January 30, 2014

'The Ravishing Romance' Blog Tour - Character Bios + Author Guest Post

January 30, 2014

Welcome to my stop on L.P. Dover's The Ravishing Romance Tour! I am so excited to be a part of it, and to share all the Second Chances series with you. Today, author L.P. Dover will tell us why she wrote the Second Chance series, and I will introduce you to the characters from Meant For Me.

Meet Claire and Mason from Meant For Me

Claire O’Briene – twenty-seven year old from California. Once her mother passed away she inherited the family vineyards and winery. Her friend, Melissa, owns part of the vineyards as well and they run the winery together as partners. Dancing was her one desire growing up, but a biking accident ruined her chances of a professional career. Lived in Las Vegas for a while after the accident so she could recuperate from the depression. Earned a business accounting degree so could successfully take over her family’s heritage once it was left to her. Loves to be reckless, drive fast, jump out of planes, and anything adventurous. Her favorite dessert is chocolate pastries and she loves to wear sundresses.

Mason Bradley – thirty year old undercover cop and MMA fighter. Used to be well known in the MMA community before he left the scene to take care of his mother who was sick with terminal cancer. Lives for the job and usually has no other time for anything or anyone else. Loves heavy metal and rock music, especially the Beastie Boys. He’s always been a protector, it’s in his blood. His favorite alcoholic beverage is a gin and tonic, but a good shot of whiskey is right up there with that. He has a new found fascination for chocolate pastries (you will see why when you read the book). On his left arm he has a sprawling tattoo of an eagle from his shoulder down to his elbow. The eagle is very important to him.

The Second Chances series

Title: Love's Second Chances
Series: Second Chances #1
Publication Date: March 27, 2013
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Korinne Anders had it all. She had the perfect job, the perfect house, and the perfect husband. When tragedy strikes, her world takes a devastating turn. Six months after losing her husband to a car accident, Korinne vows it to herself never to love again. If she doesn’t allow another man in her heart, then there’s no reason for her to feel the pain of loss. This plan seems to work, but is put to the test when Korinne’s best friend can’t stand to see her suffering any longer.

Korinne’s long-time friend, Jenna Perry, has an idea and it involves helping her friend find the spark of life in her soul no matter what it takes. Korinne didn’t know that Jenna’s plan meant bringing back a past love, a second chance with the man that Korinne had to leave in college, but always kept a place for in her heart.

When Galen Matthews learns of Korinne’s loss and that she’s finally moved back home, he wants nothing more than to be there for her. The love he felt for Korinne years ago has never left him, and now he’s given a second chance to not only mend her heart of her loss, but to also continue the love they shared in the past. Will his love and determination make her strong enough to give fate a second chance, or will her fear of losing another love make her run away? 

What will Korinne do when she’s faced with a love so powerful that no matter what she does there’s nowhere to run from it?

Title: Trusting You
Series: Second Chances #2
Publication Date: October 8, 2013
Genre: Adult, Romance

I trust you …

These are the three words that Melissa Ashford wishes she could say to someone; to the one person she can fully give herself to and not worry about being betrayed. Being twenty-eight years old and divorced from a cheating ex-husband, Melissa enjoys her freedom … until one night when she finds herself indulging in a one night stand that changes everything.

There’s something about the alluring Brett Walker that has Melissa feeling things she’s never had with any other man. These feelings not only scare her, but push her past her limits as well. Just when she begins to open her soul to this new love, their bond is put to the test by jealousies from the past trying to break them apart. 

It’s not only Melissa’s trust that’s put on the line, but Brett’s as well. Will their love be strong enough to get them through the lies? Will Melissa finally be able to say those three words she’s been dying to say? I trust you …

Title: Meant For Me
Series: Second Chances #3
Publication Date: December 30, 2013
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

After a night of raw passion with the man Claire O’Briene had been secretly admiring for years, she thought their time together had come once and for all. Fate had finally brought them back to each other, but unfortunately nothing had changed. He was still the same man who ran away from relationships. Against his better judgment, Mason Bradley gave in to the temptation and allowed himself one night with the one woman he’d been too afraid to want … too afraid to need. 

Six months after leaving Claire and regretting every minute of it, Mason gets called in for an undercover mission that’s not only dangerous, but brings back a past he spent years trying to forget. A past of fighting … of getting in the ring and using his fists to get what he wanted: money, women, and drugs. Now there are fighters turning up dead, and it’s Mason’s job to find out the truth. 

Knowing he might not come out of the mission alive, Mason seeks out Claire to tell her how he truly feels, only to find another man competing for her love as well. Fighting is what he’s good at, and for once he will be fighting not only for justice … but for love.


Q: Why did you write the Second Chance series?

L. P. Dover: I wrote this series because Love’s Second Chance definitely has some of my life journey in it. My husband was definitely my second chance at love and I am so thankful to have him in my life.

Love can be such a fickle thing from time to time. Some people lose love through tragedies, others through cheating, mistrust, mistakes or simply, they aren’t compatible. Doesn’t everyone deserve to be loved though? To have that special someone that they can share their life with? Their sorrows, their joys?

In the Second Chances series each book is meant to be read as a standalone.  Each character is given a second chance; a chance for love, a chance to trust, and a chance to make up for past mistakes. You will meet Korinne in Love’s Second Chance who after becoming a widow at a young age is reunited with her college sweetheart, Galen. Korinne comes to a crossroad where she feels something again for Galen, but feels like she is betraying the relationship she had with her deceased husband.  Melissa is in Trusting You. She has recently been divorced from a cheating husband and is in no desire to start a relationship, but in comes Brett. Brett desires a relationship with Melissa, but he has to be able to gain her trust.  Finally, you meet Mason in Meant For Me. Mason is an undercover cop who let the girl getaway. Claire was in love with Mason, but he didn’t think that he could give her the love she deserved. Before Mason goes on an undercover mission that could possibly endanger his life, he decides to make things right with Claire and hopefully make up for his mistake of leaving her and fight for her love.


About the author
L.P. Dover is the author of USA Today, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble Bestselling novel, Meant for Me. 

She's also the author of the Forever Fae series, as well as the Second Chances standalone series, and her NA romantic suspense standalone called Love, Lies, and Deception. She lives in the beautiful state of North Carolina with her husband, her two wild girls, and her rambunctious kitten called Katrina.

Before she began her career in the literary world, L.P. Dover spent her years going to college and then graduated to cleaning teeth, which she loved doing. At least until the characters in her head called her away. She has never been the same since.

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