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One Last Risk (Oak Grove Series Book 1)

One Last Risk (Oak Grove Series Book 1)

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by Nancy Stopper
A guilt-driven 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


A guilt-driven 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!

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Anderby Lane Publishing
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Oak Grove , #1
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Meet the Author

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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One Last Risk (Oak Grove Series Book 1) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
BooksAndSpoons 6 days ago
I have read a lot of firefighter romance novels and there are the ones that are light and fluffy and mainly about the sex appeal of a man in uniform. Then there are those that are filled with angst and darkness of PSTD and the dangers of the job. I was happy to find out, that One Last Risk is neither one of those but takes the best of each of the sides and finds its own way. While it has light, fun, and flirty moments that made me smile and laugh, it also deals with serious issues of loss and learning to live again when a loved one has passed away. The character development was well done and part of the force moving the plot forward. 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*
CharlotteLynnsReviews 9 days ago
Two people who have both lost almost everything in a fire have a chance meeting at the local bakery. The attraction was immediate, the sparks were obvious, yet they were both cautious. Neither were looking for a relationship and both had demons to fight. I really liked that they didn’t just fall into bed. They worked up to it, they dated, they got to know each other, and they included Sarah’s daughter into their relationship. It was interesting to see them circle each other, sneak around a little, and figure out how to make a relationship with a child involved work. The little town of Oak Grove was amazing. The cobblestone walks, the cottages, the one truck fire stations are all parts of a small town. Nancy Stopper did a wonderful job of portraying this cute town. Oak Grove is a place where everyone knows everyone and there are no secrets. I could picture living here with Lucas and Sarah. Thank you Nancy Stopper for a copy of the book in exchange for a honest review.
EileenAW 9 days ago
I loved One Last Risk by Marilyn Stopper, the first book in her new Oak Grove series. In this introductory story we meet two people affected by death of loved ones in a fire. Lucas Bennett lost his best friend and fire fighter partner when he was killed while clearing a house on fire. Lucas feels guilty and at fault for this loss. Sarah Robinson lost everything except her young daughter when a fire burned down her house and killing her husband. Sarah decides she needs a fresh start by moving to small town Oak Grove. Sarah being injured in a car accident sets up the beginning of a friendship with EMT Lucas. Ms. Stopper wrote a wonderful story about putting hearts on the line and taking chances. Through this story she showed how these two could come to terms with their grief and find a way to have a happy ever after. I really enjoyed reading this book and had trouble putting this book down, reading it in one day. I highly recommend this book to other readers. I am looking forward to the next entry in the Oak Grove series. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
sbart84 9 days ago
Small town romance set in Oak Grove. Sarah, young widow with small daughter wants to start her life over after loosing her husband in a fire. Shortly after moving to Oak Grove she is involved in a car accident when Lucas, EMT/Firefighter rescues her. Lucas has his own demons after loosing his best friend in a house fire. A budding relationship develops but Lucas is keeping one secret from Sarah, will it make it or break it for them. Great characters that are both fighting their own demons but come to terms with their pasts. I fell in love with both Sarah and Lucas, both very strong. Lucas willing to give up what he has to win over Sarah. Sarah's daughter, Lily is so cute too. I highly recommend this story, looking forward to my next visit to Oak Grove.
anapjm02 9 days ago
This is the first of Nancy Stopper's series about Oak Grove, a wonderful and friendly city where the Bennett family lives. This book is about Lucas and Sarah, he is a firefighter struggling with some hard issues and she is a single mother trying to overcome her pain and raising an adorable daughter. Their attraction is immediately, but they have to develop trust to one another due to their struggles. This is a romantic, sexy, beautiful book about love, family and the support we need from friends and the community. I think the series has started with a very good tone!
Ann-maree Howarth 10 days ago
I received an ARC copy of this book for my honest review. Sarah a widow and her 4 year old daughter move to Oak Grove to remove themselves from their tragic past. Lucas Bennett born in Oak Grove has a past that is full of guilt. Can secrets and there past overcome their attraction to each other. This is the first full book for this new series and I can’t wait to read what happen to the Bennett family and friends next. I really enjoyed the book and the sweet town its set in. Both main characters have had their problems and issues to overcome to find true love. Is it too soon for Sarah to be interested in anyone else other than her past husband? Lucas has already decided with his job he can’t afford to have someone lose him in the line of duty like his best friends family did. Your heart will break, laugh, cry and love with these characters while you read this wonderful story that Nancy Stopper as written.