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Summer is here which means it’s time to read sexy books next to the pool while you pretend to count how long your kid can hold their breath underwater. You know, the kind of book that pulls you in, makes you laugh out loud, swoon a little, and then peak over your shoulder to make sure no one behind you knows you’re reading that one scene. If that sounds familiar, or if you want it to, Second Chance Season by Liora Blake is for you.
Garrett Strickland is unapologetically country, fiercely loyal, and perfectly happy with his job at the Hotchkiss Co-op. Garrett is all about living in the present and not dwelling in the past—even if he was once on his way to a lofty agricultural sciences degree that would guarantee the brightest of futures, only to end up back home when his old man died, leaving behind a debt-ridden family farm that was impossible to keep afloat. After that, it was easy to see why dreaming big wasn’t worth the heartache. And until he crosses paths with a city girl who’s hell-bent on kick-starting her own future, he’s sure that good enough is just that.
Cara Cavanaugh is ready for more from life, even if that means changing everything; including dumping her boyfriend of ten years, turning down a lucrative job at a major newspaper, and leaving behind the upscale suburbs of Chicago where she grew up. Now, she just has to pray that temporarily relocating to the middle of nowhere in Colorado will be the first step in building a career as a freelance journalist—all she has to do is prove she’s got what it takes to make a name for herself. Unfortunately, her tony country day school is as close to “country” as she’s ever been. But when a goodhearted guy who looks like he just stumbled out of a country music video offers to help, she ends up falling hard…and discovering that the perfect story is a love story. And it’s theirs.
We loved Second Chance Season. Something about the perfect combination of Garrett’s humor, Cara’s fish out of water experiences, their crazy chemistry, and Liora Blake’s talent worked for us. In fact, we liked it so much, that we just had to ask her a few questions to salve our book hangover.
We are loving your Grand Valley books. Do you plan to write more in this series?
Thank you! I’ve loved writing the Grand Valley books and there’s one more title to go in this series. The final book, READY FOR WILD, will release this fall. In it, Braden (the burly, grumpy game warden featured in SECOND CHANCE SEASON) will meet his match and she’s going to drive him absolutely nuts. But the bigger they are, the harder they fall, right? Braden does exactly that.
Thanks to Garrett and Cara we’ll never be able to look at a Pilates reformer the same way. Have you ever considered writing the Kama Sutra of fitness equipment?
Ha! Dear God, no. That sounds like a bunch of mortifying ER visits just waiting to happen.
Most people only think about the big cities in Colorado. What made you want to write about its countryside?
Being a native of Colorado, I loved the idea of being able to write a series that featured some of what makes this place great. But despite how popular our state is as a tourist destination, most out-of-state folks only think about mountain resorts when they imagine Colorado. Nearly no one imagines vineyards or fruit orchards, but the Grand Valley is a hot spot for both. After spending a long weekend at Stone Cottage Cellars in Paonia last year, I knew it would be the perfect setting for my next series.
All of the fish out of water Cara has as a city socialite in the country are hilarious. How do you react when you’re out of your element?
Usually I start out by talking way too much, then I realize that I’m talking way too much and proceed to stop talking entirely. So, basically I’m a super awesome party guest.
What is it about a good looking man in a truck that is so incredibly hot?
For me, it’s that a guy who drives a truck seems likely able to do stuff (and, no, I don’t mean that stuff). Like he can fix things, perhaps. Change a flat in record time or do whatever one does with spark plugs or timing belts. Or maybe he builds rustic furniture pieces and distills his own whiskey, so he needs a truck to haul stuff around in. All that matters is that he looks…capable.
Second Chance Season is hot, sweet, perfectly satisfying, and you can win your own copy of it in our giveaway!
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