Hope Smolders by Jaci Burton
Jane Kline has been taking it day by day ever since her now ex-husband spiraled into drug addiction and then disappeared. She’s working two jobs and caring for her children so Jane has little time for herself. When her ex-husband’s old friend, Will Griffin, asks her out she’s surprised and unsure but decides to give it a try. But Jane never expected to fall so quickly for Will and now all her insecurities are surfacing.
Hope Smolders was a quick read that introduces the small town of Hope where Jane and Will have lived their whole lives. While we meet a few other people in town I was happy that Jaci Burton didn’t overwhelm us with too many characters; it was the just the right balance for setting up a new series. Will was a near perfect hero who sees past Jane’s exhaustion and body insecurity and instead sees the hard working, caring mother she is. Jane was really sweet but definitely very hard on herself; she makes some mistakes in their relationship, but she’s honest about them and always apologizes to Will.
One of the things I liked most about Hope Smolders was that it centers around a hero and heroine with normal lives who date like normal people. Often romances have characters that bypass any type of dating for quick flings or tumultuous relationships. While I like those books it’s also nice to mix it up every once and while with some old school dating.
3 out of 5 stars
Jane Kline is a struggling divorcee and single mother with a social life on hold. Not only does Jane not have the time to date anyone, she’s not even going to consider making herself vulnerable to another man after being deserted by her husband. That’s why Will Griffin, her ex’s former best friend, takes her totally by surprise.
What would such a hot and sexy wild card see in a harried mother juggling two kids and two jobs? For starters, everything Jane no longer sees in herself. As she dares to take the flirtation to the next step, Jane finds herself back where she never wanted to be—falling for another man. Now it’s up to Will to convince Jane that she has everything he wants in a woman, and that the second time around can be the best time of all.
Published by Jove on February 25, 2014
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