May 11, 2017

One Last Risk by Nancy Stopper Review

One Last Risk
Oak Grove #1
By Nancy Stopper
Released: April 18th, 2017
Source: ARC from Author

A guilt-drive firefighter, a widowed mother, neither is ready for love, but love has other plans.

Firefighter Lucas Bennett had the carefree life he’d always wanted until a deadly blaze took the life of his company mate and best friend. Blaming himself was easy but pulling himself from the tailspin of guilt proved to be much harder. The fog of sadness and guilt pushed him down a dangerous path until he nearly died fighting the beast. Forced to stop and reevaluate his life, he decided to make a change before it was too late.

A fire took almost everything from Sarah Robinson—her husband and her home—leaving her to raise their precious daughter alone. Everywhere she looked held memories of her husband, pouring salt on her ever-present wound. Unable to live any longer around the memories of her husband, she and her daughter moved to Oak Grove, far away from the grief of the past. All Sarah needed was the chance to start a new life for her and her daughter.

A car accident on a dark, rainy night put Lucas and Sarah on a collision course neither of them expected… with questions they’re not ready to answer. Can a single mother open her broken heart for a second chance at love? Will a broken firefighter risk his heart for what might be his only chance at forever? Are each of them willing to take one last risk to be together? His risk. Her reward. Together, they’ll mend each other's broken hearts.
If you like small-town romance where the heroes are sexy and the women are strong, unlock One Last Risk to start your visit to Oak Grove, Pennsylvania and fall in love with Lucas and Sarah!

** Copy provided by the author in exchange for a honest and unbiased review**

Nancy Stopper is a new author to me, but I was inspired to read her book, basically because it was set in Pennsylvania, not in Philly or Pittsburgh, but in a fictional town called Oak Grove, which literally could be the town I live in, and it made such a refreshing change to read a small town romance, in a place I could actually relate to.

When it came to the plot, it was even more sweet than I expected. With the character Sarah, relocating to Oak Grove, with her daughter Lily, after losing her husband in a fire. And Lucas; a firefighter/EMT, who lost his partner and friend, during a call, and blames himself for his death. Sarah and Lucas become more to each other than either of them expected. But a lie by omission, can destroy everything they have together.

Out of all the characters in this book, I'm absolutely love Lucas Mom and brother Joey, they had me laughing SO hard, I was snot laughing (not my proudest moment). But I'm also intrigued by the hole of the Bennett family...what is going on with Joey and Carla. Is Rachel okay? And is Michael's life, really as wonderful as he makes out!?!

As you can tell, I'm now officially addicted to this series; and honestly, how could you not be! With its intriguing plot and beautiful writing, this whole series has now been added to my 1-click list! Which is why it deserves 5 stars! 

Nancy Stopper is an award-winning debut author. She writes contemporary romance with strong women and sexy heroes that tug at your emotional heartstrings and leave you with a warm feeling that lingers long after the last page. Her favorite escape is small-town romance and even when set in a larger location, her books have that small-town feel.

Her first novel, One Last Risk, won first place in the Short Contemporary Romance category of the Fool for Love Contest and was a Maggie Finalist in the unpublished Single-Title Contemporary Category.
Dreams Come True in Laguna, Nancy's first novella, was published in the Laguna Beach Kindle World in 2016. Her first full-length contemporary romance novel will be published in 2017.

Nancy lives in Virginia with her husband, two of her three kids that are still at home, and one cat who regards her with disdain daily. When she's not behind her laptop, you can find her at a ballfield, cheering on her favorite team (Washington Nationals) or her favorite player (her son, who pitches for his local high school), or at a dance performance with her daughter.

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