Author: Jillian Neal
Rating: 4.5 stars
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Blurb: 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?
Review: Even though this is my first visit to Gypsy Hope, I’m going to go back and check out this author’s previous books because she’s captured my interest with this great classic done right. When the high school nerd hooks up with the football hero, there’s usually a great backstory underneath–and this book’s no exception. How the author uses this odd pairing along with their deep friendship to create such a wonderful, deeply connected romantic relationship between these two–while wrapping it all up in a pretty pink bow of a small southern town–is something you’ll need to read to enjoy. Delicious!
This romance had more than a touch of heat to it, which made it a really great, funny read for me–in fact, the heroine’s shyness and naivete made the sweetly raunchy sex scenes even more surprising. She was just so open! And when you’re with your best friend, you’re not afraid to fly. Of course the bookstore idea is a bonus. As Brock and Hope deal with their rapidly changing relationship, neither one wants to go back to being just friends–but of course, they’re afraid the other one does. Who’s going to break first and admit to their real feelings?
Brock is in a world of hurt. His feelings of inadequacy go much further back, and if he admits to anything now, he’ll bring the entire high school football program down with him. But he can’t bear to let Hope go, and he could never hurt her by leaving her…