Book Reviews

Losing Hope by: Colleen Hoover

17340050[1]In the follow-up to Colleen Hoover’s #1 New York Times bestseller Hopeless, the charming and irresistible Dean Holder tells the passionate story that has melted thousands of hearts.

In Hopeless, Sky left no secret unearthed, no feeling unshared, and no memory forgotten, but Holder’s past remained a mystery.

Still haunted by the little girl he let walk away, Holder has spent his entire life searching for her in an attempt to finally rid himself of the crushing guilt he has felt for years. But he could not have anticipated that the moment they reconnect, even greater remorse would overwhelm him…

Sometimes in life, if we wish to move forward, we must first dig deep into our past and make amends. In Losing Hope, bestselling author Colleen Hoover reveals what was going on inside Holder’s head during all those hopeless moments—and whether he can gain the peace he desperately needs. (Goodreads)

**The release of Losing Hope will be at midnight tonight (July 7th) via Amazon in the ebook version. Paperback copies are available October 15th, 2013.

Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an advance, uncorrected reader’s proof. I made sure I read it amidst all the 4th of July celebrations!

First and foremost, you MUST read Hopeless prior to Losing Hope. I read it back in January 2013 and this was my review on Goodreads:

17334411[2]This was my first Colleen Hoover book and I was left speechless!! She writes an amazing story and you can’t put it down. I loved the building relationship of Sky and Holder.  As a reader you can feel a huge secret is about to unfold and when you find out what Holder’s tattoo means…..Are you kidding me?! I wished there was more of Six and Breckin at the end of the story at a time when Sky really needed friends. Definitely a story I will NOT forget.

I hear there might be a book #2 in the works. Let’s HOPE!

Losing Hope has been questioned as being the same book as Hopeless but from Holder’s POV. Not to fear, it is not. It is much more than just the same story told from his perspective. There are brand new scenes added and more pieces to the puzzle. I loved that we get to experience the relationship with Holder and his sister Lesslie and their bond was touching. Again, as I said in the first brief review, I wanted more Breckin and Six encounters (because they are awesome) but this is Holder’s story and we get more insight from his parents and Lesslie. Also, a new friend Daniel, who is quite the character, is introduced.

While being a challenging book to review (because saying too much would give away spoilers) it was not difficult to get sucked into the pages. The story will leave you breathless again with the new twists and shocking story plot.  It has heavy, traumatic elements but the building romance, friendship, humor and swoon-worthy moments will leave you smiling and your heart racing.

The best thing about Colleen Hoover’s writing (to me) is her take on the male lead. Losing Hope was the first book I  read by Hoover. I was so taken by her writing style and development of characters that I went out and read Slammed and Point of Retreat right away. Will (from Slammed and POR) and Holder are such fantastic male leads. They are gentlemen, witty, protective but not creepy, intelligent, considerate, and sexy as heck. But she doesn’t fill the pages with how gorgeously perfect they are. She doesn’t do that with any of her characters. The characters are beautiful and irresistible because of their imperfections. A favorite quote:

“I can’t even explain to you how perfect this girl is. And when I say perfect, I mean imperfect, because there’s just so much wrong with her. But everything wrong with her is everything that draws me in and makes her perfect.”

To find out more about this amazing author, visit her website at: http://colleenhoover.com/

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