Title: TAKING SECOND CHANCES
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Word Count: 109,000 words
Thirty-nine-year-old college professor, Gabriella Edwards has lost her parents, her husband and sometimes she thinks she’s lost her mind. With so much death surrounding her, Gabriella is trapped in a state of depression. But when she takes advice from a friend to relieve the pent-up stress and “just get laid” it turns into seven semesters of getting lost between the sheets—with her students. Her naughty vice is a welcome distraction, but when she unexpectedly falls in love her whole world is turned upside down again.
Tired of the empty affairs, Gabriella is finally ready for more. Her prayers are answered by Caleb Waters; a hot, older, promising student. He’s different from the rest. And she can’t stay away from him, even though she knows she should. For the first time since losing everything, Gabriella finds herself letting down her guard and trusting this man, who teaches her how to love again.
But it’s never easy for Gabriella. Just when the semester is winding down and they are almost in the clear, Caleb’s obsessed roommate discovers they are together and threatens to expose their secret. Now, with her career and her family's respect on the line, Gabriella must decide if Caleb is worth it.
Depression has a way of rearing its ugly head and taking root so deep within your soul that it can literally take over. I’ve walked around like a zombie, consumed by this sickness for too long. For a while I thought I would be content to just watch life speed past me as if viewing a really long movie, frame by frame. But Bryn finally knocked some sense into me. I hate to admit she’s right, but something’s got to give.
I’m only thirty-four freaking years old. I’m not dead yet, so why shouldn’t I be taking advantage of the good things, the pleasurable things, that life has to offer? For instance, why am I thinking about how messed up my life is while I’m seated next to one of the hottest men I’ve seen in a long time? Seize the damn day, Gabriella. Take pleasure in the good things.
My body should be a clear indicator. I should listen to it instead of my convoluted brain. My heart is racing, my palms are sweaty, my knees twitching. I want this. I want him. And from the looks of things, Luke wants me too. Plus, it’s not like I have a choice, because if I don’t follow through with this one simple act of insanity Bryn is going to follow through with one of her own.