First Step Forward (Grand Valley #1) by Liora Blake

Oh what an amazingly sweet and endearing read. From one of my favorite authors comes the first in a new series entitled Grand Valley. I honestly have a big smile plastered on my face after finishing this. I’m not even sure where to begin, I just wanna hug somebody and go get apples to make apple butter and chutney.

Okay, so – a chance meeting in a pharmacy leads to a crazy exchange of information and an even crazier connection. Pro football player Cooper Lowry is having some health issues in a profession that tends to have an early retirement age. He feels a need to find some direction and clarity in his world of grid iron craziness.

Whitney Reed has sunk all she has into an organic apple orchard. Seasons and harvests can be a precarious business and one bad season can end it all for her. She is struggling and doing all she can to figure out a plan to keep what she has worked so hard to get, but now her plans are a bit rattled when in walks a wonderful mess of a man that gives her pause. He needs to get away and reassess his life, and apparently he’s decided the place he wants to do it is on her apple farm. As if her life isn’t complicated enough right now. GAH! I loved it!

It’s a sweet read with a tarty bite of flirty fun. I can’t recommend it enough.

5 Stars
Tanja


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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.


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