Long Shot



[Reading] ➸ Long Shot Author Hanna Martine – E17streets4all.co.uk From Hanna Martine, author of the Elementals novels A Taste of Ice and Liquid Lies, comes the debut of a brand new series set in a small town where the Highlands come aliveJen Haverhurst is on the ver From Hanna Martine, author of the Elementals novels A Taste of Ice and Liquid Lies, comes the debut of a brand new series set in a small town where the Highlands come aliveJen Haverhurst is on the verge of becoming a partner in New York City s top event planning company when her sister calls begging for help The New Hampshire town of Gleann where they spent many happy childhood summers is in danger of losing its main attraction, the Highland Games Jen reluctantly agrees to take over running the Games, as well as helping with their aunt s failing BB But she didn t count on Leith MacDougallBefore Jen left town ten years ago, Leith was a summer friend who grew into something much Since then, he s become a legend of the Highland Games, winning three years in a row Now retired, he s just about ready to skip town to chase his own dreams of successBut when Jen tries to convince Leith to stick around and help revive the Games, their youthful romance is revived into a very grown up Highland affairFIRST IN A NEW SERIES.Long Shot

I have loved stories particularly the romantic kind since I was very young I spent a decade working in an office, but I ve since dedicated myself to writing I ve traveled to many wonderful places around the world, including the haunted Scottish castle in which I got married Though I live outside Chicago with my family, my heart will always belong to Australia The books listed here on my Goodreads page are ones that have influenced my writing, that have spoken to me in some deep and wonderful way, and that I enthusiastically recommend.

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  • Paperback
  • 304 pages
  • Long Shot
  • Hanna Martine
  • English
  • 04 March 2019
  • 0425267512

10 thoughts on “Long Shot

  1. says:

    Review posted Happily Ever After ReadsBlog rating C Jen and Leith were best friends when she started coming to Gleann during the summer with her sister when she was growing up Their friendship turned into young love, but Jen didn t return Leith s feelings when she up and left for college without a word She had a ton to prove to herself all because of a bad relationship with her mother and she was driven to go to college and be the best in her profession She lost touch with Leith and the s Review posted Happily Ever After ReadsBlog rating C Jen and Leith were best friends when she started coming to Gleann during the summer with her sister when she was growing up Their friendship turned into young love, but Jen didn t return Leith s feelings when she up and left for college without a word She had a ton to prove to herself all because of a bad relationship with her mother and she was driven to go to college and be the best in her profession She lost touch with Leith and the small town of Gleann that she loved growing up but when her sister, who moved there, calls and asks for her help she can t say no The small town s economy is suffering and the annual Highland Games that bring in much needed money from tourists is on the verge of being cancelled Jen takes time off from her demanding event planning job in New York to come try to revamp the games and help Gleann.Leith is one of the businessmen impacted by the bad economy His landscaping business is going under and he s starting to look in other locations to restart his business But he s having a hard time letting go of Gleann because of the connection the town has to his late father Leith hasn t dealt with his grief over losing his dad, his only family, and it s weighing on him He stopped competing in the Highland Games, it was something that he would do with his dad, he hasn t even been able to go in and clear out his dad s house even though he s been gone for years Leith has also never been able to forget about Jen, his first and only love, so when he finds out that she s back in town, he can t stay away.I found the first half of the book to be very engaging It was easy to picture this small, struggling town and understand the impact that the Games have on Gleann Both Jen and Leith are interesting characters Jen s a workaholic and she s trying to juggle her New York job, a job where she s fighting for a promotion, with helping Gleann She starts to find her attention and especially her heart divided as she falls back into this small town and finds other ways to help the people generate new interest in the town all year long and not just around the Highland Games.Leith was so easy to feel for Where Jen comes off a little harder,driven and we learn why when we find out about her upbringing, Leith just made me want to hug him He has no family, he has a business that s suffering and he should have left Gleann years ago, but he can t get over the death of his father He ends up having a scene that brought tears to my eyes when he finally starts to deal with his grief and start to move on Leith s romance with Jen felt a little understated, but not in a bad way I liked seeing them fall back into being friends, close friends that caused mischief and mayhem when they were younger and still had that fun factor in their friendship years later Their romance just fell back into place and while nice, it didn t stand out as being front and center The story really focused on their careers, how their relationship was going to work with Jen being in New York and Leith trying to find his new business location and their roles in getting the Highland Games off the ground and making it a success.The second half of the story dragged a little for me There was a lot of buildup for the Highland Games but we really don t see much of it on page In fact, we getdetails about the actual events through a different competition at the end of the book But I m a sucker for a small town setting and I thought Gleann was charming on page and I liked the people we meet including Jen s sister, Leith s friend from out of town and an interesting whiskey expert who does a favor for Jen in attending the Games and might have met her match with a Rugby player who can t take his eyes off her.While I do wish the second half the book would have captured my attention as much as the first half did, I did enjoy the story, especially getting to know Leith and seeing him start to move his life forward The romance didn t wow me, but the relationship between Jen and Leith starting as friends and ending as lovers was sweet and their HEA was satisfying

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    So I ve been wrestling with a sinus infection for the last coupla days and despite the stack of manuscripts waiting for me, I wanted to read something that wasn t going to require much thinking Long Shot was perfect.There was no obvious plot holes, no well, why doesn t character X just do this , no I ve read this before, no The world doesn t work that way, and especially no eye rolls I barely had to think at all, I could just enjoy the story It was lovely Being me, I did have two t So I ve been wrestling with a sinus infection for the last coupla days and despite the stack of manuscripts waiting for me, I wanted to read something that wasn t going to require much thinking Long Shot was perfect.There was no obvious plot holes, no well, why doesn t character X just do this , no I ve read this before, no The world doesn t work that way, and especially no eye rolls I barely had to think at all, I could just enjoy the story It was lovely Being me, I did have two thoughts The first one was Aw, that s a sweet acknowledgements page The second was I m impressed with how the author consistently takes a very popular to the point of cliche subgenre and puts a fresh spin on it If you re wondering about the difference in coherency, the last thought was towards the end and my next dose of medication had just kicked in In any case, it s true Liquid Lies took on paranormal romance and focused on a race species that s not usually seen In Long Shot, we got that small town feel that s so popular in contemporaries these days, but that wasn t the only setting we got I was also very impressed by where Martine decided to take the ending No worries, this is definitely still a romance, but Martine, well, let s say she went outside the traditional small town boundaries There was an excerpt for the next book at the end and I was excited to see that it was going to be view spoiler Shea and Rugby Guy I thought they had mad chemistry and I like that he s going to be a rough n tumbly kinda sweet I think rugby may be the next big sports thing But Chris should have his own book too nods firmly hide spoiler Anyways, I recommend Long Shot for those cozy fall days when you just want to curl up under a blanket with a cuppa somethin hot and sink into a book Or just don t wanna think Either way

  3. says:

    This was a really sweet contemporary I really enjoyed the story and the characters especially Jen who was strong, independent and ambitious Leith was pretty amazing too He can wear a kilt and still be swoonworthy They both had interesting stories on their own and their own baggage to deal with I enjoyed their relationship and how they reconnected after all those years I liked that it wasrealistic romance than the rich successful guy who sweeps the girl off her feet I cant wait for t This was a really sweet contemporary I really enjoyed the story and the characters especially Jen who was strong, independent and ambitious Leith was pretty amazing too He can wear a kilt and still be swoonworthy They both had interesting stories on their own and their own baggage to deal with I enjoyed their relationship and how they reconnected after all those years I liked that it wasrealistic romance than the rich successful guy who sweeps the girl off her feet I cant wait for the next book in the series

  4. says:

    The nice thing about this quick romance was the fact that it seemed a littlehonest than others Not sappy And I enjoyed the Highland Games details and descriptions I am looking forward to reading the others in the series when I need a mental vacation.

  5. says:

    An easy read, but I didn t love the heroine I understand her background drove her to do some great things in her life, but she was a little holier than thou especially to her sister , and that rubbed me the wrong way.

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    Review originally posted here BerkleyPublish Date 1 OctHow I got this book ARC from the publisher via NetgalleyJen Haverhurst is on the verge of becoming a partner in New York City s top event planning company when her sister calls begging for help The New Hampshire town of Gleann where they spent many happy childhood summers is in danger of losing its main attraction, the Highland Games Jen reluctantly agrees to take over running the Games Review originally posted here BerkleyPublish Date 1 OctHow I got this book ARC from the publisher via NetgalleyJen Haverhurst is on the verge of becoming a partner in New York City s top event planning company when her sister calls begging for help The New Hampshire town of Gleann where they spent many happy childhood summers is in danger of losing its main attraction, the Highland Games Jen reluctantly agrees to take over running the Games as well as helping with their aunt s failing BB But she didn t count on Leith MacDougall.Before she left town ten years ago, Leith was a summer friend who grew into something muchSince then, he s become a legend of the Highland Games, winning three years in a row Now retired, he s just about ready to skip town to chase his own dreams of success.But when Jen tries to convince Leith to stick around and help revive the Games, their youthful romance is revived into a very grown up Highland affair This blurb came from the author s website.I found Martine when I started hearing some buzz about the first story of The Elementals, Liquid Lies After reading it and the next installment, Martine joined my autobuy list While I was at Romantic Times Book Convention this past May I learned that she was starting a contemporary series and I knew that I had to give it a try After I found out that it involved the Highland Games I really wanted a copy Somewhere a picture might be floating around of me participating in an event during a Highland Games So when I saw Long Shot was available for review I had to request a copy.On the surface, this was a story of a woman returning to her hometown in an attempt to rescue the failing town There she ran across her old boyfriend and discovered that there was a lotthan rescuing a town in her future Underneath, Martine created a very tangled web of family, emotion, history, old familiar habits, and self protection Some of the characters were caught in that web while others had broken free and were continuing to spin a new reality in the old place I really enjoyed the additional depth that Martine included because it elevated the tropes she used and kept me invested.Jen had some issues She was so driven and focused on both escaping her past and trying to make up for it that business came before family Yes, she regretted those decisions and always planned to make up for them but she always made the same choice In fact, a couple of occasions when I thought she had made that final step she reverted back to form I did really like how she was good at her chosen profession and willing to do everything possible to save the town despite their less than welcoming atmosphere.Leith had his issues as well He was finally planning on leaving his dying hometown to start anew but he was also holding onto old emotional baggage He was really good at using his hometown hero status to smooth the way for Jen but that same status made him extremely uncomfortable His discomfort was evident but he refused to open up emotionally enough to explain why or to participate in the sport that was once an integral part of his life He wanted Jen to be open to considering the possibility that people had changed, and she could change along with them but he didn t want to risk changing.One of the other things that I really enjoyed was how each person pointed things out to the other that opened them to the possibility of a different viewpoint It wasn t until much later in the story that the gloves came off and some harder truths were brought up In each case it seemed as if the point was made and the other person left to decide what they were going to do I liked that they appeared to be free of manipulative techniques because that indicated that both Jen and Leith respected the other person s ability to think and make decisions This gave me a lot of hope for their relationship as I was reading and wondering how they would manage to get to a Happy For Now HFN if not a Happy For Ever HEA.I also loved the big scene at the end Both Jen and Leith had worked through some of their issues but Jen had the most to do to prove that she had changed I have been known to complain about the lack of a big scene or a grovel when I felt it was required, so to see everything that Jen did, not only was I caught up emotionally, I did a little happy chair dance This was an enjoyable read made evenso by the supporting cast interactions I am looking forward to the sequel because I think the contrast between the hero and heroine will be very entertaining With this new series, I am very glad to say Martine continues to hold my interest.I give Long Shot a B

  7. says:

    Review courtesy of Dark Faerie TalesQuick Dirty Story about reunited loves, letting go of the past and moving forward.Opening Sentence Jen Haverhurst swerved onto the gravel shoulder of Route 6 and braked the rental car with a jolt.The Review This book has many layers and stories that are crafted and woven throughout the plot, and yet somehow it manages to maintain a sense of gravity to reality, which made me step away from the book for a few days because it felt that REAL This is in no way Review courtesy of Dark Faerie TalesQuick Dirty Story about reunited loves, letting go of the past and moving forward.Opening Sentence Jen Haverhurst swerved onto the gravel shoulder of Route 6 and braked the rental car with a jolt.The Review This book has many layers and stories that are crafted and woven throughout the plot, and yet somehow it manages to maintain a sense of gravity to reality, which made me step away from the book for a few days because it felt that REAL This is in no way a complaint, but speaks to the skill in which this world has been crafted and these characters having such depth that the last thing I wanted to do after a stressful day at my 9 to 5 was dive right back into reality when I m reading too.Our main characters, Jen Havenhurst and Leith MacDougall, spent their summers growing up together and then the last summer they realized they both wantedto their friendship and a relationship blossomed Unfortunately, due to many factors and some of which are spoilers, they split and it is now ten years later and Jen has come back to fix the Highland Games that are the life s blood of Gleann Jenn comes back in part as a favor but also because of the great memories she has of her summers spent in this little New Hampshire town However for Leith, he has spent the past 10 years building a business, losing his childhood sweetheart and then his Da dies.These two characters have grown, changed and evolved into the adult versions of themselves and yet when you have these two in the same room together many of their past youthful indiscretions come back as beautiful memories of who they were and, in fact, who they have become as adults These stories are part of the joy in this book I enjoyed reading about the time they borrowed furniture and placed it elsewhere in town Or the time they borrowed Mr MacDougall s car.But as I initially stated, there are multiple levels of depth here and one of the layers is Jen s relationship with the rest of her family She has spent little time with her sister and niece and refuses to talk to her own mother in the last ten years Meanwhile, Jen s sister Aimee s relationship with Owen, a local man, brings up all sort of history for Jen that she wants to step in and fix On Leith s side, he has refused to allow himself to grieve You discover early on that he is living in a home that once belonged to one of his clients And his family home has been locked up since the funeral The only care that it receives is the maintenance of the lawn, which is nearly exactly what it was like the last time his Da stepped out the door Plus, Leith refuses to compete in the games where he was once the champion.But you are probably wondering about the romance between Jen and Leith The best word to describe it is steamy These two are combustible and dangerous around open flames when in the same room together and you don t mind getting a little singed around the edges.I m thrilled that I stepped into this world of Scottish games and was reminded why trying a new author and series can be the best thing a reader does.I look forward to Shea and Byrne s story in The Good Chase, especially since I adore men who play Rugby.Notable Scene Aimee pressed her palms to the countertop Please, Jen Let me do this Jen got it She d spent her life taking care of her older, crazier sister, and now Aimee had something to prove Okay, Jen said, lowering herself into a familiar wood chair around the heavy kitchen table She fingered the watermelon shaped placemats So I, uh, saw that sign out on Route 6 Aimee slid a cutting board onto the counter One dark eyebrow twitched Which one was that Jen hated the way she felt her neck heat up You know Ohhhhhh That one Aimee craned her neck to peek at the clock Wow, only twenty minutes For what For you to mention him Jen supposed it had to have taken coming back here to finally ask Aimee about Leith, considering neither of the sisters had brought up his name in ten years They put up that huge sign Jen asked Just for him FTC Advisory Berkley Penguin provided me with a copy of Long Shot No goody bags, sponsorships, material connections, or bribes were exchanged for my review

  8. says:

    Reviewed here I knew when I started reading Long Shot that it was a contemporary romance and not a paranormal one, like Hanna Martine s prior books As long as the word ROMANCE was still there, I had high hopes Not gonna lie Ms Martine has a way with Sexy Time scenes and Long Shot did not disappoint The good stuff centered around Jen and Leith meeting up again after 10 years Neither Jen or Leith are looking to rekindle their romance, but when Jen comes back in town to use her event plann Reviewed here I knew when I started reading Long Shot that it was a contemporary romance and not a paranormal one, like Hanna Martine s prior books As long as the word ROMANCE was still there, I had high hopes Not gonna lie Ms Martine has a way with Sexy Time scenes and Long Shot did not disappoint The good stuff centered around Jen and Leith meeting up again after 10 years Neither Jen or Leith are looking to rekindle their romance, but when Jen comes back in town to use her event planning skills to revive Gleann s Highland Games, chemistry and history take over.I am super happy to report I liked Jen Lately, I have not resonated with the female characters of the books I ve been reading, so it was almost a relief to realize I actually liked this one Jen is a realistic, capable, caring character that, despite fighting her own demons, is trying to help her sister and the small town she loved to escape to while growing up.As usual, I also fell hard for the hero Leith is the perfect angst ridden man, and the gravy is that he has muscles and wears a kilt on occasion Leith keeps up a strong appearance, but it is apparent that he is struggling personally and professionally While he needs to move to a different town to keep his business afloat, he feels like he is deserting the town that still idolizes him due to his prior Highland Game victories In the midst of this, Jen comes back to Gleann and their unresolved feelings flare up Jen s need to be successful drives her, and her hiatus in Gleann is challenged by a work crisis that demands she return to NYC Seriously, is nothing easy for this couple Long Shot is written in a very honest voice Even though it takes place in a small town, it does not read as contrived or overly fictional The story line is not trite, and chapter by chapter, loose ends might NOT be tied up in pretty bows This was part of the charm for me It seemed very real and I grew to love both Jen and Leith despite, or maybe because of, their flaws.While I loved this aspect of Long Shot, it also led to a teeny bit of frustration Really Jen and Leith have to pay their bills They don t have a small fortune to fall back on so we can relax and enjoy their romance Maybe I ve been reading too many books where someone is a millionaire and real life does not apply In Long Shot, that isn t the case and, instead, their romance has all the starts and stops that happen in real life Nothing is taken for granted, and you have to read all the way until the very end to find out if Jen and Leith actually get their happily ever after Bottom LineLovers of contemporary romance should definitely give Long Shot a try It is a well written, complex love story with the added benefit of men in kilts throwing heavy things what s not to love Rating A Note I received a review copy of this title courtesy of the author in exchange for an honest review

  9. says:

    This reunited lovers story was delightful and surprising I usually hate this trope because the characters spend half of the book avoiding each other or reminiscing about the best sex they ever had back in high school Thankfully, this book zigzagged around both of those issues in a believable way.Jen and her sister spent their summers in Gleann, New Hampshire with their aunt Leith, a local boy, befriended Jen at the playground As they grew up, they played harmless pranks around town During J This reunited lovers story was delightful and surprising I usually hate this trope because the characters spend half of the book avoiding each other or reminiscing about the best sex they ever had back in high school Thankfully, this book zigzagged around both of those issues in a believable way.Jen and her sister spent their summers in Gleann, New Hampshire with their aunt Leith, a local boy, befriended Jen at the playground As they grew up, they played harmless pranks around town During Jen s last summer in Gleann, Leith brushed his arm against Jen s, then he kissed her behind a store, and soon they were having sex in the back of his dad s Caddy But Jen had always wanted to go to college to escape her past and make something of herself Even though Leith begged her to stay, she walked away from him and moved to New York.Ten years later, Jen is back in Gleann She s an events organizer and her sister has begged her to come back and save the Highland Games, the town s lifeblood Jen takes a vacation from her job and soon enough ends up face to face with Leith Leith won the Highland Games a few times, so to say that he looks like sex in a kilt is a pretty accurate statement.Jen and Leith carefully reunite First they re polite, then friendly, then they talk about the past and acknowledge what it meant to each other Leith is in the midst of his own problems, with the death of his dad three years ago, and the failure of his landscaping business He s preparing to cut ties with Gleann and start over in Connecticut.These characters are amazingly honest with each other Jen doesn t lie, and Leith admits that he won t make her any promises because he doesn t want to let her down When they get back together, it s not bogged down with memories of the past Leith notes that it feels better to be with her today than it had in the past.After their first sexual encounter, Leith asks Jen why she only came once, which was the last thing I would have expected him to say They didn t just go back to how things were before, they re learned each other And neither of them freaked out about past partners, which was refreshing.The HEA did not happen how I was expecting, which was a nice surprise The author really showed how the characters grew and purposefully changed, which is a credit to the writing It s like their ten years of separation showed them how people can evolve into even better versions of themselves The resolution was mature, emotional, and pretty damn hot.This is the first in a series of books about the Highland Games The way they re described, with the insane athletics, whiskey bars, and strong men in kilts, makes it hard to resist I m definitely on board for the next one.Rating B This review originally posted on Red Hot Books at

  10. says:

    Long Shot, Highland Games 1, by Hanna MartineGrade C Maybe that s why he d never been able to give his heart away to anyone else over the past ten years because it was still here where Jen had smacked it down, and every time someone walked or drove across the field, they ground it deeper into the dirt Jen Haverhurst has one goal in life and that was to get out of her hometown and make something out of herself Now that she is up for partner at her event planning firm Jen has almost reached h Long Shot, Highland Games 1, by Hanna MartineGrade C Maybe that s why he d never been able to give his heart away to anyone else over the past ten years because it was still here where Jen had smacked it down, and every time someone walked or drove across the field, they ground it deeper into the dirt Jen Haverhurst has one goal in life and that was to get out of her hometown and make something out of herself Now that she is up for partner at her event planning firm Jen has almost reached her dream but when her sister calls frantic about the highland games in the town they spent their summers not taking place jen rushes to Vermont to save the day Being back in Gleann brings Jen face to face with Leith MacDougall, the man she loved so many years ago, and back to the town that saved her from her horrible childhood in Iowa Jen never expected to come back but she will do anything to save the town and the games When Jen left for college she took Leith s heart with her and he has never gotten over her With his father s passing Leith has nothing to hold him in Gleann any and he is setting out to fulfill his own dreams finally With Jen showing up Leith can t walk away until they finish what is between them and he refuses to lose her again With Jen back in town she starts to not only save the games but the town and the people in it and with some luck everyone can flourish once again When I read the blurb for this book I was so excited because what s not to like when there are highland games, people who were in love as children and Hanna Martine writing Unfortunately for me this book hadmajor flaws and I found myself bored with most of it I felt that I had read a lot of similar books like this but with characters that I liked and cared aboutI was really hoping that there would betime spent of the highland games since that s what the whole book was about I liked Leith but I felt that he let Jen walk all over him and he just waits around hoping things will be different this time I m glad he worked through his issues but by that time I had already checked out Jen has issues too but she takes forever to work on hers and I could never really figure her out Jen seems like the person who takes care of everyone but is the most screwed up and needs the most help to just let go and have some fun I was so annoyed with her that I almost couldn t continue to read All in all really disappointed and left wantingfrom the plot and the characters I m not sure if I m going to read the next book in the series but I might try it out and hopefully get someof the actual games that I wanted to read about

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