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One Last Risk

(Oak Grove #1)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  494 ratings  ·  93 reviews
ASIN B01MYCTTLR moved to latest edition as per guidelines.

A guilt-driven firefighter, a widowed mother, neither is ready for love, but love has other plans.

Firefighter Lucas Bennett had the carefree life he’d always wanted until a deadly blaze took the life of his company mate and best friend. Blaming himself was easy but pulling himself from the tailspin of guilt proved
Kindle Edition, 274 pages
Published April 18th 2017 by Anderby Lane Publishing
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Natalie  ~ The Biblioholic
3 "Firefighter for me" stars

If you're looking for something light and sweet, then ONE LAST RISK may be the book for you.

Lucas Bennett always knew he wanted to be a firefighter and he was amazing at his job. Life was good until the fire he loved to fight took the life of his best friend. Through his grief, he became lost and adrift until he met her... Sarah.

Sarah Robinson was looking for a new start. After losing both her husband and her home, she moved to Oak Grove with her daughter for a fr
Vaishali • [V.L. Book Reviews]
R A T I N G: 3.5 stars to One Last Risk ★★★

'They swayed as one and everyone else melted away. It was just the two of them on the dance floor, wrapped up in each other, where no guilt and grief lived, where no troubles chased them.’

“None of it mattered if I didn’t have you. If you were willing to take a risk to love me, I was willing to risk losing everything for the chance to love you back.”

Softly emotive, ‘One Last Risk’ is a down-to-earth small-town romance. A warm relationship with a ge
Heroine truly loved her husband and what I felt was hero didn’t give her much chance to adjust to the idea of moving on.

He also lied to her about his job.
Not cool.
Then instead of owning his mistakes he decided to blame heroine for treating him as second best, JUST after being caught for lying.
Not cool whatsoever.

So no.
Apr 28, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: firefighters
I received this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

One Last Risk is the first book in the new Oak Grove series by Nancy Stopper. This is the first book I have read by Ms. Stopper, but it certainly won't be my last. I am a sucker for small town romance series and this one sucked me in from the very beginning. I hope to make many trips back to Oak Grove, PA!

One Last Risk focuses on Lucas and Sarah, but also introduces us to the town of Oak Grove. The community
E-Reader Addict
The great thing about NetGalley is FREE BOOKS! All I have to do is give my honest opinion, which hey, as a mother, I'm glad to be giving my opinion to someone who actually wants to hear it. I've read some really great books because of NetGalley.

But I've also read some not-so-great books, too. Because the downside to NetGalley is that you don't get a couple preview chapters before you request a book. All you have to go on is the book summary, and I thought the premise of One Last Risk sounded re
Apr 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
One Last Risk is an explosion of swoony deliciousness.
It is a tender-hearted story of guilt and second chance of love.

Lucas is a guilt-ridden firefighter who finds it impossible to get over his best friend’s death. Lucas feels he is the one to blame for his fellow firefighter’s death and he is constantly punishing himself.

Sarah, a young widow with a four-year-old daughter, has just moved to the small town of Oak Grove to escape her family’s constant wishes for her to move on with her life, after
Dawn West
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Actual Rating: 3.5

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book.**

A man who is haunted by ghosts meets a woman trying to escape her own!

Lucas is living with the guilt of not being able to save his friend from death during a fire call. So when he finds himself in a burning building, again, he's careless with his life and it leads to a suspension. He's forced to face his demons whether he wants to or not. What he doesn't expect is to come across a woman who will make him second guess
InD'tale Magazine

Ms. Stopper is a beautiful storyteller!

Read full review in the 2017 July/August issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Aug 17, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, ebook
A sweet story about a lovely young couple that is spoiled by continual wordiness, repetition and overstatement. The sentences are awkward and tend to be too long, and I suspect the author loves big words but doesn’t always use them properly.
Stephanie (Between the Coverz)
One Last Risk is a sweet love story. This is a story that will have you believe in happily. There is a hero out there for everyone even when you least expect to find it – and when you really don’t think you want it.

The characters are entertaining and well developed. The story line is fresh and moves along at a good pace. This is a sweet and delightful story that will captivate you and keep your attention from the beginning to the end. I was amazingly surprised at the amount of depth that the au
Marissa Chavez
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Lynn Mullan
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The first book in the Oak Grove Series, and it's a great read.
I'm looking forward to meeting more of the characters in Oak Grove.
This series is based around the Bennett family, and there are lots of secrets and troubles hidden under the surface.
Kimberley O'Malley
May 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
Lovely book full of huge emotions!!!
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Good Gosh this book was so emotional and made me that way. Reading about the love story between Lucas and Sarah was so uplifting and heart wrenching, I felt like I was on a roller coaster, But what an amazing ride. I am volunteering to leave a review for an ARC of this book.I look forward to the next book.
Mary Edwards
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is an absolutely beautiful, heartwarming love story of two people struggling with their lives and how they meet and fall in love. Lucas is a firefighter who believes he’s responsible for his best friend’s death in a fire even though he didn’t do anything wrong. He has let survivor’s guilt change him into someone who takes unnecessary risks and endangers himself and others. When he is put on 60 day suspension to get his head straight he feels lost because being a firefighter is his whole lif ...more
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
As I started reading One Last Risk I prepared myself for an emotional romance between two deeply wounded characters. While they both lost someone very close to them - Lucas lost his best friend and partner while Sarah lost her husband - their reactions couldn't be more different. Lucas allowed his guilt to override his sense of safety and he started to put himself into dangerous situations, always pushing every moment of a fire to the very brink of disaster. Until the day it caught up to him and ...more
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
What a wonderful, very touching story! This begins a series involving the Bennett family and their friends in small-town Oak Grove.

Sarah Robinson is a young widowed mother, whose husband was killed in an accidental fire. She's moved from Philadelphia to Oak Grove with her daughter in the hopes of starting a new life away from the grief of the past.

Firefighter Lucas Bennett is a firefighter also trained as an EMT. Sarah meets Lucas when her car is hit by a drunk driver and he responds to the sc
Cara Ross
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Nancy Stopper is a new author to me, but I was inspired to read her book, basically because it was set in Pennsylvania, not in Philly or Pittsburgh, but in a fictional town called Oak Grove, which literally could be the town I live in, and it made such a refreshing change to read a small town romance, in a place I could actually relate to.

When it came to the plot, it was even more sweet than I expected. With the character Sarah, relocating to Oak Grove, with her daughter Lily, after losing her h
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sarah Robinson has moved with her four-year-old daughter Lily to Oak Grove for a fresh start as a widow and single Mom. She isn’t looking for man or a relationship although she knows she has to move on and start living again.

Fate puts Lucas Bennett in her path at the local coffee shop and bakery. He makes her heart skip a beat and her skin tingle. Their meeting is short and neither one of them know quite what to say. Fate once again steps in when Sarah is involved in a horrific car accident and
Bette Stanek
Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 bumped to 4. One Last Risk is the first book in the Oak Grove series. It’s the second book that I’ve read by this author, the first being Chasing Dreams (book one in the Harper Family series). Ms. Stopper has a solid writing style, she is able to make the reader part of her story and engage them with her characters.

Lucas is haunted by the memory of his best friend and the part he thinks he played in Shane’s death. Sarah is stuck in the memory of her deceased husband and all of the “should’v
Didi Ps
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a quick story told by both of the main characters’ points of views. There seemed to be some details missing, though. For example, we only find out a little info about Sarah’s job when the book was at about 50%, & even then, not much is mentioned. I realize the focus is more on Lucas & his job (because he’s having lots of feelings of guilt for the death of his good friend), but still, some info is missing here.

They seemed to be getting along fine, but at one point the chemistry just wasn
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh my gosh, this book is worthy of 10 stars!! I was hooked from the being, fell in love with Lucas and cried my eyes out towards the end. The author did a number on my emotions with this book. I loved all the characters and can see many more books for the Oak Grove series,

The story is about a firefighter, Lucas Bennett, who recklessly puts himself and his crew in a dangerous position during a fire because he is still guilt ridden over the death of his best friend. His captain suspends him from
Chasing Away Reality
3.5 Stars - This was a pretty good book. I liked Sarah and Lucas as well as their story. I enjoyed getting to know the secondary characters and look forward to what's to come in this series, especially with Lucas' sister. And even though this appeared to be a heavy read about loss and coming to terms with moving on, it was surprisingly light.

What I struggled with was connecting with the characters and the loss to which they were clinging. I needed a little more depth and history from them both a
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved returning to Oak Grove after reading the prequel novella, Last Call. The first novel in the series features firefighter/paramedic Lucas, who is grappling with guilt after the death of his best friend, a fellow firefighter. He meets Sarah, a single mom who has recently moved to town with her four year old daughter, Lily. She is grieving the loss of her husband who died tragically in a fire. Lucan and Sarah are both instantly attracted but hesitant to get involved. Then Lucas responds to t ...more
Jul 18, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars

This was kind of a boring read. There was a lot of telling and internal monologuing rather than showing. This made some parts feel very repetitive. Also, I really don't believe the relationship between Sarah and Lucas. Other than the lust factor, I don't see their relationship developing and growing beyond having sex. Sarah seemed so hesitant at first and then it kind of just went really quick. I couldn't buy into their relationship. (view spoiler)
Amanda Bordner
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Lucas and Sarah's story was a heartfelt, beautiful story by Nancy Stopper! The two of them definitely have their fair share of heartbreak and baggage, but the two are attracted to one another from the get-go. When Lucas helps Sarah while working as an EMT, he helps her out and does not want to add to her stress by revealing that he is really a Firefighter. He fights the one thing every day that took her home and husband away from her.

Will this huge secret tear these two apart? This story had eve
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lucas and Sarah are emotionally raw from the loss of loved ones. Sarah finds comfort in her memories and her precious daughter. These two meet by chance and are drawn to one another immediately, Sarah is blubbering mess and he's very interested, lol. As they ease into a relationship, they have the chemistry, their path is very interesting and a little curvy but Lucas tenacity is what keeps this cookie from crumbling. Sarah has got to decide for herself if this love is worth the risk or will she ...more
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a sweet, dramatic and charming story about love, grief, forgiveness and new beginnings. Lucas is a loner, because of his profession, whose grief keeps him determined to save everybody, even if that means others are at risk. Sarah is strong, determined and confused. The instant their eyes meet, they are pulled towards each. Neither is ready or willing to have a serious relationship, but they can't themselves. It's very sweet the way Lucas interacts with Sarah and Lily, he is so loving and ...more
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 stars
I received a free copy of One Last Risk by Nancy Stopper and this review was given freely.
This first glance inspired romance is at times ironic, poignant, and sweet with a happy ending. The brother of JJ's Bar and Grill, firefighter and paramedic Lucas, is haunted by the death of his partner. He is matched up with Mug 'n Muffin's" newest employee, single mom and accountant Sarah. The beginning is dramatic. The story is rocky as they both work through emotional conflicts with the help of t
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