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Review: Love After All by Jaci Burton

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Love After All
Author:
Jaci Burton
Reviewer:
Nima
Rating: B+

What I’m Talking About:

I’m not exactly sure how to review Love After All, book 4 in the Hope Series.  It is a very predictable narrative because there’s virtually no plot.  Parts of it are even cliché for the regular romance reader. There is a quote from the book that sums up the plot in its entirety, “For them, it had just…happened.”  So why on earth did I give it a B+?  Why did I even finish the book? Because I just… liked it.

Chelsea Gardner and Sebastian “Bash” Palmer have known each other forever.  Their love story is probably more like real life than any romance novel I’ve read: two friends become more than friends and then live happily ever after.  There was one part that was supposed to be painful, but was resolved so quickly I didn’t have time to mentally go get a bandage.  Perhaps the “happily ever after” is the most unrealistic part of the book.  It’s really the only thing that’s ever in doubt—until it’s not.  Well, that and Chihuahua that acts like a golden retriever rather than every nervous, barking wreck of a small dog I’ve ever met.

I liked Chelsea and Bash.  As characters go, they’re comfortable and readable.  We’ve already gotten to know them a little from the previous books so a lot of set-up wasn’t necessary.  In a nice change of pace from the common romance novel, we get to see them just fall and be in love with each other.  We get to be in love with them being in love.  It’s a delicious hiatus, and probably was for author Jaci Burton as well, from the angst and annoying self-doubt that is typical of contemporary romance.  Maybe the timing on this one was just good for me.  Maybe it will be for you too.

My Rating:  B+ Liked It A Lot

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About the Book:

High school math teacher Chelsea Gardner has the perfect plan. She’s tired of dating all the wrong men, and after years of frustration, she’s developed a foolproof list of requirements for finding “The One.”

Bar owner Sebastian “Bash” Palmer finds Chelsea beautiful, smart and fun, but he thinks her list is ridiculous and unnecessary.  Intent on proving Chelsea is looking for love in all the wrong ways, he offers to help her find the “perfect” man.

Chelsea knows Bash isn’t the right guy for her—he barely meets one of her criteria—but there’s something about the charismatic man that has her yearning for things that are most definitely not list approved.

Because sometimes, a relationship that looks totally wrong on paper can turn out incredibly right…

Release Date: March 31, 2015
Publisher:
Jove
Series:
Hope Series #4
ISBN: # 978-0515155631
Genre:
Contemporary Romance
Format(s):
paperback (304 pages), e-book, audiobook
Book Source: Publisher

Purchase Info:
Love After All (Hope Series #4)

Reviews in the Series:
Hope Flames by Jaci Burton (Hope Series #1)
Hope Ignites by Jaci Burton (Hope Series #2)
Hope Burns by Jaci Burton (Hope Series #3)

  • I had a good time with this one too even though, yeah, not much plot. They really were just likable 🙂

  • Yours is the second review I’ve seen for this book and I’m thinking I’d enjoy this series. I’m very drawn to the animal element for one, but I’m also okay with the no plot (in theory at least). I’m more interested in characters generally, so I think that would work for me. Great review !

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