Last Chance Hero by Hope Ramsay #Review

Posted March 12, 2016 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 18 Comments

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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Last Chance Hero by Hope Ramsay #Review
Last Chance Hero

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Series: #9 Last Chance
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Forever
Released on June 30, 2015
Pages: 344
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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I enjoy this cozy-style romance series and look forward to each new installment that carries me away to a southern small town, Last Chance and its quirky, but lovable characters.  I did let it sit for a while, but that was because I forgot about it so was glad to dust it off again and have it come out for the TBR Pile vote.  This was an interesting installment in the series because it had a strong suspense element and because it divided the romance in two as it followed the life and love of two sisters.

As I said, this is part of a series.  I feel this series is one that can be read out of order or as standalones for the most part.  Yes, there are mentions of past situations and the inclusion of past characters, but it isn’t enough to confuse the reader or affect the current story line.  I can attest to this since I started around book five and had no trouble.  Someday I will go back and get the earlier books.

So, this story starts with town matchmaker, Miriam Randall, entering Sabina Grey’s store and giving her a cryptic message about her love life.  Sabina’s mother overhears some of it and races off to make big plans and scatter the news.

Sabina is disconcerted about the advice from Miriam- get her sister’s love life settled first and then it will be her turn.  Ever since the fire back when they were kids, Sabina has felt guilty and responsible for her younger sister, Lucy.  Lucy has a long-time boyfriend and Sabina is happy for her if not slightly jealous and frustrated because Ross is a fantastic guy and Lucy doesn’t seem to appreciate him enough.  Sabina now has her own chance with a guy she treated poorly back in high school if only she can keep from comparing him to Ross and not sneaking kisses and dances with Ross.

Ross is fire chief of Last Chance and he loves his work.  He is returned to Last Chance after growing up and going away to college, getting married and divorced to a woman who strung him along before finally leaving.  Now, he’s with Lucy.  She has control issues and keeps a list of things that have to happen before they can be married, but all in all, he’s okay with that since he’s in no rush himself.  If once in a while his mind strays to Lucy’s older sister who shot him down three times before pushing him at Lucy and if he gets carried away and gets Sabina out on the dance floor and exchanges a kiss with her that rocks his world, well then.

But what he doesn’t need now is Lucy’s mother up in his grill about rushing the marriage because some old lady said that Lucy is standing in the way of Sabina’s happiness because suddenly the town has an arsonist and the Feds have rushed in putting even Ross on their suspect list even as the county is cutting budgets and his job is in jeopardy, too.

Lucy begins to panic as her well-laid plans and her need to control everything go up in smoke with Miriam Randall’s prediction and an arsonist on the loose.  Rumors fly that something is going on between Ross and Sabina which she doesn’t believe and then Ross is thought to be the arsonist which she doesn’t believe, does she?  Ross is deviating from the plan by getting a dog without her permission and looking at houses when that was a year off on her list’s timeline not now.  And what is she to do with that attraction she feels for the flirty ATF guy investigating the fires who she secretly has the hots for and exchanged a kiss with and has her firmly in his sights as suspect or something else?

Alright, so this one felt a bit like I was dropped into Shakespeare’s crazy Midsummer Night’s Dream or something.  Miriam makes a pronouncement and then the mayhem ensues.  This one got a bit crazy and I figured out quickly that I couldn’t take it too seriously or I’d get frustrated fast with this group of oblivious and confused people that are all with the wrong person and feel stuck in the situation they are in.  Thank goodness for fires, danger, and happenstance to rattle them out of their idiocy.  LOL.

But seriously, I did have a like/dislike thing in equal amounts going with this book.  I’m honestly surprised that I finished it.  One of the heroines never did earn even mild liking, the characters and their issues were problematic because I found them all somewhat wishy-washy.  And the romances that involved all of them cheating- albeit mildly, kisses only- were off-putting as a result.

So why did I finish?  While the current cast of characters and their romances were issues, the overall story was not.  The setting has long been a favorite.  The humor I feel toward the nutso quirkiness of this town and its characters was still there.  And even though I wasn’t a hundred percent into the main group and their tangled relationships, it wasn’t loathing and I did want to see them untangle it and get sorted out.  I also wanted to see those who were manipulating things get their comeuppance.

Though this one won’t be a favorite in the series, I still enjoyed my visit to Last Chance and look forward to what comes next.  I would recommend this series to those who enjoy gently-paced touched with humor and a bit of romp small town contemporary romances.

My thanks to Forever-Grand Central Publishing for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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6 years ago

I like small town romances, and this one has the cozy feel, which I love. I would have to take a peek at the first book, or at least one to see if I would enjoy the series. It makes me very conflicted with the book if I don’t really like the characters, but everything else is great. Glad you were able to finish this one, since you love the series so much.

Sophia Rose
6 years ago
Reply to  Lekeisha

Yes, I generally like the book characters in this series and I liked all the people here save one, but the situation with them unhappy with their partners and needing to swap just wasn’t my thing.
I still need to check out the early books. I initially snagged Last Chance Book Club because of the title. 🙂

Braine TS
6 years ago

Ha! Idiocy, I’m blogging as I’m watching the news and that is EXACTLY what I think about all this brouhaha. Gosh, something needs to happen to shake everybody up and look at things in a more objective way.

Sophia Rose
6 years ago
Reply to  Braine TS

Sometimes the news has more drama on it than some books and movies for sure.

6 years ago

I have it in my tbr–somehow I ended up with two copies. 🙂

Sophia Rose
6 years ago
Reply to  dholcomb1

LOL! Whoops!

6 years ago

Cute series

Sophia Rose
6 years ago
Reply to  Blodeuedd

It is very cute. Love the humor and oddity in this small town cast of characters.

Mary Kirkland
6 years ago

Oh, cheating even if it’s just kissing would put me off too.

Sophia Rose
6 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

Yeah, I wasn’t really pleased with how this one was set up. I would have preferred them ending things with others before starting something new.

Lover Of Romance
6 years ago

oh yeah I can understand your issues with this one. But I do want to read this series so badly, especially since I love cozy small town romances and dang those covers are so charming

Sophia Rose
6 years ago

Yes, you should definitely try these, Renee. Last Chance is a fun, quirky little southern town with odd characters who bring the humor and the light romance. Even if this wasn’t a favorite, it was still worth the read.

Debbie Haupt
Debbie Haupt
6 years ago

I’ve read a few in this series thanks for putting it back in front of my face LOL 🙂

Sophia Rose
6 years ago
Reply to  Debbie Haupt

No problem, Debbie. Haha! That happens to me once in a while. Too many series out there to keep track of.

Anna@herding cats&burning soup

I love this series too, Sophia. I totally missed this one being released. I can’t say I’m all that motivated to rush out and grab it now though. It doesn’t sound like one I would enjoy. I really don’t love the cheatery aspect (kiss still count to me) so I appreciate that info. I’ll stick to the others in the series for now 😀

Sophia Rose
6 years ago

Yeah, this one won’t be a favorite. I almost set it down a few times and kisses most definitely count with me, too.

6 years ago

I remember this one winning but can’t remember if I voted for it or not. I do like the cover but from your review I don’t think this would be a good read for me. Very well thought out review!

Sophia Rose
6 years ago
Reply to  Lorna

It was a close vote and could have gone either way until this one slid past with two more votes. Adorable cover! Love each cover that comes out for the series.
Yeah, this one had the same great small town setting and quirky characters, but the romance set up was iffy.