and final book in Reid’s Winston Brothers series and it was so worth the wait.
Billy and Claire’s story develops throughout the series and culminates in their origin story in book six, Beard With Me, before concluding in this beautiful second chance romance book.
I fell so hard for these two star-crossed lovers who sacrificed so much for others at the expense of their own love and happy-ever-after.
Their story was breaking my heart which only made their reunion in this second chance romance book all the sweeter.
Do yourself a favor and binge read the entire Winston Brothers series before reading this book. It’s so worth it.
A Heartbreaking, Second Chance Romance Book With Paranormal Elements
Georgia’s mother warned her to stay away from Moses. Moses was messed up. The boy known as the crack baby found abandoned by his mother.
Only Georgia saw him as someone beautiful, whom she couldn’t stay away from. Though maybe she should have and things could have turned out differently.
Let’s get real. Second chance romance books can rip your heart out and Harmon does so in this tender, moving love story.
It’s hard to go into details without ruining the story or giving spoilers, but just be prepared to read this with a box of tissues beside you.
Georgia loved Moses who ultimately left her when tragedy hit.
When he returns, it’s clear that their past was never far from their minds but they have to survive the present to see if they indeed have a future.
I will say if you want a second chance romance book with a paranormal element to it, then this is your pick.
The Perfect Second Chance Romance Short Story
Sam Logan was Fiona’s first kiss but then he went and broke her heart on prom night.
She’s hated him ever since but now she’s forced to see him again when her sister gets engaged to Sam’s brother.
Can Sam explain the past so they can have a future?
If you’re looking for a quick taste of a second chance romance book and a redemption story, then this one is for you.
This is a second chance romance short story that I couldn’t put down until I uncovered why Sam hurt Fiona and how they could overcome the hate and enjoy the lust still between them.
Wylder always brings the steam to her romance books and she did again with this one!
A Second Chance Romance Book Set in Hollywood
As a stunt double, Troy Jacobs is used to taking risks and the taking hard falls. Only once he fell hard for Giselle “Ellie” Diamond and got his heart broken, vowing to never trust again.
But when Ellie, now a country music star, lands on his movie set as the star of the film, old feelings return.
Ellie had to choose between love and her dreams long ago and she’ s paid the price. Reunited with Troy on set, it’s clear they still have feelings for one another but their problems are just as real.
I loved this second chance romance book featuring a hot stunt double and famous singer.
This love story looks at whether love truly can be enough when it comes to finding happiness and whether or not love has to be sacrificed to follow one’s dreams.
This is a standalone read but I loved every one of Jordan’s stuntmen stories in the Renegades series!
A Second Chance Romance Book Between Secret Lovers
Emily and Luke were never meant to be. She is a cop’s daughter and he’s a boy from the wrong side of the tracks.
Yet at 18 they started up a wild, secret affair that lasted until she left for college and he hit the road to nowhere.
Eight years later, they’re both back in town with family on both sides of the law. They should stay far away from each other but they’ve never been good at resisting temptation.
Who doesn’t love a story with a bad boy from the opposite side of the tracks?
Oh, the heat between Emily and Luke was off the charts as if no time had passed between them and I loved it.
Nothing can be as simple as a secret affair in a small town however. I loved how they had to navigate their growing feelings for each other with the facts stacked against them.
This is a fantastic second chance romance that I highly recommend reading!
A Second Chance Romance Book Between Athletes
Leanne Simmons and Callum Davidson never had an easy relationship. From enemies to lovers and back to enemies, they’ve been on again/off again for years.
The two parkour athletes are now filming a reality TV show about their free running escapades and it remains to be seen if they will survive the month.
They’ve both signed a contract that they won’t have any romantic relations while filming or risk leaving the show but contracts were meant to be broken.
Talk about a second chance romance book that makes you really earn that happy ending!
Oh how I felt for Leanne and Callum who just couldn’t seem to get their act together and move on from the past.
There was definitely a lot of emotion between these two with the history they suffered and the constant hurt they felt watching the other person move on with someone else.
My heart broke for them and yet Cosway patched it right up by the end.
I also loved the unique look at the sport of parkour and what these athletes can do.
It was a very cool angle to this second chance romance book that you’ll love.
A Second Chance Romance Book After a Disappearing Act
As if Zora Leffersbee didn’t have enough to worry about with her tenure job in jeopardy, funding for her employees uncertain and a fake engagement to manage, the boy who broke her heart when he disappeared suddenly is now back in town and in her office.
Nick is back, now a billionaire, and willing to do whatever it takes to win back Zora – if she’ll let him.
I was totally swept away in this second chance romance where high school sweethearts are torn apart one night and never hear from each other again until many years later.
I loved how Ellis doesn’t shy away from an awkward reunion for her lovers or from sharing how they struggle to get back what they once had.
She also makes you think about whether good intentions can outweigh actions that cause so much hurt and whether forgiveness is worthy after such actions.
This was such a well-written book with an amazing cast of characters and a story that makes you think and feel.
It’s a must read second chance romance book and one of my most favorite billionaire romance novels as well.
A Second Chance Romance Book With an Ex-Con
Jude and Sophie were in love until one day it all came crashing down. Sent to prison when he crashed his car into a tree, Jude never thought he’d return to Colebury, Vermont, and never thought he’d see Sophie again.
Being an ex-con and recovering addict is reason enough to steer clear of Sophie. The fact that she’s the police chief’s daughter is reason number three.
Only time will tell if she can learn to trust him again and if he can feel worthy of her love.
Bowen hit me with all the heart feels with this one!
It’s a forbidden romance story wrapped up in a sweet second chance romance with a bit of “oh my goodness!” mixed in.
I have a sweet spot for romance books with ex cons of this variety and was rooting for Jude and Sophie’s happy ending from the start.
This book will definitely tug on your heart strings and it’s so worth it.
A Second Chance Romance Book With High School Sweethearts
Garrett Daniels is at the top of his game – idolized football coach and “cool” teacher in his hometown – until Callie Carpenter comes home.
Callie is living her best life on the opposite side of the country but returns to her hometown to help her parents.
She’s now working as a substitute teacher at her old high school and running into her former high school boyfriend, Garrett.
They broke things off after high school, but now that she’s back and seeing him every day, she’s starting to question if she should return to California or stay.
This story is such a quintessential second chance romance where two high school sweethearts are reunited in their old stomping ground but this time as teachers.
Though it’s been years since they’ve seen each other, there’s no denying the chemistry between Callie and Garrett.
I love how they have to maneuver between their resurfacing feelings while also dealing with the angsty teenagers in their classrooms and on the field.
This is such a fun and super sweet second chance romance book from an author who always knocks it out of the park.
A Sports, Second Chance Romance Book
Dekker Kincade will do anything to help save her family’s sport agency. Even if that means trying to sign, pro hockey star, Hunter Maddox, the only man who has ever broken her heart.
Hard to Handle is not only a wonderful second chance romance book, but I enjoyed it so much that it made my Best Romance Novels of 2020 list.
I loved the set up between sports agent and hockey star, but more importantly how both Hunter and Dekker had to learn to trust love and one another again.
I also enjoyed how this story was a second chance at love between adults who had a brief fling which ended when neither spoke up to say they wanted more. A must read!
A College, Second Chance Romance Book
Charisma, a senior at Waylon University, is still reeling from a humiliating and very public break up from her short time hook up, Blaze, the star football athlete who just helped his team win the national championship.
Blaze doesn’t believe he can have the girl and the game, but he can’t stop thinking about Charisma and trying to win her back.
This is a second chance romance book where you get to experience some serious hate that’s tossed around after a fresh break up.
But what I loved most about this college romance is how Charisma and Blaze learn to trust in love and to let go of the fears that have been holding them back from experiencing it.
This is the perfect enemies to lovers, second chance romance book for those who have ever gotten their heart broken in college and still remember it.
A Second Chance Romance Book For First Loves
Eden Goodnight left her small town in Georgia to make it big in Los Angeles as a model and actress.
But after being publicly humiliated by her cheating fiancé she returns to her hometown to put the scandal behind her.
The only person sympathetic to her recent woes is Cooper Mayfield, the boy she left behind.
Cooper has no interest in Hollywood but he can’t resist falling back under Eden’s spell.
Will a life-changing role end their love a second time or can Cooper keep her for good this time?
I really like second chance romance books where the “break up” was a result of one of the characters making the tough choice to pursue a dream at the expense of love.
It somehow makes the reunion and reconciliation all the sweeter for me when the other partner can recognize that they had to let the other go in order for them to eventually find their happiness together.
I also like alpha males who have no interest in the glitz of Hollywood and yet bend when it comes to the love of their life 😊
This is definitely a great second chance romance worth reading!
A Second Chance Romance Book With Childhood Sweethearts
Macy Sorensen’s life is upended when she runs into Elliot Petropoulos—the first and only love of her life.
He was the boy she bonded over books with and who restored her heart after the loss of her mother only to go on and break it.
Elliot never understood Macy’s decade-long silence but when life gives them both a chance to uncover the truth about the past, they may also discover that they have a future after all.
This is definitely one of my most favorite Christina Lauren books.
I loved the blend of present and past scenes where you get to see the close bond that Macy and Elliot once shared only to have it destroyed one night, leaving them strangers as adults.
Second chance romance books often include instances of misunderstandings and miscommunications that destroy young relationships and that is the case with this romance.
It’s a beautiful, emotional read worth adding to your TBR pile.
A Second Chance Romance Book With the Help’s Daughter
Raven never expected to meet the man of her dreams that summer, nor did she expect to fall for the son of the rich family she and her mother worked for.
Being the hired help didn’t stop their attraction but then it all came crashing down.
She never expected to see him again but ten years later everything once again changed the day he came back.
This second chance romance book has it all – young love, parental disapproval, tragic separation and a heartwarming reunion.
I especially loved the prologue which instantly hooked me, wanting me to quickly read to the point in the story that it dangled in front of me.
This is a great, feel good read that I highly recommend!
An Opposites Attract, Second Chance Romance Book
Logan Silverstone and Alyssa Waters didn’t have anything in common if you were to look at them.
Yet under the surface they were more alike than they realized, struggling with neglect, but finding their soulmate in each other.
Though they had the highest of highs together, that didn’t stop the lowest of lows that broke them.
Oh, cue the drama and the angst with this second chance romance book as only Brittainy C. Cherry can provide!
You can’t help but fall for these two souls who deserve more in life and who are lucky to have found friendship and more with each other.
But Cherry is never that kind with her readers’ hearts, making us ache before the happily-ever-after can be found! 😊
If you love second chance romance books that tug on your heart and give you all the feelings, then this is the one for you.
A Second Chance Romance Book Between One-Time Lovers
April Sawyer is a wedding planner who helps others find their happily-ever-after but she has yet to found her own.
One reason has to do with Tyler Shaw – the boy she was friends with in high school who became more the night before he left to become a famous MLB star.
Eighteen years later, Tyler is back in town nursing a broken career and the sparks between them fly again.
Can April close the chapter on that fateful night and still find love in the end?
I enjoyed this second chance romance that looks at whether friends who became more for one night could rekindle those feelings and find a future.
I loved April’s character the best in this one. She is a confident woman working through a past that she no longer wants holding her back from a future she desires.
There’s definitely more to the story (no spoilers!) that made this a great second chance romance book worth reading!
A Moving, Second Chance Romance Book
Noah and Allie met one summer that would forever be one that neither could forget.
Noah may have been from the wrong side of the tracks but that didn’t stop Allie from defying her parents and spending every moment with him.
But it was ultimately their differences and circumstances beyond their control that tore them a part.
Years later after returning home from war, Noah is determined to fulfill his promise to Allie to restore an old plantation he had once hoped to make their home.
When a newly engaged Allie sees Noah’s work in the paper, she goes to see the house herself and the boy she once loved.
This second chance romance book has always stuck with me, both after reading it and watching the movie.
I love how the story is told in different timelines and has the most touching ending.
This is the story to read if you want to believe in the strength of love. It also made my best romance novels of all time list.
A Second Chance Romance After Being Left at the Altar
Emma Sinclair is a writer for Stiletto magazine and when she’s given an assignment to write an article about exes, she can easily draw from personal experience.
Five years ago she was left at the altar by none other than her boss, Alex Cassidy.
Alex and Emma have been able to keep it professional at work, even keeping their history a secret from their friends, but all bets are off when this article brings up the past and possibly gives them a step toward a future.
Oh, I loved this book because it featured a second chance love story after being left at the altar!
The tension between Emma and Alex was off the charts because neither one wanted to give the other the satisfaction of knowing that just being around them again was stirring up so many feelings.
This was the perfect, office romance wrapped up in a second chance romance book that is one of Layne’s best.
A Small Town, Second Chance Romance Book
Best friends since sixth grade, Harper Sanders was supposed to be Rogan Knightly’s forever girl. Yet tragedy struck and forever never came.
Seven years later, Harper has returned to their hometown and they are not only fighting memories but Rogan’s supposed family curse.
This was a really sweet second chance romance book that also gives you moments of hilarity that I’ve come to expect from Meghan Quinn.
I loved the banter between Rogan and his brothers showing what a meddlesome family he has but also the close knit bond between them.
I also really enjoyed the flashbacks throughout the story because they flushed out the love, connection and history between these two, making you really root for a reunion.
If you’re looking for a second chance romance book set in a small town that reunites childhood friends, this is the one to pick.
A Second Chance Romance Book with a Hockey Player
Sports agent, Bess Beringer, is about to turn thirty so she’s facing the new decade with a five-year plan to improve her personal life.
That plan did not include Mark “Tank” Tankiewicz, her former fling.
Mark hasn’t been having a great, few months. His team lost in the playoffs, he got traded to a new team and his wife just served him divorce papers.
The one upside? Now in Brooklyn trying to mingle with his new team, he comes face to face with a former flame – Bess Berringer.
These two pick up right where they left off, until Bess asks him for the one thing that he can’t give her.
This was such a great second chance romance book that I ended up reading in one sitting.
Bess and Mark didn’t end their fling with a lot of drama.
They just went their separate ways but when they reunite years later, it was a hot reunion! No need to drag things out with this one.
I loved their connection, but I also loved the topic that comes up between them (no spoilers!) which is often not talked about in books or relationships.
Read this second chance romance book if you like hot hockey players and strong women who know what they want!
A Second Chance Romance Book as a Duet Ending
It had been eleven years since Evelyn last saw Dylan O’Dea, the boy she once loved.
He succeeded in building his perfume empire, everything he had ever wanted when he left their old neighborhood.
But Evelyn, is still in a dark place but ready to let the light in and maybe Dylan too once again.
This is second chance romance book that is part of a duet so full disclosure that you need to read book one, A Crack in Everything, before reading this one. But trust me when I say it is worth it.
Cosway is a master of words and world building and crafts such an endearing second chance romance book in this one that it was a must add to this list!
An Unforgettable Second Chance Romance Book
Secrets and lies were the make-up of my life to achieve my sole purpose – revenge.
I denied myself my own desires for so long until her. When Cecelia blasted into my life I finally took for me, and it cost me dearly, not only my heart.
I can no longer deny her or my heart, but my mistakes are catching up with me. I have no intention of losing her.
I only hope we can make it to the finish line before it’s too late.
What was once a duet became a three-part series with The Finish Line, the third and final book of the series.
I had to include it in the list because it’s such an incredible series with this book being one of the best second chance romance books I’ve ever read.
If love alone were enough, happily-ever-afters wouldn’t be so hard fought.
This book follows two lovers who have suffered greatly for the love that consumed them and looks at whether they can make it work to achieve their own happy ending.
Stewart’s work is not to be missed, nor is this incredibly moving, emotional and satisfying end to a wonderful series.
A Second Chance Romance Book Between First Loves
Saylor Rodgers may have called things off with her ex-fiance, but she didn’t expect to receive a wedding invitation from him and his new fiancé mere months later.
She also didn’t expect for her reply card to be returned with a yes and a plus one.
Enter Hayes Whitley, her first love and the boy who up and left her without a goodbye to chase his dreams in Hollywood.
Now he’s back in town ten years later and wanting to help Saylor and see if they can rekindle their past.
I loved the set up of this second chance romance book in which Saylor reconnects with her first love to save face when her former fiancé easily moves on to someone else so soon after their break up.
And she does so with a hot and famous actor!
It’s not easy to learn to love and trust again when someone just up and leaves you, even if that someone is your soulmate.
I appreciated the struggle Saylor went through but I also enjoyed the humor in this one as well.
If you love second chance romance books with Hollywood actors and a brother’s best friend, then this is the one for you.
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