Saturday, November 29, 2014

Blog Tour: Last Chance Family by Hope Ramsay

Author: Hope Ramsay
Publisher: Forever (Grand Central)
Date of publication: November 2014

Mike Taggart has always been willing to take a gamble. But these stakes are just way too high - there's no way he's prepared to become a legal guardian to his five-year-old niece. His only option is to head from Las Vegas to Last Chance to sort things out as quickly as possible. Problem is, he arrives to find an inconsolable little girl, her sick cat, and a gorgeous veterinarian he can't get out of his mind. Charlene Polk has two talents: healing sick critters and falling in love with the wrong men. Mike has trouble written all over him, but she can't leave him in the lurch. And the more time she spends with the sexy high roller, the more she sees that this ready-made family is the best stroke of luck they've ever had . . .

What could be better than a sweet story about three people who find love and family in the most unexpected place?  Throw in four loving and adorable cats and you have Last Chance Family.  I adored this story and read it in one day.  Mike Taggart has become the legal guardian of his 5 year old niece, Rainbow.  He doesn't feel like he can give her a good home, so he heads to Last Chance to seek out his half brother and hopefully a new home for Rainbow.  The problem is that the more time he spends with her, the more the walls around his heart begin to crumble.  Then there is the opinionated yet sexy next door neighbor who seems to have a bond with Rainbow.  I was really rooting for Mike, Charlene and Rainbow to become a family.  

Even though it is ultimately a sweet romance, the story also deals with some heavy topics like bigotry and abortion.  I thought these made the  town seem more realistic. While Last Chance is a small town and a great place to live, it isn't without its problems. I will admit to applauding when Charlene finally told her mother off after her treatment of Rainbow.  

This is the 8th book in the series and while it is the first I have read, I never felt like I was missing any back story.  It is filled with interesting and lively characters. Those characters make me want to go back to the beginning and read more about Last Chance.  I definitely recommend this one! 

About the author:

Hope Ramsay grew up on the North Shore of Long Island, but every summer Momma would pack her off under the care of Aunt Annie to go visiting with relatives in the midlands of South Carolina. Her extended family includes its share of colorful aunts and uncles, as well as cousins by the dozens, who provide the fodder for the characters you'll find in Last Chance, South Carolina. She's a two-time finalist in the Golden Heart and is married to a good ol' Georgia boy who resembles every single one of her heroes. She lives in Fairfax, Virginia, where you can often find her on the back deck, picking on her thirty-five-year-old Martin guitar. 

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