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First Step Forward

First Step Forward 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 Blak

  • Title: First Step Forward
  • Author: Liora Blake
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 228
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • 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 jerPro 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 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 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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    1. This unlikely duo clutched my heart and wouldn't let go.Liora Blake’s writing has that elusive ‘it’ factor—that charm and charisma that manages to turn my insides to fairy dust*. I’m often awestruck by her wit and innate ability to create such lovable characters, all while spinning a story that feels sincere. Four books in and I have to wonder, how does she manage to pull it off each and every time? This go-round, I found myself flying giddily through the pages, desperately consuming h [...]

    2. Realistic dialogue and witty banter. Fantastic couple I fell in love with. Smoking hot chemistry. No cheesiness. This was my perfect kind of romance. I'm definitely a new fan of this author!

    3. 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 [...]

    4. I loved the premise of this, so I was quite eager to get to reading it. I loved Whitney and Cooper. Sure, she's a little too hippie and lecturing about the environment and he's a little too cocky and "I know best", but they truly work. I loved their banter and chemistry; plus there were loads of sweet moments. Bonus points for the conflict coming from outside sources and not from stupid miscommunication. The angst was minimal and the ending was adorable. I wish there would have been an epilogue, [...]

    5. Favorite Quote: Fucking Hugh Grant movies. They're like the earworms of romantic comedies. I'm stuck in a place, half-hard, and all I can think is: I'm just a boy, standing in front of a girl, asking her to do something, anything, to make his cock stop hurting.Seriously. Fuck off, Hugh Grant.Cooper Lowry is a wide receiver for an NFL team in Denver. When he suffers a concussion after a big hit in a game, his trainer pleads with him to take a few days off and recover. Cooper is stubborn and would [...]

    6. I love this book so much!! AGH! I’m gonna gush for a little while so be prepared.This book is so very different than just a sports romance. The characters are quirky and fun with loads of anticipation and heat buildup. With delightful doses of humor, flirty banter, in-depth emotion, and insightful detail that truly makes this a must-read!The amount of description that the author puts into this book makes a difference in how you read and appreciate the story. Told from two points of view, both [...]

    7. Liora Blake blew me away with First Step Forward. I've been a fan of hers since the first moment I read True North which was fantastic. Her whole True series is awesome. It was a no-brainer for me to jump at the chance to start another novel by her. As with True North, First Step Forward has an unlikely couple as the main characters. What do a jock and Treehugger have in common? At first glance, you'll say nothing and be completely wrong. I have no idea how Liora Blake comes out with her charact [...]

    8. This is the first time I have read this author, and I loved it! The nutty, granola crunching dirt dweller with a heart of gold and the bad ass, grumpy, hot as hell football star. Worlds collide and the smell of Hawaiian Tropics changes Cooper's whole outlook on what's important. I loved the slow build of friendship and love, the banter, ying and yang of their two worlds coming together and making one. Not use to someone not knowing who he is, or wanting more than he give is a whole new thing for [...]

    9. 5 SterneIn meinem Kopf sprudelt es nur so vor Gedanken zu dem Buch! Ich habe bereits viele New Adult Bücher gelesen und hatte ehrlich gesagt keine hohen Erwartungen. Und doch wurde ich positiv überrascht. Es ist da erste New Adult Buch, in dem mir die Protagonisten in Bezug auf ihr Handeln nicht naiv und dumm vorkamen. Whitney und Cooper waren im Umgang miteinander sehr respektvoll. Zudem stechen die beiden mit ihrem Charakter heraus. Whitney kümmert sich liebevoll und mit absoluter Hingebung [...]

    10. Der Anfang der Geschichte hat es mir nicht leicht gemacht. Irgendwie bin ich nicht in einen Lesefluss gekommen und auch die ersten Einblicke in die Story konnten mich nicht 'catchen' Die Geschichte hat sich relativ gut entwickelt. Das Ende war leider auch vorhersehbar. Alles in allem gebe ich dem Buch 3 Sterne, was immernoch zeigt, das hier ein gutes Buch vorliegt.

    11. Fantastic! One of the best books I've read this year!If you are looking for a witty and romantic book with very little drama, a well developed, fun & sexy relationship, and light on the angst, this book is for you. I absolutely adored Whitney and Cooper's story. Whitney is a hippie and Cooper is a football player - these two are SO GOOD together. LOVED! Looking forward to reading more from this series.

    12. Not going to lie, First Step Forward snuck up on me. I picked this book up expecting to be able to read a few chapters while I carried on with my day. Ahhhhhh, that was a big, fat no. This story and its characters were magnetic and with each turn of the page I was done for. Unfortunately, so was my to do list. #sorrynotsorryWhere do I start? There are so many wonderful things about First Step Forward, I am afraid of missing something. This book is funny, sweet, smart and sexy. Being inside the h [...]

    13. Read this book, the main characters are funny, likeable, committed to each other and to the things that they absolutely love. Cooper is a football player and he's in dilemma, whether to keep on playing or to retire. Whitney,our heroine, buys and runs an orchard, using the money that she received from her dad's death. She's facing financial problems managing the Orchard but she didn't not roll over and let anyone walk all over her, she fights till there aren't any punches more to throw. Cooper an [...]

    14. So I gotta say, Cooper made this book. He was one of the best male hero's I've read. His inner thoughts and things he said, they were just total "guy" and I loved it. What bothered me a little was Whitney. She was funny and not as granola as I feared in the beginning. But she was just too stubborn and prideful. It was to the point of being obnoxious. I felt her lack of communication to Cooper at the end about her situation was annoying and I felt there needed to be some groveling or like a grand [...]

    15. TJ and Carmela really loved this one. 4.5 stars! Follow this link to their full review:bit/2fxOiNH

    16. Der Klappentext mit seinem ungleichen Paar hatte mich direkt angesprochen und ich war sehr gespannt auf die Geschichte von Cooper und Whitney.Der Beginn war auch gleich sehr interessant mit der ungewöhnlichen Begegnung von Cooper und Whitney. Ich fand die beiden Welten, aus denen die beiden stammen, sehr interessant: er der erfolgreiche Footballspieler und sie, die mit ihrer Obstplantage ums Überleben kämpft.Insgesamt war das Setting für mich sehr gelungen, besonders die Plantage von Whitney [...]

    17. DNF @ 11%.The blonde ending up in my bed last night was Whitney’s fault. Really, it was. There wasn’t a single other reasonable explanation as to why I let a girl who would not shut up come home with me.This rationale will make sense to only forty-nine percent of the population. Because a woman, no matter how hot she is for one specific man she can’t have, will not take another replacement home with her just to take the edge off. Women don’t think like that. But with men, our decision-ma [...]

    18. First Step Forward was a feel-good romance that reminded me why I love this genre so much. I think I read the entire book with a smile on my face! Whitney was a surprise, showing up without warning, without any intention on my part. I wasn’t looking for anyone. I certainly wasn’t looking for her.Whitney is a self-proclaimed tree-hugging hippie, and proud apple orchard owner, and Cooper is the Cooper Lowry: professional footballer and hometown star of the Denver team.This unlikely pairing wor [...]

    19. DNF at 30%Как-то не складывается у меня с ЛР от первого мужского лица. А тут еще и чередуется герой/героиня, но автор такая девочка-девочка, что они почти неразличимы. Еще и настоящее время. Еще и юмор не смешной. Еще и спортивные подробности не захватывающие, а нудные. В общем, как [...]

    20. What a fantastic way to kick off a new series! I LOVED Cooper and Whitney's unconventional and quirky love story! *** Full review over @Literati_Lit on release day

    21. "Because, Cooper."I know I'm going at it backwards, but what can I say, things like this happen to me all the time. I happened upon book three in the series and got hooked. So, now I'm going back to book one to start over. And let me tell you, I fell even harder. First Step Forward is everything. It's #SportsRomance #SmallTown #RomCom #Sexy #Sweet #Funny and there are so many amazing characters that you will fall in love with. I sure did. I'm not sure how many books will be included in this seri [...]

    22. Süße Romanze mit viel HumorDas Cover hat mich ja schon ein wenig auf das Buch aufmerksam gemacht und dabei auch schon halbwegs angedeutet, um welche Art von Buch es sich handeln könnte. Der Klappentext und die Leseprobe haben dann ihr übriges getan und ich wusste, dass ich dieses Buch lesen "musste". Ich wurde auch nicht enttäuscht. Das ist das erste Buch dieser Autorin, das ich gelesen habe und ich muss sagen, mir gefällt ihr Stil, ihre Schreibweise und auch die Charaktere und die Welt, d [...]

    23. First Step Forward is the first book in the Grand Valley series! Cooper Lowry has spent the last 8 years playing pro football and it's when he gets a hard hit and forced off the field for a short break, he unexpectedly runs into Whitney Reed at a store. Whitney is only a few months from losing her organic apple farm and is trying to secure a loan but meeting Cooper was the last thing she ever expected. It's when Whitney gives Cooper her homemade apple butter that will make Cooper want to drive t [...]

    24. The Grand Valley series starts off with a winning story packed with very appealing characters plus a plot that fully captures the imagination. I have never read any books by Liora Blake, but I will definitely be picking up her backlist to discover what I missed. From the moment Cooper Lowry is met, I instantly fell in love with this sometimes grouchy man whose life is filled with uncertainties. Whitney Reed is delightfully different from many women, yet her caring nature shines through time and [...]

    25. When I saw Liora Blake had a new series I eagerly signed on to read it. Add in the fact that it's set in Colorado and I instantly became fixated (and promptly planned a day trip to Hotchkiss only to have my plans thwarted by who knows what). Anyway, one chapter in and I was enamored. I learned in reading the True North series that Blakes writing is flawless; her characters are magical and her story lines well developed. First Step Forward is everything I hoped for and more. Blake does one amazin [...]

    26. My Review:I fell in love with this author's writing with her True series, but I was still astounded by just how much I loved this book and this story. With this book, this author just solidified her place on my auto-buy-author list. I loved this book so, so much!!The book begins on game day when Cooper gets his bell rung and is trying not to let the fact that he's concussed show. As a result, he's about to pass out when he meets Whitney at the convenience store. Whitney has no idea who he is, al [...]

    27. A little foodie, a little sports, and a whole lot of love. First Step Forward is a great start to Grand Valley series. It’s a story of two very different people who found love in each other while down on their luck. Liora Blake is a new to me author, and I’m very happy to report that FSF is my kind of love story. It was fun, flirty, and it was a sweet read. Cooper Lowry is at the tail end of his football career and after a bad play on the field, he was ordered complete rest away from footbal [...]

    28. "But I don't love you anyway. I love you because. Because you're a grouch, because you're determined, because you're a good man. Because, Cooper."First Step Forward, the first book in a new Grand Valley series, is my first book of Liora Blake. And I have to say it's an absolutely enjoyable first time for me! The story introduced us to an unlikely pair as the main characters: a grumpy, jaded, seasoned pro-footballer and a free-spirit and self-reliant lady organic farmer. Both told the tale from t [...]

    29. This is the first book I've read by Liora Blake and she's made a new fan. First Step Forward is witty, intriguing and sexy. The writing is fresh, hilarious and kept me entertained and interested from start to finish. Cooper Lowry is a pro football player on the wrong side of thirty who takes a hard hit and gains himself a concussion. Whitney is a fruit farmer trying to save her business. When a chance meeting at a drug store in the middle of the night starts with a grumpy, cantankerous Cooper gr [...]

    30. LOVED everything about it!Do I recommend it? Absolutely YES, recommend to anybody who likes romance of any genre.Genre: ContemporaryPOV: Dual Writing: 5/5 stars, I absolutely adore her writing, witty, intelligent, realistic, beautifully done.Story/Plot: 5/5 stars, a little unique, a pro football player and a modern-day hippie Characters: Rich, believable charactersEmotions: 5/5 stars, you get a bit of everything in here [little angst], LOL moments with epic storytelling.Flow/pacing: 5/5 Not rus [...]

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