Finding Forever in Laguna #1
March 31, 2017
The Wild Rose Press (Champagne Rose)
ISBN-10: 1509212884
ISBN-13: 9781509212880
Available in: Audio, e-Book, Trade Size

Second Chance in Laguna

When Sophie Barnes’s fiancé jilts her at the altar, her carefully planned life implodes. Considering his betrayal to be a rude wake-up call, she leaves everything she knows in San Diego and flees to Laguna Beach. She vows to transform her life by avoiding men for a year and by fulfilling her dream of writing a wildly successful novel.

Sophie’s new landlord, Nicholas Morgan, is a gorgeous, successful architect with a player reputation. Nick’s avoided the intimacy of a long-term relationship—until Sophie’s independence, courage, and beauty touch his guarded heart. Both Sophie and Nick are terrified of being hurt again, but can they resist the pull of true love?

Unpublished Division-Best Contemporary Romance

Heart of the Molly, Best Contemporary Romance, Unpublished

Unpublished Division

Nick arrived right on time, looking gorgeous in faded jeans and a plain white t-shirt. How did he always manage to start the butterflies fluttering in her stomach? Just by standing there with the setting sun framing him? She was in trouble.

“Hi beautiful, ready to go?” He clasped her face in his hands and planted a soft kiss on her lips.

Returning his kiss, Sophie wound her arms around his neck and deepened it. She couldn’t resist. His strong arms wrapped around her waist, hugging her close to his broad chest.

“Mmmm, feel free to greet me like that every time I come over,” he said, lips curved up into a sweet smile.

Heat washed her cheeks and she returned his smile. “Let’s go. Prepare to be blown away by the movie snack of the century.”

Determined to keep things light and enjoy the movie before “the talk,” Sophie thrust down the lick of panic bubbling in her gut. She’d accomplished next to nothing all afternoon, instead wrestling with whether she needed to tell him about Doug.

The angel on her shoulder whispered to tell him because if they were going to have any kind of relationship, even a friends-with-benefits one, honesty and trust were vital.

The devil urged her to zip it. They’d only known each other a few weeks. What if he lived up to his “Player of Laguna” reputation and expected only a fun fling? Even though he seemed deeper than that. What if she scared him off with a premature talk?



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“Sweet, sexy, lush, and lovely, this series is a new force in the genre you won’t be able to put down until the ultimately satisfying end…” Kerrigan Byrne, USA Today Bestselling Author

Five+ Stars! Second Change in Laguna is a must read! The book was a delightful page turner. Claire’s writing style is fun, playful and captivating. Once I got started, I simply could not put down the book. I especially enjoyed the way Claire brilliantly developed each character – you not only got to know Sophie and Nick throughout the book, but could really vividly visualize them. I can’t wait to read the Claire’s next book! Elle–Amazon Reviewer

Loved this novel — a perfect beach read for a recent vacation. I’m picky about my romance novels and always leary of trying new authors, but I’m glad I took a chance on this book. The main characters were well-developed and extremely likeable — Sophie frequently had me chuckling out loud — and the secondary characters were also nicely drawn. The book was fast-paced and kept me hooked throughout…but not so fast-paced that the author skipped the work of making me care about the characters and their story. 5 Stars, Brooklyn Mom–Amazon Reviewer

A lovely book about love and following your dreams! An amazing debut novel! I utterly enjoyed this book- the author did an amazing job painting a very visual story with her words. A great book about following your dreams, the power of female friendships, and – of course – romance. 5 Stars, Kelly-girl–Amazon Reviewer

Perfect balance of heart and heat. Loved it! Second Chance is a winner from every angle. The lineup of characters are brave, heroic, loyal, devoted, heartfelt and funny. Apart from Sophie and Nick, even the secondary relationships of best friends, mother-daughter and siblings add depth and intention to the plot. I enjoyed the authors ability to explore vulnerability and self doubt while maintaining the strength and resolve of the human spirit…that kept me rooting for them to succeed. Well developed and super sexy. A perfect southern California summer read…sizzling! Even my hubby is happy after I read a chapter or two. Looking forward to more of Laguna. 5 Stars, Living Water Rejuvenation–Amazon Reviewer


Heart of the Molly, Best Contemporary Romance, Unpublished

Unpublished Division-Best Contemporary Romance

Unpublished Division, Best Contemporary Finalist

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