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    Fabulous story from a new voice in romance!

    This compelling romance is the story of Celeste and Ion. While in Paris for a conference, Celeste bumps into the man who has haunted her dreams since high school but goes unrecognized by him, having reinvented herself from her gawky shy awkward self into a polished professional. Now that he appears wholly interested in the new her, she can't make herself admit the truth to him, fearing that he will lose all interest if he knows who she really is. Their week long affair sizzles but when their time together ends will what they've built be enough to withstand the truth? From the moment I started this story, I had a hard time putting it down. The tension is thick throughout - sexual tension between Ion and Celeste and the tension of knowing the secret Celeste is hiding and wondering how Ion will react when he finds out the truth. I loved both their characters. Celeste is wonderfully portrayed as an extremely bright woman who still harbours her old teenage insecurities. She's funny, smart, bright, but still geeky and awkward and all these qualities together make for a realistic portrayal of a woman who struggled as a teenager to find her niche. Ion is equally engaging as a determined, somewhat reclusive writer, idealizing his teenage crush into a series of books that have made him wealthy and able to use that wealth to live as he wishes. The love scenes between them are intense and emotional. The city of Paris makes for a beautiful backdrop to the story and is part of it's charm. Celeste's family also plays a key role in the plot and dynamics of the novel, adding poignant moments as Celeste must make choices for her future. For a debut novel, this story has everything I look for in a contemporary romance - real and engaging characters, smart witty dialogue, a mix of humour and tension, steamy love scenes and a couple that deserve a happy ending. 5 stars! At the end of this story there is a bonus novella, starring Ion's sister Zoraya. Here is a review of that story as well. What a fabulous story! If you are looking for a sexy, romantic, angsty and emotional read you will find it in this tale of love in the corporate world. Zoraya (aka Zero) was a wonderful character as a computer programmer who marches to the beat of her own drum, being forced to assimilate into the corporate vision her company has hired Evan to enforce. Her feelings for him are complicated from the beginning, having spent one night with him as a stranger to her, then discovering he's the one who is going to be making her work life hell. But while Zero is still able to remain true to herself despite the cosmetic outer changes, Evan is the one who really shows that appearances can be deceiving. His character draws the reader's empathy as the hotshot corporate executive who can pay lip service with the best of them but hides behind this mask to prevent his true loneliness from getting out. Zero makes Evan want to share things he's never shared with anyone, and the emotional effect of that is to alternately scare him away and draw him in. The sexual tension between them is at the heart of the story from the first time they meet and the resulting love scenes are steamy and emotional. Once I started reading this story I had a hard time putting it down! I'm looking forward to more of this series. 5 stars!
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    Must read! 5 stars! New favorite!

    A Second Chance at Paris by Cole McCade is one of the sexiest and most romantic books I’ve ever read. It’s fresh, smart, charming, funny, sweet, hot as hell, and beautiful. The hero and heroine are so original and unique. Our heroine Dr. Celeste London is an astrophysicist. An astrophysicist, people! I get really excited about books that have smart, strong, and likeable female characters. This book has that and then some. Celeste is my very favorite kind of heroine. She’s brilliant but doesn’t take herself too seriously; she’s fierce, loyal, generous, witty, warm, beautiful, and utterly charming. I want to know Cel. She’s highly professional in her career, but she knows how to let her hair down and have fun. Celeste is extremely close to her family and has a special bond with her father. She has to make some life changes due to these family situations and finds herself in Paris, which is alive with memories of an unrequited love. Now can we talk about Ion Blackwell, the gorgeous Roma author living in Paris? Oh dear god. I love him. He’s so dreamy. I found myself blushing and smiling ridiculously at the pages so many times as I was reading this story. He’s smart, funny, sexy, talented, and kind. He has so much sex appeal that he makes my knees weak, and he’s confident. I love his attitude and his ability to show emotion and not be afraid to tell Celeste what he wants and needs. It’s really refreshing to see a male character that can be an alpha in the sense of the hot romantic hero that we love, but he’s this anomaly because he cares about women’s rights, wants to see girls empower themselves, and devotes his life to writing books about that very subject. All in all he’s a progressive, special, beautiful hero. I want to be his friend too. I want to share a Devil’s Cut with him and do many other non-friendly things to him. He’s currently my top book boyfriend. There are so many things I want to say about the storyline but I want to be careful about spoilers. Let’s just say there’s smoldering, angst, laughs, dreams, doubts, and hopes when these two are together. Their banter makes me laugh one second and feel really warm the next. This contemporary romance has some pretty intense and hot sex scenes. I found myself squirming and crossing my legs a lot during said scenes. The chemistry between Celeste and Ion is off the charts. Most importantly, I love the writing in this book. Cole McCade has a way with words and makes me feel the story so deeply. The descriptions are so detailed and in depth that I feel like I’m right there with the characters. I’ve found that in his other books as well. He also writes with this sort of fluid gender voice where I don't focus on the male POV and the female POV because the characters' voices are so distinctly Ion and Celeste. It's a really impressive feat when an author can conquer those gender stereotypes by simply writing in this fluid way. Finally, I highly recommend this book. It has it all: terrific characters, a page turning storyline, angst, and a lovely romantic story that will make you swoon, smile, and just feel hopeful about life in general. It’s five-perfect stars, and you should one-click it now. Happy reading! P.S. Another reason to one-click now? You get a bonus book at the end! Zero Day Exploit is book #1.5 of the Bayou’s End series and is included at the end. It features Ion’s little sister, Zero. How great is that?! Two books in one!
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    This I why I read romance

    Mr McCade is quickly becoming one of my favorite people - not just a favorite author. This is the first book I've read by him and I wasn't disappointed AT ALL!. Mr McCade has the unique ability to make you feel as if you're in the story. He has a way with words that makes me a little jealous. A little. I felt the chemistry between Ian and Celeste. I felt as if I was in Paris enjoying the sights with the couple. I felt their hurts and their triumphs. I felt everything. Both Ian and Celeste were relatable characters and I think if you read this book, you'd agree with me too. As for the bonus story included about Zoraya and Evan, their story had more angst and arguments courtesy of Evan. But the resolution of their relationship and issues was heartwarming and, at the same time,realistic. Both books were amazing and I can't wait to read more! Mr McCade, you have a sure winner on your hand and, boy am I glad I discovered you.
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    A Stunning Romantic Journey

    A Second Chance at Paris is an incredible read. I LOVED IT. And not only do we get one story we get two, as included is Zero Day Exploit featuring the hero's sister and is equally as fabulous. But back to ASCAP - It's become a rare occurrence for me to find myself so consumed by a story, where everything around me ceased to exist, the earth stopped spinning, but the planets were perfectly aligned. "I've always had a thing for men with large hadron colliders." I have a girl-crush on Celeste London. Intelligent, funny and endearingly awkward, the lady is just bloody awesome. An Astrophysicist, I want to be her! Oh sod it, to a small degree I am her, granted not quite so intelligent. Or an Astrophysicist. From the frizzy haired, bespectacled, badly nicknamed socially awkward girl at school, to the dignified yet somewhat clumsy, professional woman working in a largely male dominated industry, I don't think I've ever sympathised with or related to a female lead so closely and I adored her instantly. Her past has shaped her and the present leads her to the most romantic city in the world and into the path of the man who wasn't just her high-school crush, but the boy who crushed her...albeit unwittingly. Ion Blackwell. "He was a writer, and writers liked pretty words. Flowery crap she'd be stupid to fall for." Cue the sighs of appreciation and the swoons that earned me looks of despair from the husband, as Celeste wasn't the only one wooed by Ion. Underneath the justifiable touch of arrogant armour he wears to retain his privacy, he's a persistent thoughtful man who made my heart flutter and ache in the most wonderful of ways. Clueless as to who Celeste is, he's drawn to her like a moth to a flame and their chemistry burns throughout, bringing intimacy, passion, humour, frustration and discoveries. "If we'd just met tonight and would never see each other again, what would you say?" "Stay." Every element of this novel worked for me. From the romance and anticipation to the sexy shenanigans, brilliant humour and deeper true-to-life situations that Celeste and Ion face, Cole McCade has displayed a sublime talent in taking his reader on a captivating journey filled with emotion. His words bewitch, his characters have depth, everything is so descriptively visual and he has taken the romance trope and placed his own unique stamp on it. In a short space of time, he has proven himself as a must-read author and one who I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to anyone who'll listen. My first five-star read of 2015, A Second Chance at Paris is deserving of every glittering one and, having been introduced to some great secondary characters, I can't wait to see what treats lie in store on our next visit to Bayou's End. "You're like gravity. You pull me in. You hold me down. And I don't want you to let go." As previously mentioned ASCAP also includes Zero Day Exploit (Bayou's End 1.5), featuring Zoraya, Ion's bright, sparky and stubborn younger sister and the perfectly imperfect, Evan James.
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    Exceptional 5-star Romance!

    This was a sweet but sexy love story that was both funny and also heartbreaking at times. Cole McCade's ability to make the reader feel as if they ARE the character is exceptional. This was the first romance I've ever read written by a male and I must admit I was impressed. It's almost uncanny how he can convey the feelings inside of a woman's heart so flawlessly. The heroine is a strong, smart astrophysicist and it's obvious the author did his research to be scientifically accurate in the myriad of details he embeds within the story. The bonus story included at the end, Zero Day Exploit is also a full length novel and I enjoyed it just as much. The heroine, Zero, was so easy for me to identify with personally and I appreciated watching her personality mature and grow more confident throughout. I highly recommend this author for any fan of romance.
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