Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Review: One Last Dance (Oak Grove #2) by Nancy Stopper

"I'm happy to see the smile on your face. I hope you're not still mad at me." - Joey Bennett

One Last Dance
Series: Oak Grove #2
Author: Nancy Stopper
Publisher: Anderby Lane Publishing
Published: June 1, 2017
Source: Author for Review

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When the only girl Joey Bennett ever loved stole his heart and sped off to the city lights, he swore he’d never again surrender his heart or be measured by someone’s big city ideals. Love is for chumps. Trust is only given to family and locals who care about him for who he is, and what he isn’t. But when a beautiful stranger dances into his bar, he takes up the challenge to prove that his hometown is different.

Brittany Carlson hates small towns after growing up where the old boy’s network turned a blind eye to her father’s abuse, destroying her mother’s life… and her own. She left that hell in the rear-view mirror the minute she turned eighteen. New York City is her new hometown where her neighbors are friends and everyone looks out for each other. They keep her safe. But a weekend visit to Oak Grove and one dance with a sexy local threatens to change… everything.

Joey is not like any guy she’s ever met. And she likes that. Long nights stoke Joey and Brittany’s desire to stay together, but reality is different when exposed to the harsh light of day. If Brittany goes back to New York, she’ll be heartbroken. But she promised herself long ago that she wouldn’t ever again live her life looking over her shoulder, wondering what secrets people are hiding and what ugliness lurks in the shadows with no one there to help.

Can she take the small town out of Joey, or can the love of a good man become her new home?

One Last Dance is a wonderfully emotional addition to Nancy Stopper's Oak Grove series. Wow, that was quite the mouthful, but let's go with it! I loved this book. From the characters to their romance to Nancy's writing style, everything was top notch. Rather than focusing on what I loved about One Last Dance, I'm going to talk about an element of the first book that left me with some unease and give a bit of an update. Without spoilers, of course.

If you'd like to go back and read my review for One Last Risk before moving on, you can do so by clicking here... One Last Risk review.

Like I said, there was an element in the first book that left me with some uneasiness. While I had a feeling that it would continue to unfold in the next book(s), I felt that some of the characters actions (or lack of) seemed uncharacteristic. I have to say, One Last Dance made me feel so much better about the situation surrounding one particular character. I love how this story-line is naturally progressing because when you think about it, this sort of thing doesn't magically disappear and I'm actually glad that it wasn't resolved suddenly at the end of the previous book. I freaking love that it'll all come to a conclusion in the next book and I don't know how much longer I can stop myself from dropping everything to read it. It'll be soon, that's for sure.

Nancy Stopper is an award-winning debut author. She writes contemporary romance with strong women and sexy heroes that tug at your emotional heartstrings and leave you with a warm feeling that lingers long after the last page. Her favorite escape is small-town romance and even when set in a larger location, her books have that small-town feel.

Her first novel, One Last Risk, won first place in the Short Contemporary Romance category of the Fool for Love Contest and was a Maggie Finalist in the unpublished Single-Title Contemporary Category.

Dreams Come True in Laguna, Nancy's first novella, was published in the Laguna Beach Kindle World in 2016. Her first full-length contemporary romance novel will be published in 2017.
Nancy lives in Virginia with her husband, two of her three kids that are still at home, and one cat who regards her with disdain daily. When she's not behind her laptop, you can find her at a ballfield, cheering on her favorite team (Washington Nationals) or her favorite player (her son, who pitches for his local high school), or at a dance performance with her daughter.

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