Second Chance with the Playboy by Charlotte McFall

Second Chance with the Playboy by Charlotte McFall
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (183 pages)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Orchid

At thirty-two, feisty Annabel Simpson is the youngest doctor to take charge of a ward in the history of Oakwood Hospital. A possible closure threatens her position and spurs her into action. Organizing a charity bike ride from Brighton to Lands End seems like a good idea until she comes face to face with her past in the form of playboy Marcus Chapman.

Marcus Chapman is still grieving the loss of his daughter. The Oakwood staff did everything in their power to save her. Now, it’s time to give back by donning his biker-leathers for the first time in years. Unfortunately, his teammate is the girl who broke his heart. Annabel has changed from the carefree girl she once was, and Marcus is determined to break down the barriers she has erected.

Can one charity event and her first love help her save the beloved Children’s Ward? Does she have the courage to mend their broken hearts?

Annabel is a doctor in the children’s ward of a hospital. When she’s advised the ward will be closing due to lack of funds, she organizes a fundraiser to keep the ward open. Marcus, a wealthy businessman, lost his daughter a year before and decided to not only make an anonymous donation, but also take part in the fundraiser. They meet and their past becomes their present.

This is a nice book, with characters that have a history and this keeps interfering with the present. Their misunderstanding is totally believable although as a reader I didn’t know if they were going to resolve their differences by the end of the book.

Unfortunately the timeline continuity of the story is not good. For instance it appears they last met four years before, when both were single, but Marcus’s daughter died at the age of 5 years old so the time since their original meeting must have been much longer. There are several other discrepancies in the timeline, too many to ignore. Plus in a couple of places there are obviously words missing between paragraphs.

In the background there is the mystery of why the children’s ward is to close? Where has all the money gone? What evil person would steal from sick children?

Although I enjoyed this book, if the problems were fixed it would be excellent rather than nice as the characters are strong and the conflict is real.

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