One Last Risk

Oak Grove Series

Book 1
Anderby Lane Publishing
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A guilt-drive firefighter, a widowed mother, neither is ready for love, but love has other plans. 

Firefighter Lucas Bennett had the carefree life he’d always wanted until a deadly blaze took the life of his company mate and best friend. Blaming himself was easy but pulling himself from the tailspin of guilt proved to be much harder. The fog of sadness and guilt pushed him down a dangerous path until he nearly died fighting the beast. Forced to stop and reevaluate his life, he decided to make a change before it was too late. 

A fire took almost everything from Sarah Robinson—her husband and her home—leaving her to raise their precious daughter alone. Everywhere she looked holds memories of her husband, pouring salt on her ever-present wound. Unable to live any longer around the memories of her husband, she and her daughter moved to Oak Grove, far away from the grief of the past. All Sarah needed was the chance to start a new life for her and her daughter. 

 A car accident on a dark, rainy night put Lucas and Sarah on a collision course neither of them expected… with questions they’re not ready to answer. Can a single mother open her broken heart for a second chance at love? Will a broken firefighter risk his heart for what might be his only chance at forever? Are each of them willing to take one last risk to be together? 

His risk. Her reward. Together, they’ll mend each other's broken hearts. If you like small-town romance where the heroes are sexy and the women are strong, unlock One Last Risk to start your visit to Oak Grove, Pennsylvania and fall in love with Lucas and Sarah!

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About the author

Living in beautiful northern Virginia, Nancy dreams of small-town living where the everyone knows everyone else (including their business) and neighbors wave when you pass. Since she doesn't live in one, she creates them for everyone else to enjoy through her books. 

She's a mom to (almost) 2 college students and 1 middle schooler who has spent more hours at the baseball field and the dance studio than she cares to admit. With her husband, her primary goal is to finish raising her 3 kids into productive adults!

Nancy writes small-town contemporary romance with sexy heroes and strong heroines. Her books tug at your emotional heartstrings and leave you with a warm feeling that lingers long after the last page. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Washington Romance Writers, and Virginia Romance Writers.

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Anderby Lane Publishing
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274
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English
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Fiction / Family Life / Siblings
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Small Town & Rural
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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. 

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One Last Risk

Firefighter Lucas Bennett had the carefree life he'd always wanted until a deadly blaze took the life of his best friend. Blaming himself was easy but pulling himself from the tailspin of guilt proved to be much harder. When he nearly died fighting the beast, he decided to make a change before it was too late.

A fire took Sarah Robinson’s husband and her home, leaving her to raise their daughter alone. She and her daughter moved to Oak Grove, far away from the grief of the past. All Sarah needed was the chance to start a new life for her and her daughter.

An accident on a dark, rainy night put Lucas and Sarah on a collision course neither of them expected... with questions they're not ready to answer. Can a single mother open her broken heart for a second chance at love? Will a broken firefighter risk his heart for what might be his only chance at forever? Are each of them willing to take one last risk to be together?


One Last Dance

After his previous girlfriend left, Joey Bennett swore he'd never again surrender his heart or be measured by someone's big city ideals. Trust is only given to family and friends who care about him for who he is, and what he isn't. When a beautiful stranger dances into his bar, he takes the challenge to prove that his hometown is different.

Brittany Carlson hates small towns after growing up in one that destroyed her mother's life... and her own. New York City is her new hometown where her neighbors are friends and everyone looks out for each other. But a weekend visit to Oak Grove and one dance with a sexy local threatens to change everything.

Long nights stoke Joey and Brittany's desire to stay together, but reality is different when exposed to the harsh light of day. She scrambles back to New York and the safety of her city, but nothing feels the same.

Can she take the small town out of Joey, or can the love of a good man become her new home?


One Last Chance

Rachel Bennett has had enough. She's finally found the strength to leave her bastard of a boyfriend with the help of her childhood friend and deputy sheriff, Sawyer. But the hurt runs deep, as do the family secrets that drove her down the spiral of self-destruction. She's determined to start life fresh, but with nowhere to go, she finds herself staying with Sawyer.

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As Rachel heals from her abusive relationship, Sawyer and Rachel grow closer. But will a lingering family secret threaten to ruin Rachel's fragile psyche? Will Sawyer's unspoken love for Rachel survive and grow?


One Last Objection

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After his dreams for making partner at his big city law firm are shattered, Michael Bennett packs up, buys out a practice in his hometown, and moves home. He's looking forward to the slower pace of life in Oak Grove and interested in reigniting his relationship with fiery Maggie James.

An unexpected pregnancy throws Maggie for a loop. She doesn't know how to be a mother. She can barely take care of herself. Enter Michael, who wants to take care of her and the baby. Is she willing to give up some of her independence for a chance at love and the family she's never had? Will Michael be able to overcome her objections?

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"Small town, big family, and mismatches that will steal your heart! Delightful!" Roxanne St. Claire, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Dogfather Series.



Look for more in the Hart Land matchmaking series:


Heather -Book one

Lily -Book two

Violet -Book three

Iris -Book four

and more




Fans of heartwarming romance, RaeAnne Thayne, Emily March, Debbie Macomber, small town romance, series romance, hallmark movies, big family sagas, falling in love, sister books, Nora Roberts McGregor family, and Chris Keniston’s Farraday Country series will love Hart Land!

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Then he shows up in Cedar Hill. Suddenly, everything changes.

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The girl whose image he’s had tucked away in his wallet ever since…

Now that Chase and Serena have reunited, they are determined to find a way to be together. To explore the attraction that has been lingering below the surface for all these years. But is Serena ready to let go of her deep-seeded trust issues in order to open her heart to Chase? Is Chase willing to put down roots after all these years? Will both of them compromise for a chance at forever?

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?
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