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Losing Hope by Michelle Windsor
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Losing Hope was a really good read- every page was filled with depth and passion. I didn't want to put this book down once I started reading it!

Hope Yorke, a very wealthy New York businesswoman and socialite, was headed to her Vermont vacation home for some much needed rest and relaxation. She was exhausted from both a punishing workload as the VP of her father's publishing company, and a very recently broken heart.

Driving through a rainstorm on a deserted stretch of road, Hope encounters a disabled vehicle and its driver, the amazingly handsome ex-Marine Gage Flynn. Gage was on his way out of Vermont after doing some photography work for his friend's wedding, only to have his rental car die out on the road with no help in sight. Unable to call for help due to a combination of dead cell batteries and no signal, Hope decides to take a risk and brings Gage to her home to use the phone.
They arrive to find a power outage, which also disables the phone at the house, so Hope allows Gage to spend the night. Dinner, wine, and a powerful attraction combine into an explosively passionate encounter that shocks them both. One night turns into a week as the couple continues spending time together, falling more for each other with every passing day. Hope and Gage make plans to continue their relationship once back in New York, but when they arrive at the hangar to board Hope's company jet, Gage makes a painful discovery that has him walking away from a bewildered Hope with no explanation other than that she should ask her father for answers...

I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading this one. Taking a chance on a new author is always a bit of a gamble, but this time it really paid off! I was pulled into the story right from the very start, and I had to set aside everything else that I had planned for the afternoon because I needed to see what was going to happen next. I loved the time that the couple spent together in Vermont. There was just such a carefree feel to their relationship- a genuine affection for one another that drew me in and made me root for them to succeed. There was most definitely the insta-lust/love factor, but I think it worked here because of the couple's isolated surroundings. The love scenes were very sexy and quite hot, but worked well within the story.

I felt just as stunned as Hope when Gage walked away at the airport! Once I found out why he had, I wasn't sure how the author was going to be able to get this couple back together again. I will say that the second half of the story helped to make the couple's love more believable, since the author allowed for considerably more time to pass as the characters learned the truth about the past.
I did struggle a bit with some of the details that got revealed toward the end of the story, although the events had happened far before the current couple ever met. I also liked that the author showed that the characters needed to take some time to process their pain, which made their forgiveness seem more legitimate. The epilogue was very sweet, and it left me with a smile on my face.

I received an ARC from BookSprout (although I also picked up my own finished copy!) and I voluntarily chose to write an honest review.
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April 7, 2018 – Shelved

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