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Review – First Step Forward by Liora Blake

Review – First Step Forward by Liora BlakeFirst Step Forward (Grand Valley, #1) by Liora Blake
Published by Pocket Books on November 29th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 358
Source: Xpresso Book Tours

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.

Cooper Lowry is pro football player who has taken a major hit on the field and told to take a rest. He runs into a free spirit, Whitney Reed. Cooper is wary of jersey chasers but finds Whitney to be far from that. Whitney is months away from losing her orchard. She finds Cooper to be a good escape for the time being. They find though they come from different worlds they can’t get enough of each other. As they both face uncertainty in their futures they find solace in each other.

In ” an Oyster Shell – A steamy romance with diverse characters that left me wanting more.

The Pearls – Even though I am not a sports fan, I find that I really like some sports romances. I don’t know why. I really liked this book about Cooper and Whitney. That they were two dynamic but very diverse people coming together made for an epic story.

This was a character driven prose. The characters practically jumped off the page especially free-spirited Whitney. There were some good supporting characters some of which get their own book. I want more of Cooper and Whitney but I am excited to get into Garret’s story next.

The romance was steamy and enticing. The obstacles they overcame were interesting and kept my attention. They had to work at their relationship which was refreshing.

The Sand- It was a good book.

4 Pearls!

4 Stars

About Liora Blake

Liora Blake is a contemporary romance author living in Colorado.

When she isn’t writing, she’s likely baking cookies she shouldn’t eat, inventing elaborate excuses to avoid going for a run, or asking the nice barista to sell her another quad-shot Americano.

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  • Kristin (Book Sniffers Anonymous) October 26, 2017, 8:56 am

    You’re not alone. I’m not a sports person either, but I love sports romance novels. This one sounds like a good read. I will have to add it to my Goodreads list.
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    • Jessica November 6, 2017, 12:50 pm

      It’s good and steamy. I was disappointed that the next book in the series is a new couple the only thing in common with the first book is the town.

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