Hope Breaks

Author: Alice Bello

Recommended by: Jasinda Wilder

Price at time of purchase: Sent to me as an ARC–currently $0.99

Genre: It’s basically a romantic comedy with bits of New Adult and eroticism tossed in.

Give a brief description of the story.

Hope Jones has two problems: one is new, the other is depressingly old.

The new problem: the bestselling author the publisher she shoots romance novel covers for hates her newest batch of covers. She has until the end of the week to come up with a breathtaking shot or she’ll be replaced. And there’s a sudden model shortage; they’re out of season.

The old, depressing problem: she hasn’t had a date, sex or a relationship in over two years.

She also has one hell of a headache.

Hope finds the cures for her two problems during a search through Wal-Mart for a painkiller to kill her headache.

Turns out the aisles of the retail giant are rampant with hot young model worthy specimens. And when her trusty Ford Taurus breaks down in the parking lot, a hunky mechanic in the Tire and Lube Express department fixes more than just her car.

Seemingly her troubles are good as gone…but then her new, fabulous cover is rejected, and in a desperate moment she has to choose between keeping her job and keeping the man she’s just starting to fall in love with.

35,000 Word Novella.

 What did you think the author did particularly well?

This was a funny book; this is the authors first book, and it shows promise. Clean writing, well-developed characters, a good flow, well-written sexy times. The ending wasn’t HEA, but it’s part of a series, so that’s okay.

What was your favorite thing about the story?

Hope’s fight with herself over the decision she ends up making in the end was well-done. It made for some great internal tension that kept the story moving.

The narrator reminds me of a Sandra Bullock character from a romantic comedy: a little awkward but funny and cute. 


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