Serving Trouble: A Second Shot Novel

Serving Trouble: A Second Shot Novel

by Sara Jane Stone

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Serving Trouble: A Second Shot Novel by Sara Jane Stone

Five years ago, Josie Fairmore left timber country in search of a bright future. Now she’s back home with a mountain of debt and reeling from a loss that haunts her. Desperate for a job, she turns to the one man she wishes she could avoid. The man who rocked her world one wild night and then walked right out of it.

Former Marine Noah Tager is managing his dad’s bar and holding tight to the feeling that his time overseas led to failure. The members of his small town think he’s a war hero, but after everything he’s witnessed, Noah doesn't want a pat on the back. The only thing he desires is a second chance with his best friend's little sister.

Josie’s determined to hold on to her heart and not repeat her mistakes, but when danger arrives on Noah’s doorstep and takes aim at Josie, they just might discover that sometimes love is worth the risk.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062423849
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/08/2016
Series: Second Shot
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 89,485
File size: 753 KB

About the Author

After several years on the other side of the publishing industry, Sara Jane Stone bid goodbye to her sales career to pursue her dream—writing romance novels. Sara Jane currently resides in Brooklyn, New York with her very supportive real-life hero, two lively young children, and a lazy Burmese cat. Visit her online at www.sarajanestone.com or find her on Facebook at Sara Jane Stone.

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Serving Trouble: A Second Shot Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After being gone for five years both Noah and Josie have come home. Both for different reasons and neither thought theyd end up with each other again. From Noah and his need to rescue but maintain his jerk title to Josie being headstrong and fighting for what she wants, we have a read that is worth its time. I like that Josie knows what she wants but doesnt need. I could have done without Noahs repetitive im a jerk, i cant save you but i need to act. It got old quick. Otherwise it is very enjoyable and the writing is well done.
Cheryl-S More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars This is book one in the Second Shot series and it features Noah Tager and Josie Fairmore. WHAT A LOVE STORY! Poor Josie. I was so sad for her loss. She didn't deserve the title given to her by the whole town. I loved Noah but at the same time I was irritated with him through a lot of the story. I realize he was suffering in his own way but he didn't man-up until he really had no choice. Regardless of anything I didn't like, this was a fantastic story line with amazing characters. I can't wait to read more of this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Must read the prequel first.
KittyKelly28 More than 1 year ago
As posted on The Smutty Kitty reviewed by KittyKelly 4 out of 5 Licks I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I’m so thankful to Tasty Book Tours for bringing me to Sara Jane Stone! I signed up to review one of the first books she released and fell in love. Sara writes a lot of characters with military backgrounds (male and female) and makes you really feel so deeply for them. Josie has gone through a terrible tragedy and it’s made her a harder, more solitary version of herself. The last thing she wants is for everyone in the town to start gossiping about what could have brought her back. She’s also not sure she wants to go back to Noah to ask for help but he’s her last hope. Overall I did enjoy this book. It’s not my favorite book by Sara but it definitely pulls at the heart strings. I don’t want to give away Josie’s secret but it is something no person should ever have to live through and dealing with the aftermath while being constantly reminded is horrific. I found myself crying several times while reading this one. Both characters a little broken after their respective experiences and both trying hard to prove they are still whole regardless of the past. They have a lot to fight through and it’s not always pretty. They both make some mistakes along the way but in the end they of course find their way back into each other’s arms. Be prepared to shed a few tears over this one. And I can’t wait to see what else this series brings.
ReneeEntress More than 1 year ago
4 star I was pulled right into this story. The story has laughs, pain, suspense, secrets, and heartbreak. This is Josie and Noah’s story. Josie is back home and looking for a job. Noah owns the bar she needs the job at but he is her brother’s best friend. Can Noah give Josie a job and keep his hands to himself? One night years ago is still burned into his brain. He still wants her but with danger in town he should stay clear. But Josie needs a job and she helps him out with things around the bar that need done. Josie has to keep the job so she can pay off her bills. She can’t afford to be without work. When danger comes to town will she step aside and let Noah handle it or will she end up in the middle of the danger? Can these two survive the danger to get a chance at real love? Or will the danger make sure that does not happen? I loved these characters and also the side characters. I felt I was able to connect with the characters and the story was a great read. I recommend this book.
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MTSmith More than 1 year ago
Intense. Ho. Ly. Crap. This was an incredibly intense book. It wasn't so much the romance but the baggage Josie and Noah carry individually. The heartache and loss Josie feels did a number on my nerves. I didn't understand how she was functioning but she was. It was a testament to her strength, her drive, her need to keep going instead of collapsing under the weight of everything. And Noah... I didn't read the prequel to this series. I have no idea what kind of man he was then but I would hope, and pray, he was a far cry from the man in this story. It's obvious Noah is hurting. His time overseas left him with memories that will haunt him for the rest of his life. But the one that remains as steady isn't from serving his country but from the one night he had with the woman he always loved. One night, five years ago. Too much time passed between him and Josie. Now that she's back in town working beside him, he's determined to rekindle what they once had despite Josie's determination not to go there with him again. The heaviness of their pasts, of the memories they carried with them, rested steadily on my heart through much of this story. Yet the joy and love they experienced made it easier to accept. The past is the past. It doesn't have to hinder a future with someone. It shapes you, defines you, makes you into a better person than before, a stronger person if need be. That was Josie and Noah. They weren't the same people they were the last time they saw each other. They weren't the same people they were one year ago. I hope you try this story. It may or may not speak to you the way it did me. Ms. Stone writes a beautiful second chance love story that, I think, will resonate with someone out there. 4.5* Received from Edelweiss via Tasty Book Tours for an honest review
Lost-N-Love-N-Hopeless More than 1 year ago
Sexual chemistry, intense suspense, good build of future characters. . . I got what I have been waiting for. Josie a little older and not so sure on wiser and then Noah older, sexier, stronger, and still a protector. I could not wait to pick this one up and read it after finishing the prequel, Running Wild. I loved stepping back into their lives and seeing just how much they had grown in five years. The are some fresh characters introduced. Get set up to future books. There are great scenes. The build of suspense keeps me on my edge. But the ending was lacking something. My anticipation was much higher than what I was served. **This ARC was provided via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.** More @ http://mileythebookjunkie.blogspot.com/2016/03/serving-trouble-by-stone.html
I-am-a-book-addict More than 1 year ago
It was the one night, so long ago, that neither one of them can forget. Noah was leaving for basic training and Josie, his best friend's little sister, gave him the perfect going away gift. Now they are both back in their home town, Noah to work his Dad's bar and Josie to cash in a favor she so desperately needs. Josie and Noah tiptoe around each other and their past while trying to deal their own inner turmoil, until Noah's past catches up with him and he has to push Josie away to protect her. Damn, that man (Noah) is lickable! This is the first book I have read by Sara Jane Stone. I was captivated from start to finish and unable to put the book down. This author's writing drew me right into the story. The characters were so well written and the story-line was so cohesive it was like watching a movie in my head. It had everything I like in a great book ~ strong characters, sizzlin' sexy time, with a hint of danger. Serving Trouble is the first book in an all new series from author Sara Jane Stone and I cannot wait to see what's up next for this series!
gaele More than 1 year ago
Sometimes you just can’t get out of your own way, no matter how far you run. That seems to be Josie’s problem: massive debt, a major loss and one night she’d rather forget. But, she’s run back to the familiar and comfortable, hoping to restart her life and move forward to make better choices this time. Five years have passed since the one night between Noah and Josie, and she’s come to collect on a promise. Noah is one of those men who, in moments he later regrets, may appear to be uncaring or brusque, but this just hides a heart of gold. His best friend just happens to be Josie’s older brother, and while Noah is intrigued and attracted, he can’t help but wonder if he’s stepped in it, without boots. But, his nature prevails: he won’t leave someone he knows and cares about in a lurch, and he even takes care of those he doesn’t (a box of abandoned kittens comes to mind). These two are wonderful together, and the secondary characters that are introduced show themselves and become integral to the progress of the story and this couple’s relationship. A touch of mystery and danger adds to the story, bringing a touch of tension that is above and beyond Noah and Josie and their path, alone and separately. These two both grow in ways that are unexpected, and wholly appropriate, and together they are just adorable. A wonderful second chance romance, second chance at aligning your life story, it will be interesting to follow this series as it progresses. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Nicolerko More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars This was a good story, but it lost my attention a little bit. The twist I didn't it see coming. It was a shock, bit it all made sense though. The characters were engaging. Truthfully I was more interested in two of the secondary characters then the main ones. I wasn't a huge fan of Noah. He had the whole protective nature which is hugely appealing, but for some reason he rubbed me the wrong way. My heart goes out to Josie no one should experience what she had to go through. This is a second chance romance and Noah and Josie deserve one. It was a good story, but it just was missing something to make it really good.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
An enjoyable read! Serving Trouble is a second chance romance and best friend's little sister story. (A two-fer! Bonus!) At the start of the novel, both Josie and Noah are trying to put their pasts behind them. Way, way behind them. Josie, who's always felt like the town screw-up, just wants to earn enough money to get herself out of the mountain of debt she's in--without having to admit to anyone just where that debt came from. She wants a do-over, but not with Noah, because she's sure she's learned her lesson there. Noah's time in the Marines didn't quite go as planned, and now he's got a bad taste in his mouth and possibly a vengeful former commander after him and a fellow Marine. He knows this isn't the time or place to start anything up with Josie. But the best of intentions aren't going to be enough to keep them away from each other. Add in a box of kittens, and you can pretty much kiss their resolutions good bye.... Kittens. Barns. Mechanical bulls. All good things! As much as I enjoyed Noah and Josie's story--and I really did--I think I'm looking forward even more to finding out how Noah's former teammate and current dishwasher Caroline's problems get resolved. Fingers crossed that her book is next, because making that poor woman wait any longer would just be cruel! Serving Trouble takes place several years after the events in the prequel novella, Running Wild . Though you don't have to have read that one, the mechanical bull scene comes up more than once in this book, so...just trust me, you'll be glad you did ;) Rating: 4 stars / B- I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
BookReaderAnnie More than 1 year ago
I will admit that this is the first book I've read by Stone. I just never had enough minutes in the day to read it before. I decided to read Running Wild first because I wasn't sure how important it might be for the story. I'm glad I did but it won't kill you if you don't read Running Wild first. Since I did read it will say that I enjoyed it and because of it I got a better insight about both Josie and Noah. Even though I felt for Josie, I really think that girl had trouble growing up. At times I just shook my head. Her life is worse now then it was those years back! Of course say that is also why this story is so good. You really see her growth and how she pulls herself up by her boot straps. No Noah I liked right away and my heart broke for him in this story. He's come back from war a little broken. What I really liked about these two is that even though it took a while for them to figure this out they are better as a couple then they are alone. They work. Each once fills up what the other needs in their live. It's very touching. I found Serving Trouble to be a quick read that I very much enjoyed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sexy veteran hero and fun likable heroine. Read the prequel first.
Josie_Kerr More than 1 year ago
"Serving Trouble" has it all - troubled ex-military man, heroine in need of a financial and emotional rescue, suspense, semi-forbidden relationship (Noah is Josie's brother's best friend), injured family members, nosy townies, unstable coworkers. Really, it was almost too much. What I didn't really like was the set-up. Everything happened really, really quickly - the explanation of why Josie was in debt, the introduction of Noah's former platoon mate, Caroline and her issues, all the characters -- it seemed a bit rushed, and while I don't like a story that is unnecessarily coy about particulars, there was no anticipation or build up of the plot. I also didn't really get any chemistry between Noah and Josie. Yes, the sexy times were steamy, but other than that, not really feeling the whole Noah/Josie thing. It sounds like I didn't enjoy the book -- I did. I enjoyed "Serving Trouble" very much - the characters' voices were very clear and I didn't feel like everyone sounded the same, which was nice, considering there seemed to be a *lot* of characters jammed into a fairly small space. (I found out after I read the book that this a spin-off series, and that fact made a difference in my opinion.) And I really would have preferred to read the prequel, "Running Wild," before I had read "Serving Trouble". But, between engaging characters and the promise of resolution and more intrigue between the other minor characters, I give it a solid 4 stars and will definitely read further installments. (I received a copy of the book for an honest review.)
Blsfan68 More than 1 year ago
Ever since reading Running Wild, the prequel to this novel, I have been anxiously awaiting Noah and Josie's HEA. I can now say the wait was definitely worth it! I was hooked from page one and didn't want to put it down. Ms Stone's writing style creates characters that are easy to relate to and connect with through a wide range of emotions. I was in love with Noah right from the start. I loved the teasing banter and heartfelt moments between him and Josie. This is a must read for anyone who loves a strong heroine and a reluctant hero with a heart of gold. ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
Josie Fairmore left Forever five years ago armed with a full ride to college and in search of what she hoped to be a start at a better life for herself. She wanted to prove to her family and the residents of Forever that she was far better than the rumored reputation they labeled her with, and was on a mission to not let her past mistakes define her future. But after a devastating loss, leads to another failed relationship, and some unforeseen debt, she is left with no other alternative then to leave college and return home. The idea of returning home, and having nothing to really show for the last five years is almost more than she can bare, but she knows her options have ran out, and this is really her last resort. With her with debt looming, she knows she needs to find a job fast, so she turns to the one person she knows she can count on to help her and not pass judgement. The problem is the last time she saw him he broke her heart, and she is afraid that her lingering feelings for him may have her heart betraying her once again... Noah Tagart returned home from overseas armed with lots of regret and the feeling that he let a lot of people down. His hometown welcomes him home with open arms, and is quite proud of their hometown hero, often wanting to boast about his accomplishments, but Noah would rather not discuss any of it. What was supposed to be a way to help out his family, turned out to be one of the worst experiences in his life, and he would love nothing more than to leave it buried in his past. He is ready to move on, and is ready to focus on finding his happily ever after with the girl who walked away with his heart five years ago, and now that she has returned home he plans to do all he can to keep her Forever permanently. But Josie isn't so willing to turn her heart over to the man who broke it all those years ago... Nothing wins me over like a alpha football player with a gentle heart or a strong and capable soldier coming to the rescue, and with this story I feel like I got the best of both worlds, Noah completely stole my heart from the get go and had me swooning like a fool the whole way through. After meeting Josie and Noah in Running Wild, I have been dying for the opportunity to make a return visit to Forever and see just what Ms. Stone had in store for these two well crafted characters. This story immediately pulled me right back into the thick of things and had me flying right through the pages in search of answers to the questions that have been lingering with me for the last few weeks... and staying up well past my bedtime to find them!! Ms. Stone has definitely outdone herself with this one, this addictive little read warmed my heart, kept me on the edge of my seat, and satisfied every one of my literary cravings!! Highly recommend you give it try, you will not be disappointed!! ARC kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.
cherigCG More than 1 year ago
Five years she's handled everything herself. Now Josie is back home and she didn't want to ask for help, not planning to tell anyone what she'd been through. She owes money and all she'd ask is for a job from the man she tried but couldn't forget. Noah. He didn't want to have her close. Didn't want to remember how they'd parted. But he'd made a promise to help if ever she needed it and she was calling him on it. A job. Back from a tour in Afghanistan, disillusioned with the military, he's running his dad's bar and making a success of it. But along with his feelings a close friend and maybe Josie is in trouble. He doesn't feel like a hero. Can he protect them? And if he can't keep away from her, what will her big brother and his best friend do? They are no longer the kids they were. Noah doesn't know if that makes easier or harder to deal. Who is he kidding, it's never been easy and the years didn't help his wanting her. If only he knew what had happened, why did she need money? Is he really the Jerk she thinks he is, and he agrees. It doesn't matter what he thinks as long as she is safe. And Josie doesn't intend to give her heart away again. Still, maybe it has always been Noah's and she had no choice. Once again Ms Stone has taken a problem, in this case, uniquely female returning from war. She handles it without making it the entire story, while still bringing the reality to us at home. Will she bring us more of Caroline's story in a later book? I for one hope so. Josh a friend, himself recovering from a major injury, civilian related, shows a uncanny understanding and attitude toward her. Thank you for sharing this real life situation. Enjoy Serving Trouble, romance, pain, strength and friendship as well as enlightening the reader, this is a keeper and a 5 star recommend from me. I was provided and ARC for an honest review.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
There’s quite a lot going on in this story, as it is the main introduction to what will obviously be a series with at least a few books. This means there are several characters introduced, and some hints as to where the story will go next, along with the main romance between Noah and Josie. It should be made clear that there isn’t a love triangle here – Caroline and Noah are platonic friends only, but he’s the one she turned to when she had problems in Afghanistan, and he’s the only one she trusts now with the fallout of those events. Noah ends up hiring both Josie (reluctantly, as he still feels a strong attraction to her) and Caroline (to keep her under his protection). It’s no wonder he is portrayed as a tired man, as he never seems to get much rest from either worrying about one of the girls, or about keeping his dad’s bar afloat, or his concerns over his friendship with his best friend Dominic (who also happens to be Josie’s brother). So part of the conflict comes from the classic ‘best friend’s sibling forbidden attraction’ scenario, and part of it comes from Noah’s desire not to hurt Josie again as he did in the past. But Josie’s not alone in wanting to keep things with Noah on a less personal level. She’s not anxious to fall into a relationship with him, after the first time around didn’t go so well, and because of her recent experiences. Still, this doesn’t stop them from giving into that attraction that burns between them in some steamy love scenes. The suspense plot definitely plays an important role in the story, as Caroline’s presence in Noah’s life brings the danger of the past into the present. The story took some twists and turns that I didn’t expect, so that was a pleasant surprise. The plot felt somewhat busy to me, there was a lot going on with a lot of different people, which was to set the stage for the series but didn’t always work in its favor. While the sex scenes between Noah and Josie were quite steamy, unfortunately, I didn’t feel a lot of chemistry between them as a couple, and for me, there was a lack of sexual tension. But I appreciated how Noah and Josie both came across as believable characters – not perfect, but trying their best to cope with their pasts and make things better for the future. They get their happy ending, and the plot is left open for the next book in the series, which I’m looking forward to reading. 3 stars.
BooksAndSpoons More than 1 year ago
The story takes off emotionally, with lust, angst, and sorrow painted on every page from the start. High emotions are the trademark of the tale, as Noah and Josie face each other again, after five years. Those years seemed to have been rough for both of them, they carry so much pain inside of them, just trying to survive. Josie, heartbroken, up to her neck in debt, is looking for a safe haven, a place where she can heal, and pay off her debt. Noah, marine, now at home running his father's bar, taking care of everyone, trying to convince the town he is a jerk. But the hero, the good guy, savior complex behavior is with every single thing he does. The 'I'm not a hero, I'm a jerk' sentence gets a lot of use, as he is proving the opposite every single time. The cast of characters have chemistry, and they fit well together, they all help to mold the story, providing insights to Noah and Josie, and their past. The romance between them sizzling hot, the connection is believable, and the heat is high. This is a spinoff from a previous series, and you might get the feeling, at first, that you walked into a movie in the middle of the flick. But things fast fall into the place, and the story quickly flows off the pages. There's danger, and fear, with the AWOL marine Caroline, her pain is more than I can imagine, and hearing about her experience, and the events in the military were frighteningly real. Deep emotions, friends who always have your back, little bit of danger, a lot of past pain mixed with kittens, barns, beer, and pies ~ Four Spoons
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
4 - "I knew you wouldn't let me down." Stars! Sara’s Independence Falls series was in my top ten of 2015, so I was extremely happy to hear that she was shifting over to the neighboring town of Forever, for her new, Second Shot series, as it means we get a whole new cast of characters, as well as a few catch-ups with people from the previous series. If you haven’t read the prequel novella to this book Running Wild I recommend that you do. Although it now isn’t being offered for free (Running Wild was included in the back of my ARC, so hopefully it will be in the released copy as well), it is still worth a read as it gives you an important look at the relationship between Josie and Noah, prior to them leaving town. Her for college, and him for the Marines. Things are different five years on, and although Noah always planned to return, Josie didn’t and the choice wasn’t one made lightly. The ghosts from Forever were hell bent on haunting her. This is a multi-layered story, with things going on aside from Josie and Noah’s reconnection, the one thing that they both have in common in relation to their return to Forever is that the chemistry that was so strong between them then, is just as strong now. Being her brothers best friend, crushing on Noah as a teenager came with its own set of difficulties, add into the fact that she is the daughter of the towns Police Chief and those issues are doubled. Noah has never been in any doubt that he isn’t good enough for Josie, and he is far from the hero that she believes him to be, even if his words and actions then and now are to the contrary. People changed. They hardened. They took hits and got back up, leaving their heart beaten and wrecked on the ground. I loved this book, it’s not epically long, but the story doesn’t lose any of its impact for it. Both Noah and Josie have had a huge amount happen to them in the last five years, and as the story progressed you began to understand how those things had impacted their lives and made them into the people they now are. The side story with Noah's colleague Caroline was an excellent addition to the plot, and I really hope that she and Josh get a book of their own at some point, because the pie-making hottie deserves his happily ever, especially after he saw all his brothers settle down as the Independence Falls Series progressed. "I want you in my life… Because I’m waking up to the fact that it sucks to face the world alone." Another absolute winner from this author, and I cannot wait to see where the series takes us next, no title as yet but the second book is due for release in June, so not too long to wait! ARC generously provided via Edelweiss, and it was my absolute pleasure to provide the above honest review.