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Mike Taggart has always been willing to take a gamble. But these stakes are just way too high - there's no way he's prepared to become a legal guardian to his five-year-old niece. His only option is to head from Las Vegas to Last Chance to sort things out as quickly as possible. Problem is, he arrives to find an inconsolable little girl, her sick cat, and a gorgeous veteri Mike Taggart has always been willing to take a gamble. But these stakes are just way too high - there's no way he's prepared to become a legal guardian to his five-year-old niece. His only option is to head from Las Vegas to Last Chance to sort things out as quickly as possible. Problem is, he arrives to find an inconsolable little girl, her sick cat, and a gorgeous veterinarian he can't get out of his mind. Charlene Polk has two talents: healing sick critters and falling in love with the wrong men. Mike has trouble written all over him, but she can't leave him in the lurch. And the more time she spends with the sexy high roller, the more she sees that this ready-made family is the best stroke of luck they've ever had . . .


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Mike Taggart has always been willing to take a gamble. But these stakes are just way too high - there's no way he's prepared to become a legal guardian to his five-year-old niece. His only option is to head from Las Vegas to Last Chance to sort things out as quickly as possible. Problem is, he arrives to find an inconsolable little girl, her sick cat, and a gorgeous veteri Mike Taggart has always been willing to take a gamble. But these stakes are just way too high - there's no way he's prepared to become a legal guardian to his five-year-old niece. His only option is to head from Las Vegas to Last Chance to sort things out as quickly as possible. Problem is, he arrives to find an inconsolable little girl, her sick cat, and a gorgeous veterinarian he can't get out of his mind. Charlene Polk has two talents: healing sick critters and falling in love with the wrong men. Mike has trouble written all over him, but she can't leave him in the lurch. And the more time she spends with the sexy high roller, the more she sees that this ready-made family is the best stroke of luck they've ever had . . .

30 review for Last Chance Family

  1. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    I have always loved Hope Ramsay's books and LAST CHANCE FAMILY is exactly why. She has a way of pulling you right in and never letting you go. The small town of Last Chance is the perfect place to live and everyone is so nice. You feel as if you are visiting with old friends and as you will soon find out, there is never a dull moment in Last Chance. Make a pot of coffee, grab your favorite blanket, and get on your couch and spend the day with all the wonderful people of LAST CHANCE FAMILY! You w I have always loved Hope Ramsay's books and LAST CHANCE FAMILY is exactly why. She has a way of pulling you right in and never letting you go. The small town of Last Chance is the perfect place to live and everyone is so nice. You feel as if you are visiting with old friends and as you will soon find out, there is never a dull moment in Last Chance. Make a pot of coffee, grab your favorite blanket, and get on your couch and spend the day with all the wonderful people of LAST CHANCE FAMILY! You wont be sorry you did, the only thing you will be sorry about is when it's over and you want to keep reading. Note: I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sophia

    If I wasn't already totally sold on this series, this book would have sealed the deal- a sad little orphaned girl, a cranky cat, a gambler who needs to be someone's sure bet, an allergic preacher, a pretty vet getting a second chance, a bachelor auction, three sweet kittens, and a matchmaker's prophecy. Yep, this was just a whole bowl full of home town goodness. It's a romance set against the backdrop of a quirky, nosey, well-meaning small town between a man and woman who must fall in love with If I wasn't already totally sold on this series, this book would have sealed the deal- a sad little orphaned girl, a cranky cat, a gambler who needs to be someone's sure bet, an allergic preacher, a pretty vet getting a second chance, a bachelor auction, three sweet kittens, and a matchmaker's prophecy. Yep, this was just a whole bowl full of home town goodness. It's a romance set against the backdrop of a quirky, nosey, well-meaning small town between a man and woman who must fall in love with the idea of a family and getting beyond the issues of their pasts. This is a book far along in the Last Chance series, but it will work just fine as a standalone or out of order. It's more fun reading them in order so the people and their situations popping in and out in the background make more sense, but not absolutely necessary. The story opens with Mike Taggart arriving in town with a sad, silent, tearful niece, Rainbow, who just watched her mother get murdered and is now stuck with an uncle she never knew who has a lot of conflicting feelings roiling around inside him too. Mike feels guilty over his little half-sister, Angie from the point he left her behind as a kid to get away from an abusive boyfriend of their alcoholic mother to letting her flounder on her own to now, when he has her daughter in tow and has no idea what to do for her other than to bring her to his other half-brother, Timmy. Mike, as a gambler and a guy with issues, knows he is not the person to bring up a little girl and so he feels that the Rev. Timothy Lake his long lost half-brother is a better bet. But first things first, he has to get Rainbow's cat to a vet because the thing seems sick with all its weepy-eyed wheezing and sneezing. Charlene Polk makes a quick assessment of the situation in her waiting room and jumps to a lot of conclusions about the expressionless man, the bedraggled bi-racial child and the cat she has clutched like a stuffed animal. Her own past and its mistakes come raring to the surface so along with a dose of medicine for the cat she delivers a dose of advice to the cold man who may or may not be who and what he says he is which naturally gets her a 'butt out, lady' type response. If only she could, but seeing Rainbow and Mike triggers something in her that she would rather ignore and can't. Mike is all wrong for her even if he isn't what she thought he was at that first meeting. He still plans to leave town so there's nothing for her there, right? Mike thought he could just leave Rainbow with Timmy, but its not that simple. Tim has no recollection of an older half-brother or living with Mike, his mom and his dad in Chicago. He only remembers his dad and the woman he thought of as mother in their Atlanta home. If Mike's telling the truth, then his dad lied to him. Tim is cautious to believe the man who has arrived with a grieving niece in tow, but he can't imagine what the guy has to gain by lying. Still, he'll investigate and proceed with caution. In the meantime, he points Mike and Rainbow toward a sub-let condo of a parishioner staying in Florida and a child therapist to help with Rainbow's issues of grief, trauma and not speaking. He has to keep the pair at a distance for a few reasons the least of which is he is allergic to Rainbow's cat. Mike settles in temporarily to the Last Chance community while he waits to transfer Rainbow to his brother. He has several further encounters with the beautiful, but critical Dr. Polk the Vet as his next door neighbor and a nosey well-meaning older lady across the hall who belongs to Timmy's church. Slowly he learns what it means to have a whole group of people there to help and make him feel a part of something. As time goes by, it gets harder to think of separating from Rainbow, Charlene and everyone at Last Chance to go back to Vegas, but he is determined to do what is right by Rainbow in giving her the family that he never had and doesn't deserve. This story is full of a lot of feel-good, heartwarming, humorous yumminess. Each of the main characters- Mike, Charlene, Rainbow and Tim- all were engaging and I was truly into their stories. This isn't just the story of a hero and heroine. There are actually a few stories weaving in and out of each other even connecting in places. It flows gently with only a few spikes of excitement. The passionate moments are even understated. The main issues are Charlene finally dealing with her parents and the guilt of her past. Mike learning that he doesn't have to rely on himself. Mike and Charlene both realizing that love is a chance that is worth taking. Tim getting a family he didn't expect and a romance of his own. Angel maybe getting his chance with someone who hasn't yet accepted who and what they are. And of course Rainbow and her kitty clan finding the home they need. It was just one huge story that touched on important emotional things, but did it in a light, heartwarming way so that the reading experience was easy and cozy. Only niggle is that I felt a few threads were left dangling and left me curious. I could figure out where most of them were going and maybe that's the point- a few were still not finished yet and still going on. So I guess, I'll try to be patient and see what happens in the next book. After all, I thought Amanda and Grant's story ended abruptly and here things were in this one with Amanda getting a pretty good sized role and I got a peek back into how things were going for her. So, to wrap it up, this was a delightful small town romance read in a series that is one of my favorite cozy reads. The passion is on the sweeter end with the romance and character development easing along slowly. Contemporary Romance fans who like small town, southern life, and quirky characters should give this book/series a look-see. My thanks to Net Galley for the opportunity to read this one in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Marjorie

    Mike Taggart and Charlene Polk’s story is a sweet and fun read that will get to your heartstrings. The charming town of Last Chance, SC treasures those that live there and welcomes newcomers, although any newbies have to go through tough interventions by certain long-standing citizens and will be advised, whether they want it or not. Mike comes to Last Chance with his newly acquired five-year-old niece, Rainbow, and cat Tigger in tow. His sister Angie was killed and Mike was named Rainbow’s lega Mike Taggart and Charlene Polk’s story is a sweet and fun read that will get to your heartstrings. The charming town of Last Chance, SC treasures those that live there and welcomes newcomers, although any newbies have to go through tough interventions by certain long-standing citizens and will be advised, whether they want it or not. Mike comes to Last Chance with his newly acquired five-year-old niece, Rainbow, and cat Tigger in tow. His sister Angie was killed and Mike was named Rainbow’s legal guardian until permanent custodians could be found. He had been living in Las Vegas as a professional gambler and as a day trader. Mike chose to bring them to Last Chance, as his half-brother, Reverend Timothy Lake, with his reputable profession, would be a better bet than himself to raise Rainbow. Of course Tim had no idea that he had a half-brother. And as he is single, Mike and the town will insist that a wife is needed to complete the new family. Mike meets Charlene when he and Rainbow take Tigger to the town vet. They end up residing next to each other in an apartment building. Add to this some adorable kittens left outside Charlene’s door. Rainbow becomes adored by Mike, Charlene, Tim, a cat, kittens, and most of the town, but all have their own struggles in the life that was thrown at them. Who will end up raising Rainbow? This charming, heartwarming addition can be read as a standalone, but after reading Last Chance Family, you will most likely want to go back and read all of Hope Ramsay’s Last Chance series. I have read them all! They are quirky, light, and fun, and I look forward to reading the next book from this town.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Karyn Niedert

    I was given the opportunity to read "Last Chance Family" through Edelweiss, and would like to thank them, as well as author Hope Ramsay and publisher Grand Central. Hope Ramsay wrote a wonderful story about finding family when you aren't even looking, about love and personal redemption. This book absolutely broke my heart, and put it right back together again. The characters of Mike Taggert and Charlene Polk were written beautifully and honestly. Ramsay did a wonderful job of creating a good c I was given the opportunity to read "Last Chance Family" through Edelweiss, and would like to thank them, as well as author Hope Ramsay and publisher Grand Central. Hope Ramsay wrote a wonderful story about finding family when you aren't even looking, about love and personal redemption. This book absolutely broke my heart, and put it right back together again. The characters of Mike Taggert and Charlene Polk were written beautifully and honestly. Ramsay did a wonderful job of creating a good character in Reverend Lake, a nice enough guy but not a "great" guy in terms of fatherhood material for Rainbow. Ramsay also did a good job of facing bigotry and hatred from those we are closest to, without making apologies for it or shying away from the problems that still exist today in the small minds littered throughout our country. I am definitely adding all of Hope Ramsay's books to my must read list, and highly recommend her for readers looking for a sexy but romantic read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Alisha

    Great book, Great characters. Rainbow is precious. Hero and heroine are great. I hope Dave gets his happy ending.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Very good story of redemption and second chances. Mike is a professional gambler in Las Vegas when he finds out that his younger sister has died, leaving him as guardian of his five year old niece, Rainbow. He feels completely unqualified for the job, so tracks down the half-brother he hasn't seen since he was five, and is now a preacher in Last Chance. He feels that Tim would be a better father figure, so he picks up his niece and her cat and heads to Last Chance. Unfortunately for him, his niec Very good story of redemption and second chances. Mike is a professional gambler in Las Vegas when he finds out that his younger sister has died, leaving him as guardian of his five year old niece, Rainbow. He feels completely unqualified for the job, so tracks down the half-brother he hasn't seen since he was five, and is now a preacher in Last Chance. He feels that Tim would be a better father figure, so he picks up his niece and her cat and heads to Last Chance. Unfortunately for him, his niece, already traumatized by her mother's death, isn't taking to him very well, nor is her cat. As soon as they arrive in Last Chance he looks up a vet for the cat, and meets Charlene. He's floored by her beauty, but not too happy with her judgmental attitude about the way he's taking care of Rainbow. Then his half-brother, Tim, isn't sure he believes what Mike is telling him. All Mike wants to do is find someone more suitable than he is to raise Rainbow and get back to his life. But the town of Last Chance isn't going to make it that easy for him. Tim needs time to verify what Mike has told him, so he convinces Mike to stay in town for a couple weeks. He even finds an apartment for them, which just happens to be next door to Charlene's. Mike figures that Tim is going to need a mother for Rainbow and has fixated on Charlene as the perfect candidate, a fixation that seems to be confirmed by the town matchmaker. I really liked Mike. Even though he seems to be trying to dump Rainbow off on his brother, it's because he doesn't believe that he is a fit guardian for her. He carries a lot of guilt over what he sees as his failure to protect Rainbow's mother, his little sister, when she was younger. It was pretty amusing to see his efforts at pushing Tim and Charlene together, especially considering his own attraction to her. I also loved seeing how sweet he really was with little Rainbow. He didn't think he would be a good father, but he was doing everything right with her (except for the cat). I also liked Charlene. She was a bit judgmental at first, but once she got past that hurdle, she was wonderful. She, too, has some guilt dogging her from mistakes made when she was younger. She has had terrible luck in picking men, starting with her college boyfriend, who left her pregnant when her father offered to buy him off. Her biggest guilty feelings stem from that pregnancy and the pressure from her parents that she succumbed to. However, that same experience has made her much more empathetic with Rainbow, and I loved the way that she connected with the little girl. She's also very attracted to Mike, but sees him as just as disastrous a choice as the other men. I loved seeing the relationship develop between them. At first it was just as friends, as Charlene did her best to help Mike through various crises. But the more time they spent together, the more the attraction grew. Mike desperately tried to resist, as he was shoving her toward his brother, but it became harder for him to picture them together. I loved the way that things came to a head at the bachelor auction, though Mike was still resisting the obvious. It took some straight talk from the family lawyer and Tim for Mike to finally see the truth. I loved his big moment at the end, in the rain, cat and all. As always, the small town of Last Chance plays a big role in the romance. Being from Las Vegas, Mike has no experience with the way that small town people are so deeply involved in each other's lives, and it takes him awhile to get used to it. I loved how everyone had an opinion on his plan to match Tim and Charlene. I also loved support he got during the trouble at the lake, including Sheriff Rhodes and his actions. The bachelor auction was a riot, with some interesting things resulting from it. But best of all was the way they all pulled together at the end. Every small town has to have their bad apples, and in this case it was Charlene's parents. It's hard to believe two such terrible people could have produced someone like Charlene. I loved seeing her get stronger about standing up to them, especially that last scene at the hospital.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie A.

    I hunted high and low for a "ill-equipped bachelor gets handed custody of niece, tries to dump her in better hands but ultimately realizes they need each other" story, and I was willing to suffer mass market romance to get it. The ingredients were even better than hoped, because the girl came with internalized trauma and a cat, and they caught the attention of a vet who adored her almost on sight. And there are a lot of really lovely scenes between various combos of the three of them, many of wh I hunted high and low for a "ill-equipped bachelor gets handed custody of niece, tries to dump her in better hands but ultimately realizes they need each other" story, and I was willing to suffer mass market romance to get it. The ingredients were even better than hoped, because the girl came with internalized trauma and a cat, and they caught the attention of a vet who adored her almost on sight. And there are a lot of really lovely scenes between various combos of the three of them, many of which include the cat and/or the three young kittens who show up later on. Alas, there was also utterly bullheaded fixation on matchmaking/marrying off two people who could not have had less in common, solely to create a "proper family" for her (sorry is this 1887 on the prairie?), and the constant diversion onto dead end roads instead of having them overcome their internal conflict wanting to be together vs. why shouldn't be together sandbagged the flow of what could have been a very enjoyable paint-by-numbers romance. The fact that I regularly howled with laughter at some of the lines didn't help. My top three bookmarks: "Every single one of her dormant girl parts awakened." (fun fact: not the only time the phrase "girl parts" appears. You're 31, Charlene.) "Lust almost overwhelmed him every time he looked at Charlene wearing that little pink dress that exposed her shoulders." (*gasp* Not her shoulders! That hussy! Speaking of...) "What if some hussy with loose morals purchased him [at the bachelor auction]? How would he ever live it down?"

  8. 5 out of 5

    Eric

    I'm in a mood for something fluffy, and this was definitely fluffy. There were points where the characters flakiness drove me a bit nuts, but there were also times where I was pleasantly surprised by a twist in the story. It would've been a little better had she not crammed in quite so many 'bring couples together', but I enjoy movies like that, and this was a lot like that, so, it was what I was looking for at the moment. I'm in a mood for something fluffy, and this was definitely fluffy. There were points where the characters flakiness drove me a bit nuts, but there were also times where I was pleasantly surprised by a twist in the story. It would've been a little better had she not crammed in quite so many 'bring couples together', but I enjoy movies like that, and this was a lot like that, so, it was what I was looking for at the moment.

  9. 4 out of 5

    HEChapter -Tina J

    Last Chance Family Last Chance, #8 by Hope Ramsay Released: November 25, 2014 *** Provided by Netgalley in Exchange for an Honest Review. *** Professional Poker player Mike Taggert's half-sister, Angie, was gunned down in Chicago, witnessed by her five-year old daughter, Rainbow. Now, Mike's flown in from Vegas to collect Rainbow and her sickly cat. His hope is provide a better opportunity for Rainbow by handing her off to his half-brother, Reverend Timothy Lake, in rural South Carolina. But Timo Last Chance Family Last Chance, #8 by Hope Ramsay Released: November 25, 2014 *** Provided by Netgalley in Exchange for an Honest Review. *** Professional Poker player Mike Taggert's half-sister, Angie, was gunned down in Chicago, witnessed by her five-year old daughter, Rainbow. Now, Mike's flown in from Vegas to collect Rainbow and her sickly cat. His hope is provide a better opportunity for Rainbow by handing her off to his half-brother, Reverend Timothy Lake, in rural South Carolina. But Timothy never even knew he had half-siblings and a niece. Charlene Polk is the veterinary assistant at Creature Comforts Animal Hospital, working for Dr. David Underhill. She first encounters this handsome man, an unkempt child and the sickly cat a few minutes before the office was to close. One look at the child's face convinced her to take a few minutes to see to the sneezy beast. Later that night, she discovers that he's subleasing her neighbor's apartment. ----------------------------------------------------------- Charlene comes from a old-fashion, well to-do family with strict ideals and morals. Whether she realizes it or not, her parents have rubbed off on her to a degree, being that she was awful quick to judge someone without knowing them even after she's been subjected to exactly the same sort of scrutiny as a young adult. Mike grew up in poverty with an alcoholic mother. Now, as a professional poker player, his whole world revolves masking his emotions and not giving any tells. This leads people to see him as unfeeling and they are suspicious of it - at first. Never had there been two more seemingly opposite people. The nosy busybodies are perfectly depicted. The interaction and dialogue between characters felt natural and believable. While the flow of writing is very smooth, the plot feels a little flat and tired. It sort of dragged for me. Now, this could be because this is the eighth book to the series and I have not read any of the previous books. There are a wide variety of supporting characters that I can only imagine have already been highlighted and/or showcased before this story, some enjoyable and others not. I wanted to reach through my e-reader and destroy Charlene's parents. The conflict was the plot, for the most part. There were numerous points of predictability, but not in such a manner where it would be off-putting. The conclusion was solid. This story was sweet and warm; stolen kisses and caresses, the sex remained behind closed doors and was mostly implied. *My brain keeps mulling over the cover... it has four kittens in a basket. In the book, the basket only contained three kittens. If the fourth kitten is to represent Tigger, it should have been a larger cat. It's a minor details issue I have, on the publisher's side, and does not reflect on the rating itself. It's a discrepancy. --------------- Score: 3.9 Stars: 4 --------------- Reviewing for: Smut Book Junkie Reviews Blog URL: http://smutbookjunkie.com/ FB URL: https://www.facebook.com/smutbookjunk... Twitter: @smutbookjunkie

  10. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

    Mike is a professional gambler. When he received a message that his half sister died and he got custody of his niece he didn't know what to do. He knew his half brother lived in a small town so he thought hat what was best for his niece. Instead of having him, a man who lived in Las Vegas as a guardian. He never thought that he would fall in love with his niece and want to keep her let alone want to stay in the small town. Charlene is a vet assistant who is still waiting for mister right. She tho Mike is a professional gambler. When he received a message that his half sister died and he got custody of his niece he didn't know what to do. He knew his half brother lived in a small town so he thought hat what was best for his niece. Instead of having him, a man who lived in Las Vegas as a guardian. He never thought that he would fall in love with his niece and want to keep her let alone want to stay in the small town. Charlene is a vet assistant who is still waiting for mister right. She thought it was her boss but when he turned out to be gay she figured she would never find him. But when she meets Mike win his niece and her cat she figured he would just be w friend and nothing more. But when she gets closer to the niece and becomes friends with the cat, she realizes that she wants both mike and his family in her life. He just has to,get the courage to do what she wants i sad of what her parents want for her. She has to follow her heart even if it might get broken. Apparently a cat can be a match maker. When the cat keeps running away, Mike and Charlene keep getting thrown together and when the cat created an accident, mike realized that he loved Charlene. And he also figured out that he wants to keep his niece as well.so he asked for marriage in a very unconventional way. Which made everyone happy. I have always loved reading books from his author. She brings people together who you do onot t think should be but in the end they are completely right for each other. I completely recommend this book. The author has a way of keeping you entertained as well as making you fall in love with her characters, especially if it's a small child or even a cat.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Last Chance, South Carolina is a fascinating place filled with interesting characters. I felt that Last Chance was missing a bit of the magic in this latest book in the series. Last Chance Family features the love story between veterinarian Charlene Polk and Mike Taggart, the mysterious gambler brother of the Methodist minister. The love story between Charlene and Mike in Last Chance Family is compelling though predictable and does keep you interested. This is a good love story, but I wanted more Last Chance, South Carolina is a fascinating place filled with interesting characters. I felt that Last Chance was missing a bit of the magic in this latest book in the series. Last Chance Family features the love story between veterinarian Charlene Polk and Mike Taggart, the mysterious gambler brother of the Methodist minister. The love story between Charlene and Mike in Last Chance Family is compelling though predictable and does keep you interested. This is a good love story, but I wanted more Last Chance. We did not get to visit with as many of the former featured characters as I would have liked. The title is perfect for the story...Last Chance Family...as the story revolves around Mike and his niece Rainbow who just lost her mother. And it is about cats and how they can fill your life with joy. And be mysterious.... The Last Chance series is definitely a good romance series. I enjoyed the romance in Last Chance Family. I enjoyed the cats and the people featured. But there was no Golfing for God. Didn't know I would miss it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Gail

    A sweet and lovable Last Chance story. Be sure to have a box of kleenex nearby. Mike Taggert a professional gambler in Las Vegas comes to Last Chance looking for his half brother Pastor Tim after his sister Angie is killed. He ends up with custody of her daughter Rainbow a 5 year old plus a cat named Tigger who she is attached too. Mike figures she would be better off with Pastor Tim. While they are trying to figure all of this out he moves in next door to adorable Charlene who seems to have a w A sweet and lovable Last Chance story. Be sure to have a box of kleenex nearby. Mike Taggert a professional gambler in Las Vegas comes to Last Chance looking for his half brother Pastor Tim after his sister Angie is killed. He ends up with custody of her daughter Rainbow a 5 year old plus a cat named Tigger who she is attached too. Mike figures she would be better off with Pastor Tim. While they are trying to figure all of this out he moves in next door to adorable Charlene who seems to have a way with Rainbow bringing her out of her shell. Charlene inherits three cute kittens that were left on her door step. Find out what happens to Rainbow and the other colorful characters by reading the book today. A very hard book to put down. Never a dull moment in Last Chance. Looking forward to the next book in the series.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    A little girl name Rainbow, a Gambler Mike, and Vet Charlene, throw in Tigger the cat and Winkin, Blinkin and Nod, kitties who were left on Charlene's doorstep and you get a chance at making a family in Last Chance, SC. To make it more interesting there is a Bachelor Auction, to which Mike is trying to fix Charlene up with his long, lost half brother, Preacher Tim, because he would make a better father for their niece Rainbow. And to make matters all the more complicated Uncle Tim is allergic to A little girl name Rainbow, a Gambler Mike, and Vet Charlene, throw in Tigger the cat and Winkin, Blinkin and Nod, kitties who were left on Charlene's doorstep and you get a chance at making a family in Last Chance, SC. To make it more interesting there is a Bachelor Auction, to which Mike is trying to fix Charlene up with his long, lost half brother, Preacher Tim, because he would make a better father for their niece Rainbow. And to make matters all the more complicated Uncle Tim is allergic to cats, and Rainbow is not going to live with anywhere without her cat Tigger. And the whole town, plus Miriam Randall making her predictions in matching making and you have another wonderful, funny, delightful and heartwarming story from Last Chance, SC.. Of all the books in this series, this one has to be my all time favourite book...

  14. 5 out of 5

    JoMarie DeGioia

    Winkin', Blinkin' and Nod! I loved this story! Both the hero and heroine were very layered and intriguing and the subplot about family function (and dysfunction) felt very real. I didn't care for the secondary love story much, especially when I was in points of view other than the hero and heroine's. There also seemed to be a cast of thousands there for a while and I kept getting confused over which old southern lady was which. All in all, I would recommend this story and read more from this aut Winkin', Blinkin' and Nod! I loved this story! Both the hero and heroine were very layered and intriguing and the subplot about family function (and dysfunction) felt very real. I didn't care for the secondary love story much, especially when I was in points of view other than the hero and heroine's. There also seemed to be a cast of thousands there for a while and I kept getting confused over which old southern lady was which. All in all, I would recommend this story and read more from this author!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Renae

    I started reading this story late one evening and read straight through. I enjoyed the complexity of Mike wanting to do the right thing and the dynamics of his personality. The dynamics of Charlene family were a bit shocking, seeing how she was such a sweet lady with a heart of gold. I also though Mike's half-brother Tim was a little different being a pastor but standoffish. I enjoyed this story and look forward to reading more about Last Chance. I started reading this story late one evening and read straight through. I enjoyed the complexity of Mike wanting to do the right thing and the dynamics of his personality. The dynamics of Charlene family were a bit shocking, seeing how she was such a sweet lady with a heart of gold. I also though Mike's half-brother Tim was a little different being a pastor but standoffish. I enjoyed this story and look forward to reading more about Last Chance.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    When Mike, a professional gambler goes to Last Chance to find his brother Mike, he has their niece Rainbow in tow. Their sister was murdered and Mike thinks he isn't father material seeing that Mike is a minister. It's great to visit Last Chance again and catching up with so many of the residents. This is the 8th book in the series and they are all pretty good. And of course the cat lover will adore this book with Tigger as a major player. Enjoy. When Mike, a professional gambler goes to Last Chance to find his brother Mike, he has their niece Rainbow in tow. Their sister was murdered and Mike thinks he isn't father material seeing that Mike is a minister. It's great to visit Last Chance again and catching up with so many of the residents. This is the 8th book in the series and they are all pretty good. And of course the cat lover will adore this book with Tigger as a major player. Enjoy.

  17. 4 out of 5

    June

    I love the cover, those kitties are so adorable :) I give this book 3 to 3,5 stars. it's not that this book was bad, on the contrary it was nicely written and the cast are likable. I feel just there are way too many second characters in the this book and not so much focus on hero and heroine. I love the cover, those kitties are so adorable :) I give this book 3 to 3,5 stars. it's not that this book was bad, on the contrary it was nicely written and the cast are likable. I feel just there are way too many second characters in the this book and not so much focus on hero and heroine.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Another Last Chance winner This one will tug at your heart. I love all of the Last Chance books but this one I think is the best.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe)

    4 stars Sweet romance featuring a hero who needs to grow up, a heroine who needs to learn how to trust again, and a little girl who just needs love.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Virginia Lloyd

    Looking for a Family Mike feels that he let his sister down years ago when he left at eighteen. When his sister bcc was killed and he was nAmed her daughter's guardian, he immediately thought of his hAlf brother turned preAcher in Last Chance. He felt that his brother's lifestyle would give Rainbow a chance at a good life. What will happen to Mike, Tim, Rainbow and The cat called Tigger? In Last Chance one never knows... Looking for a Family Mike feels that he let his sister down years ago when he left at eighteen. When his sister bcc was killed and he was nAmed her daughter's guardian, he immediately thought of his hAlf brother turned preAcher in Last Chance. He felt that his brother's lifestyle would give Rainbow a chance at a good life. What will happen to Mike, Tim, Rainbow and The cat called Tigger? In Last Chance one never knows...

  21. 5 out of 5

    R.

    Last Chance Family # 8 by Hope Ramsay This is the 8th novel in a series about the little town of Last Chance in southern USA. The town itself and the people in it are all very interesting and full of character. I guess I am enjoying stories about people who are trying to figure out how to do life together. What brings people that happen to live in the same town to want to work at actually being a real community of people who care about each other - warts, eccentricities and all. I think Miriam, th Last Chance Family # 8 by Hope Ramsay This is the 8th novel in a series about the little town of Last Chance in southern USA. The town itself and the people in it are all very interesting and full of character. I guess I am enjoying stories about people who are trying to figure out how to do life together. What brings people that happen to live in the same town to want to work at actually being a real community of people who care about each other - warts, eccentricities and all. I think Miriam, the town matchmaker, said it well "Last Chance is a homey kind of place. Mark Twain would have felt comfortable here." In this instalment Mike, a gambler has custody of his young niece through tragic circumstances. He wants to give her the perfect family & place to grow up so he's taking her to Last Chance & his minister brother to raise her. Charlene loves animals & is a vet in the town of Last Chance. She's good with animals but seems to keep picking the wrong men. She is worried she's falling for Mike & knows she's falling for his niece.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    This is a cute story that really shows the gossiping in a small town. Mike Taggard showed up in Last Chance, South Carolina with his bi-racial niece. He was looking for his half brother that he had not seen since his father left Mike and his mother when his half brother Tammy was three. He needed a family to leave his little niece with because he was a gambler from a Vegas. You will enjoy the plans and misinformation that twist and turns in this story.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Barbara James-Richardson

    You have everything you want in a book. A great love story. A funny, sweet story. A town called Last chance, South Carolina. A gambler, a Minister, a little girl, and kittens that were brought together by love.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa

    The fun and zaniness of last chance with 2 new romances, bachelor auction, cute little girl needing some mothering, a likeable guy trying to set up his brother n more misinterpreted advice from Miriam n suzannah. Enjoyable read with good handling of some serious topics mixed in.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    My first read of the Last Chance series. I absolutely loved it. Gorgeous characters in a lovely small town. I also appreciated the less raunchy relationship. A truly sweet little book. I will definitely be reading more from Last Chance 🌸

  26. 5 out of 5

    Laura Aase

    A satisfying orphan story! Rainbows mother was killed in front of her and her uncle Mike is bringing her to her other uncle, a minister, to adopt her. A cute vet, Charlene, and cat allergies and a gossiping small town work together to create a family that’s meant to be!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mum

    3.5 Stars. Better than the one before although the story line seemed stretched. I enjoyed the characters acquiring self awareness. Some of the cat adventures were humorous. I can’t imagine what it must be like to have suffered so much so young for Mike’s niece.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Deann Doolittle

    Another great book in the series!!!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Jowett

    I didnt finish it, too formulaic or im too old now and am tired of the genre. She had good writing though

  30. 5 out of 5

    Suzette

    It kept my attention and was hard to put several times. Love the characters.

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