Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Last Chance Hero by Cathleen Armstrong

Back Cover: What happens when your heart is intercepted before you even know it's in play?

The folks in Last Chance, New Mexico, could not be more pleased. Dr. Jessica MacLeod has opened an office right on Main Street, and Andy Ryan, the best athlete the little town ever produced, has come home from the NFL to coach the high school football team. Unfortunately, Dr. Jess immediately gets off on the wrong foot with the football-obsessed town when she admits that she's never seen a football game, isn't really interested in doing so, and in fact doesn't know a first down from a goalpost.

Despite having little in common, Jess and Andy find themselves drawn to each other. But when a disagreement over the future of an injured player puts them both on the defensive, it begins to look like the game is over…

Review: This book is set in a small USA town and you can tell it was written to have that cozy, small-town comfort feel. The people all know each other, there are only a couple of main hangout spots that you need to check before finding your friends, and half the citizens can trace their ancestry back generations in the same town. Dr. Jess is new to town, and not quite used to the small-town way of things. Unfortunately for her and her practice, she figures out a little too late that the best way to drum up business, friends, and a boyfriend is to go by the old saying, "When in Rome, do as the Romans do" … or in this case, "When in New Mexico, like football like they do."

The premise of this novel is promising. However, I found the book a bit hard to get into. The action moved a bit too slow and I had trouble reading through the step-by-step of the slow little town. I also stumbled over the dialogue, and had a hard time imagining conversations actually being said like that.

Overall, I found this book a bit too slow for my liking and it made me crave something more. Like I said though, the premise was promising. There are some really sweet moments in this book and the main characters really are a cute, if not unlikely couple. The supporting cast of characters was also clearly well thought-out.

I received a free copy of this book from Baker Publishing Group in exchange for my honest opinion. 

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