Second Chances Book Cover Second Chances
Matchmakers Book 1
G.R. Lyons
M/M Romance Erotic
July 24, 2016

Nineteen-year-old porn star Remy Dawes loves his job at Matchmakers, a gay nightclub, but the fantasy he portrays every night doesn't leave room for what he really wants: companionship, love, someone to come home to, someone just for him. Who would ever take seriously a kid who practically sells his body for others' pleasure?

Thirty-five-year-old Chance Whitaker has sworn off dating younger men after having been cheated on one too many times, until the owner of Matchmakers convinces him to take a chance on Remy Dawes, a gorgeous kid who surprises Chance at every turn.

As things fall apart through meddling, death, and betrayal, will there be a second chance for two people to find love?

(Note: This story takes place in a fictional world, the same as the Shifting Isles series. There are multiple gods, different names for the days of the week, etc. A glossary is included with the story for those interested in the little worldbuilding details.)

Reviewed by: Linda Tonis

Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team

Nineteen year old Remy Dawes is a porn star in films and now at a local gay club called Matchmakers. Remy performs live sex shows at the club but his greatest desire is to come home to someone special, someone to share his life with. Although he is not a virgin he has never had sex that wasn’t choreographed, sex that was not a performance but was an act of love and passion.

Thirty-five year old Chance Whitaker has always been attracted to younger men but after awhile it became apparent that younger men couldn’t be trusted a lesson he learned the hard way. When his friend Danyal Berringer the owner of Matchmakers insists that he meet Remy Dawes, Chance is hesitant and when he sees what Remy does for a living and realizes how young he is he runs for the hills. Dan has a way of hooking people up and those hook-ups usually work out but although he is sure that Remy and Chance are made for each other he has to convince Chance.

Finally giving in Chance goes on a date with Remy but once again his fear of dating a younger man takes over and he knows this will be the first and last date with Remy. Remy and Dan try to convince Chance to give the relationship a second chance and Chance realizes that he enjoys being with Remy who when not at work is a totally different person, a person he enjoys being with if he can only get the idea out of his head that Remy is having sex in front of other people and enjoying it.

Chance tries to put aside his jealousy and finds that the time he and Remy spend together is wonderful and everything he could ever have wanted until he actually watches one of Remy’s live performances. As much as Chance is turned on he is horrified by what he sees and does something that both infuriates and embarrasses Remy causing them to break up. Being apart is not easy for either one of them and once again they try to give their relationship a second chance.

Remy loves his job but when he explains it to Chance, Chance sees that it is not an act of love or passion but an act pure and simple. There is nothing at all like what Chance and Remy share together and Chance is finally able to see the difference between sex for show and sex for love but is that enough to overcome Chances’ insecurities.

Remy’s childhood was a nightmare and when the cause of that nightmare reappears all the horrors he suffered come to the forefront putting him in danger. I won’t reveal what Remy suffered as a child but believe me it was a heartbreaker.

The author does state that this book takes place in a fantasy world but it was a fantasy world I didn’t really see other than the strange names for the days of the week. I loved Remy a young man with an old soul who just wants someone to love and be loved in return. It was a beautiful story of two totally different people who most people would not believe should be together but then again Remy has a job that could end the relationship before it really begins. What happens is not for me to tell.