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One Last Risk

(Oak Grove #1)

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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 hed 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
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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
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Kiki
Heroine truly loved her husband and what I felt was hero didnt 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.
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Coco.V
Apr 28, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Amy
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
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Mette
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 friends death. Lucas feels he is the one to blame for his fellow firefighters 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 familys constant wishes for her to move on with her life, after
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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
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InD'tale Magazine
4.5/5.0

Ms. Stopper is a beautiful storyteller!

Read full review in the 2017 July/August issue of InD'tale Magazine.
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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
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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 dont 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
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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.
Natasha
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 hes responsible for his best friends death in a fire even though he didnt do anything wrong. He has let survivors 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 life. ...more
Crystal
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
Kym
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
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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
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Heather
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 isnt 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
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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 Sarahs 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 hes 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
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Barbara
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
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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
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Andrea
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 ...more
Mary
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
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
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Annette
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
K B
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
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BP34
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a heartwarming story about two people with wounded hearts from loses due to fire. Sarah lost her husband due to a horrible fire and is left to raise her young daughter alone. In an effort to get away from the daily memories of her loss she moves to the small town of Oak Grove, Pa. She is in an accident and is rescued by Lucas who is moonlighting as a paramedic. He has had a hard time getting over the loss of his fellow firefighter. They are attracted but continue to fight their demons of ...more
Jessica
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fierce and beautiful story

This is a very heart warming story of second chances in love. It is very emotional, fierce and such a beautiful story. I so loved this book.

Lucas and Sarah are both afraid to move on due to the fatalities of their co-worker and husband. One last risk is what it takes for these two to hold on to their feelings and fight to survive their relationship.

I loved the intimate scenes as well. It well written beautifully and so hot too. Phew! I could need a cold shower to
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Nati
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Oak Grove s a beautiful place to live. Sarah and her daughter Lily come to this,little town trying to rebuild a new life after losing his husband in a fire. She is not planning in meeting anyone but she run into Lucas and suddenly they feel a stron connection but Lucas s a firefighter facing his own demons from the past, he lost his best friend in a fire and hi feels responsible for that. Can they let their past back and start a new life together? Surely Oak Grove is the right place for this to ...more
Cynthia
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Story

Sarah & her daughter Lily moved to Oak Grove to start over after the loss of her husband a few years before to fire, she tried staying in Philadelphia but it was getting harder, her family understood. Lucas lost a good friend in a fire they were fighting and it was making him reckless. The first time they met was by accident at the bakery. But when he is made to do Paramedic duty for 60 days he rescued her. Now they have to see where it goes.
Kathryn
The author had me engaged from the first chapter, I didn't want to put it down. She's certainly on board with the sexy, hot part of a great couple too! *whew* Notwithstanding that "second chance" love stories are a absolute favorite, this story really moves along, and I was not disappointed in a new-to-me author. NS also, didn't get caught up in every single issue that could happen, just what did happen. Susan & Lucas are a heartfelt, beautiful couple.
Cindy Callahan
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Goodness....

This is the first time reading this author. I really enjoyed this book and the world she has created. The real struggles and issues of first responders and their loved ones are told we care and thoughtfulness. Love the small town feeling and the family!y connections, plus the heat between our main couple of the story is hot. Glad I stumbled upon this and looking forward to reading the next book.
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