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Guys like Joel Wentworth weren’t supposed to fall in love with girls like me. He could have had his pick of the girls on campus, but somehow the laws of nature were defied and we fell crazy in love.

For a short time, I thought it would be for infinity.

On July 10, 2006, immediately after graduation, Joel left for New York. And, despite him wanting me to go with him, I’d refused, unwilling to disappoint my parents and risk the judgment of my friends. I hadn’t seen him again. Never even spoke to him.

I’ve spent the last eight years working hard to put my career front and center in my life, dodging any personal complications. I have a strict no-dating policy. I’ve managed to piece together a reality that works for me.

Until now.

Now, Joel’s coming back to London.

And I need to get over him before he gets over here.

Hopeful is a stand alone novel.

***Not suitable for younger readers due to sexual content and language.***


*Review copy received from the author for an honest review*

4.5 Stars

I am on a roll!! This is the 3rd book this week that I have fallen in love with. To the point of not being able to stop, and finishing it in a few short hours 🙂

Ava and Joel’s story really pulled at my heart strings. And you know why, because there love was true and honest. Yeah, they made a few mistakes but it was never intentionally hurtful. They truly did want what was right for the other. This is a story of young love that blossoms over time….actually, over a LOT of time.

“I still loved him. I would always love him. I was so, so sorry.”

The only thing that could have made this better for me, would have been getting even a tiny bit of the story from Joel’s POV. I felt the love he had for Ava, even without being in his head, but it would have made things even sweeter to know his thoughts. Ava’s thoughts certainly entertained me, and I bet his would have been even better.

“I’d wrecked him. I’d wrecked me. I’d wrecked us.”

One of the things I really loved about the story is that it switches back and forth between past and present. It was like I was on pins and needles the whole time about two different situations, which increased the emotional aspect of the story for me.

“I am not a lesbian, I am not a work-obsessed crazy person, and I’m not simply frigid. I’m just…”

And not only did you I enjoy Ava and Joel, but I enjoyed their whole crew of friends. A close group of friends like they are, can be hard to come by and it was heartwarming to read about their past and present situations, and love lives.

This was an awesome read, in my opinion. I look forward to more books by this author and highly recommend Hopeful to you all 🙂




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I write sexy, romantic, contemporary novels – the kind I like to read!

Ruined by romantic mini-series of the seventies and eighties, I love all things romantic. There’s not enough of it in real life so I’ll settle for books and films.

I love the rain, the West Wing, London, days when you don’t have to wear make-up, being alone, being with friends, elephants and champagne.

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