Friday, March 11, 2016

Review: Serving Trouble (Second Shot #1) by Sara Jane Stone

"I already warned you, Josie. I'm not some war hero. And I'm sure as hell not a saint." - Noah Tager

Serving Trouble
Series: Second Shot #1
Author: Sara Jane Stone
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Release Date: March 8, 2016
Source: publisher for review

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The first sexy contemporary romance in Sara Jane Stone’s brand new Second Shot series!

Five years ago, Josie Fairmore left timber country in search of a bright future. Now she’s back home with a mountain of debt and reeling from a loss that haunts her. Desperate for a job, she turns to the one man she wishes she could avoid. The man who rocked her world one wild night and then walked right out of it.

Former Marine Noah Tager is managing his dad’s bar and holding tight to the feeling that his time overseas led to failure. The members of his small town think he’s a war hero, but after everything he’s witnessed, Noah doesn’t want a pat on the back. The only thing he desires is a second chance with his best friend’s little sister.

Josie’s determined to hold onto her heart and not repeat her mistakes, but when danger arrives on Noah’s doorstep and takes aim at Josie, they just might discover that sometimes love is worth the risk.

Confession time... I'm a rebel, one that does not follow the correct reading order when I really should. Which is why it took me a couple days to embrace the full impact of Serving Trouble. Why? Well, that's easy. I didn't read the prequel. Note to readers: If you want the full story, read the prequel!

To be completely honest, I had a mixed reaction towards Serving Trouble. First of all, it is Sara Jane Stone and I adore her. I love how complex and utterly lovable her characters are. Josie and Noah tore at my heartstrings. How they found themselves back home and in each other's arms was perfect. They found each other at the exact moment they needed help healing. I loved them together. Secondly, I friggin' loved how Serving Trouble both introduces a new series and connects the Second Shot series to the Independent Falls series. It was a fantastic bridge between each series with characters that we've met before appearing alongside new characters that I can't wait to meet. However, I felt that the pace of the book was a bit too fast. It almost felt as if I was missing pieces of the story because the scene switched and time jumped before I could grasp what I had read. I wanted more time with Noah and Josie and tell them to slow down a bit so I could enjoy the ride along with them. With that said, I thoroughly enjoyed Serving Trouble. I am really looking forward to the next books. I think I know who the next book will be about and I have my fingers crossed for the third couple. 

After several years on the other side of the publishing industry, Sara Jane Stone bid goodbye to her sales career to pursue her dream-writing romance novels. Sara Jane currently resides in Brooklyn, New York with her very supportive real-life hero, two lively young children and a lazy Burmese cat. Join Sara Jane’s newsletter to receive new release information, news about contests, giveaways, and more! Visit and look for her newsletter entry form.

1 comment:

  1. Lovely review! Thank you for hosting SERVING TROUBLE today!

    Crystal, Tasty Book Tours