Book: The Last Shot
Author: Sarah Hubbard
Genre: Contemporary Romance/ New Adult
~ 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.