First Step Forward (Grand Valley, #1) by Liora Blake 5 Star Review!!

First Step Forward (The Grand Valley Series) - Liora Blake

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 jersey chasers more 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 more 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.




Ah, the joy of an opposites attract romance. Gruff, grumpy football player with organic whimsical farmer. Works for me.


Blake is an exceptional writer. This book has excellent dialogue both external and internal. The settings are vivid and the character development spot on. The hero and the heroine like and then love each other with a huge dose of believable sexual chemistry.


It is a great romance. While they are different in many ways, as their falling in love occurs, we get to see all the wonderful connections they action do have below the surface.


It is a funny, charming love story that makes you feel good. They are both grow ups with individual issues, lives, friends, and talents, who are fine apart and glorious together.


This will go on my comfort read shelf for sure!