Published by Victoria Paige Books on September 22, 2016
Series: Misty Grove #1
Genres: adult, Romance, Suspense/Thriller, Romance
Source: eARC from Publisher
One small town.
One dead sheriff.
A town with secrets.
Newly appointed sheriff Trent Stone is investigating the murder of his predecessor. This leads him to Misty Grove, a town lined with innocent diners and general stores, but his gut instinct tells him that nothing is what it seems.
It doesn’t help that his first encounter with one of its citizens is at the end of her shotgun.
A beautiful hellion.
Cassandra Reed is unlike any woman he has ever met. She’s tough and sassy, yet her eyes hold a vulnerability that calls to his protective side. Trent’s dedication to his job has always caused the demise of his previous relationships, so what is it about Cassie now that compels him to risk it all, especially when she has made it clear she doesn’t need his protection?
When Cassie brushes off injuries from a suspicious incident, Trent’s need to serve and protect deepens into an alarming obsession over a woman who challenges his every instinct of self-preservation. Staying away from her is not an option, and he will be damned if he lets Cassie deny the growing attraction between them.
But when the town’s secrets are revealed, he discovers he’s in over his head. As a mere sheriff, the menace that looms over Misty Grove is way above his pay grade. Before the threat can rip away the woman who has come to mean everything to him, Trent will have to make a tough decision. One that will give him and Cassie a fighting chance at a future together.
*Strong sexual content and language. Can be read as a standalone, but may leave questions about secondary characters who will become the protagonists in upcoming books.
Fighting Chance is the first book in the adult romantic suspense series, called Misty Grove by author Victoria Paige. The series is named for the small town of Misty Grove, where the series takes place. I loved Fighting Chance. I thought it was well written, the character are interesting and well developed, the romance is flippin’ fantastic, and the plot is very intriguing. ready for the thing I don’t love about Fighting Chance. Get ready, because I am sure it is going to be an unpopular opinion. I don’t love the cover. I know, tons of you will go swoony just at the sight of the cover, but I just don’t think it fits the tone of the story. Sure the romance is steamy, but there is so much more going on, and I just didn’t get the shirtless guy thing. Plus, I am not a huge fan of just having a shirtless guy on the cover of a book because he has nice abs. But I know I am probably fighting a losing battle with this opinion. But, if you are like me, and are kind of put off by covers like this one, I urge you to still give Fighting Chance a chance. Because this book is awesome. (Ok, cover rant over.)
I think the title for the book becomes more interesting once you figure out what is going on with Cassie. (and no, I am not going to spoil it.) I was a fan of both of those choices- both the title and the twist in the story. I liked Cassie. She is proabably a little too spunky and sassy for her own good, but man oh man did I love how she kept Trent on his toes. Because Trent is one of my favorite characters ever. I really loved him. He is so determined and focused on whatever his task may be. I respect the heck out of him. And I really liked that Fighting Chance starts off with a scene from his past that really shaped him into who he is today. I felt like after we jumped to the present, it helped me as a reader get to know him better.
Bottom line: Everything about Fighting Chance is very well done. I am truly impressed with Victoria Paige and I cannot wait to read more books by her. I loved the characters. I loved the plot, and I really really loved the romance. Bring on more Misty Grove books. Each of the books in this series can be read as standalones, but there will be some character overlap between the novels and I would suggest reading them in order. Besides, Fighting Chance is an excellent read so you should be reading this one anyway!see why @BookBriefs thinks 'everything about Fighting Chance is very well done' @vpaigebooks #RomanticSuspense #Giveaway Click To Tweet
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