Hope Smolders by Jaci Burton Release Date: February 25, 2014 Publisher: Jove Contemporary Romance - M/F Book #0.5 of the Hope series Number of Pages: 134 Kindle Edition Source: borrowed from Midwest Collaborative for Library Services Rating: NC-17 Read 8/22/16
Very sweet back story on how Will and Jane, from the Hope series, got together. I’m always leery going into a .5 book of a series. Sometimes the author really has something to add to the overall series that doesn’t warrant a full length novel, but often it seems like filler that has nothing to do with the overall arc of the series or could have been easily added into the other books. In fact, some of this particular author’s .5 books in the Play by Play series were huge disappointments.
In this case, I was glad to get Will and Jane’s story. I loved them in Hope Flames and had wondered about their initial romance. Sure, it was even more insta-love than most. That’s to be expected in such a short story. Jane’s kids took to Will a little too easily…again, short story.
This doesn’t get 3 stars because it was in any way insufficient. It’s just because it wouldn’t necessarily work as a stand-alone type book. So if I wasn’t reading the series it wouldn’t really stick with me. Plus, I’m glad I read book #1 first. As I said previously, I try to read most series in the order they were published, not the order by number. They usually make more sense that way.