A sophisticated city girl, a small town guy. Will their differences drive them apart or will they discover that home is where the heart is?
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?
I loved One Last Dance by Marilyn Stopper, the second book in her Oak Grove series. In this story we get to know Joey, brother to Lucas and owner of JJ’s, and Brittany, an aspiring architect from New York City visiting Oak Grove with her friend Karen. Joey no longer believes in love after getting his heart broken by his high school sweetheart. Trust is a major issue for him. Brittany left small town living when she was eighteen to get away from her abusive father and never planned to live in one again. She also lacks trust in men after her treatment by her father. Brittany is the first woman to interest Joey since his ex left him, so Joey works hard to not only convince Brittany on the wonders of his city. Joey’s sister Rachel makes an appearance and Ms. Stopper gives us a peek of the abusive relationship she is in. Since no one ever helped Brittany, she tries to help Rachel. Both Joey and Brittany need to figure out if they are capable of trusting each other.
I really enjoyed reading this book and had trouble putting this book down. This was a sexy, fun, and entertaining story with very likeable and authentic characters. I loved the fact Ms. Stopper honored those who served our country in this story; from Honor Beer to the housing for those injured during the war. I highly recommend this book to other readers and am looking forward to the next entry in this series which is supposed to feature Rachel.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Two people learning to trust
One Last Dance is the second Book in the Oak Grove Series. Joey Bennet is a small town, one night stand kind of guy. The high school sweetheart he thought he would spend the rest of his life with left him, his ring and small town behind for life in the big city. Brittany Carlson left her small Montana hometown for New York City at 18, to attend college and hide from the abuse she endured at home. This is a story of two people learning to trust each other and coming to love each other. Open emotion on display, individuals witnessing and living with the after effects of abuse.
I received an ARC copy of this book from the author for an honest review.