Finding Hope (Starting Over #5) by Evan Grace

Title: Finding Hope
Series: Starting Over #5
Author: Evan Grace
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Jonathan Brooks knows what it’s like to find the kind of love most people only dream of. He also knows what it’s like to lose it in the worst possible way.

After burying his wife and the mother of his daughter, Jonathan lost all faith in love. He struggles to cope with his grief, being a single parent to Josie, as well as taking care of his younger sister Tessa, and he’s convinced he will never be able to love anyone again.

Deaf since the age of four, Shannon O’Tool has always been a fighter and never allowed her disability to define her. 

She’s a strong woman, and when the attractive Officer Brooks makes her an offer that promises nights of pleasure, but excludes any and every kind of emotional entanglement, the redhead beauty is convinced she can handle it. 

When the unexpected happens, life-changing decisions must be made. 

Determined not to open his heart to anyone, Jonathan does everything he can to keep himself as distant from Shannon as possible. But when their agreement to keep things strictly physical turns into something neither of them expected, Jonathan is once again forced to deal with the fact that life doesn’t always turn out the way you want it to. 

Jonathan must choose—
Hold on to the past, or be strong enough to let it go in time to realize that he might just be able to find hope…

Finding Hope is the fifth book in the Starting Over Series. This book centers around Shannon and Jonathan and can definitely be read as a standalone. Finding Hope is my first Evan Grace book and to be honest as soon as I got it I started reading the series from the start.

We start with Jonathan’s back story which is quite heartbreaking. He looses his soulmate and wife at a young age left to raise his young daughter alone, with the help of his sister.  Shannon is really a lovely girl and a really interesting character.

Shannon and Jonathan’s relationship starts with them being more or less f*** buddies, and their path is not an easy one.
To be expected Jonathan screws up really badly and I was not even surprised.
However, the passion between these two was smoking.
It is an easy and really quick read, though at times it felt forced at least for me, but the story and the characters were both so great that it made up for anything else.
Overall this was a great series and Finding Hope is the last of it and I think the Series was completed with a bang.  I look forward to reading more work by Evan Grace and I am really pleased to have started this series from the start.
I hope you enjoy Jonathan and Shannon’s story as much as I did.

A Midwesterner and self-proclaimed nerd, Evan has been an avid reader most of her life, but five years ago got bit by the writing bug, and it quickly became her addiction, passion and therapy. When the voices in her head give it a rest, she can always be found with her e-reader in her hand. Some of her favorites include, Shayla Black, Jaci Burton, Madeline Sheehan and Jamie Mcguire. Evan finds a lot of her inspiration in music, so if you see her wearing her headphones you know she means business and is in the zone.



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