I have been looking forward to reading A Good Chance by Ali Vali ever since I heard there would be a sequel to the first book in the “Chance” series. I pretty much adored everything about One More Chance, the first novel in the series. I fell in love with Desi, Harry, Rachel, and Serena in that first narrative, and became totally invested in their stories. Hearing that I could continue reading about their lives made me a very happy reader.
The second book starts off on the same day that the first book ends. Desi’s abusive ex, Byron along with his father and brother are in Angola Prison where they will hopefully stay for years to come. Desi and Harry are expecting a baby in a few weeks’ time and Harry has just asked Desi to marry her. Rachel and Serena are still in an on-again, off-again flirtatious relationship, though it seems to be more off again at the beginning of this tale. Overall, things are looking great for these ladies with the upcoming wedding and future parenthood…until they suddenly don’t.
Being totally enchanted with the first novel, I had no trouble immersing myself completely into this second one. Ms. Vali has a way of making her characters seem real. It’s very easy to fall in love with her heroines and hate the bad guys, and this is true for the characters in this narrative. If you have read any of the author’s other novels, you will quickly realize that this book is set in the same universe as several of her other books including the “Cain Casey” and “Calling the Dead” series. I really enjoyed seeing some of the characters from those other stories as well as some familiar places in New Orleans that Ms. Vali has introduced her readers to. The tale in this newest book is exciting, romantic, and at times terrifying. I thoroughly enjoyed reading more of Harry and Desi’s story.
A Good Chance is not a standalone novel. These two books tell one story and if you try to read the second one alone, you will miss out on too much. I recommend you get both novels and read them in order. They are both excellent and well worth getting and reading.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books for an honest review.