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Series: Gypsy Beach #4
on September 22, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance
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From the time a car accident took her parents lives when she was a child, Hope Hendrix has lived in perpetual fear of most everything. Tired of always chickening out, she decides to grab onto life and really live it. For Hope, that means finally telling her best friend, Brock Camden, that she's been in love with him since high school.
Misplaced cowboy and the town's famed football star, Brock Camden, has lived a life of lies for so long all he knows is regret. It was never the life he wanted, but the past can't be undone. Now, Hope, the one girl he's always longed for, admits she wants him, too. Can he escape the web of deceit thrust upon him when he arrived at the shores of Gypsy Beach and have a real life with Hope, or will all the lies and uncertainty ultimately be their undoing?
Also in this series: Gypsy Beach, Gypsy Heat
Also by this author: Gypsy Beach, Gypsy Heat, Coincidental Cowgirl
I admit it: I’m a sucker for the ‘friends to lovers’ troupe – and Gypsy Hope by Jillian Neal does it beautifully. I’ve enjoyed all the previous Gypsy Beach installments (each of which can be easily read as a standalone) and Gypsy Hope now stands as my favorite one – not an easy task considering how much I adore Ms. Neal’s books!
Hope Hendrix is a bookshop owner and part-time librarian in the Carolina coastal town of Gypsy Beach; her best friend since age fourteen is transplanted Nebraska native Brock Camden, who harbors shame at his own struggles with the written word. Despite Brock’s longstanding attraction to Hope, which is very mutual, and the completeness he feels in her company, Brock believes his weakness makes him unworthy of Hope’s love. How can a brilliant woman like Hope, so in love with reading, ever be satisfied with a man who can’t even read a menu? The answer is easy for Hope, Brock is everything she has ever wanted – and needed.
Hope’s devastating loss of her parents at a young age, and her desire to please the narrow-minded aunt who raised her, have caused her to become guarded and risk-averse as an adult. Desire for the adventure and romance she finds in the pages of her beloved books finally force Hope to reach out to Brock to help her experience more out of life (both in and out of the bedroom!). Brock eagerly embraces a chance for more with Hope, even if he’s convinced himself it can only be temporary.
The chemistry and love between Brock and Hope is evident from their first appearance on the page together. If these two were your friends in real-life, you would constantly be screaming, “Why aren’t you two together!?!” It was very satisfying to witness Brock and Hope cast aside their fears and take a chance – at times also very sexy. Brock has a yummy rancher/cowboy vibe, yet his vulnerability and devotion to Hope were even more appealing than his country twang and well-fit jeans.
The lovely, well-written best friends to something more tale of Gypsy Hope would be engaging enough on its own, but the added layer of Brock’s learning disability provides the depth to make a good story great. I’m looking forward to Brock and Hope’s tale continuing in Coincidental Cowgirl: A Camden Ranch Novella, due out in early December and available for pre-order. Yee-haw!
About Jillian Neal:
Jillian somehow manages to blend her brainy sass, her cunning wit, and her loving heart in every novel she writes. She’ll keep your mind engaged while making you believe in the all-consuming power of love. Her characters, their stories, and their passion will keep you constantly coming back for more. Jillian’s novels will make you laugh, cry, and will most definitely leave you panting for breath. She always fills her pages with the breathings of her heart. It’s not something anyone should miss. Jillian lives with her own Romantic hero, her husband, and her two boys just outside of Atlanta and spends her days crafting wicked prose, sexy characters, and stories that will revive your belief in love.
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