Thursday, April 25, 2019

Review: Hope Smolders by Jaci Burton




Release Date:
February 25, 2014

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

(Hope Smolders previously appeared in the Hot Summer Nightsanthology.)

My Review

Jane Kline has no intentions of getting involved with another man. Her marriage turned out to be a nightmare, although she is left with two beautiful children. So, it wasn’t all bad but Jane would rather forget about her ex-husband and build a new life for herself and her two children.

When her ex-husband’s best friend, Will Griffin, comes around, she finds herself unexpectedly attracted to him. She tries to resist, but it’s not easy. Even her two children love the guy, but that brings Jane back to her first dilemma - does she really want another man in her life. She thinks the answer is no, but why is Will always on her mind?

I love novellas and series. I’m fortunate that this one is a fun one and the first in the series. I raced through this one. The two main characters, Jane and Will, are written so well. I could feel their pain and stress. I really cared about them. The author does a nice job of drawing the reader right into the story.

This one is a prequel to the Hope series and I’m looking forward to reading more.

For reading challenges:
Literary Escapes Reading Challenge 2019 (Oklahoma)

Disclosure: I borrowed the e-book from my library. . I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.


  1. This is an author I'v really been wanting to read. I love romantic suspense and this looks like a good one.

  2. Nice review, but not my kind of book- although the cover is nice :)


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