Blog Tour: Second Chances 101 by Donna K. Weaver

I have been so excited about this series! I even contributed to it being published because I really support what these authors are doing, writing clean Adult Romance. Thank you, ladies!! 

This is the second to last novellas in this series. So, I'll have one more to review in two weeks. The book up for review this time around is...

Second Chances 101
(The Ripple Effect Romance Novella Series #5)
by Donna K. Weaver
Adult Romance Novella
May 5th 2014


Thirty seven year old Francie Davis, a recent widow and empty nester, gets to attend college at last. She’s sure her luck has changed when she also lands a job on campus that will pay her tuition, as administrative assistant to a history professor. When her handsome new boss yells at her on the first day of work, Francie worries she will never be good enough.

For Professor Alex Diederik, life is going downhill fast. Not only is his bitter ex-wife trying to poison their only daughter against him, but now his one place of solace—his work environment—is being complicated by his attractive new administrative assistant. She drives home his feelings of failure as a husband and father, and Alex wonders if hiring her was the right thing to do.

Francie will have to put aside her hurt and insecurities or risk her dreams, while Alex must look outside himself if he’s to mend the breach with his daughter. And, perhaps, find someone who can help heal his pain.


My Review

Second Chances 101 continues Francie's story from Lost and Found. I liked that, unlike the other books in this series, the main characters of this one have both been married before, but no longer are. They also are both a little older and have college-age children. It allowed for the plot and setting to be a little different.

I really loved Francie and Alex! I loved Francie's little internal dialogue and her determination and willingness to take risks. I also loved that she's this woman who had to take care of her family and did it and is now going back to school and building her own career. I liked how charming and chivalrous Alex was. I liked that he tried to continue to build his relationship with his daughter, or maybe mend would be a better term. He was very wise in picking his battles. Really they're a perfect couple. I also felt like Sam "Rose" also added a lot to the story. She was a really fun and great character. I actually would love to have her story told in the future.

Second Chances 101 was another sweet and enjoyable romance. I love that I can sit and read these in one sitting, that they're clean, that the characters are perfectly imperfect, and that I get my happily-ever-after. I would recommend grabbing a copy if you enjoy reading NA or Adult romance.

Content: Clean

Source: From tour host, which did not affect my review in any way.


“I heard that laugh.” Sam pointed a finger at him. “What have you been doing? Please don’t tell me you’ve been sitting in that old chair waiting for me.”

“I did read for a while,” Alex confessed before pointing to his screen.

She came to stand behind him and looked at the monitor. “Are you kidding me? Online dating? That’s brilliant. Why didn’t you do this sooner?” She didn’t give him a chance to speak, but pushed him out of his chair and sat in it herself. “Let me help. This will be fun!”

Alex bent over her shoulder to see what she was typing. “Hey, wait a minute.Ripped? Samantha Rosamunde Diederik. Don’t you dare write that. I don’t want to meet some woman and have her find out that everything she thinks she knows about me is a lie.”

“Oh, please, Daddy. You might not be tall, but you have a six-pack. And don’t forget your guns.”

“My what?”

“Your biceps. You are so twentieth century.”

Alex shifted uneasily as she kept typing.

Book Trailer

About the Author

Donna K. Weaver has always loved reading and creating stories, thus she’s been ever entertained. An avid cruiser, she’s sailed the Pacific five times. Wife-mother-grandmother-Army veteran-karate black belt-Harry Potter nerd.

The Ripple Effect Romance Novella Series 
Updated Ripple Effect

Enjoy this exciting new series of clean novellas by six critically-acclaimed authors.

"Like a pebble tossed into calm water, a simple act can ripple outward and have a far-reaching effect on those we meet, perhaps setting a life on a different course—one filled with excitement, adventure, and sometimes even love."

Book 1: Home Matters by Julie N. Ford
Book 2: Silver Linings by Kaylee Baldwin
Book 3: Righting A Wrong by Rachael Anderson
Book 4: Lost and Found by Karey White
Book 5: Second Chances 101 by Donna K. Weaver
Book 6: Immersed by Jennifer Griffith

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  1. This sounds like an adorable read, glad you really loved it.

  2. Thanks so much for stopping by, Donna! Did you get my hint for a future story about Sam? ;)

  3. These have all been really fun and sweet reads. I'm kind of sad to only have one left to review.

  4. They have been cute. I'd definitely recommend them!

  5. Donna K. Weaver5/20/14, 10:35 AM

    I did. :)

    My plans for Sam include a character who's only got a cameo in Second Chances 101 and is a minor character in both A Change of Plans and Torn Canvas.


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