A haunted beauty inspires a Navy SEAL turned playboy bar owner to change his ways in this tender and sensual novel from the bestselling author of Hot Shot and the Heller Brothers series.
Waitressing at a tequila bar on the beach in sunny San Diego may not be what Reece Kirkwell wants to do forever, but for now it’s perfect—other than the flashbacks to the tragedy she caused in Boston. And the fact that one of her bosses is a domineering, first-class manwhore who’s as stubborn as he is sexy. If he’d just listen to her, she could double his business. But it would also mean getting close to someone, and that’s a risk she can’t afford.
Cade Hardy’s partners at Conquistadors are like his brothers, but he’s the money man trying to keep them all afloat. To blow off steam, he’s been sleeping around a little. The last thing he needs is business advice from their crazy-hot new waitress. Cade can’t figure Reece out. She’s smarter than she lets on, and she doesn’t hide her disgust for his active sex life. But after he recognizes her PTSD symptoms, Cade is determined to save her . . . unless she saves him first.
Praise for Long Shot
“[Kelly] Jamieson hits her stride in her enjoyable third Last Shot tequila-flavored contemporary romance. . . . Cade’s vulnerability and gruff kindness make him a hero to root for.”—Publishers Weekly
“I love watching two stubborn, independent, complex characters fall so hard for each other—and fight it so hard, too. What a terrific story!”—Christi Barth, USA Today bestselling author of the Naked Men series
“Top shelf tequila, yummy food, mouth-watering sex. A charming heroine and a tough, wounded hero. You need to one-click Kelly Jamieson’s sparkling series finale, Long Shot, now.”—Serena Bell, USA Today bestselling author of Do Over
“Intriguing, sexy, and intense . . . I absolutely loved it!”—Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
Kelly Jamieson’s intoxicating Last Shot novels can be read together or separately:
BODY SHOT | HOT SHOT | LONG SHOT
Don’t miss any of Kelly’s alluring reads:
The Aces Hockey series: MAJOR MISCONDUCT | OFF LIMITS | ICING | TOP SHELF | BACK CHECK | SLAP SHOT
The Bayard Hockey series: SHUT OUT | CROSS CHECK
The standalone novel: DANCING IN THE RAIN
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Her boss was definitely a grade A manskank.
Reese walked toward the table at Conquistadors Tequila Bar, carrying a tray of champagne flutes and a bottle of Veuve Clicquot, trying to ignore the woman standing next to the table who was pouting at Reese’s boss, Cade Hardy.
Everyone at the table had swiveled their heads to stare at the woman, the happy chatter falling silent.
“Why won’t you answer my calls?” The gorgeous, tall brunette blinked wet, thickly mascaraed eyelashes. “My texts? I don’t understand.”
Cade shifted in his chair, then rose. “I told you, Amelia.” He gently took the woman’s arm and tried to steer her away from the table.
Reese did her best to ignore the developing drama as she set glasses at each place, studiously focusing on the table, resisting the urge to roll her eyes. This wasn’t the first time one of Cade’s “dates” had shown up at the bar, either pissed off and chucking glasses at him or crying her mascara off. It made life interesting.
Amelia stood firm in her platform heels. “You didn’t really mean that. What we had was special. You said that yourself!” She wasn’t keeping her voice low, and everyone could hear.
Reese exchanged a tight smile with Carrie, the girlfriend of one of her other bosses.
“Amelia, I told you I don’t do relationships.” Cade’s voice was lower as he edged Amelia away from the table.
“You said you were fine with that. It was just one date.”
No shit, he didn’t do relationships. In the few months Reese had been working at Conquistadors, Cade had probably slept with twenty-eight women. Not that she was counting.
“But you brought me to a wedding! I met your friends! That has to mean something.”
Reese focused on her task to avoid the awkward encounter, easing the cork out of the bottle of champagne with a small pop, diverting attention away from the unhappy couple. She expertly poured the wine into Carrie’s glass, her thumb in the punt of the bottle, holding the flute in her other hand and tilting it so the wine slid down the side.
She waited as bubbles subsided to fill the glass, then set the glass on the table and stepped to the side to pick up Marco’s.
“This is so nice,” Carrie said in a bright tone, reaching for the flute.
Marco inclined his head. “Congratulations again, belleza.”
They were celebrating the opening of G Gallery, where disadvantaged kids could hang out and make art, in the hopes that it would keep them off the street and out of trouble. Marco’s girlfriend Carrie had been working on setting up the gallery pretty much since Reese had started working at Conquistadors, along with her mother and of course Marco.
Amelia’s sobs grew fainter as Cade led her out of the bar. Reese continued to fill glasses until everyone at the table had champagne. Then Marco lifted his in a toast. “To G Gallery. And to Cheryl and Carrie. Congratulations on all your hard work.”
They all clinked their glasses together and sipped the sparkling wine.
Cade rejoined them and picked up his glass. “Sorry about that,” he muttered.
Reese moved away from the table with the empty wine bottle, unable this time to stop her eyes from rolling and her lip from curling. What a hound he was.
Before she could get far, her third boss waved her back to the table. Conquistadors Tequila Bar was owned by three men—Cade Hardy, Marco Solis and Beck Whitcomb, all of them former Navy SEALs; all of them hot as hell. (Manwhore tendencies notwithstanding.) She’d just overheard Marco telling Carrie’s mom why they’d named the bar Conquistadors . . .. “We thought it was fitting. All three of us had some . . . challenges growing up. Then we all decided to become SEALs, which is another huge challenge. We all made it—we were three of the fifteen who made it out of a class of a hundred forty-five when we started. We decided that naming the bar would remind us that we can overcome anything if we put our minds to it.”
For some reason, she truly admired that, even if she privately thought they were a little crazy to think they could just open a bar and be successful.
“Hey, Reese,” Beck said. “Can you bring us some nachos, some chips and dip, and, uh, jalapeño poppers? And hey, Sid’s got something new we can try: Tater Tot nachos.”
Reese winced at the mention of the new menu item. “Um, yeah, about that . . .”
Beck frowned. “What?”
“They’re . . . well, you’re the boss. You should try them, if you haven’t. I’ll get those right out for you.”
She headed to the kitchen to put the order in.
Tater Tot nachos. Ugh. It wasn’t a bad idea, but the execution left much to be desired.
She got that the guys were trying to improve their food menu. She knew Sid, the cook, was trying. He just wasn’t up to the job.
Oh, the things she could do . . .
But no. She was a waitress here. Happily waiting on people, serving drinks and food, living in sunny San Diego . . . she sighed. Okay, not so happily, but still, this was her choice and she was making the best of it.
The food menu here sucked, and even though the bar served some excellent drinks, which was what attracted most of their customers, the drinks menu could also be improved. The bar was attractive, elegant and stylish with white walls, dark wood, black leather furniture, and funky chrome light fixtures suspended above tables. The big stone fireplace against one wall nearly always had a fire flickering in it. Wood Venetian blinds on the windows shaded the bar from bright California sun.
She checked on her other tables, picking up a few dishes and transporting them to the kitchen, taking more drink orders, which she relayed to Alex working the bar tonight. Often Beck tended bar himself, or sometimes Marco. Beck was a charming flirt, though happily married, but that didn’t stop female patrons from hanging around to talk to him, admiring his sexy tats, beard, and man bun. Actually, even the male customers liked hanging around talking to Beck.
Marco was more serious than Beck, but had definitely lightened up since Reese had first started working there, which seemed to be largely due to his girlfriend Carrie. All three guys were knowledgeable about fine tequilas, but Marco was the connoisseur. But when it came to serious, Cade was the winner. He rarely tended bar, spending most of his time in the office with his spreadsheets and graphs and sales charts. When he wasn’t out screwing half the female population of Southern California.
Reese carried the food her bosses had ordered to the table and they all began passing the platters around, serving themselves nachos and poppers and chips. She waited expectantly, holding her tray in both hands.
“This is the new item.” Marco picked up a cheesy Tater Tot and popped it into his mouth. He chewed. And swallowed. “Well.”
“I know what he’s trying to do,” Reese spoke up. “Using some fresh ingredients would be so much better.” Her lip curled again. “Those are made with frozen Tater Tots.”
One of Marco’s eyebrows shot up.
Cade rose to his feet. “Hey, Reese, can I talk to you for a minute in the office?”
Her stomach clenched at the grim look on his face and her face tightened. “Of course.”
She followed her boss back behind the bar, down the short hall and into the office the three men shared. It was a cluttered space including two desks, one of which was covered with papers, folders and binders as well as half-drunk bottles of tequila and inexplicably a bike helmet and a basketball. Cade’s desk, however, was neat and tidy, with nothing but a couple of file folders and his computer.
He turned and leaned a hip against his desk. She stopped just inside the door, her insides tightening.
Damn, why did he have to be so good-looking? The first time she’d met him when he’d interviewed her for the waitress job here, she’d taken him to be a laid-back beach bum based on his appearance—shaggy, sun-bleached hair hanging over his forehead nearly into his stunning ice-blue eyes, dark gold scruff on his tanned cheeks and chin, and big, broad shoulders wearing a loose tropical-patterned shirt. His mouth was distracting in itself—a full bottom lip and sharply carved top lip she had to drag her attention away from.
It had been hard to take him seriously at first, but she’d quickly learned he wasn’t laid-back and he wasn’t a beach bum. He was the guy in charge—organized, efficient, decisive, and controlling. Waaaay too controlling.
Now she swallowed, once more trying not to look at his sexy mouth.
“You can’t criticize our menu in front of guests,” Cade said, his eyebrows pulled together.
She bit back the words she wanted to say—that the menu sucked. She’d only been here a couple of months, and she didn’t want to lose this job. But annoyance rose in her because he was right, dammit. She would never have tolerated anyone who worked for her criticizing her menu. “I’m sorry,” she said stiffly. “It won’t happen again.”
One of his dark gold eyebrows lifted. “You sure? This isn’t the first time you’ve done it.”
She tried to keep her face neutral. “I’m sorry.”
He fixed her with a steady gaze that made her insides twist up. No wonder he had women all over him, all the time. Manskank.
“What’s your problem with our menu?”
She pressed her lips together. “I don’t have a problem with the menu.”
“Funny, you seemed to have a problem with it a few minutes ago. And last week when you told a customer not to order the seven-layer dip.”
Her lips twisted. “I shouldn’t have done that.”
He regarded her thoughtfully for another moment, then lifted his chin. “Okay. Glad we set things straight.”
Taking that as a dismissal, she nodded and hurried out.
Inside, she burned. She hated being told what to do. Hated making mistakes. And she especially hated serving people food that sucked.
She had to get over that. This wasn’t her restaurant. She didn’t have to care. She didn’t want the worries and responsibilities. All she wanted to do was smile and serve people, collect her tips, and go home to the crappy little duplex she rented.
Tight-lipped, she went back to take orders for another round of drinks from the table her bosses were at. They were all laughing and happy, Beck and his wife, Hayden, Marco and Carrie, and Carrie’s family. A brief pang of self-pity struck her, a moment of intense loneliness.
Then Marco smiled at her with a quizzical look, no doubt wondering if Cade had thoroughly spanked her back in the office.
As if she’d want his hands on her ass.
She didn’t need pity. She lifted her chin and gave Marco a determined smile in return. “Another Mayahuel?”
“Yes, please.” He circled a finger in the air. “Another round.”
The one thing she approved of was the selection of tequilas at Conquistadors. These guys definitely knew their tequila.
Cade watched Reese disappear out the office door. She’d tried to hide it, but she was pissed. Her moss-green eyes had flashed and those lush lips had tightened, though it was barely perceptible. Her long red-gold ponytail bounced as she stalked out, and his eyes followed that trail of bright hair down her back to her ass.
She was kind of on the skinny side, but that ass . . .
He blew out a breath. He’d been told more than once to keep his hands—and his eyes—off their staff. Okay, specifically that one waitress. He would never go there. They were trying to make this bar a success, and a reputation for sexual harassment wasn’t going to help.
Reese was an enigma. A gorgeous, anxious enigma.
She didn’t hang out with any of the other staff. Possibly because she was a little older than the college-age people they usually hired. She was a hard worker, efficient and competent, and customers seemed to like her. She didn’t talk about herself, although she was friendly and interested in others. Maybe that was what made him so curious about her.
He knew nothing about her, except that she’d worked at a few high-end restaurants in New York City. She wore no ring, so apparently wasn’t married or engaged, and there was never any mention of a boyfriend. Or family. When asked why she’d moved to San Diego, she’d smiled and answered with a breezy, “I needed a change.”
What did he know about her? Besides the fact that she was gorgeous, she was jumpy. Sometimes he picked up on a faint tremor in her hands. A rapid blinking of her eyes. A habit of twisting her clothing—her shirtsleeve or hem—between her fingers.
She fascinated him, and he had to shut that down. She worked for him.
He pushed away from the desk and followed her back out to the bar where his buddy and business partner Marco was celebrating with his girlfriend Carrie.
Amelia’s little drama had been embarrassing, but he’d managed to calm her down, and convince her that she didn’t really want anything to do with him because he was an asshole who had no intention of committing to one woman. The guys were on his ass about his active sex life, but screw them. Now that they both were in relationships, they were all uptight about his degenerate ways. As if they hadn’t slept around. Okay, Marco not so much. He’d actually been engaged to be married once, until she’d cheated on him and married someone else while he was away in Afghanistan. It had taken Marco a while to get over that.
With a smile, Cade took his seat at the table. He picked up one of the Tater Tot nachos on his plate, now cold, and shoved it in his mouth. Potatoes, cheese, jalapenos . . . how could you go wrong? He thought it was decent bar snack food.
He caught Marco’s eye and gave him a nod to let him know he’d taken care of the issue. Their serving staff dissing their food wasn’t going to help their business. Hopefully Reese kept her word and didn’t do that again or he’d have to fire her ass.
Her ass . . .
No, no, he had to stop thinking about her ass.
He didn’t want to fire her. None of them liked firing anyone, although it had happened. Finding good staff—not to mention retaining them—was surprisingly hard. Although he was starting to think they might have to fire Sid, their cook. They were doing okay, and Sid was doing his best to try new things and improve their food menu, but his skill set wasn’t really up to the job.
The party started wrapping up, Carrie’s family getting up to leave first, then Beck and Hayden, then Carrie and Marco were left standing, smooching, and gazing into each other’s eyes. Bleh.
“Go home,” he told them. “I’ll lock up.”
The bar was empty now, only floor staff left putting away dishes and glasses, kitchen staff cleaning up. He’d make sure the garbage was taken out, the grease traps cleaned.
“Thanks, man,” Marco said. “See you tomorrow.”
Cade turned to head to the kitchen. Reese stood at the bar folding towels neatly. “Go home, Reese.”
“I’ll just finish these.”
He had to admire her work ethic. He moved over to help her.
She glanced up at him, then stared at the white bar towels as she continued folding. “That was a nice celebration,” she commented. “Everyone seemed to be having fun.”
Was that a wistful note he heard in her voice? “Yeah. It was.”
“I’m surprised you and Beck and Marco actually took a night off and let someone else look after things.”
He frowned. “What does that mean?”
She lifted one narrow shoulder. “You guys spend a lot of time working here.”
“We own the place.”
“I know, but . . . you have a restaurant manager. You have capable staff. Well, mostly,” she added under her breath.
His frown deepened. “Ultimately, we’re responsible for everything and everyone. For making sure the bartenders aren’t giving away free booze, or cash isn’t disappearing.”
“You have to trust the people who work for you.”
“What’s your point? You think we should be off golfing?”
She snorted. “I can’t picture the three of you golfing. Aren’t you guys into skydiving and rock-climbing?”
He grinned. “Sometimes.”
“I guess my point is, you’re either working in your business, or you’re working on your business. Owners should be working on their business—marketing, bigger-picture things.”
“We do that.”
“Okay,” she said again, clearly humoring him.
Cade’s molars ground together and his body tensed. “So you’re telling me how to run my business.”
“No.” She set down the last towel on the pile and picked it up. “If I were telling you how to run your business, I’d have a lot more to say.” She moved to set the towels on a shelf.
What the hell did she know, anyway? Heat flared inside him. “Say it, then. Tell us what we’re doing wrong.”
She gave him a long look and a pleasant but fake smile. “I’m just a waitress. What do I know? Good night, Cade.”
She headed back to the staff room, presumably to get her things.
Cade gripped the edge of the bar tightly enough to splinter the wood. Jesus Christ. He’d just about had enough of her snotty superiority. Who the hell did she think she was, implying they weren’t running their business well? It was their business, and they were in charge.
He started toward the break room, but heard the back door closing. She’d left.
He sucked in a long breath, standing at the end of the bar, hands clenched into fists. Okay, calm down. This wasn’t the time to be firing someone, at midnight on a Sunday night. Also, they couldn’t afford to lose a good waitress. Staff turnover was surprisingly high, given that they thought they were pretty damn good bosses and had a great place to work.
He was a master of self-control, keeping his emotions firmly in check. Actually, he tried not to have any emotions.
That made life a lot easier.
Why did she get to him like that?
He turned out lights, checked the kitchen and then he, too, headed out the back door where his SUV was parked. The motion-sensor light they’d installed a while back, when they’d been having trouble with vandalism, came on. Reese was nowhere in sight.
He knew her address from their personnel records, knew it wasn’t that far from the bar, and he knew that she often walked to and from work. Tonight for some reason it bugged him that she was alone in the dark, even though she annoyed the hell out of him.
He was tempted to follow her and offer her a ride. Just to make sure she got home safely.
He gripped the steering wheel and knocked his forehead against it. Don’t be an idiot. She’s an adult and she’s been walking home alone for months now.
He just needed to stop thinking about her.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
4 Star Review of Long Shot (Last Shot #3) by Kelly Jamieson This is the third and final book in the "Last Shot" series. It can be read as a stand alone but in my opinion to get the most enjoyment I would perhaps read the other two books first. This is the story of Cade Hardy one of the partners at Conquistadors and the woman who has captured his attention, despite himself. Reece Kirkwell is a woman running from a tragic past, the newest waitress at Conquistadors. She is feisty and not afraid to let Cade know how much his behaviour disgusts her. Reece knows she can help turn the tequila bar into a raging success but is she prepared to get involved? Can she risk it? As Cade and Reece get to know each other, lines will be crossed and life soon become complicated. The chemistry between Cade and Reece is intense and yet at times the romance was sweet and tender. Will Cade and Reece be able to help each other overcome their fears? Or will they cut and run? One click to find out. I enjoy Ms. Jamieson's style of writing and found the characters easy to relate to and Long Shot kept and held my attention.
I enjoyed reading this book. Reece is working at a San Diego Tequila Bar, Conquistador. She is hiding some secrets and her past. Cade, one of the owners is also hiding his past. The romance was predictable but I liked the characters and the restaurant setting. There were a few surprises. The book was a quick easy read and was an enjoyable way to spend a few hours. Enjoy
I am a fan of Kelly Jamieson's Aces Hockey and Bayard Hockey series. I had not heard of this Shot series so I was excited to read this one. Although it is a standalone, I will read the previous books. There is a lot going on this book, attraction, business, regret, pain, a surfer dog, love and sex! A few of the plot twist were quite unexpected ( Reese's reason for being in San Diego and Cade family life pain) And it is all well written and the characters are well developed. My only issue is that I felt the story wrapped up a bit too quickly.
Received an ARC at no cost to author on behalf of netgalley. This is the third in the series and presumably the last. This is Cade's story the third in the Conquestador's owners. I always enjoy reading about previous couples, and we do especially from Jack who saved the day a couple of times. We also meet Reese who is hired as a waitress and is running from something. I did enjoy, however I wish authors would stop writing about these manwhores, if I were these women I would never get with one. But I guess to each it own.
every time former navy seal turned tequila bar owner cade hansen crosses paths with waitress reece kirkwell he can't stop the sparks that fly, usually as they have words. he has no idea what it is about her that raises his hackles. or well, he knows that there is more to her than what appearances would have you believe. and her refusal to share anything about her past disturbs him. also the fear that she only plans to stick around temporarily bothers him. but when they suddenly find themselves spending more time together, it's hard for reece to maintain the walls she's built around her heart. and cade has a way of sharing things about his past with her that help her heal her own past traumas. i really enjoyed cade and reece together. i liked the push-pull of their relationship and how well the complemented each other. long shot is the last book in the last shot series, and i might just have to go back and read the previous two given how much i enjoyed this world. **long shot will publish on february 27, 2018. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/random house publishing group (loveswept) in exchange for my honest review.
Wow, what a totally captivating novel from author Kelly Jamieson. Long Shot grabs you right from the start and the compelling journey never falters. The two primary characters, Reece Kirkwell and Cade Hardy, have amazing chemistry, and their romantic courtship is replete with emotion, desire and love. Ms. Jamieson tells wonderful and sexy stories that never fail to disappoint. Reece used to be an up and coming chef at an upscale restaurant in New York City. She loved almost everything about her position, until tragedy struck. Now she is working as a waitress at a tequila bar and grill in San Diego. She is making a new life for herself, as she contemplates her future. Cade, her boss, is a smart and good-looking former SEAL, who is also known for his womanizing. Reece captures his attention with her knowledge of food, originality, and gorgeousness. As they get to know each other, their beliefs about commitment and forever begin to dwindle. I loved everything about this book. Ms. Jamieson balances the plot with sexy times perfectly, and there was never a time that I did not want Reece and Cade to be together. The secondary characters, including Reece's foster dog Jack, are quite fun and interesting. You may want to keep a couple of tissues handy, because tearing up is not an option. This is the third book from the author's Last Shot series and it can be adored as a standalone.
It’s the final visit to Conquistadors the Tequila Bar owned by 3 guys who are more like brothers than friends and this is Cade’s story, Cade is the figure man in the partnership it’s his job to make sure the bar stays in the black and at times that’s been hard so he finds himself always looking for new ideas to up the profits. Reese is a new waitress and she is trying to put the past behind her and get her life back together but in order to do that she needs to stay away from Cade !!! Two people fighting their own demons, could it be they need each other to put their pasts to rest....... I loved this series and I’m sad to see it come to an end , I love the characters, the storylines and this one in particular captivated me, this is a love story but it’s also Cade and Reese’s journey to find peace. This book is beautifully written and it’s told in the dual POV, I would say you can read this as a stand-alone but I think you would get so much more out of it if you have read the previous books.
Just when I think I can't like a Kelly Jamieson book any more than I liked the previous book, I am proven wrong. Cade was so swoon -worthy and my heart broke for him at times. I really wanted him to open up his eyes and realize that his life was his to make our break and if he didn't act he would lose. Reese was a wonderful character who had secrets, but ultimately wanted to feel safe. After a terrifying experience in her home town, she moved clear across the country. She never intended to stay, but found that she loved the town. Both tried to stay away, he was her boss after all, and she saw how many women he 'went through'. When a secret she is keeping comes out at work, Cade takes care of her; unfortunately, he has seen reactions like the one he witnessed her have before, namely his SEAL buddies. When him taking care of her opens up the attraction they have, can they really keep things light and fun? Or, will they crash and burn? What happens when her past comes back and offers her what she had always wanted? Will she move on, breaking both of their hearts? Will Cade let her leave, or will he find the most swoon-worthy way to let her know how he truly feels? I fell in love with Cade and Reese and the lives they lived and shared. There were times when I wanted to smack both of them, but overall, I wanted them to find a way to make it work. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest, voluntary review.
Absolutely loved this book. The last of the Conquistadors bites the romance bullet and what a story it is! Reese works at the bar for the guys, Marco and Carrie are soon to be engaged. Beck and Hayden now married and all we see of Cade is the woman in and out of the bar in tears as he gently escorts them out reminding them that he doesn't do relationships and reminds them it was only one night. Reese rolls her eyes and she knows her boss is a manwhore. Cade is intrigued by Reese, by the things he doesn't know about her mostly. Her comments dropped here and there about the food and running a business leading Cade to believe she knows more than she lets on. Reese wisely does her best to avoid him. Beck and Marco have warned him to stay away from her. After all Reese moved from NY to San Diego to leave the past behind her, to live simply, content to be a waitress and that's it. The food menu sucks, she knows it, the guys sort of know it and so she can't help herself when she helps the foundering cook Sid with some new recipes. They're a big hit of course and Reese finds herself drawn more and more to the kitchen. What will happen when the guys find out. And what about Cade? His attraction for Reese is getting stronger and at times their relationship is tense. Cade is a control freak. Reese also likes control-in the kitchen. I have to say this is a must read and my favorite of the series. I loved Cade, jack hat that he was at times and loved Reese. The whole gang at the bar was fantastic. I hope Kelly brings us another book in this series. I can't say enough good things about this one. Steamy, intense and you'll love the Cade and Reese. 10 stars! Arc from NetGalley and LoveSwept in exchange for a fair review**
It took me a while to start reading Long Shot. I had a backlog of reviews to do before Long Shot. I wish that I had bumped it up sooner because I enjoyed it. I was also surprised by it. Why surprised? I wasn’t expecting the serious side of the book. It took me by surprise. I was not expecting not only the subject but the sensitive way the author wrote about it. Long Shot is Cade and Reese’s story. Cade is an ex-Seal who is running a tequila bar with two of his ex-Seal mates. Cade is the brains behind the bar, keeping the books. He is also known for his love of the ladies. Reese was a waitress that was hired the end of Hot Shot. She is running from a tragic event. An event that haunts her in the form of anxiety attacks.It also does not allow herself to become attached to anyone. That all changes when Cade notices Reese and takes an interest in her. He makes her feel things that she doesn’t want to feel. He is also determined to help her deal with her issues. I liked Reese. I felt awful about her PTSD and the event that caused it. When she told Cade about it, I wanted to cry. That is something no one should live through. I will admit, I thought that she was a witch with a b in the chapters before she revealed what happened. Then I understood why she was acting that way. Again, I wanted to cry. I loved that she fostered dogs. That is the first time I have read about the main character fostering an animal. I loved it. Cade made me laugh. He was such a player. I mean, he had women coming to the bar in tears because he couldn’t give them what they wanted. Cade also had his demons and man, were they awful. I don’t blame him for doing what he was did when he was younger. While he was a love them and leave them type of guy, he had a very sharp mind at business. He poured everything into the bar. The romance between Cade and Reese did seem a bit forced. I didn’t see a spark between them until almost the end of the book. That is when Reese had to choose between working for her ex or working for Cade. The relationship didn’t flow for me. If that makes sense. Now while I say the romance was forced, the sex wasn’t. Cade and Reese had some pretty hot sex. Those scenes were steamy and passionate. I loved how Reese knew what she liked and wasn’t afraid to let Cade know it. The end of the book was pretty typical of a romance novel. All the plotlines were wrapped up happily. I did enjoy reading the epilogue and hope that the author decides to write more books in this series!! I would recommend that Long Shot be a 20 and older book. There are graphic sex scenes. There is also language. No violence. I would reread this book and I would recommend it to family and friends. **I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**
I love this series! I’m sad to see it end but am happy to finally get to see the mighty womanizing Cade fall prey to love. Beck and Marco already found their HEAs with Hayden and Carrie but Cade is determined to keep up his wild ways with one night stands. Until Reese starts working at Conquistadors. He is instantly attracted but knows he shouldn’t act on it because he is her boss. But best laid plans and all that. She ends up being everything he never knew he wanted and turns out was also afraid he could never have. I just love them together! They heal each other and are simply perfect together ! I also love Jack; he’s an adorable surfing surprise!!
Cade owns a tequila bar with his 2 SEAL buddies and even though they have found the love of their lives (in book 1 & 2), Cade is still playing the field ... one night at a time. But when he hires a new waitress (Reece), his chest flutters when he sees her, but Beck and Marco have warned him to stay away from the staff, because they don't want to loose good staff because he can't keep it in his pants. But after 3 months of keeping away from her, one night when she has a breakdown, he takes her home and all his resistance fails. I loved how even though Cade was a manwhore ... he was still a good guy and deep down he wanted what his buddies had, but was afraid he didn't deserve it. And even though Reece was in her late 20s, she seemed to be kinda innocent in the relationship department. Together they are just a couple that you couldn't help fall in love with and want their story to end with a happily-ever-after. This book is a great addition to the series. I received an ARC courtesy of Random House - Loveswept through NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
Cade Hardy has taken interest in his bar's new waitress Reece, she is good at what she does, but sometimes she is a little too opinionated about what should be done at his bar, and it irks him more than a little. But there is also another side to her, one that she doesn't want to reveal, but every once in a while a little of it slips out, and it's caught his attention, enough that he wants to help her deal with whatever it happens to be... she on the other wants nothing to do with him. He knows she has seen him leave with random women, heard the rumors of his reputation, but he wants to show her that he can be a better man, if she will give him the chance. Now he just has to figure out a way to convince her to let him in, and accept his help! Long Shot is an absorbing and steamy tale that will grab you from the first page, and hold you hostage until the last! As soon as I met these two I knew they were going to treat me to a good story, there was a lot of resistance there, and some evident sparks mixed in here and there, which could only mean one thing, things were destined to get hot at some point... and boy did they ever!! Along their journey things took a serious note too, one that tugged on my heartstrings, and stirred my emotions...overall it was a really pleasurable tale, one that is sure to linger with me for a while! Highly recommend this one, these two wonderfully crafted characters are sure to score a special place in your heart!! I requested an advanced copy from NetGalley, and voluntarily read and reviewed.
Kelly Jamieson continues her “Last Shot” series with this sweet and sensual tale of womanizing bar owner Cade Hardy and spitfire waitress Reece Kirkwell. Reece isn’t really a waitress and she isn’t planning on staying in San Diego for the rest of her life, but for the moment she’s content working at a tequila bar and it would be perfect if she could help revamp the bar’s menu and wasn’t affected by her boss’ flings from constantly parading around. The first she can do, revealing the latter would mean admitting feelings can’t risk. Cade would love nothing more than a booming business, but getting advice from his new waitress regarding their food seems like a stretch. He’s almost certain she’s hiding something, it certainly isn’t her disapproval of his extracurricular activities, and he’s more than intrigued by her. As they get to know each other better, the employee/employer lines are blurred and soon they’re both helping each other face their fears. Set against the very familiar to me backdrop of sunny San Diego, the story is an appealing composition of two hardworking, good, loving people who slowly realize they’re perfect for each other and fall in love. The supporting characters are not only Cade’s business partners but also his best friends and family which includes their significant others who’ve been presented in the previous books. They help Cade and Reece navigate the bumps and turns in the highway of love and wonderfully complement the story as well as the vivid descriptions about the subtle differences between Tequilas. The passages about añejo and silver are so rich they transported me to the small quaint town where the spirit is produced. Long Shot is book #3 of the Last Shot series by Kelly Jamieson who writes stories you can’t help but want to curl up with. It can be read in order or as a standalone contemporary romance. Told from both points of view. Office-romance. Tortured hero and heroine.
Reese is a waitress. Just a waitress. She’s trying to get her life together after a devastating incident. Working at Conquistadors is helping her to do that. Now if she can just stay out of the kitchen and away from Cade, one of the owners. Cade is the spreadsheet guy of the business. It’s his job to make the bottom line black instead of red and it’s been a real struggle. When their waitress keeps sticking her nose into things that are not a part of her job description he finds himself getting riled. He needs to be in control and he’s quickly learned that there is no control where Reese is concerned. This was such a good book! I loved the interactions between this couple and even Reese’s dog Jack. There were so many different layers that needed to be unearthed as they moved forward from antagonistic boss and employee to lovers. Reese’s character was broken and struggling so hard to find solid ground. I respected that she never gave up. She kept fighting to find peace. Cade had his own demons to battle and he recognized the same in Reese and offered her the support needed to help her step out of the darkness and into the light. He was protective and caring and even though a manho prior to Reese, he was never an a-hole about it. This is fast paced and well written with secondary characters from previous books that didn’t dominate the story but added to it. The steam level is perfect and the epilogue will make you smile. This is an honest review of an advanced copy provided by NetGalley and Loveswept.
What an amazing story to wrap up this series with! Cade and Reece are awesome characters and I was cheering for them right from the start. Cade is the money man at Conquistadors. Sure he likes to blow off steam with the ladies but he's committed to making the bar a success. That means dealing with the staff which includes the feisty new waitress Reece. Keeping his attraction to her in check is proving difficult especially when she challenges him at every turn. It's clear she has secrets but uncovering them is hard until one day everything becomes obvious! Put this one on the must read list. I highly recommend it.
Following a frequently done reluctant to love, king of one night stands hero, who needs more out of life but chooses not to acknowledge it yet theme, we find Reece, the heroine, running from her former life in New York while still reeling from a surprisingly shocking incident that almost got her killed. Her culinary talents, bossiness, and creative ideas is just what Cade, the hero, needs to be challenged and intrigued enough to put an end to his Casanova, womanizing ways. The fact they both are struggling with emotional baggage/issues binds them together even more. Cade starts to see a strength in Reece that makes him want to be a better man, folks. With quiet disdain for having the morals of an alleycat, Reece might appreciate the outward man package Cade projects,but she’s smart enough to know this guy isn’t looking for real love and commitment. She starts to get under his skin though when she begins to meddle and step into a self appointed role of helping improve the Tequila bar Cade co-owns with friends and where she is definitely underemployed. Yeah, this girl has game in the kitchen, and she can’t seem to sit on the sidelines any longer. For a quick, leisurely, steamy read, I did enjoy seeing this couple come to know one another. If you like graphic, smexy scenes with lusty language, stick around long enough as they definitely appear later in the book. Thankfully they only occur between the main couple. Other than the big reveal of Reece’s brush with near death, several parts were formatic and played out rather predictable. However, I still enjoyed the writing and stayed fully engaged. Title: Long Shot, Series: Last Shot (Book 3), Author: Kelly Jamieson, Pages: 220, stand-alone but part of a series, former manho hero, PTSD heroine, very graphic steamy scenes with lusty language, no love triangle, no cheating, a few OW run-ins and one brief ex-boss/lover cameo appearance. Book 1 - Body Shot (Hayden and Beck) Book 2 - Hot Shot (Carrie and Marco) Book 3 - Long Shot (Cade and Reece) (I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I was not given any payment or compensation for this review, nor is there any affiliation or relationship between this reviewer and the author/publisher/NetGalley.)
I thoroughly enjoyed this book which is the conclusion to this series. I am sorry to see this series end because I have had fun getting to know these former SEALs and their feisty partners. This one pairs Cade, the numbers guy, and Reese, a waitress (at the moment), who challenge each other and watching them is a delight. Reese is a transplant from New York and it is evident she is running from something and waitressing is not where she really belongs. Get her in the kitchen and she shines. It takes a few fresh ingredients, secret salsa making, and the cook not actually being able to cook before everyone realizes Reese is the one responsible for the changes in the menu. Add in a panic attack and pillow talk and finally Reese and Cade come together. All bets are off then. Can these two who are both sure they cannot handle a relationship actually find what they need in each other? Only if they get out of their own way. This was such a fun and enjoyable read and I highly recommend this one and, in fact, all three in the series. **Received this ARC for review from the publisher via NetGalley**
Reese Kirkwell, an award winning chef, left Boston after a traumatic accident in the restaurant she worked at. After she had to fire one of the souse chefs, he returned later that day with a gun and killed two of her employees. Unable to continue her job, she left for San Diego and got a job as a waitress. Even thou she has frequent flashbacks, she likes what she’s doing and meeting new people. It doesn’t hurt that her three bosses are beautiful to look at. One in particular sets her girly parts humming. When she makes a comment about the food in the bar, Cade, her sexy boss, gets upset with her and tells her to do the job she was hired for. However, one day she decides to help out in the kitchen and the results are incredible with the patrons. Cade Hardy can’t stop looking at his new waitress, except he knows she’s keeping secrets. As he tries to get to know her, she confides in him and tells him about her job back in Boston and the trauma she went thru. What starts out as friendship develops into something more, except that Cade doesn’t do relationships and Reese is planning on returning to Boston. Falling in love wasn’t something Cade had planned on, but what can he do about it since he doesn’t know how Reese feels. Great last book in this fabulous series.
Reece and Cade are both control freaks who are intrigued by one another. Cade is a man-who** and Reece doesn't hide her disdain for it. Cade is her boss at Conquistadors which is the tequila bar he owns with his 2 friends who were all SEALS together. Reece is hired as a waitress, but it is apparent that she knows way more about managing a restaurant than she is letting on. Cade is intrigued but also likes to be in control and losses his mind several times when he thinks Reece oversteps her boundaries. Reece claims to not want to do anything but waitress and try and move on from whatever happened in New York, but finds herself being drawn into the kitchen to help out their cook who is struggling. She fosters a dog, named Jack, who appears to understand her PTSD symptoms and provides her with comfort and solace. Reece doesn't want to set down roots as her plan is to return to NYC at some point. Her life is easy and she wants to keep it that way. Cade is feeling restless now that his 2 partners have found the loves of their lives and are moving forward with their personal lives. Cade doesn't feel he wants a commitment with anyone. His childhood was horrific and he bears the scars from that. He knows he shouldn't use women to compensate, but finds himself drawn to it anyway. When Marco and Beck call him out, he reluctantly agrees to tone it down. They also tell him to stay away from Reece because she is an employee. Both Reece and Cade know they shouldn't get involved, but find themselves willing to cross the line anyway. Cade is intrigued and also gets frustrated with Reece. Reece doesn't want to get attached to anyone or anything so she fights her attraction also. When the two get together, they feel the burn. I liked how Kelly Jamieson shows both of their struggles. The book flowed well, had quite a bit of charm to it and was quite interesting. Cade and Reece were both layered characters and it took a while to find out their whole pasts. I liked how they were both able to connect and accept each other. Overall a good book and worth the time to read it. I received an ARC from NetGalley for my honest review.
Great series and LONG SHOT was the perfect end to it! Great writing, fabulous story and lovable hero, though battle worn from his tours in duty. So good - the ultimate roller-coaster of emotions -- a must read IMO
LOVED this book! This is a delightful series that follows the three former SEALs that own Conquistadors together. They are learning as they're going along and deal with various problems. One of them is a waitress, Reece, who wants to spend time in the kitchen instead of waiting tables, which she then compounds by criticizing the food to the customers. Cade is livid, but is also smitten with Reece, who has secrets of her own. I loved the interplay between the characters and loved this novel. While it is part of a series, this is a stand alone book, however, the series is so good that you really owe it to yourself to read them all. Put this one at the top of your TBR list!
This series is centered around three ex-seals who retired and opened up a tequila bar called the Conquistadors. Beck and Hayden's story is book one, Marco and Carrie's is book two and Long Shot, we get Cade and Reese. Cade is the typical playboy that sticks to one night stands only. He doesn't have time for a relationship and he doesn't really believe he can love someone. He's upfront with the women but that doesn't stop them from coming to his bar to try and change his mind. Reese is the new waitress at Conquistador and she's pretty vocal about the lousy food being served there. Being a strong personality, her and Cade are often butting heads. As they bicker, Cade realizes Reese seems more invested in how the bar is run for being a waitress. Out of the three guys in this series, Cade was the one I thought I would like the least. I ended up really loving his book. I'm not a big fan of playboys but when they stop their ways for the ONE, I must admit they can win me over. I liked the mystery surrounding Reese for the first part of the book. You learn she is running from something but the author was pretty good about keeping you guessing. When a love/hate relationship is done right, the chemistry can be pretty hot. I would say Reese and Cade's was done right! Arc provided by Netgalley.
**Advanced copy provided by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review** I adore Kelly Jamieson books and I definitely have enjoyed all of the books in the Last Shot series. I've enjoyed getting to know all three guys that were the heroes in each of the books and I have enjoyed going on the trip with them as they've gotten their tequila bar Conquistadors off the ground. Each and every one of them has held my attention from the outset and Long Shot was no different. Cade Hardy is the hold out of the three owners of Conquistadors in the love department. He doesn't really believe in it for himself. For others, it's fine, but he would rather have a woman in his bed for a night and then move on. He's clear about that with all of them, so there aren't any unrealistic expectations. Cade also knows that some things need to change around the bar because while they are making money, the food they are serving isn't pulling in enough. He's trying to work with their current chef to improve things so he doesn't have to let him go. Reese Kirkwell needed a change. She needed so much of a change that he picked up her life in New York and moved all the way across the country to San Diego where she is now a waitress at Conquistadors and a foster mom to an adorable puppy. The question is, can Reese actually step away from what she is trying to get away from or is she going to be pulled back toward it even though she'd prefer not to be? As Reese and Cade begin working together, it's clear there is chemistry between them. Cade has promised Beck and Marco that he will stay away from any romantic entanglements with their employees, but is that a promise he can really keep where Reese is concerned? And, will things from both of their pasts cause issues in what could be something great for them in the future? I really enjoyed this book from the get go. I liked Cade and Reese and the involvement of Beck, Marco and their women was welcome as well. One of my favorite parts of the book was the foster puppy, Jack. He was exactly what both Reese and Cade needed and he made me smile throughout. Kudos to Kelly Jamieson for another awesome addition to this series!
Long Shot is the third (and I believe final) book in this series. It can be read as a stand alone, but the first two were so great you should definitely read them all!! I loved Cade and Reece’s story, it was my favorite of the three. I liked their bantering, and stubbornness, and chemistry. While they were both busy hiding from their past, they accidentally found their future. Neither wanted to want the other, but fate had other plans. They truly compliment each other. Having both suffered tragedies, they helped each other heal. And then there’s Jack. Jack was my favorite part of this book. Like his humans, he carried some baggage from his past. And like his humans, his life was so much better with a little bit of love. I’m not a tequila drinker, but I definitely want to go hang out at Conquistadors and eat some great food and hang out with some awesome people! *ARC provided for an honest review