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One Last Risk (Oak Grove Series book 1) Kindle Edition
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This is a heartfelt and touching story that I enjoyed very much.
Lucas is a firefighter who feels guilty after the death of his best friend and fellow firefighter who died in a fire 18 months earlier. He starts taking risks and putting his live and the lives of other firefighters in danger. He is suspended for 60 days and now has to work as an EMT.
Sarah is a widow and single parent who moved to Oak Grove to get away from the memories of her husband. When she meets Lucas, they are attracted to each other. A week later she is in an accident and Lucas is the paramedic who helps her out of the car and stays with her at the hospital that night. A relationship develops between them. Lucas does not tell her that he is actually a firefighter because he doesn't want to scare her off. As their relationship develops into a physical one and he falls in love with her, it becomes even harder for him to tell her. She, however, also keeps something from him.
What I loved about the story is that the two of them got along so well almost from the start. Lily was also very sweet and she loved Lucas and he her.
This is a touching story that I highly recommend.
Lucas is living with the guilt of not being able to save his friend from death during a fire call. So when he finds himself in a burning building, again, he's careless with his life and it leads to a suspension. He's forced to face his demons whether he wants to or not. What he doesn't expect is to come across a woman who will make him second guess more than just his future as a firefighter.
Sara's life was forever changed when a fire took her husband and the father of her daughter. After making a move to make a fresh start, she thinks she might be ready to put herself out there, again. Lucas stirs feelings she's forgotten she even had but can she live with the risks that his job will bring?
This book took me a little time to get into, but I have to say that the second half of the story really picked up and it became an entertaining read. I was hungry but got to 80% and didn't want to put it down to eat. Once the plot thickened, I wanted to find out how it would end. I became invested enough in the characters by that point that I wanted to finish. That's a plus, in my book.
The characters are flawed and there is ample time for us to get to know each one before they become a couple. We're also introduced to several secondary characters throughout the story. Since this is the first book of the series, I expected to see a glimpse of the colorful cast that inhabit the town. Some characters are shrouded in mystery but I have a feeling their secrets will be spilled in the future.
While I enjoyed the book in the end, I did have a couple of issues with the story, mostly in the first half. It wasn't necessarily due to any one element in particular but a combination of things that all contribute to writing style. The story has a lot of internal dialogue and thoughts tend to repeat many times. I think there could have been more external dialogue between our couple to better showcase their chemistry rather than so much internal thought.
My only big gripe is that I found some areas of the book to be a little wordy. When Sarah first sees Lucas, her reaction is what I would consider to be on the over-the-top side. She has a very strong reaction to him, which is fine. I am all for instant connections where there is a little jolt of awareness and momentary lapse in the ability to function. I've experienced this, myself. But Sarah's reaction is described in such detail and length that it loses its sparkle after a few paragraphs. If a feeling is so sudden and powerful, I find it's best described as quickly as it's felt. Sometimes less is more and I think this is one of those instances. Passion is fast and fleeting, they say.
Speaking of passion, I think the love scenes are really where this book shines. From the cover and first part of the book, it seems that our story is on the "sweet" side, meaning the bedroom scenes are likely to be tame. I was pleasantly surprised to see that it isn't so in this case. The sex was hot and plenty fulfilling. *wink*
We've met the leading lad of the next installment, Lucas' brother. I'm curious to see what is in store for our Joey! For this book, it's a good read with some steamy romance. 3.5 suns!
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The townfolks of Oak Grove are charming and enjoyable. With the mix of sweet and sassy, caring and bantering the Bennett family allured me in, and I believe this will be a lovely and lively series for all the small town romance fans.
Lucas Bennett was a complex hero easy to fall for. He is a protective daredevil, he loves his job, loves to help people. He is great with kids, he is kind to strangers, he is considerate and even sweet when the right woman comes along. I loved Lucas and Sarah together. The sparks are flying, the chemistry is hot. Yet there are many moments where they get to know each other, where they take long walks in the park and talk about life, loss, and love.
Sarah Robinson is a tough lady. She is a survivor, with spunk, and determination. She has a big, loving heart, her kindness winning the town folks over immediately. Her daughter is a sweetheart with cuteness overflowing.
With the past of loss that Lucas and Sarah have, a relationship doesn't come as easily to them as it seems on the surface. They have to work over the obstacles and find the courage to face the truth, make compromises and learn to accept, forgive, and move on.
One Last Risk is a captivating and absorbing story that was easy to get lost in. The alluring characters with interesting history, the family with a tight bond, the sensuous yet tender romance, and a little girl in a tutu won my heart with the rich feelings and emotions they brought to the tale. There were smiles, sighs, laughs, and even tears. This is a swoon worthy, engaging, emotion-filled story that left me hankering for more about the Oak Grove and the Bennetts
~ Four Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
*Thankful for the NetGalley eARC*
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