Take Two by Shira Anthony: Release Day Review



Shiver me timbers! When Professor Wesley Coolidge accepts a summer job as a historical consultant to a pirate movie being filmed in North Carolina, the last person he expects to bump into is his soon-to-be-ex-husband, movie star Sander Carson. Just like the flamboyant pirate he’s playing, Sander, aka Sam Carr, is used to getting what he wants, and he makes it clear he wants Wesley back in his life.

Sam acknowledges it’s his fault they split up. He lost Wesley when he left their life in New York City behind for a career in Hollywood. But Wesley has finally managed to put the pieces of his heart back together, and he isn’t interested in Sam and Wesley: The Sequel. Sam soon realizes that convincing Wesley to give their relationship a second chance will take much more than apologies and reminders of good times past. If he wants Wesley back, Sam will have to show Wesley that they really can sail into the sunset together—a real-life happily-ever-after that won’t end once the final credits roll.

Title: Take Two
Author: Shira Anthony
Release Date: September 9, 2016
Category: Contemporary
Pages: 214

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Dreamspinner Press


deanna review

I love a second chance romance, it might be my favorite behind GFY. Take Two is one of the best I have read, loved everything about it.

Sam and Wesley have been married for ten years. Wesley is a college history professor in New York while Sam has moved to LA to peruse an acting career as Sander Carson. The time apart has Wesley filing for divorce after three years on loneliness.

Wesley has moved on, he is dating someone on staff at the college, he is up for a new grant at work and has been promoted. Life is perfect until everything starts to unravel. Wesley was supposed to spend the summer at a dig site with his new boyfriend but the plans change and Wesley isn’t able to go along. With a whole summer open Wesley isn’t sure what to do until a big Hollywood studio calls and asks him to help with historical accuracy on a pirate movie being filmed in North Carolina.

A summer in North Carolina, what could go wrong? What Wesley doesn’t know is that Sam has orchestrated this entire thing to win him back. Figuring that if they spend some time together Wesley will fall back into his arms. Sam doesn’t factor in that Wesley may not want to give Sam a second chance. He only has the summer to prove to Wesley that he’s a changed man and he can be the husband that Wesley deserves.

The book ran the whole spectrum of emotion. I was laughing, I was crying, I was depressed, and I was super happy. The author writes about the couples struggles in a way that makes you feel everything but without it being overly dramatic or angsty.

The whole cast of characters were well developed and relatable. I loved Sam’s assistant, Jeff. Super cute, super young. He was adorable.

The story was well thought out and entertaining. I loved that it spanned over a good bit of time, I’m not a huge fan of books that take place over a weekend.

This is one of my favorite reads of the summer!

5 pieces of eye candy


paula review

I absolutely love this story. Wesley and Sam were amazing. This book really resonated with me. I liked that fact that the reason for them splitting up wasn’t because of something scandalous. I completely understood Wesley and his point of view in regards to his relationship with Sam. I thought Sam did a brilliant job realizing he screwed up and trying to make it right. His way of bringing Wesley back into his life was fun and entertaining. I was rooting for him for most of the story. This was a very well done and emotional second chance story.

5 pieces of eye candy


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