20 Second Chance Romance Books To Restore Your Faith In Love

Losing faith in love and need some inspiration to tell us that it will come back to us once again? We hear you! Sometimes love is complicated and you got to give it a second chance.

In these second chance romance books, our heroines and heroes have all lost faith in love after losing someone they cherished, but through the power of storytelling, they have all found a way to give love another go.

Whether you’re looking for a cheating husband second chance romance novel or a story that speaks of love after loss, these are the best second chance romance novels of all time.


Standalone Second Chance Romance Books

If one book is all you need, then you’re going to love these standalone second chance romance novels.

1. Love and Other Words – Christina Lauren

Macy Sorensen is a hardworking paediatrics resident whose getting ready to marry a rich, older man. Only when a chance encounter with her unrequited love from the past shows up, everything is about to change.

Elliot Petropoulos was a great friend and the first guy she ever loved. When her mother passed away and she and her now single dad took weekend trips to San Francisco, she formed a bond with the geeky boy across the road. He was there for her in a way no other friend could be. Only when he finally coaxed her into opening her heart, he broke it. 

This is one of my favorite friends to lovers books because it takes you on a ride of emotion. Told in a mixture of past and present timelines, you follow along as two teenagers go from spending weekends devouring books and sharing their favorite words to battling the emotional connection. 

Now as adults, will Elliot and Macy be able to put what happened a decade ago behind them? And what about Macy’s future husband? This is one second chance romance novel you won’t be able to put down.


2. Paradise – Judith McNaught

Matthew Farrell, a ruthless corporate raider, is poised to move in on the department store empire owned by the renowned Bancroft family.

The takeover of Meredith Bancroft’s company by Matt Lauer attracted a great deal of media attention, overshadowing the electric chemistry between the two.

Their brief, passionate marriage quickly burned out with thrilling sensuality, but ended in betrayal. Now, locked in a battle that should be all business, dangerous temptations and bittersweet memories are stirring their hearts.

Will they risk everything for a second chance at passion?


3. Ghosted – J.M. Darhower

The young actor is known for his troubled history with addiction and scandals, which has made it difficult for him to maintain a healthy balance in his life. He is currently starring in the latest superhero franchise, but the constant attention from the paparazzi makes it difficult for him to live a normal life.

As a single mother, assistant manager at a grocery store, Angela experiences monotony on a daily basis. Her job consists of going to work and seeing tabloid covers of famous bad boy celebrities. In the past, her life was much different as she lived with her husband and daughter.

Kennedy Garfield and Jonathan Cunningham met in high school and quickly bonded over their shared love of comic books. They fell in love and decided to run away together to follow their dreams, but Kennedy soon realized that Jonathan was tragically flawed.

Many years later, Jonathan only has one connection to the woman who gave up everything for him and their daughter – a daughter he hasn’t yet met. Now, he’s determined to make amends with her and hopefully repair their relationship.


4. Emergency: Wife Lost and Found – Carol Marinelli

‘Give love a chance’ they say and that is what we wish for Lorna and James.

Ten years after a whirlwind romance and a divorce, Lorna encounters her ex husband, Dr James in the ER after an accident.

It takes them down the memory lane where James had asked her to terminate her pregnancy since it was ectopic and in disappointment she had cut him off completely.

James brings her home as she recovers from her injuries.

Will she still hold a grudge against him or pick up from where they left off and give their love a second chance?

This second chance doctor romance novel covers a very difficult subject but it is also heartwarming and will keep you engrossed till the very end.


5. Wicked Beautiful – J.T. Geissinger

Victoria Price, best-selling author and life coach, has it all: a successful career, fabulous friends, a fantastic penthouse in Manhattan. What she doesn’t have is a husband. Fifteen years ago her high school flame broke her heart so badly she swore she’d never love again.

Parker Maxwell is a drop-dead gorgeous restauranteur and infamous playboy who strictly has rules for the women he dates. He never asks any questions about his past, doesn’t expect anything from them in the future, and doesn’t want them spending the night at his place.

When he meets Victoria, everything changes. He’s willing to break the rules to satisfy his desires for her. Only he doesn’t know that Victoria Price was the mousy Isabel Diaz, a girl he deflowered and dumped many years ago.

Victoria has the perfect opportunity to get revenge on Parker, but when she discovers more about him than just his infuriating personality, she realizes that taking revenge would be a mistake. She decides to take a chance on love instead and gives him another chance.


6. Forbidden to Love – Siobhan Davis

Natalia Mazzone has grown up knowing that she is promised to a made man in the mafia. She doesn’t want this life, but it is her duty and she would never dishonor her beloved father.

She is promised to a man who is a monster. There is nothing but torture and pain awaiting her in this relationship. When she finds happiness, she grasps it cautiously—in the warm embrace of Leonardo Messina.

Leo is her brother’s best friend and a soldier for the Mazzone family. He has strong ambition and a resolve that won’t allow them to give in to temptation, so Natalia must love him from afar.

Until one night changes everything, and her heart has been opened. Leo risked everything for Natalia and has no regrets. He saved her from a miserable life. 

Years later and his feelings are the same but he keeps his distance, focusing on his role as underboss to Bennett Mazzone. Until one day, something happens that puts her in his path again.


7. Return To Us – Corinne Michaels

Return To Us is a gripping second chance romance story about a couple who reconnect several years later.

When Jessica Walker was eighteen, she left Willow Creek Valley for good, leaving behind the love of her life, Grayson Parkerson.

Fourteen years later, she returns home to recover after getting into a crash. Now Grayson is living as a single dad to his daughter, and the pair start working together at The Park Inn.

By chance, they reconnect. She falls back in love with him, but he’s guarded his heart. Can Jessica convince him to give their love a second chance?


Cheating Husband Second Chance Romance Books

If you are wondering if love can come after a cheating husband, then you’re going to love these cheating husband second chance romance books.

8. All Grown Up – Vi Keeland

This standalone age gap romance novel by Vi Keeland is a true testament to why Keeland is a bestselling author.

The tale follows Valentina, a thirty-eight year-old woman looking for a second chance at love after she divorces her high school sweetheart for cheating on her with a younger woman.

The irony is, that she meets Ford Donovan on a dating site, and she knows he is too young for her, by eighteen years in fact, but the trouble is she can’t stay away.

Ford Donovan is twenty-five years old and wise beyond his years. He’s sweet, charming, and irresistible. Not to mention wealthy and handsome. He’s completely smitten by Valentina and is not bothered by the age difference.

While Valentina struggles to comprehend her divorce and her new feelings for Ford, can they work it out and just be happy together?


9. Storm – Serena Akeroyd

Storm is a dark mafia romance book about a man, Storm, who betrayed the love of his life and wants to make amends. He wants to be the father of his kids again, and earn his woman’s love back.

This is less about the mafia aspect, and more about two lovers willing to accept the flaws they both have and responsibility they have in a relationship.

It’s about finding love again in the most darkest of times.


10. All Your Perfects – Colleen Hoover

The memories, mistakes, and secrets that have caused tension in Quinn and Graham’s relationship are now tearing them apart.

The one thing that could save them might also be the very thing that pushes their marriage over the edge.

This is a novel about a couple who are struggling to keep their future together because of promises they made in the past.

It is an emotional page-turner that asks whether love can survive when people are not perfect.


11. The Ultimate Betrayal – Michelle Reid

Rachel and Daniel have three adorable kids and a seemingly strong marriage – or so rachel thought. When she discovers that Daniel had been having an affair, she has to face the bitter truth that their marriage was never as strong as she thought and they had been growing apart without her realizing. 

Rachel desperately wants to save her marriage, but she has to know if it’s too late. Can she give Daniel a second chance after his ultimate betrayal? Does he want a second chance, or has he found love elsewhere? 

This is a rollercoaster of an emotional second chance romance book that is all too relatable. It shows that love is complicated and that love can be repaired with a little hard work.


12. Secrets of Paris – Luanne Rice

Lydie McBride has always been open to life and enjoyed every moment. But when her husband cheats on her, she is shattered.

Her husband, Michael, watches the passion disappear from Lydie’s eyes and hopes that going to Paris will help them recapture the love they once had.

Although Michael is initially drawn to the allure of a Frenchwoman he meets through work, Lydia also finds friendship and new life with two dramatically different women.

If she can find Michael again, maybe they can share that life together afterall.


13. Cuffed By You – Nikki Mays

After Kayla’s husband cheats on her, she tries to drown him. When she’s arrested by the world’s hottest cop, she realizes she’s alone. Now she has to raise four kids alone and her now ex-husband is being a complete nuisance.

Kayla just wants to stay away from men and concentrate on her family, but the hot, viking-looking police officer who arrested her seems to be popping up everywhere. It would be easy to ignore if he didn’t flirt with her.

Marc like variety and for some reason, he can’t get Kayla out of his mind. He likes a woman who’s a little crazy and Kayla is just right.

It’s like fate is trying to push them together. He has one plan; make Kayla his. 


Second Chance Romance Series

Sometimes one book just isn’t enough! If you’re looking for a new series to get hooked on, then you’re going to love these second chance romance series.

14. It Ends With Us – Colleen Hoover

Lily has just moved to Boston after finishing college and is ready to embark on new adventures. She’s used to working hard, and starting her own business was not going to be easy, but she knows that.

When she meets Ryle, everything gets a little bit harder.

Ryle Kincaid is a neurosurgeon whose too good to be true; assertive, intelligent and maybe even a little arrogant. Even though he has a soft spot for Lily, he doesn’t want to settle down. Lily is his only exception.

As their new relationship fluroushes, Lily can’t help but question how Ryle came to be this way. She begins to compare him to her first love, Atlas Corrigan.

Then suddenly, Atlas comes on the scene, and everything Lily and Ryle have built is about to come crumbling down.

It Ends With Us is a love triangle second chance romance book covers themes of jealousy, abusive relationships and coming of age elements. It talks about what is acceptable in love, what is worth sacrificing and what can’t be compromised on.


15. Eleanor & Grey (Chances Series) – Brittainy C. Cherry

Greyson and Eleanor were long lost lovers who met when they were very young. When Grey breaks Eleanor’s heart, she has no choice but to let her love go, but she always hoped she would meet him again…

Until chance came, she does meet him again, as his new nanny. When she took a position as a nanny she didn’t know it was for Grey’s children.

But Grey has changed, he’s now cold, lonely, and separated. She can tell he is haunted and covering up a deep pain inside.

When he realized that Ellie was his new nanny, he made her promise to do the job only and not try to get to know him or recall their former past. But that was easier said than done. 

Ellie wants to find out what happened to the boy she fell in love with all those years ago and find that happy smile she used to see.

This is a sweet second chance romance novel you must add to your reading list.


16. Say You’ll Stay – Corinne Michaels

All he had to do was stay, but instead, he left. When Presley’s ex left seventeen years ago, she moved on. She got married, has kids, got everything she ever wanted.

Until her husband betrayed her and left he with no money and two boys to look after.

She decides to return to Tennessee, where she bumps into her ex from seventeen years ago. It appears that fate is pushing them together again, but Presley had her heart broken before, will she give love another chance? 


17. The Bromance Book Club – Lyssa Kay Adams

Gavin Scott is a professional baseball player whose marriage is in major league trouble. He’s recently discovered she has been keeping a secret – she fakes it in the bedroom.

When he loses his temper at the revelation, it is the final straw on their already strained relationship. Thea asks for a divorce, and Gavin realizes he has let his pride get the better of him.

Gavin was distraught and desperate. He found help from an unlikely source; a secret romance book club made up of Nashville’s top alphas.

With the help of their book club and novel of choice, the guys coach Gavin on how to save his marriage. However, it will require more than just words and gestures – Gavin needs to find his inner hero and win back the trust of his wife.

This is a second chance sports romance book that offers a storyline that has never been done before.


18. Getting Schooled – Emma Chase

Garrett Daniels has this whole life planned out. He’s the cocky high school quarterback star who turns football coach and the “fun” teacher in his hometown. He’s got great friends, a nice house and a dog. What more could he want?

In comes Callie Carpenter, his high-school sweetheart. She’s had a pretty good life after high school, but on the other side of the country. Now she’s back home to help her parents and to substitute at her old high school. 

When Garrett offers her friendly teacher advice, she sees why she fell for him in the first place. But so much time has passed. Will they become good friends or will they give their high school love a second chance?


19. Forever My Girl – Heidi McLaughlin

When Liam is presented with the opportunity to be a rock star, he takes it, leaving his high-school sweetheart and love of his life, Josie, behind.

Ten years later, he’s going home, hoping to find her and tell her that she’s still his forever girl.

This is a sweet rock star romance book with an emotional second chance love story.


20. A Lie for a Lie – Helena Hunting

A Lie for a Lie is a sports romance, accidental love story. Rook gets tired of it all, even being an NHL star isn’t fun all the time.

So, when everything gets to be too much, he goes back to Alaska.

On the flight, he meets Lainey, and they have a second chance at romance. Well, a first chance for them together, and they build something new for both. 

This sweet love story, with a fun focus on family and sports, is the perfect story if you want something like After.

Two people meet and connect in a way that neither of them is prepared for, and you get a love story that transcends distance. 


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Final Word on Second Chance Romance Books

So there you have it, our top 20 second chance romance books, from the steamy and fast-paced to the slow burn and angsty romance books. Whatever you’re looking for, we’re sure you’ll find something to ignite your faith in love again on this list.

Do you think we missed anything? Let us know in the comments!

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About Louisa

Editor/Founder - Epic Book Society

Louisa is the founder, editor, and head honcho of Epic Book Society. Once a published poet at the age of 7, she aspired to become a journalist, but that career hit a wall so here she is writing about books instead. When she's not writing about books, she's teaching English to primary school kids around the world.

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