posted on June 4, 2018 by Caridad Pineiro

Why I Love Second Chance at Love Romances

by Caridad Pineiro

First of all, thanks to my Writerspace friends for letting me visit today to chat about WHAT HAPPENS IN SUMMER (June 5, 2018), my new release in the At the Shore Contemporary Romance series!

Writers are readers too and one of my favorite kinds of stories to read is a second chance romance.  As I wrote ONE SUMMER NIGHT and all the characters came to life, I realized that Connie Reyes and Jonathan Pierce were the perfect characters for a second chance at love story.

When we first meet Connie and Jon in ONE SUMMER NIGHT, we realize that these two characters have a past together and you wonder what happened between them.  You also see that there is still a lot of fire between them which makes you wonder if that fire won’t erupt into more as they are constantly thrown together because of the romance between Connie’s best friend Maggie and Jonathan’s older brother Owen.

So if there is still so much passion there, why couldn’t they make it work?

I loved creating Connie and Jon’s backstories and the issues they have that drove them apart.

WHAT HAPPENS IN SUMMER opens with Connie and Jon totally in love and thinking about a future together when it all goes South.  Their summer fling brings misery as they are both too very different people with very different life goals.  But people change and what they want out of life can sometimes change as well.

Connie, who always wanted to be a partner in a big New York City law firm, finds herself stuck in a job where her intelligence and hard work are not recognized.  She knows it’s time to leave, but it’s hard to deal with ending that part of her life.  Especially as she watches her best friend Maggie fall in love and worries how that will change a friendship that has always been her cornerstone.

Jonathan has always known he wasn’t meant for a 9 to 5 job even though he knows Connie needs a 9 to 5 kind of man.  As much as he loves her, Jon knows he has to follow his own path to be happy.  But he also hopes that one day their paths may cross again and that this time, their differences will be things that bring them together instead of driving them apart.

When Maggie and Owen decide to get married, Connie and Jon’s will cross and the passion that flares between them will be impossible to deny.  But will that passion be enough to overcome the issues of their past and the differences that still exist between them?

Second chances at love are so much fun, aren’t they?

I hope you’ll take a moment to check out WHAT HAPPENS IN SUMMER.  It’s available at the following retailers:


Also, to celebrate the release of WHAT HAPPENS IN SUMMER, the first book in the series, ONE SUMMER NIGHT, is now FREE at the following retailers:


Thank you so much for dropping by and thanks again to my Writerspace friends for letting me visit!

Caridad Pineiro

Caridad Pineiro

Caridad Piñeiro is a multi-published and award-winning author whose love of the written word developed when her fifth grade teacher assigned a project — to write a book that would be placed in a class lending library. She has been hooked on writing ever since.

From the start, Caridad's novels have received acclaim and have helped redefine the landscape of modern romance novels. In 1999, Caridad was published by Kensington as part of Encanto, the first line of bilingual Latino romance novels. In 2000, Caridad was one of the first Latino authors featured at the launch of BookExpo America's Spanish Pavillion. In December 2006, Caridad helped Silhouette launch its successful Nocturne paranormal line with DEATH CALLS, one of the novels in the award-winning THE CALLING Vampire series. In addition, Caridad has appeared at BookExpo America on numerous occasions and has captained both the multicultural and vampire genre panels at the RT BookClub Conventions.

Caridad's CHICAS novels, including her seventeenth release, SOUTH BEACH CHICAS CATCH THEIR MAN from Simon & Schuster's Downtown Press, have garnered praise from both fellow authors and reviewers and are helping to make Latina fiction a vital part of the publishing mainstream.

In recognition of her work, Caridad has received various awards and honors. In 2007, a year marked by the debut of six novels from Harlequin and Pocket Books, Caridad received the Golden Apple Award Author of the Year Award from the New York City Chapter of the Romance Writers of America. Other honors that Caridad has received include the selection of DANGER CALLS and DEATH CALLS as the Top Fantasy Books of 2005 and 2006 by CATALINA magazine, the Cataromance Reviewers Choice Award for Best Nocturne in 2006 and the New Jersey Romance Writers Golden Leaf award in 2001 for Best Short Contemporary. Her other titles have received a number of nominations, such as the Harlequin Readers Choice Awards and RIO Reviewers Choice Awards. Both DANGER CALLS and SEX AND THE SOUTH BEACH CHICAS have been book club selections.

Caridad's eighteenth novel, MOON FEVER, a paranormal anthology with Maggie Shayne, Susan Sizemore and Lori Handeland, debuted in late September 2007 as #32 on the New York Times Extended Bestseller list and #123 on the USA TODAY Bestseller List. HOLIDAY WITH A VAMPIRE, a paranormal anthology with Maureen Child, made the BookScan Top 100 Adult Fiction list.

Caridad has appeared on Romance Novel Television, Fox Television's Good Day New York Early Edition , New Jersey News' Jersey's Talking with Lee Leonard and WGN-TV's Adelante Chicago. Articles featuring Caridad's works have appeared in the New York Daily News, Catalina, RT BookClub, Star Ledger, Home Tribune News, Sun Sentinel, Variety Yahoo! Online News, Latina and the Waterbury Republican-American.

When not writing, Caridad teaches workshops on various topics related to writing and heads a writing group. Caridad is also an attorney, wife and mother.

Also about the Author: Caridad was born in Havana, Cuba, and settled in the New York Metropolitan area. She attended Villanova University on a Presidential Scholarship and graduated magna cum laude. Caridad earned her juris doctor from St. John's University and became the first female partner of Abelman, Frayne & Schwab, an intellectual property firm in midtown Manhattan.

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