Last Chance Hero

Last Chance Hero

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by Hope Ramsay

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Ross Gardiner has had his fill of difficult relationships. Returning to Last Chance after a rough divorce, the town's handsome new fire chief just wants safety and stability-a tall order given his dangerous job and the way he has the attention of all the single women in town. All except Sabina Grey, the girl who stole his heart when they were teenagers.


Ross Gardiner has had his fill of difficult relationships. Returning to Last Chance after a rough divorce, the town's handsome new fire chief just wants safety and stability-a tall order given his dangerous job and the way he has the attention of all the single women in town. All except Sabina Grey, the girl who stole his heart when they were teenagers.

Sabina knows a lot about playing it safe. Always the good girl, she's now responsible for her antiques store and caring for her sister. But having Ross in town brings back the memory of one carefree summer night when she threw caution to the wind-and almost destroyed her family. Now that they are both older and wiser, will the spark still be there, even though they've both been burned?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The power of gossip and the triumph of battling personal demons share center stage with suspense and arson in this unbalanced visit to the small town of Last Chance, S.C. (last seen in Last Chance Family). Miriam Randall comes into Sabina Grey’s antique shop to deliver the prophecy that Sabina’s soulmate won’t appear until Sabina’s little sister, Lucy, gets married. The community responds by pushing Lucy’s boyfriend, fire chief Ross Gardiner, to pop the question. But when the house Ross buys for them burns down, Lucy finds herself with cold feet and an undeniable attraction to arson investigator Zack Bailey. Meanwhile, Sabina starts dating wealthy Layton Webster, whom she wronged in high school, to distract herself (and the townspeople) from her own obvious lust for Ross. Late events maneuver everything toward working out, but they feel strange and forced. There’s more angst than the setting can support, and it’s hard to feel good for Sabina and Ross without imagining the awkward family politics that would result from marrying your sister’s ex-fiancé. Agent: Elaine P. English. (July)
From the Publisher
"Fans will enjoy another visit to Last Chance, the quintessential southern small town.The characters in this town are priceless...readers can expect to have a whole lot of fun."RT Book Reviews"

Last Chance captures the essence of Southern charm and quirkiness. I'm totally captivated!"—Sherryl Woods, New York Times bestselling author"

A first-class romance, with compelling characters and a real sense of location - the town is practically a character on its own. This entry is sure to keep Ramsay's fan base growing."—RT Book Reviews on Last Chance Book Club"

Witty, touching, and absolutely delightful - this story has heart!"—JoAnn Ross, New York Times bestselling author of The Homecoming on Welcome to Last Chance"

Welcome to Last Chance is an impressive start to a charming new series, featuring quirky characters you won't soon forget."—Barbara Freethy, New York Times bestselling author of At Hidden Falls"

Last Chance, South Carolina, is a caring community filled with the promise of hope. Come for a visit!"—Lori Wilde, New York Times bestselling author of The Welcome Home Garden Club"

Ramsay strikes an excellent balance between tension and humor as she spins a fine yarn."—Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Welcome to Last Chance"

A sweet confection . . . This first of a projected series about the Rhodes brothers offers up Southern hospitality with a bit of grit. Romance readers will be delighted."—Library Journal on Welcome to Last Chance

Product Details

Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
Last Chance Series , #9
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Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Hope Ramsay grew up on the North Shore of Long Island, but every summer Momma would pack her off under the care of Aunt Annie to go visiting with relatives in the midlands of South Carolina. Her extended family includes its share of colorful aunts and uncles, as well as cousins by the dozens, who provide the fodder for the characters you'll find in Last Chance, South Carolina. She's a two-time finalist in the Golden Heart and is married to a good ol' Georgia boy who resembles every single one of her heroes. She lives in Fairfax, Virginia, where you can often find her on the back deck, picking on her thirty-five-year-old Martin guitar.

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Twitter, @HopeRamsay

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Last Chance Hero 4.3 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 6 reviews.
SusanFrank 11 months ago
Ross returned to last chance after his divorce and began a new life as the town fire chief. He was drawn to his high school crush, Sabina, but she seemed uninterested in him, so he moved on. Instead, he started going out with her younger sister Lucy, who was much different than his ex-wife. Ross is wary of committing again, so his slow moving relationship with Lucy is fine with him. Lucy has some serious control issues, dating from a fire in which she was badly scarred. She's enjoying her relationship with Ross, but she has a long checklist of requirements that must be met before they can get married. All of that goes out the window when local matchmaker Miriam Randall shows up at the store that she and her sister Sabina own. Sabina is alone at the store when Miriam arrives and tells her that before she finds the love that is meant for her she has to get her sister settled. Her mother overhears this, and goes into matchmaking overdrive, facing down Ross and Lucy and telling them it's time to get moving so that Sabina can finally move on. Neither is up to withstanding Hurricane Henrietta, and soon find themselves looking at a rapidly approaching wedding. Sabina has made it her mission in life to take care of Lucy ever since the fire that injured her so badly. Sabina feels guilty about what happened to Lucy, since she had been told to watch her sister that night while their parents were out. Instead, she left her thirteen year old sister home alone and snuck out to meet friends. Since that time, she has put her own life on hold to watch over her sister. She doesn't want Lucy and Ross guilted into rushing into marriage. She also has the deep, dark secret of the crush she had on Ross when they were in school, a crush that is still there. I don't normally care for love triangle stories, but this was much more than that. Ross is the last chance fire chief who is dealing with an arson fire that appears to be eco-terrorism. This has brought the ATF and the FBI to town, creating even more complications in his life. Also returning to town is a man Sabina knew as an eighth grader, one who she treated badly. He has made good and come back to help his uncle, the developer who was the target of the arson. He shows a great deal of interest in Sabina, and pursues her. She initially accepts his advances as an apology for her treatment of him, and as a way to get past her feelings for Ross. The wedding plans aren't going smoothly, as Lucy reacts badly to the loss of control of her decisions. Ross is doing his best, but coming up short in her opinion. In her efforts to help Ross and Lucy get married, Sabina finds herself in close quarters with Ross on several occasions. Their deeply buried feelings start to come closer to the surface and they end up in several awkward situations. It's very obvious that Ross belongs with Sabina, not Lucy, but he is too honorable to break things off with Lucy. Meanwhile, Lucy discovers that it is much easier to spend time with one of the ATF agents than with Ross. Misunderstandings and interference from various well-meaning townspeople nearly bring a disastrous wedding day, before that confusion is straightened out. Due to space limitations, review continued at:
ILuvBooks25 More than 1 year ago
This is the first book that I have read in the Last Chance series by Hope Ramsey. I have always wanted to read one and had put them on my to read series. So when I had the opportunity to read this ARC before it real eased I jumped at the chance. Having not read Hope before I was not sure if her writing style or characters would be something that I liked. However, she proved me wrong and I found that he were great. She did a great job of giving you enough back story on the characters to understand how they ticked but didn't give you too much. Hope also did a great job of making the story steady and not rushing it to get to the climax of the book. She really had me hooked at the first fire that took place and kept me until the end where you found out who'd done it. In addition, I really enjoyed her writing style. She mixed the story up to have romance, family and mystery which are the three topics I enjoy. If there was one part that I found was lacking was information about agent Bailey. I think she gave you enough about Sabina's sister to know her but when it came to Agent Bailey you were left feeling like you didn't really know who he was other than an agent checking out the fires. I am very interested to read the previous books in this series so that I can learn a little bit more about the town and the other residents. In addition, I can't wait until the next book in the series comes out. Another great author to my reading list!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was more like the authors as compared to her last several books. While the stories about the Rhodes were my favorite, this book had romance, mystery, humor, twists and, of course, Southern charm.
blonde_betty More than 1 year ago
Last Chance Hero was the perfect 4th of July book. It has a slight mystery, a smoking hot firefighter hero, a recued puppy who saves the day, and lots of small town gossip. Though most of the book focuses on Ross, our hero, marrying the wrong woman, somehow Ramsay makes it work. I really enjoyed the characters in this one, as well as the glimpses of past heroes and heroines. This latest in Hope Ramsay’s Last Chance series is definitely worth a read. Copy received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
RomanticReadsandSuch More than 1 year ago
I have to start with two things – #1 this blurb doesn’t really do this book justice at all and #2 I have no idea why I haven’t been reading this series because this book was fantastic! I’ll skip over the second part because I think it kinda speaks for itself, what with my track record of starting series in the middle, so instead I’ll talk about the first. It sounds like a newly divorced man, who got a little shook by his first marriage, is back in his hometown and fending off all the women except the one that he wants, who wants him too but is a little scared to take the chance. Which could be a sweet story, right? Yeah, that’s not this story. Now don’t get me wrong it is sweet, oh-so-wonderfully sweet, but so not what it is described to be. Sabina is having a little trouble living her own life because she’s too busy mothering her little sister (out of guilt for a past event) … a sister who is actually dating Ross. It kinda reminds me of Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin, except I don’t know that Sabina pushes the two together because she doesn’t think Ross would truly be interested in her. There’s actually a whole lot more going on, all stemming out of that guilt I mentioned earlier. That and the fact that she seems to be a bit of a people pleaser and has a terrible time being even a little selfish and saying no to others. Ross has actually been interested in Sabina for years and when he first comes back to town he asks her out a few times but after being told she’s busy – and then being introduced to her sister – he takes the hint that she doesn’t like him the same way. And dates the sister instead. Things get dicey for them all when the little town’s matchmaking soothsayer visits Sabina and tells her that she needs to get her sister wedded before her own soulmate will make an appearance. Well, since said sister is dating Ross, things take off from there as everyone in town tries to get Ross and Lucy down the aisle as quickly as possible so that Sabina’s love will appear. (Yes, they have a little old lady who gives words of wisdom concerning matters of the heart and the townspeople listen. It totally makes sense when you read the book :) ) Too bad Lucy & Ross aren’t all that sure they want to get married and Ross & Sabina might have more feelings for each other than they will admit to. I think that this little triangle could totally be something unappealing but Ramsay handles it with style and grace. You can easily see how they all get to where they are and how things just become more and more tangled. You like all of them and thankfully know that it will work out right in the end (it’s a romance, so of course it does) but you just hope that it doesn’t cause too much heartache before they get there. Which I’m pleased to say Ramsay isn’t too heavy-handed there. Instead she uses a fantastic suspense element around a suspicious fire to keep things hopping. It’s a fun touch to add the little bit of danger and intrigue to what could have been an overly dramatic love story. Instead we get a fantastically heart-warming read, highlighting a myriad of complex emotions and interpersonal dynamics. (Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review)