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His First and Last

(Ardent Springs #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  2,982 ratings  ·  198 reviews
At eighteen, Lorelei Pratchett couldn’t wait to get out of her hometown. Twelve years later, her Hollywood dreams have fizzled and she’s back—temporarily, she thinks. Though she throws herself into saving the old theater and starting a baking business, small towns have long memories, and Lorelei’s wild past still haunts her. It doesn’t help that her ex-boyfriend, Spencer B ...more
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Published April 21st 2015 by Montlake Romance
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Feb 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this was a very sweet second chance love story. I love small town backdrops and this book delivered in spades. Which, judging by TO's incredible Anchor Island series, it's no surprise! Running off at 18 years of age from Ardent Springs, from the love of her life, from her grandma, from all the discomfort of growing up in a town that judged her so harshly, Lorelei Pratchett thought escaping to chase a dream of stardom would solve all her problems.

But 12 years later, the failure of her ambitions b
Feb 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Lorelei Pratchett left Ardent Springs twelve years ago and didn't look back. Until now. After trying to break into acting, chasing her big dream for years, she's finally called it quits and has come back home to Tennessee. Temporarily. Spencer Boyd has never stopped loving Lorelei. The more fool him. High-school sweethearts, he thought they'd be together forever. Up until the day Lorelei left him and Ardent Springs for the big city lights.

Lorelei left a driven and determined eighteen year-old,
Duchess Nicole
Terri Osburn perfectly captures small town life in her new Ardent Springs novel, "His First and Last." Seeing as how most people will never know what it's like to grow up in a town in which everyone knows not only your name, but your dog's name, your family history, and all of your little mistakes, this book laid it all out for the reader.

Lorelei and Spencer were high school sweethearts until Lorelei decided that she wanted more from life than the judgmental folks of Ardent Springs. Spencer was
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
Book – His First and Last (Ardent Springs)
Author – Terri Osburn
Publication Date – April 21, 2015
Genre – Romance
Type – Companion Series
Cliffhanger - No
Rating – 4 out of 5 Stars

Complimentary Copy generously provided by Montlake Romance via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Thoughts - Story
This was such a sweet second chance love story but I spent the beginning of the book really hating Lorelei and thinking Spencer was stupid for putting all his faith in this woman.

But as the boo
The people of Ardent Springs never let Lorelei forget that she was born out of wedlock to a nameless sperm donor on a Spring Break holiday. She was vilified and bullied for her entire young life. So it's no surprise that as soon as she turned 18 she blew off the town and burned all her bridges on the way out.

Now after being away for more than a decade she has returned, broke and with nothing to show for her time in LA. But the people of Ardent Springs have long memories and they're not so quick
I'm sure that this novel will be fine for most of my GR friends & that many of my GR friends may actually enjoy it. I, HOWEVER, spent 3/4 of this book curled up in the fetal position. I was so incredibly devastated & incensed by the way in which the heroine (Lorelei) was treated by the vast majority of society. Lorelei never stood a chance against this small town-- a town that had prejudged her WHILE LORELEI WAS STILL IN HER MOTHER'S WOMB!!! The narrow-minded & hypercritical people inhabiting th ...more
Apr 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


This was a super cute, sweet, heartwarming story. I really enjoyed it, and even though the main character kind of made me want to slap some sense in to her....she wasn't altogether ridiculous. Spencer! I love him, and every time he said 'Darlin'? *swoon*

There were a few things that I didn't think were altogether necessary to the story, and some of it was kind of weird and maybe a little unrealistic, but it was still a good story, and I really enjoyed it.
Geri Reads
Dec 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 second chance stars!

I have been a huge fan of Terri Osburn after getting hooked on her Anchor Island series. TO takes us to another small town, this time to Ardent Springs where a bitter woman with a failed acting career is forced to return to her home town after vowing not to.

I loved how Terri Osburn wrote these characters. Both Spencer and Lorelei weren't the same people they were years ago. The changes in their perspective is evident in the book. I liked how they come together. They had to
Addicted to Books
Loved it ! Wow Terri Osburn is my contemporary equivalent to Lisa Kleypas's historicals. That is a huge compliment!

I am always going to say "Time for some Terri Osburn Magic"! Terri Osburn is going to be auto buy for me.

I loved the slow build up (oh god how I love slow build up) and how they learnt about each other and began to fall in love all over again, while I kept falling in love with Spencer. I also loved the whole mystery behind their pasts how the romance was so complimentary to the who
Vikki Vaught
Apr 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Contemporary romances are not my first to go to genre, but when Montlake invited me to read and review an ARC of His First and Last via Net-Galley, the book description intrigued me so I accepted their offer. I like reunion/second chance romances and this one is excellent.
Lorelei Pratchett is returning to her home town after following her dream to become the next Meryl Streep. Unfortunately that didn’t pan out and now she’s back with nothing to show for the past twelve years, except her bruised
RachelW (BamaGal)
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
I've enjoyed Osburn's 'Anchor Island' stories; but this first book in her new small town series is a terrible disappointment. The story is well written, but chock full of every truly ridiculous small town stereotype character and stock cliche known to man. The h of the book, Lorelei, is supposed to be spunky. Unfortunately, she comes across as alternately bitchy and pathetic. Spencer deserves better.

Although I'm holding out some hope for the next book about Snow; this one was a completely unorig
Sarah Wayne
I listened to this on audible. Once a month I take a drive out of state and pick a narrated book to help pass the time, today I was in a rush and so picked this one without digging into reviews like I usually would do. So I was going in based on synopsis and star review alone and honestly was pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed the characters and the town was interesting enough to have me curious about others in the series. It was a great light read. No laugh out loud moments or tears but still high ...more
Its a simple nice romance.
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great Second chance novel

When her blooming acting career crashed and burned in California, Lorelei Pratchett was forced to tuck tail and return back home to Ardent Springs.
Instantly upon returning, she is quickly reminded of what she left behind - a man that loved her dearly but wasn't willing to help her follow her dreams.
Spencer Boyd is determined to make up for his lapse of judgement in the past. After 12 long years, he hasn't been able to forget his beautiful first love, Lorelei. He will do
Well written and enjoyable.

While not a hot and steamy romance, this was a well written story with characters you can fall in love with and a story you can become part of.
Vikki Vaught
Vikki’s Musings

Contemporary romances are not my first to go to genre, but when Montlake invited me to read and review an ARC of His First and Last via Net-Galley, the book description intrigued me so I accepted their offer. I like reunion/second chance romances and this one is excellent.

Lorelei Pratchett is returning to her home town after following her dream to become the next Meryl Streep. Unfortunately that didn’t pan out and now she’s back with nothing to show for the past twelve years, exce
Catherine (The Sassy Bookster)

HIS FIRST AND LAST is an absolutely well-written and heartwarming story of second chances at love, life and coming full circle in the search for love and where to belong and is a great start to Terri Osburn's new series, Ardent Springs!

Lorelei Pratchett hightailed it out of Ardent Springs when she was eighteen for fame and fortune in Hollywood leaving behind everything - the man she loved as well as the town that judged her harshly for the circumstances of her birth. Twelve years later, she has
Mar 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Are you looking for an imaginative, fast-paced second chance romance? If so, your search is over because "His First and Last" by Terry Osborn is the perfect book for you. Who knew a small town in Tennessee could have so much action, fun and romance.

On the verge of becoming homeless, Lorelei Pratchett returns to Ardent Springs, the gossipy town she grew up in. After spending twelve years in Los Angeles trying her luck at an acting career, her life is going nowhere. Now at the ripe old age of 30,
Ahhh...this book. I borrowed it on Kindle. It's truly a five star story that just didn't sit right with me. It was adorable, cutesy, Sweet Home Alabama (the movie with Reese Witherspoon) type of tale.

Lorelei Spencer returns home years after she pretty much tells the town where they can stick it. Needless to say, not everyone in town is happy she's back. Her grandmother welcomes her back with open arms and a place to live until she can get back on her feet. I think the other other soul who was t
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Terri Osburn is my go to author for fun in a little town. I know I will laugh, cry and even wonder what the heck is going on at points in her books. I always feel so close to the heroine. She portrays them as so ordinary that we could be them ourselves but also as exciting and someone you would want as a friend.

His First and Last is her first book in her new Ardent Springs series. Lorelei Pratchett comes home after her dreams in LA fall through. She makes sure to tell all that its only temporar
Lauren Christopher
Ah, Lorelei and Spencer … deep sigh. This was such a great book!

Lorelei was a great “redemption” character – the girl who leaves town with a bad reputation, then returns with some trepidation, wanting to show everyone how she’s changed but not really sure she has. We get to watch her journey throughout the story, and meet all the great secondary characters who help her make her final transformation. I loved how so many of her old relationships got turned on their heads, and how some of the trai
Apr 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"His First and Last" by Terri Osburn is part of her new series that takes place in 'Ardent Springs.' It's a small town with lots of wonderful characters. If you've ever lived in a small town you'll get that almost everyone around you knows what you're up to. If you have not lived in a small town it makes you want to live there. There are those who are petty, and think that they're better than anyone else, but for the most part the community helps out one another.

In this book we meet Lorelei Prat
Apr 22, 2015 rated it liked it
All in all, I liked His First and Last, even though it was a bit of a shift to move from Anchor Island to Ardent Springs and start over with this series. But by now I trust Terri Osburn enough to just run with it.

The story does start a little slow as we establish whom Lorelei and Spencer are and whats their story, and then it starts to build in layers. But the author keeps Lorelei and Spencer in the center and actually takes the time to explain why Lorelei hates the town so much and kind of why
Apr 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A second chance love story of their first love. Lorelie left Ardent Springs to hit it big, fast forward twelve years and Lorelie has returned home from her failed dreams. Her first love Spencer, has never left Ardent Springs and he still believes Lorelie is his one and only. Spencer is not willing to loose Lorelie a second time, so now he only needs to prove to Lorelie that Ardent Springs is where she belongs.

Loved the small town atmosphere and the family and friends of Ardent Springs. Terri w
Beyond the Pages
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
His First and Last was a true second chance story. This book was heavily layered with drama and tension on all sides. Unfortunately, it was a thumbs up/thumbs down book, in my opinion. The characters were somewhat wooden and in some moments, they even came across as immature. Several plot points did not seem to be fully flushed out, which frustrated me a bit. With that said, I liked the story well enough to finish it. The ending for the main characters was positive, and the author left a danglin ...more
Mar 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved Terri Osburn's first book set it Ardent Springs TN, just on the outskirts of Nashville. This is the first book in this new series and I look forward to many more to come! Lorelei ran away from Ardent Springs and her first love Spencer at the age of 18. Fast forward 12 years and she has returned to the town she vowed to never come back to. Can she get over her past and find redemption in this town? I think Ms. Osburn does a great job of telling that story. First loves reunited is one of m ...more
Bette Hansen
Apr 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I was so excited when I heard Terri Osburn was starting a new series and after reading this book I am beyond excited to get more of this quaint little town and fantastic characters. This is a fantastic second chance story and Lorelei and Spencer both definitely deserve to get their HEA. The pages of this book are filled with a story that will keep you turning page after and leave you with a warm spot in your heart. This one needs to go on every romance readers must read list. I highly recom ...more
4 stars

His First and Last was a heartwarming read and great start to the new series Ardent Springs by Terri Osburn =)

With genuine, down to earth characters, and an appealing storyline, this book will have you entertained in no time.

Thank you Netgalley and Montlake Romance for the advance copy in exchange for my honest thoughts.
Terry Hammoutene
A beach or buy the pool read

When Lorilee shows back to her hometown she never expects to find her ex living above her grandmothers garage. She has a lot to overcome to get through her past. This is a good read and being that beach season is coming up I can suggest this a a beach or poolside. Book. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did
Mary McFarlane
May 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
It was cute but I kind of knew everything that was going to happen. Like with her boss, and her second trip to the airport but I did like her sticking up for Carrie and them becoming friends. I needed a book like this right now something light and fun so I'm glad for that and I'm excited to read the 2nd book
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Although born in the Ohio Valley, Terri Osburn found her true home between the covers of her favorite books. Classics like The Wizard of Oz and Little Women filled her childhood, and the genre of romance beckoned during her teen years. In 2007, she decided to put pen to paper and write her own. Just five years later, she was named a 2012 finalist for the Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® A ...more

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