Review: Hope Smolders by Jaci Burton

Posted April 23, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 2 Comments

Review: Hope Smolders by Jaci BurtonHope Smolders by Jaci Burton
Series: Hope #.5
Published by Jove on February 25, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 134
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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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.


I started reading the first book in this series before I realized there was a short novella preceding it (hadn’t read more than a chapter). It didn’t seem like a big deal but I rarely read out of order. Thankfully, this novella was available at my digital library so before I post the review of the first book, here’s a short summary of this one.



Quick Summary

Jane Kline is a high school teacher working two jobs after her divorce from her husband. She has two young children and not much time (or money) for anything other than work and her family. Will Griffin notices her at the gym and sets out to convince her that her life can include a bit of romance.


Bottom line

This was a sweet but relevant love story and introduction to the series. Jane’s issues related to her husband’s abandonment of her and her children were awfully realistic. Protecting them was her primary goal and Will got caught up in all of this, even though he wasn’t anything like the ex.

While novellas tend to leave me wanting, I was really pleased with how the story did it’s job in introducing the town and the central characters we can look forward to reading about later in the series. And, Jane and Will’s romance was both heartwarming and sensual. I’m looking forward to getting into this series.



Jonetta + Cat

About Jaci Burton

Jaci Burton is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of over 50 books. She lives in Oklahoma and when she isn’t on deadline (which is often), she can usually be found wrestling with her uncooperative garden, wrangling her dogs, watching an unhealthy amount of television, or completely losing track of time reading a great book. She’s a total romantic and longs for the happily ever after in every story, which you’ll find in all her books.

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