Guarding Gaby: A Second Chance Romance

· Second Chances Book 1 · Jean Brashear Literary Trust
2 reviews

About this ebook

Gabriela Navarro believed she and Eli Wolverton would always be together…until he abandoned her.


Years later, Gaby has made a new life in the big city. Her future is bright, and Eli is her past. When she returns to bury her father and learns that Eli is accused of his murder, she is stunned, but she no longer knows the man who's replaced the boy she loved. 


Then their paths cross again, and though the longing between them is more powerful than ever, Eli refuses to defend himself and pushes her to go. Does Gaby believe the charges against him, or the urgings of her heart? 


There is so much more at stake than Gaby can imagine. With his freedom and his life on the line, only one thing would draw Eli away from his search for the truth: Gaby's safety. 


Even if that means he'll lose her forever.


"Jean Brashear's distinctive storytelling voice instantly draws in the reader. She writes with warmth and emotional truth.” ~ #1 NY Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber 

Ratings and reviews

2 reviews
April 17, 2019
4.5 star read. I have read pretty much all of Jean Brashear's Texas Heroes series, and see slight similarities between this book and those, but this book has a really different sense about it. I think it is because more emphasis is placed on the situation, and the romance isn't as prominent. The couple is pretty consistently in peril throughout most of the book, and that is not a usual place in which to find the romantic couple. Yes, it is a second chance love story between Eli and Gaby. There is also a "bad" guy/ "good" guy situation. This is not really a mystery, it is more a suspenseful novel with a good dose of intrigue, heavy on the suspense. Very early in the book, it was easy to see what type of role Chad was going to play. There was a surprise twist toward the end, but it wasn't really that much of a surprise. There was danger and a bit of violence. One thing that really struck me was how sad Eli's childhood was, and how much it played in the current situation. One of the characters from Texas Hearts made an appearance, and a reference to Rafe and Diana was made. An entertaining book, where, once I started reading, I just read through to the very end. I would have liked an epilogue, just because I'm a good epilogue kind of woman, but this book ended very nicely with Eli and Gaby's HEA. I I voluntarily read and reviewed the Advanced Reader Copy of this book.
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Bette Hansen
May 6, 2019
Very enjoyable book that is a wonderful second chance romance wrapped up in a great action packed suspense filled story. Gaby and Eli are amazing characters that are well developed and the story has a nice flow to it. Eli's backstory will break your heart as well as give you hope. This book is the start to a new series from this author and I simply can't wait for more! I definitely recommend it.
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About the author

A letter to Rod Stewart resulting in a Cinderella 16th birthday for her daughter might have been the first step on Texas romance author Jean Brashear’s path to being a New York Times and USAToday bestselling author of more than 50 novels in romance and women’s fiction. 

Jean’s stories are hailed as “feel-good romance at its finest” and her quirky small towns are called “a special place for hearts that need healing.” All are evidence of Jean’s heartfelt belief that love is the most powerful force in the universe, and her stories reflect that bone-deep commitment to spreading her faith in the goodness that exists inside us all.


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