Friday, March 29, 2013

Last Chance Book Club (Last Chance) by Hope Ramsay

  • Title: Last Chance Book Club
  • Classification: Adult Fiction
  • Genre: Contemporary Romance
  • Format: Paperback, 384 pages
  • Publisher: Forever (March 26, 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1455522295
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455522293
  • Author's Website:

Savannah thinks he's nothing but trouble.

Dash thinks she's a snob.

Miriam, the town's local match maker, thinks the two are just right...for each other.

Some may say Miriam's ways of bringing a couple together are sneaky. Some might say they're manipulative and devious, but the one thing you'll never hear anyone say is that she got it wrong. She always gets it right.

"A matchmaker has to use all of her wiles sometimes. Especially when the people involved are hardheaded, confused, and just a little bit willful."

Getting a couple who despise each other together? Well, it's downright priceless.


This was such a delightfully fun read. They say first impressions are hard to break and with Savannah White and Dash Randall it was never more true. Growing up the two encountered each other during the summers they spent in the small town of  Last Chance where they competed for the affections of Savannah's grandfather. The two have a sorted history which includes snakes, blown up barbie dolls, and mean spirited declarations. There have never been two people who couldn't stand each other more than these two. But as fate would have it, the two were destined for each other. They say love and hate are just two sides of the same coin so it seems only fitting that these two would end up finding love on the flip side of their emotions.

Savannah is a divorced mother trying to make a break from her old life and do right by her son. She's decided to move to Last Chance and get back to her roots and out from under the domineering grips of both her mother and ex-mother-in-law. She's also trying to shake up her ex-husband in the hopes he'll finally show some interest in their son. Something he's done very little of these past couple of years. After two more failed relationships she's sworn off men deciding to focus more on herself and her son. She feels, "Last Chance might be her last chance to really take charge of her life." Under the cover of her Uncle's funeral she steals away from her old life in Baltimore like a thief in the night. Telling no one, not even her son, of her plans.

Dash Randall is a recovering alcoholic and a former professional baseball player. He's attempting to turn his life around after letting his addictions ruin his career. He's been sober for 18 months and has sworn off both liquor and women, his two greatest vices. When Savannah comes back to Last Chance he instantly bonds with her son, Todd, seeing a bit of himself in him at that age. He's handsome and rich and when he was younger, Savannah's archenemy. He's well on the way to rebuilding his life when Savannah makes her way back into the picture. It just takes her a while to realize it.

It was fun to see these two get together as they attempted to restore the theater which was dear to the man they both loved and admired, Savannah's grandfather. The fact the theater is named The Kismet, which means fate or destiny, added to the charm of the story. While the two started out with preconceived notions about one another, they slowly begin to realize they aren't the same two people they'd imagined from childhood. They've grown up and changed. All the while, Savannah's Aunt Miriam is working her matchmaking magic in the background to gently nudge these two into seeing what is truly right in front of them. But all is not smooth sailing because outside forces will attempt to keep them apart.

Overall, I gave this one 4 out of 5 Roses. I enjoyed this one a lot. It's a very heartwarming story that left me with a smile on my face and put me in a good mood for the rest of the day. I especially enjoyed how the town's book club was reading Pride and Prejudice, and how they noted the slight similarities between Dash and Savannah's relationship and the one between Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet. It made this story a nice tribute to a wonderful classic. Very nicely done. On the Lisarenee Romance rating scale, this one gets a  FAN rating--the temperature in the room seems to have suddenly gone up a couple of degrees and a fan would be nice

Chronological order of the series as listed on Ms. Ramsay's website:

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