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Genres: Contemporary Romance
Released on February 20, 2012
Source: Book Tour Provided
Jona is a young homeless woman. She has been homeless all her life and has lost faith in human kind. Left on her own for years, abused and hungry, Jona just exists in life one day at a time. While hiding from the cold around Christmas time in an alley, she hides behind a dumpster while listening to a man be robbed, shot and left for dead in the dumpster. First Jona robs him despite hearing his moans. After she pawns his ring, she goes back not really understanding why she intends to save him.
James is robbed, shot and left for dead with a gunshot wound to his head. When he wakes up he has no memory of who he is, but there is a beautiful woman taking care of him. Instantly he is attached emotionally to her not knowing she stole from him, only knowing she saved his life.
When James’s family finally finds James, he still can’t remember them right off, but as the family tries to separate him from Jona, he becomes insane with finding her and his memories come flooding back. But Jona, who’s real name is Hope, will leave him if she knows he remembers bits and pieces of his life and more memories are coming back each day.
Through it all, danger lurks around every page. Hope is more than she think she is, but also the people who shot James are still out there. Not mention a lot of other characters that help in the end and create even more mystery.
Before I get to far into this review, I want to say I didn’t read book #1 in this series, so part of this book, I felt so lost as to who everyone was. I am assuming James really isn’t the greatest guy based on everyone’s reaction to him. But you see and feel him change because of Hope. She is his hope. Slowly we start to see Hope bloom into the woman she should be. While she may not be book smart, she is street smart as well as has a lot of common sense about things.
I loved Hope. I felt so much pain for her when some of her past was revealed. Leaping into the pages, I wanted to hurt everyone who had hurt her. It tore me apart to see anyone treated the way she was. James wasn’t too bad of a character, but I didn’t have any previous knowledge to jade me to his character.
If the book has stuck to the characters I would have given this a better score. The ending just confused me. I guess there is a Heart family with assassin type family members. There is also some very bad characters. Then there was another homeless person with interesting eyes and sisters hiding. It just got so confusing at the end that I missed the simplicity of Hope and James’s love story.
If you want a heart warming love story, you should read this. It will pull your heart strings and tie them in knots…in a good way.
About the author:
Detroit native, Sylvia Hubbard, a single mother of three, has worked tirelessly to promote and encourage emerging writers in Michigan. She independently published her first romance novel in 2000 and has continued to write in that genre, sometimes venturing into other subgenres. Always urban and contemporary styled, her writing is enjoyed all over the world. She has published 4 paperbacks and over 10 e-books.