Tuesday, November 29, 2016

First Step Forward (Grand Valley #1) by Liora Blake

Pro-football player Cooper Lowry is off the field and into some trouble—in the form of a very alluring, very free-spirited apple orchard owner named Whitney Reed—in the first installment in Liora Blake’s all new Grand Valley series.

After eight seasons playing pro-football, Cooper Lowry knows all the right answers.

Is he stubborn, short-tempered, and impatient? Yes. Are jersey chasers more trouble than they’re worth? Absolutely. Has he ever imagined a life beyond the game? Nope.

Cooper has built an enviable career—the result of staying focused, working hard, and keeping his head on straight—even as his body takes the brunt. So when a hard hit during a Sunday home game leaves him in a dazed heap on the field, it’s nothing more than another day at the office. The only thing that’s different about this Sunday is a chance encounter with a certain fascinating, beautiful free-spirited woman. And some sternly-worded instructions from his coach to take a little time off and give his body the TLC it craves—before he does lasting damage.

Whitney Reed is a few months away from losing the organic fruit orchard she bought three years ago in the tiny town of Hotchkiss, Colorado. At the time, she was just looking for a place to get lost. Instead, she found a home, somewhere she could finally put down roots. Now foreclosure is knocking on her door—along with a grumpy, gorgeous football player who might be just what she never knew she needed.

A charming love story for romance and sports fans alike, First Step Forward is a sexy, heartwarming romp perfect for readers of Jennifer Probst, Kristan Higgins, and Julie James.

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4 Stars

First Step Forward is a sweet, low-angst and heartwarming read. And I can't forget to mention hot and steamy! This is the first book I've read from this author and now a big fan and looking forward to more of her work. 

Cooper Lowry is a NFL player that loves the games, but is getting tired of all the other things that go with it--the female fans, the brutal hits on the field and missing the feeling of settling down and having that one person to share his life with. So when he ends up getting a concussion and trying to hide it from his coaches, he finds himself on a orchard farm with a crazy, free-spirited woman, Whitney. 

Cooper meets Whitney Reed one night at a drug store and after that, he couldn't get her out of his mind. So when he's required by the team doctor to take time off and relax, he finds himself driving hours to find her on her farm. And when Cooper shows up at her door unexpectedly, it's a welcome surprise to her chaotic, mess of a life. 

Whitney loves her orchard fruit farm, but over the last year it is a financial burden for her. She's trying everything to keep it afloat and not lose it.  And she is way too stubborn to let anyone help, she wants to do it on her own.

Cooper and Whitney have a cute and charming romance. She's the perfect match for him, even though they are so opposite. First Step Forward is a fantastic light read. Looking forward to more in this series!

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