Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Book Review: Last Chance Beauty Queen

Author: Hope Ramsay
Title: Last Chance Beauty Queen
Publisher: Forever
Publish Date: February 1, 2012
Review Copy Provided By: Net Galley
Book Blurb: Dear Reader,
Gracious me, my beautiful daughter Rocky sure could use my help. I always knew she wasn't much interested in the local boys - but who'd have thought she'd come home with English royalty?
Trouble is, Hugh wants to buy some of our folks' land. We don't want to sell, but Rocky's job depends on her closing the deal. And though Hugh's obviously smitten, I'm not sure he's right for my Rocky. Oh, he's classy and handsome - and you should've seen the way he judged pies and fixed stock cars at our Watermelon Festival! - but what do we know about him, really? I know I sound like a nervous mother hen, but after forty happy years with my Elbert, all I want is to see my little girl find the same.
Well, time for me to quit chattering and get back to Miss Bray's wet set. Always nice talking to you, and remember: the Cut 'n Curl's got hot rollers, free coffee, and the best gossip in town.
See you real soon,
Ruby Rhodes

Review: If Debbie Macomber's Blossom Street could move to South Carolina and have a little more romance in it, it would be Hope Ramsey's Last Chance series. This is small town America meets sweet romance, with a little bit of sex tossed in for good measure.

Reasons why you should read Last Chance Beauty Queen

1. Quirky Characters abounding: A down-to-earth English aristocrat that wants to build a textile factory, Rocky's dad, who owns a miniature golf course called Golfing for God!, a little girl that sees angels and an ex-football player who will do anything to get the attention of the girl he thinks he wants to marry.

2. Great imagery of the typical American small town. You will fall in love with Last Chance, and you'll definitely want to go to the Watermelon Festival!

3. Its a series, but you really don't have to read these in order.

4. It is just so darn funny. It is hard to find humor in romance novels. There are some authors that do it well, and Hope Ramsey is one of them.

This book was a quick easy fun story. I fell in love with the town of Last Chance and all the people in it. Rocky was a wonderful heroine, she was smart, sweet and had a great sense of family. I loved that she wanted her career and life, but still cared for her hometown and didn't talk down or act like she was better than those at home.

The same can be said for Hugh. He was the type of character you wanted to be snotty, but he never was. He was a "regular guy" with a title, and you couldn't help but love him.

If you like authors like Sherryl Woods and Debbie Macomber, you'll be sure to love Hope Ramsey's Last Chance! Oh and isn't the cover adorable!

Rating: 4 flowers


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