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review of Last Second Chance by Kristi Cramer


reviewed by Cy Wyss

I don’t ordinarily choose the romantic-suspense genre, having been sorely dissapointed in the past, but I’m glad I picked up this gem. Don’t hesitate to get this book, especially if you are in fact a fan of romantic-suspense.

Last Second Chance is the story of Tim Reardon, an ex-con who trades the Denver city lights for the Syracuse ranch life. When the story opens, Tim has pretty much hit rock bottom as an ex-con sleeping on the street who no one seems to want to give a second chance to. He swallows his pride and calls his sister, a cop in Syracuse. She reluctantly agrees to vouch for him and pays for a bus ticket out to Kansas. Tim is a hard worker and the patience and perseverance he learned in prison help see him through the first month, even the mild hazing he gets from a couple of the less savory ranch hands. Because of a sick horse, Tim gets to spend a lot of time with local veterinarian Janie Thomas and they get to liking each other quite a bit. Meanwhile, a vicious drug dealer from Denver follows Tim out to Syracuse and is hell bent on bringing him back — either that or killing him.

The book is impeccably edited and Cramer’s prose is evocative and easy to read. Every character is realistic and well-drawn, the main characters are especially compelling and you can’t help but love them, warts and all. The story is familiar, yet Cramer manages to encompass many twists and turns that keep you interested and satisfied. There is decent action but at a good pace, not too breakneck, and never boring. Cramer likens the hero’s appearance to Loki in the recent Thor movies which really resonated with me as I’m a sucker for Tom Hiddleston. There’s also a ton of detailed scenes with horses, and who doesn’t love horses? All in all, I loved the book. It was a good story and a great read. Five stars, without question.

Cy Wyss

I am an author currently residing in the Indianapolis area. I write and review mysteries, thrillers, and science fiction. Sign up for my newsletter at right and get a free short story.

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