Title: Serving Trouble
Series: Second Shot, Book 1
Author: Sara Jane Stone
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Release Date: March 8, 2016
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
ARC Received From: Edelweiss
Reviewed For: Tasty Book Tours
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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.
Ho. Ly. Crap.
This was an incredibly intense book. It wasn't so much the romance but the baggage Josie and Noah carry individually. The heartache and loss Josie feels did a number on my nerves. I didn't understand how she was functioning but she was. It was a testament to her strength, her drive, her need to keep going instead of collapsing under the weight of everything. And Noah...
I didn't read the prequel to this series. I have no idea what kind of man he was then but I would hope, and pray, he was a far cry from the man in this story.
It's obvious Noah is hurting. His time overseas left him with memories that will haunt him for the rest of his life. But the one that remains as steady isn't from serving his country but from the one night he had with the woman he always loved. One night, five years ago. Too much time passed between him and Josie. Now that she's back in town working beside him, he's determined to rekindle what they once had despite Josie's determination not to go there with him again.
The heaviness of their pasts, of the memories they carried with them, rested steadily on my heart through much of this story. Yet the joy and love they experienced made it easier to accept. The past is the past. It doesn't have to hinder a future with someone. It shapes you, defines you, makes you into a better person than before, a stronger person if need be. That was Josie and Noah. They weren't the same people they were the last time they saw each other. They weren't the same people they were one year ago.
I hope you try this story. It may or may not speak to you the way it did me. Ms. Stone writes a beautiful second chance love story that, I think, will resonate with someone out there.
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!