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February 20, 2014

Love It: Hope Rises by Alice Bello

Series: Hope Trilogy 3
Format: Mobi
Release Date: January 6, 2014
Publisher: Self-Published
Source: Author
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Hope Jones’ life is falling apart.

She has two men competing for her attention—who knew that would be a bad thing! She has yet another ultimatum from her boss: recruit her famous ex-boyfriend and competing photographer, or lose her job. And she can’t stop running into the people she wants to avoid.

What’s a girl to do?

And so it ends. Alice Bello's super fun, entertaining and crazy novella starring cover art photographer/artist, Hope Jones, has come to a conclusion. It was fun while it started but it ended well, Hope found the resolution and redemption she wanted, got her HEA AND HOPE RISES opened a window for a spin-off. More on that later. 

It all started in Hope Breaks, Hope met and started a heated romance with hunky mechanic, Jake, but bungled it up because Hope wasn't very straightforward with Jake which broke the latter's trust on her. In Hope Entangles, Jake and Hope tried their darnest to get over each other and move on but to no avail. On the Hope front, she got a gorgeous distraction c/o of her neighbor, Raphael which made Jake's hackles rise. There was a mild love triangle going on for a bit because Hope was on the rebound and attracted to Raphael but Jake still holds her heart. Now it all came to a head in HOPE RISES where everything fell into place and everything ended happily. 

HOPE RISES was such a treat. Things just got more and more ridiculous and hilarious that it felt like this comedic party! I sure missed Jake and Hope's warring moms but the secondary characters more than made up for their absence. Bette and Raphael's brewing romance was a little surprise but made sense plus there are a few others that provided a lot of comedic relief. My only critique lie on the conflict where Jake's ex-wife/Hope's ex-BFF saw Hope and planted a seed of doubt in her and sent Hope running. A little shallow but in a way it's in line with the theme of the series and it's not as outrageous as I initially thought.
I wanted a happily ever after, and I wanted everyone around me to have one too. - Hope
And though I'm sad that Hope Trilogy is done, I'm happy that Hope's crazy bestie, Bette, is getting a spin-off! This lady is off the hook and I can't wait to read this firecracker's story. Just a brief description, Bette's a buxom, shotgun toting redhead who got rich making money out of doing sexy videos. Not porn but more like soft porn/mundane fetish. Anyway, Bette caught Raphael's eye (Hope's Raphael) and I know that their story is going to be very interesting. Raphael is a comic character too, gorgeous, geeky, quiet millionaire who makes these homemade breads that sounds amazing and totally scrumptious. So there's a kind of opposites-attract thing going on here and I will be first in line to read their book. I have a feeling that it'll be just as, if not even more, entertaining as Hope Trilogy.


Check out the first two novellas in the series


or you can get the omnibus so you can binge







26 comments:

  1. I love that this has love and comedy in it :D wonderful review. I just went over to amazon and picked up book 1 for free!

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    1. Yeah it is and I hope you get to it soon!

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  2. I feel like I've heard of this series before, but I'm not sure. I'm happy that you loved how the series wrapped up. And Bette sounds like fun! I'm off to get book one.
    Thanks for the review!

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  3. Haven't read these, but it sounds good. Bette sounds pretty interesting ;) Might just wait to read her spin off, or do you think I should read these first? lol

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    1. I would read both but I think you can get away with just Bette's spin-off. She's quite the character.

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  4. I have these to read, not got there yet...sigh. But will! Love that you loved this one. Sound fun :)

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    1. These are quick reads and quite enjoyable, I'm sure you'll breeze right through it.

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  5. A mixture of love and comedy, sounds like this is a lot of fun! Sexy and makes you laugh too, a great combination. Lovely reviews Braine!

    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

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    1. Pick up book 1 while it's free, you'll love it!

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  6. Well lookie what we have here...I missed this trilogy somehow. It sounds great. Thanks for sharing, Braine!

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    1. You can still get it, book 1 is still FREE and this is a great novella trilogy.

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  7. This sounds like such a fun series! I love a book that can make me laugh! I'm gonna have to check this one out. Great review!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

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    1. We all need a good laugh once in a while and a little sexy on top of that won't hurt.

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  8. Thank you so much for this amazing review! I'm glad you liked it.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Alice! Thanks for the laughs, can't wait for Bette's book!

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  9. I've missed this one too. It sounds wonderful. And yay for the spin off. That's always nice when you've loved a series.

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    1. I'm looking forward to this particular spin-off because Bette is such a character! She's funnier than Hope

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  10. You've convinced me. I can't wait to read this.

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  11. This sounds like some fun, Braine. I love a book with comedy included - haven't read many as of late. I'll have to give this a whirl, girl! :) Great review!!

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  12. Now this sounds entertaining. I love when comedy plays a huge part in a book.

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    1. We all need a good laugh once in a while

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  13. I skimmed your review since this isn't the first in a series but I do love the sound of it! I love comedy in romance so this one is something I would enjoy. Def adding it! :)

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    1. Good to hear that, this is an entertaining trilogy.

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