Blog Tour: The Last Shot: Sara Hubbard

The Last Shot
Sara Hubbard
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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.
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.

Annie and Ethan were best friends and first loves. But when he got his first hockey contract and had to move, she had to stay at home and long distance did not work out. But now their present lives are about to collide. She broke up with him three years ago and both have unresolved feelings. She had her reasons, but he didn't really understand.

He got his hockey dream. She achieved hers of becoming a nurse. But both are missing not only their love, but friendship. But even though they both have unresolved feelings, their lives are still in different places.
Annie has some significant issues that keep her emotionally detached at times. Her past has damaged her, trust is hard, and she finds it hard to truly in believe in love. She has fears, insecurities, an inferiority complex, and guards her heart. She can be a martyr at times and sacrifices for others. Oh, and she has a boyfriend too that seems perfect.

Ethan is emotional and hot headed. He is not afraid of admitting feelings or pursuing her. But his temper and anger sometimes get the best of him. He has his own issues from his past that affect him as well.

Their pasts tie them together and it is hard to resist that pull in the present. But that does not mean their problems have gone away. They live in two different worlds. In their attempts at protecting each other, sometimes they feel the need to sacrifice their own needs. They have to deal with anger issues, anxiety, fears, insecurities, and outside influences. Their communication issues caused complications in their past and present. I really liked them together and could feel their connection in their dual points of view. I was rooting for them to navigate all of their challenges. 

I liked his brother Manny who was a wisecracking, trouble-making playboy. I can see him as a future male lead. This was a fast-paced, sweet, second chance love story with a background of hockey and a bit of danger thrown in. 

ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review.

Annie doesn’t know how to love, but as a child Ethan worked his way behind her walls in a way no one had before or has since. She never believed she deserved his love, and when things got tough she pushed him away.

Three years later, he returns home when his brother lands in the hospital. They have each followed their dreams: his of playing professional hockey, hers of becoming a nurse. He finds himself face to face with the woman he never fell out of love with. But she is dating a doctor who seems perfect and he still hasn’t forgiven her for breaking up with him.

These two were cute together, even when they were fighting. Neither knew how to love anyone else, but together they just fit. Even with their time apart, they knew each other better than anyone else, reading moods and minds seamlessly. They each had their issues they needed to work through, especially the hang-ups Annie held close to her chest.

His brother Manny served as a great buffer between the two, and often created humor in otherwise serious situations. Annie’s nurse co-workers often added to the levity by behaving like a chorus of tittering schoolgirls in the background of so many scenes.
This was a cute hockey romance between a professional hockey player and the girl he left behind in small town Nova Scotia. It was an easy read with a few surprising twists that kept me entertained and smiling.

ARC provided by author and tour host in exchange for an honest review.

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Sara Hubbard is a romantic fiction author. She loves alpha males and the sweet, sassy women who make them believe in change. 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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