Review: A Second Chance by Nicole Higginbotham-Hogue

Olive Parker is getting a second chance to turn her life around, but the music is still pounding in her blood.


Olive has just finished rehab and wants a new life. The only job she has held has been as a guitarist in a band. Now she has to find an apartment, get a job, and be on her own. She has no friends where she is going, but she knows to get her second chance and stay clean she has to do this.

River takes one look at Olive and hires her as a waitress just to entertain herself. She gets more than she bargained for.

Nicole Higginbotham-Hogue gives us an entirely different love story in her second book, A Second Chance, the “Jems and Jamz” series. I loved this story.

This is a novella so I do not want to give too much away, but this really is a book about second chances. Both of the main characters have issues and have to decide whether the second chance is worth it. Since I have spoken about Olive’s issue, I will talk about her second chance because staying clean is a choice. 

I will say the only thing I am really surprised that Higginbotham-Hogue did not include in Olive’s activities was NA or AA meetings as they are an essential part of recovery and would have helped Olive tremendously in her transition. They also would have been emphasized upon her release out of rehab. Get a sponsor, go to meetings, and she would have gone to 90 meetings in 90 days. So her first three months out of rehab would have been work, meetings, and Higginbotham-Hogue added the gym to Olive’s activities. She would have been exhausted (laugh). 

Overall, I loved River’s and Olive interactions. I liked the conversations between Olive and Ziggy. The whole story was just wonderfully softly romantic and optimistic. 

I received an ARC of this book and I am writing a review without prejudice and voluntarily.

Rating: 4 out of 5.



TBR on Goodreads

Books in the “Jems and Jamz” series:

#1 Don’t Tell Me Twice (See my review on 17 January 2020)

#3 To The Beat Of Their Own Drum(See my review on 26 February 2020)

#4 Finding a Voice

Further Details:
Publisher: Higginbotham Publications, B07YMJGNT5, 2019
Series: Jems and Jamz #2
Pages: 95
Sex: Rated R

Editor’s Note: previously published on PRW on 2 February 2020. Edited with updated content & PR standard formatting on 23 March 2020.



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