I’ve published fourteen books in my career so far. Of those fourteen, six have been second chance romances. ONE LAST CHANCE, the third book in my ONE DAY TO FOREVER series, will be the seventh. I’m clearly a fan of the trope, partly because there are so many ways of exploring it, and partly because I only need the chance of a romance the first time around not to work out to define it as a second chance romance.
But the one thing all of my second chance romances have in common is that something goes wrong.
There’s news that changes one of the characters’ lives; an event happens that causes one of the characters to run; different views on an important issue pulls them apart. There’s a clear thing – a “this is why we broke up” thing – that ends the relationship. To get back together again, they need to work through that thing.
This isn’t the case in ONE LAST CHANCE.
But ONE LAST CHANCE wasn’t a typical book for me.
I had an idea for a friends-to-lovers romance: one friend would be hopelessly in love with the other from the beginning. Simple, right? But then I thought about what the worst thing in that scenario would be: a fake relationship. So Friend A is in love with Friend B, doesn’t want them to know, but has to pretend to be in love with them, except not too in love so they don’t find out the truth. It’s clear to everyone except Friend B that Friend A is in love with them, and when it’s pointed out to Friend B during a particularly vulnerable time in their life, they realise they’re in love with Friend A, too. Soon, they’re in a relationship, then married, and things are no longer simple.
For them and for me.
By itself, this is a plot of a romance novel. If I wanted to make things easy for myself, I probably would have let it be the plot of this romance novel. But I didn’t make it easy for myself (don’t ask me why). I wanted to untangle the past and figure out how things went wrong and why they went wrong so spectacularly. Again, that could be the plot of a romance novel. Instead, I took these two plots and merged them into a funny, sweet, heart-wrenching and hopeful novel in alternating past and present chapters, each linked in some way. You’re basically getting two romances for the price of one. And these romances aren’t only about a fake relationship. They’re not just friends-to-lovers or marriage in trouble.
But they’re absolutely about second chances.
There is no one thing that happens to end their first chance here. My characters have to unravel all the layers of all these tropes to figure out if they want a second chance. It’s complicated and messy, but that guarantees a fulfilling HEA. I hope you’ll give it a chance!
About the Book
One Last Chance, One Day to Forever, #3 by Therese Beharrie
Book Description: Of all the charity events in all of Cape Town, Zoey Roux had to bump into her husband at this one.
Six years ago, Zoey Roux secretly married her best friend Sawyer. But all that did was destroy the best relationship she’s ever had. They went their separate ways, but Zoey never could go through with a divorce. Seeing him again at her sister’s charity event is a shock, but also enlightening: no matter how much she still loves him, it’s time to let him go.
Zoey was Sawyer Wilson’s first love. She broke his heart, but his feelings never died. Love was never their issue—only timing. Seeing her again is a shock: in a perfect world, she would run back into his arms. Instead, she’s asking for a divorce.
But a lot can happen in twenty-four hours: old wounds can heal, first loves can be reunited. And a second chance might just lead to happily ever after.
About the Author
Being an author has always been Therese’s dream. But it was only when the corporate world loomed during her final year at university that she realised how soon she wanted that dream to become a reality. So she got serious about her writing, entered the Harlequin So You Think You Can Write competition and got the attention of an editor. Now she writes books she wants to see in the world featuring people who look like her for a living. When she’s not writing, she’s spending time with her husband and dogs in Cape Town, South Africa.
You can find her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Bookbub, or catch up with her on her writing blog. You can also learn more about her in the following interviews: Tygerburger, CapeTalk, and TimesLive.
She publishes with Harlequin Romance and Carina Press, and is represented by Courtney Miller-Callihan at Handspun Literary.
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Welcome, Therese, and thanks for sharing the backstory of your book. Best wishes for the success of ONE LAST CHANCE.