Love Me Again by Jaci Burton Release Date: May 2, 2017 Publisher: Jove Contemporary Romance M/F Book #7 of the Hope series Number of Pages: 318 Kindle Edition Source: borrowed from MCL Rating: XXX Read 9/7/17 – 9/8/17
Deacon Fox is such a perfect hero. Almost too perfect. In fact, I can’t blame Loretta for feeling a bit unworthy of his love and attention. Not because I agree with the heroine, Loretta, that she’s unforgivable. But because Deacon is just too darn unblemished. Of course, this comes into play throughout the story and, more prominently, at the end. We find out Deacon isn’t all sugar and spice, but only because he tells us so.
Another perfect character in this story is Loretta’s daughter Hazel. My goodness, my dream child! I know there are really, really, really good kids out there. I have a nephew, who is now an adult, who was one of them. Therefore, I’m not going to say it’s completely unrealistic. But surely Hazel (and my nephew) are one in a million!
These character “flaws” are not necessarily a terrible thing. Just know, going in, that as a fictional story goes this one is really on the high-end of fairy tale circumstances in many ways. There is also some realism thrown in, don’t worry.
The way Deacon and Loretta’s relationship develops is one of the realistic things I found in this book. They had known each other for years. Loved each other for some of those years. Yes, Loretta broke Deacon’s heart once upon a time and felt terrible about how things ended in the past. Sure, Deacon had some doubts if they could even be friends. But Deacon and Loretta are both good people and they share many, many friends. They were being thrown into each other’s orbit over and over. Because they ARE both good people they were, of course, nice to one another. Since the old feelings never truly died, it was such a natural progression that their relationship took. I liked that…I liked the ease into which they fell into things. It felt like coming home after a long day and putting on my comfy pajamas. Not that there wasn’t heat there! That is also included. But it wasn’t awkward or uncomfortable.
I absolutely adore the relationship between Hazel and Deacon. If only every mixed family could be that way. But, like I said, Deacon and Hazel are pretty perfect.