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New Release Review and Hero Portrait: SERVING TROUBLE by Sara Jane Stone (with a Giveaway–Second Shot #1)

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Hero Profile for Serving Trouble


Sportsman Abdominal Muscle

Former Marine Noah Tager


Bartender and manager of the family business, Big Buck’s (Formerly Country) Bar.

Physical Description:

Blue eyes, blond hair with look-at-me biceps that suggest he’s been lifting more than pint glasses at his dad’s bar.


Shooting, but only at paper targets. Down and dirty rides on the old mechanical bull in the barn. And Josie—his best friend’s little sister.


Situations beyond his control. His former commanding officer. His memories from his time with the marines. Josie in trouble.

Portrait of a handsome young man with strong muscles and black shirt

Relationship Status:

Single. For now.

Typical Friday Night:

Serving drinks to the locals, mostly students from the nearby university and a few lumberjacks.

Favorite Song:

I’m To Blame by Kip Moore

Choice of Transportation:  

His truck.

Best Memory to Date:

Josie Fairmore riding the mechanical bull the night before he left for basic training.

Words to live by:

“She should be off-limits, but the part of him that had come back from serving his country broken and jaded just didn’t care.”


After several years on the other side of the publishing industry, Sara Jane Stone bid goodbye to her sales career to pursue her dream-writing romance novels. Sara Jane currently resides in Brooklyn, New York with her very supportive real-life hero, two lively young children and a lazy Burmese cat. Join Sara Jane’s newsletter to receive new release information, news about contests, giveaways, and more! Visit and look for her newsletter entry form.


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Second Shot #1
Sara Jane Stone
Releasing March 8th, 2016
Avon Impulse


The first sexy contemporary romance in Sara Jane Stone’s brand new Second Shot series!
Five years ago, Josie Fairmore left timber country in search of a bright future. Now she’s back home with a mountain of debt and reeling from a loss that haunts her. Desperate for a job, she turns to the one man she wishes she could avoid. The man who rocked her world one wild night and then walked right out of it.
Former Marine Noah Tager is managing his dad’s bar and holding tight to the feeling that his time overseas led to failure. The members of his small town think he’s a war hero, but after everything he’s witnessed, Noah doesn’t want a pat on the back. The only thing he desires is a second chance with his best friend’s little sister.
Josie’s determined to hold onto her heart and not repeat her mistakes, but when danger arrives on Noah’s doorstep and takes aim at Josie, they just might discover that sometimes love is worth the risk.



An enjoyable read!

Serving Trouble is a second chance romance and best friend’s little sister story. (A two-fer! Bonus!) At the start of the novel, both Josie and Noah are trying to put their pasts behind them. Way, way behind them. Josie, who’s always felt like the town screw-up, just wants to earn enough money to get herself out of the mountain of debt she’s in–without having to admit to anyone just where that debt came from. She wants a do-over, but not with Noah, because she’s sure she’s learned her lesson there. Noah’s time in the Marines didn’t quite go as planned, and now he’s got a bad taste in his mouth and possibly a vengeful former commander after him and a fellow Marine. He knows this isn’t the time or place to start anything up with Josie.

But the best of intentions aren’t going to be enough to keep them away from each other. Add in a box of kittens, and you can pretty much kiss their resolutions good bye….

Kittens. Barns. Mechanical bulls. All good things!

As much as I enjoyed Noah and Josie’s story–and I really did–I think I’m looking forward even more to finding out how Noah’s former teammate and current dishwasher Caroline’s problems get resolved. Fingers crossed that her book is next, because making that poor woman wait any longer would just be cruel!

Serving Trouble takes place several years after the events in the prequel novella, Running Wild . Though you don’t have to have read that one, the mechanical bull scene comes up more than once in this book, so…just trust me, you’ll be glad you did 😉

Rating: 4 stars / B-

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.



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  1. I have to say that the guy was not who I had in mind when I was reading Noah, but he is hot! And sort of looks like Devon Sawa. 🙂

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  2. He didn’t match what (who) was in my head either (but then, neither did the cover, bizarrely) but I’m not complaining!

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