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…
We first meet Jonathon and Shannon in 'One Day at a Time' which gives a sneak preview of them and their story. Jonathon, having loved and lost previously, has been clear that a relationship is off the table. Whilst Shannon respected this, it all changed for her when there was a surprise addition and his reaction ran her off.
Whilst you can completely empathise with Jonathon and the way he feels, you also admire Shannon for standing her ground yet stepping up when Jonathon needed her most, putting the needs of others before her own.
This was another great read in this series which kept you on edge throughout but left you feeling good by its end. The characters and their flaws hooked me in and kept me caught in their journey to its very end.
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.