Release Blitz and Review: Finding Hope
Title: Finding Hope
Series: Starting Over #5
Author: Evan Grace
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Jonathan Brooks knows what it’s like to find the kind of love most people only dream of. He also knows what it’s like to lose it in the worst possible way.
After burying his wife and the mother of his daughter, Jonathan lost all faith in love. He struggles to cope with his grief, being a single parent to Josie, as well as taking care of his younger sister Tessa, and he’s convinced he will never be able to love anyone again.
Deaf since the age of four, Shannon O’Tool has always been a fighter and never allowed her disability to define her.
She’s a strong woman, and when the attractive Officer Brooks makes her an offer that promises nights of pleasure, but excludes any and every kind of emotional entanglement, the redhead beauty is convinced she can handle it.
When the unexpected happens, life-changing decisions must be made.
Determined not to open his heart to anyone, Jonathan does everything he can to keep himself as distant from Shannon as possible. But when their agreement to keep things strictly physical turns into something neither of them expected, Jonathan is once again forced to deal with the fact that life doesn’t always turn out the way you want it to.
Jonathan must choose—
Hold on to the past, or be strong enough to let it go in time to realize that he might just be able to find hope…
I read the synopsis of this one and new I just had to see what it was about. Thank goodness, it was suggested to read the book prior to this one in the series as the characters overlap. I hesitate between 3.5 and 4 Hearts for this one. I am going with 4 simply because this book was a vast improvement over the previous book.
The meaty parts of the story are good. There is emotion and Jonathan's broken heart just about brings you to your knees. There is family and sisters and babies, a single dad. Lots of good stuff to jump on in this one. However, the author's style of "telling" what is happening and the jumpy transitions from scene to scene take some getting used to. Like I said, this book had a little less of the narrative and a bit more of the character conversation and emotion over the previous one in the series so an 'A' for effort for sure.
In the end, I did feel the connection between Shannon and Jonathan and could be happy in that they truly did have an HEA.
*Complimentary copy provided for an honest review.
A Midwesterner and self-proclaimed nerd, Evan has been an avid reader most of her life, but five years ago got bit by the writing bug, and it quickly became her addiction, passion and therapy. When the voices in her head give it a rest, she can always be found with her e-reader in her hand. Some of her favorites include, Shayla Black, Jaci Burton, Madeline Sheehan and Jamie Mcguire. Evan finds a lot of her inspiration in music, so if you see her wearing her headphones you know she means business and is in the zone.