A Standalone Second Chance Romance
“An amazingly written, heart-wrenching story of a man lost and the woman who helps him find himself—a second-chance romance unlike any other.” – Anna Zaires, New York Times bestselling author
If a man tells you he’s no good for you, best heed the warning. I learned the hard way. I had Jake Basson’s baby. He left to chase his dream. Now he’s back, demanding a second chance, but why should I give him anything after four years of nothing? No correspondence, no news. I finally have my life back on track. Jake has never been uncomplicated. He never follows the rules. I should’ve known he’d play dirty in his war to win me back. He caught me once. I’m not going to let him catch me twice.
*This book includes cheating. HEA guaranteed.
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Deliciously Caught Twice
Charmaine Pauls’ Catch Me Twice is a stand-alone second chance romance. I will admittedly say that I don’t typically enjoy second chance romance novels and avoid them at all cost. But I would never miss an opportunity to read one of Charmaine Pauls’ novels since I know her writing is that good and she will deliver a fantastic narrative.
The novel follows Jake and Kristi, two young teens from polar opposite worlds. Jake comes from money while Kristi comes from the trailer park. This forbidden love trope has amazing written all over it!
When Kristi and Jake spend their first intimate evening together it sets them on a path that will fork and continue to separate this young couple. Idealism is taken over by realism and promises that were made are broken. Jake will need to earn his way back into the heart of Kristi if he wants to catch her twice. The problem? Is Jake too far gone in his path of self-destruction to ever win Kristi and his place with her back?
Kristi’s character is so lovable and I admire her convictions. As for Jake, I still feel like he should have suffered more, but I love Kristi so much, I just wanted the poor girl to catch a break in life.
C’est la vie … The heart wants what it wants.
Catch Me Twice is a beautifully written story about a young couple trying to hold on to the naïve notion of free love in a society that pulls them apart and continues to nurture insecurities about the possibility of a happily ever after.
Four Stars for Catch Me Twice
Charmaine Pauls does it again! She’s written another unforgettable, totally captivating love story that is intense, thrilling and authentic; as emotionally exhausting as it is spiritually rewarding.
First, let’s deal with some disclaimers:
This is a second chance romance with some well worn but possibly triggering tropes. Jake Basson and Kristi Pretorius have had secret crushes on each other since childhood but don’t act on their feelings until the final night of high school. There’s an unplanned pregnancy; a reluctant separation in order to pursue one’s dream; unintended neglect of wife and child when money sent home gets diverted by spiteful parents ... oh, and marital infidelity. Wait, does that sound bad? I’ll admit that the above caused me great anxiety but I’m glad I didn’t run away! Despite it all, Jake and Kristi’s story felt fresh and surprising.
Charmaine Pauls takes a premise that can be disastrous and turns it into absolute pure gold. It’s like reading Michelangelo’s David. And from a literary perspective, Charmaine produces exactly that high level of storytelling perfection.
I think what sets her apart is her careful crafting of the story. No shortcuts. No assumptions or unexplained changes in direction. I was able to empathize with the protagonists and analyze their internal thoughts instead of throwing down the book and cursing their stupidity. She makes the unreasonable reasonable. Her exploration of Jake and Kristi’s mistakes, motivations, and absolutions demonstrates a great psychological depth.
Jake and Kristi are very young, twenty-one and eighteen, at the start of the book. There wasn’t much to admire in the beginning. They both made bad, impulsive choices. But I enjoyed their journey and admire the people that they end up becoming. Charmaine made me feel Jake’s desperation, self-loathing, and regret, as well as his subsequent determination. She made me understand Kristi’s pain, weariness, and reluctance to trust. Their unique perspectives are beautifully voiced. They felt like real people, not superficial characters. This incredible story brought tears to my eyes! Loved it!