Evan Bryant wasn't your typical hero.
But he was mine.
Broken by the worlds’ standards, he was still the strongest boy I would ever know.
My best friend. The boy I’d given everything to. My heart, my body, and the promise of forever.
The day I’d needed him most, he walked away.
He left me shattered and questioning the love I’d thought we’d shared.
Three years later, I wasn’t prepared for him to return to Gingham Lakes.
It wouldn’t have mattered if he wasn’t the most beautiful man I’d ever seen.
My fingers still would have ached to caress his skin.
My body still would have begged to get lost in his touch.
And my heart . . . it would have always sung his name.
But time changes things. With it, secrets that could ruin everything.
Can we find a way to love again, or have the fears of our past stolen the hope of our forever...
4.5 Heart Review by Ashley
Oh my goodness! A.L. Jackson did things to me with Hold on to Hope. I knew I was going to be in for it when I first heard about it but my heart just wasn't ready for Frankie Leigh and Evan. This friends-to-lovers-to-strangers-to maybe something romance slayed me from the first page.
I loved Frankie Leigh as a sweet and rambunctious kid. I liked Evan as a sweet, shy boy who had to be careful because of his condition. The fact that they had each other was a match made in friendship heaven. They got one another. Embraced each others fears and shortcomings. Lifted the other up when they needed it. Nothing could've tore them apart...until it did.
And with Evan back in Gingham Lakes and toting a sweet chunk of a baby, everyone is torn between elation, shock and relief. None more than Frankie Leigh. But she's also got heaps of hurt on top of all that. Evan knows he needs to make up for the pain he's caused he just doesn't know where to start. And his unicorn girl doesn't know how to let go. But when an unknown threat starts making their voice heard, all bets were off. Evan wasn't going to lose Frankie Leigh or Everett no matter the cost...
My return to Gingham Lakes tore my heart apart. Hold on to Hope was angsty. Full of pain, longing, acceptance, fear, grace, forgiveness and most of all, love. I could feel the love between Evan and Frankie Leigh pouring off the pages. Even with all the time and misery they had endured it was still there. They were each other's favorites despite it all. And that ending...made me an even bigger weepy mess, though this time it was happy tears. It was the perfect way to end this second-chance romance.
About the Author
A.L. Jackson is the New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance. She writes emotional, sexy, heart-filled stories about boys who usually like to be a little bit bad.
Her bestselling series include THE REGRET SERIES, CLOSER TO YOU, BLEEDING STARS, FIGHT FOR ME and CONFESSIONS OF THE HEART novels. Grab A.L. Jackson’s latest novel, HOLD ON TO HOPE, a best friends-to-lovers stand-alone romance.
If she’s not writing, you can find her hanging out by the pool with her family, sipping cocktails with her friends, or of course with her nose buried in a book.
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