“She’d had enough. She’d spin this. Make the story her own. Screw that. It was already her own.”- Ellie, Second Chances
*I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
Synopsis via Goodreads: In FROSH: FIRST BLUSH, Ellie, Grant, Devon, and Charlie spent their welcome week falling head over heels for each other—before totally falling apart. Now, in FROSH: SECOND CHANCES, they’ll have to pick up the pieces.
After ruining Grant’s football career (and her own reputation), Ellie has been trying to lie low—which means not making more enemies. But some students still want her to pay for what she did, and now, Ellie’s determined to fight back—and fight for Grant.
Grant is adjusting to his new reality: no more football means no more free passes in class, and definitely no more distractions; especially from Ellie, whom he misses even after she destroyed his world. Can he find a way to move on without her—and without football?
Devon finally has it all: her brother’s sober and her boyfriend is an adorkable genius. But when her parents threaten to tear her and Charlie apart because he doesn’t ‘fit’ into their high society, she will go to dangerous lengths to prove that nothing—nothing—can defeat Devon Connors.
Charlie’s never questioned who he is: pre-med science geek, and now, Devon Connors’ boyfriend. But when he discovers a secret about his past, Charlie isn’t sure of anything—especially whether he can trust Devon with the truth.
After the first book in the Frosh series, First Blush, ended with a cliffhanger, I was pretty anxious to get my hands on Second Chances to find out what was going to happen next. While I didn’t end up loving the sequel as much as the first book, I did enjoy seeing some of my favorite characters again and getting some answers for my unanswered questions.
Second Chances picks up a few weeks after First Blush ends, as Daniella (Ellie) returns to Hillson University hoping to move forward from the damage that her scandalous article caused and maybe even fix her relationship with Grant. But no one has forgotten what she has done and things take a turn for the worst when the University decides to cancel football until the accusations made in Ellie’s article have been investigated. Determined to make things right, Ellie takes matters into her own hands, but what happens next may lead her to saying goodbye to Hillson University for good.
Devon and Charlie may come different lifestyles, but their attraction for one another is undeniable. Although her mother does not approve of Charlie, Devon is willing to do whatever it takes to make things work. Even if that means targeting a certain reporter to get what she wants.
Going into the Second Chances, I had an easier time adjusting to the writing style since I was already familiar with it. This book is told from the four POVs of our main characters, Elle, Grant, Devon and Charlie, and while that may take some time to get use to, the transition from one POV to the next was a lot smoother in the second installment than it was in the first. My main issue with this book though was the pacing. It was a little too fast and I wished certain things were dragged out more and that some issues did not have such easy fixes. There was also not as much suspense like there was in the first book and for the most part, the ending was a bit predictable.
I still love that characters as much as I did in the first book. Ellie is strong and determined and she puts up with a lot in this book, including being slut-shamed and tormented by a sorority. Despite others telling her that it would be in best safety to leave the University, she is determined to make things right even if it’s the last thing she does. I really enjoyed watching Grant as he tried to find his new passion now that he is no longer on the football team. I also loved how he was so willing to go out of his way to help Ellie, even though he didn’t want her to go through with her plan in the first place. He stuck by her side and these two become very close by the end of this book. I still have a love/hate relationship with Devon. Devon has good intentions and wants to do the right thing, but she’s also very selfish and she doesn’t care who she hurts, she just wants what she wants. She does start to better herself by the end of this book and I hope she continues this in the final installment. And of course, we also have Charlie, who is my fave! He’s still sweet as ever and he does a lot of growing in this book as he finds out the identity of his father and he tries to learn more about this other side of himself. Devon and Charlie’s relationship face many obstacles throughout this book and things are on the rock at this point and I’m scared because even though I don’t really like Devon, I think these two work great for each other and I hope things work out for them.
While I didn’t love Second Chances as much as I wanted to, I still enjoyed seeing how things were resolved for Ellie and I’m excited to see where Ellie and Grant’s relationship goes from here. I’m nervous as hell though for Devon and Charlie’s relationship because there looks like there may be a love triangle and that is the last thing I want to happen as my ships are already set and I don’t want them to sink. I’m crossing my fingers for an HEA for Charlie and Devon because they very much deserve it.