So, according to the...err...data among my friends, I'm a bit of an outlier here.
I thoroughly enjoyed this second chance. It was a total mess of a real life-type second chance. None of the characters were perfect, and the story itself was crafted well enough to wrap around me like a hug. It's isn't the best romance, but in terms of Bowen, this hits a higher note on my scale.
The solidly mature hero, who made a huge mistake, but was open, honest and loving was a huge selling point. The prickly heroine who had a heart of gold and worked her ass off wasn't too shabby either.
Sure, a couple of points pissed me off. And yes, at times I felt Mike was out-of-bounds in his pursuit. Just like I felt Lauren looked a bit unreasonably reluctant. What do I like though?
+Lauren makes friends. Yay for gal pals
+Lauren and Mike are reasonably open and adult with each other
+There was no malicious feelings toward the "others" in their complicated relationship. And each person seemed to own up to their failures and take responsibility.
+I really did feel for Lauren; her hurt was deep and didn't just disappear upon further explanation.