Book: The Last Shot

Author: Sarah Hubbard

Genre: Contemporary Romance/ New Adult

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Annie: As a child I was unwanted and unloved. Tossed aside until my maternal grandmother came to claim me. Life got better after that, and it got better still when I met Ethan Michaels, the boy down the street who was determined to make me feel like I mattered. At first he was my friend, but then he became much more. But love isn’t real. Not in my world.
When Ethan left to pursue professional hockey I had to make a clean break. I couldn’t wait for him to find someone better, couldn’t wait for him to break my heart. It’s better to leave than be left. But now he’s back, and I can’t run from him anymore.
Worse…he won’t let me.
Ethan: Annie Fraser owned me as a kid. She owns me still. When I got my first contract to play professional hockey I asked her to come with me, but she wouldn’t leave Rawdon, not while her grandmother was sick. I understood. Still, I wanted to stay together, do whatever I could to keep her.
But she wanted to run.
I loved her enough to let her.
Now I’m back in town and I’m pissed. I think I hate her. I’m sure of it. Until I see her… and those old feelings come rushing back. I won’t let her walk away again. I don’t care what it takes.
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I want to defend Ethan, because Charlie’s on the outside looking in and I don’t like him thinking that Ethan is…whatever he thinks Ethan is. He can’t know how Ethan helped pull me from the darkness that consumed me when I first came to this town. He made me smile, for the first time after my mom abandoned me. He spent all of his time just being there for me, loving me, making me feel like I mattered. On the outside and to the press he might look like a jackass but I know better. They only see the self-destructive Ethan. They don’t get to see the side I see, the side he seems to save just for me. 
* A review copy was provided by the author for the Blog Tour *

~ 4.5 Stars ~

The Last Shot is the third novel that I have read by Sara Hubbard and I really enjoyed it. Her stories suck me in with her blurbs and then keep ahold of me as soon as I read the first page. I took a chance on a new author when I read her book inCAPABLE and I am still extremely happy I did. She hasn’t disappointed me yet.

What I love the most about her books is that she doesn’t overload them with extra stuff that normally slows a story down. She keeps the pace and flow moving right along.

The Last Shot is a second chance love story based around a hockey theme. I will tell you though the hockey aspect really plays a small part in this story, so if that’s the reason for choosing this book, just beware the hockey theme is the secondary plot to the storyline. If you are a fan of second chance love stories, then you really don’t want to miss this one. I thought this story was well written. It is told in Dual POV. Another thing I liked was that this book wasn’t too heavy. I say that because what we learn about Annie’s and Ethan’s past. I like that she gave us just enough history on the characters for us to connect with them and know why they are the way they are without bringing the mood of the story down. I was happy she concentrated on the second time around for Annie and Ethan. They had a special love story 🙂

We meet Annie and Ethan in this story. They have known each other since Annie moved to Rawdon as a young child. Annie is abandoned by her mother and when things go bad for her in foster care she is sent to live with her nan. This is how she meets Ethan. Ethan came from a good home until his mom dies of cancer and his dad falls off the deep end turning into a drunk and a mean one at that. Ethan seeks comfort from Annie and her nan. They forged a friendship that eventually turned into more and then Ethan was given his ultimate dream….a contract in the NHL. Annie and Ethan try to make things work when he leaves, but Annie was always told by her mom, to leave a man before he can leave you, so that is what Annie does. Now fast forward 3 years and Ethan is forced to come back to Rawdon, because his brother Manny was hurt and in the hospital. This is when Annie and Ethan reunite. What I’ll say from here is that their road to a HEA is not an easy or smooth one, but they work through it all together.

The only secondary character I liked was Manny (Ethan’s brother) I think he has a story there and I hope we get a book about him. He deserves to be happy too.

I don’t think there was just one thing about this book that spoke to me, it was everything about this book. The writing was fantastic. The characters were engaging and believable. The storyline was great and I just loved how the author told this story. I would definitely recommend this book, especially to those readers who are fans of the second chance romance.

Author Bio
Sara Hubbard is the author of romantic fiction. Her debut novel BLOOD, SHE READ released fall 2012 and was a NEORWA Cleveland Rocks winner and a RCRW Duel on the Delta finalist. Her first contemporary novel, Beautiful and Broken was an Amazon bestseller. Sara lives in Nova Scotia, Canada with her two children (four if you count her husband and her needy labradoodle) and works as a registered nurse.
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