Friday, November 22, 2013

Last Chance Knit & Stitch by Hope Ramsay

Title:  Last Chance Knit & Stitch
Author: Hope Ramsay
My Rating: B-

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Last Chance #6
Release Date: November 2013
Main Characters: Simon and Molly
Publisher: Harlequin
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LAST CHANCE KNIT & STITCH by Hope Ramsay (November 19, 2013; Forever Mass Market; 9781455522279; $8.00)
Molly Canaday wishes she could repair her life as easily as she fixes cars. She was all set to open her own body shop in Last Chance when her mother ran off and left her to manage the family yarn shop instead. Now guided by the unsolicited-though well-intended-advice of the weekly knitting club, Molly works to untangle this mess. But her plan unravels when the new landlord turns out to be difficult-as well as tall, dark, and handsome.

Simon Wolfe returns to quickly settle his father's estate and then leave Last Chance for good. Still wounded by a broken heart, Simon is surprised when the town's charming streets and gentle spirit bring back good memories. Soon the beautiful, strong-willed Molly sparks a powerful attraction that tempts him to break his iron-clad no-commitment rule. Can Simon and Molly find a way to share work space-and build a future together in Last Chance?

My Review:
On the one hand, I liked this book. The set-up for the story was good and interesting. The writing was clean and well-done. I loved the parallels in the book to Little Women...including the final scene. That definitely made this Little Women reader/lover a very happy camper. I liked the quirky little town and the knitting shop. And I loved Simon's assistant, Angel.

I did have problems with the characters though. By my calculations the  heroine was 28 years old in the book. She still lives at home and still will NOT stand up for herself when it comes to her parents. What??? I understand this was a major source of the story's conflict, but it was never resolved. Instead something tragic happened to the family and it was swept under the rug as not important anymore. WHAT?? OMG, this drove me batty. I'm an idealist when it comes to my romance reading. I want a hero and heroine who I can look up to. While Molly was incredibly strong in some aspects, she CONSTANTLY let every single member of her family walk all over her. And she just took it, over and over again. Simon wasn't as bad....he did escape his tyrant parents 18 years ago. (And honestly, the way the story line is written it says that he made a mistake by doing so...ugh) Then he didn't stand up for himself or Molly any better when it came to her father trying to railroad him. Why, why, why??? This could have been such an amazing book, but that aspect ruined it for me.

okay, rant over. If you are a reader of the series, you will probably enjoy this one. I can see how the series is probably very good (which is good because I'm pretty sure I have a couple of these on my TBR pile.) The writing is clean and exceptionally easy to read. For this book, I simply had personal character issues.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Bio: Hope Ramsay grew up on the North Shore of Long Island, but every summer Momma would pack her off under the care of Aunt Annie to go visiting with relatives in the midlands of South Carolina. Her extended family includes its share of colorful aunts and uncles, as well as cousins by the dozens, who provide the fodder for the characters you'll find in Last Chance, South Carolina. She's a two-time finalist in the Golden Heart and is married to a good ol' Georgia boy who resembles every single one of her heroes. She lives in Fairfax, Virginia, where you can often find her on the back deck, picking on her thirty-five-year-old Martin guitar. 

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