by Sophie Jackson
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Published by Gallery Books on January 5th 2016
Narrator: Sebastian York
Genres: Erotica, Romance
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Source: NetGalley, Simon & Schuster
From the fanfic phenom whose debut A Pound of Flesh had over 4.5 million reads, this sequel, An Ounce of Hope, tells the passionate love story of Carter’s best friend, Max.
Max O’Hare can’t seem to let go of his past: his drug habit, the end of his relationship with Lizzie Jordan, the woman he knows he’ll never get over, and the loss of their unborn son.
After successfully completing rehab and learning to explore his deepest fears and dreams through painting, Max meets Grace Brooks. With her innate optimism, and her love of art and photography, Grace appears to be the perfect girl. Yet no one knows where she came from, or why she keeps her past so closely guarded. Over time, Max and Grace gradually allow each other in—but will he ever be able to fully let go of his past? Or will his heart remain closed forever?
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Ralou’s book review: 5 stars
*WARNING: It contains spoilers from the previous books*
Another extremelly emotional journey by Sophie Jackson is completed. And once again was addicting, amazing and captivating as hell without leaving a gap for not loving it.
An Ounce of Hope is the second installment on the amazing A Pound of Flesh series. For those who haven’t read the series, on the first book A Pound of Flesh, Jackson tells the story of Carter and Kat and how these two fell in love. On the first and a half book, Love and Always, their story continues and it prologues us for Max. Max O’Hare is Carter’s best friend and the male lead character of this book.
This time Max introduces himself to us and, while he battles to move forward and overcome his addiction, he gives us the heart-wrecking and tragic reality of his past relationship with Lizzie that keeps him still bounded and a shell of a man. And here comes Grace. Grace Brooks is a woman that, also, has been through a lot and tries to rebuild herself and move forward as well. So, after Fate “pushes” Max to get to the same place she is, the two of them start getting closer. Firstly as friends, then with benefits and then…….. You have to read it to see what happens in the end!! :* 😉
She eased some painful part of him with her stress-free smiles and laughter, and her enthusiasm for almost everything made Max forget the bad shit and focus on the good.
Everything about this book captivated me and overwhelmed me simply because it has so many emotions combined. And emotions that you can’t help feel too. Also, Max became one of my favorites characters ever because he is like NO other I have read before. He has a rawness and uniqueness that leaves you breathless and speechless. Only an emotional mess – with the good sense. But he is not the only one who is like that. Grace is too. And after a while I stopped seeing them as characters in a book but as real humans. And no, I’m not crazy. Simply, all the difficulties and obstacles they have to overcome and the fights that they have to give and win, pull them out of the book world and transform them into a individuals who could be anyone around me. And it’s not only Max andGrace. The same happened on Carter and Kat, too, although, in a much smaller scale. But it doesn’t stop them from becoming real too.
He was so used to playing the role of the big bad wolf that he couldn’t see how good he actually was.
I was waiting for a long time to read Max’s story, because truth to be told, he had my curiosity and attention from the very first moment I came across him on A Pound of Flesh. I just couldn’t get out of my mind the little bits of info about him that Sophie had included in there. And now that I have read the whole story and got to know him, I have to say that my expectations were burned to the grown because what I got, was much more than I expected. And it’s pointless to say that I don’t regret a nanosecond of the time that I spent reading it. Once again, Sophie Jackson rocked the book world and MY world!
“Grace. Don’t ask.” He opened his arms wide, offering himself to her white-hot stare. “Just touch.”
And damn! She couldn’t finish the book without giving me a replacement for my curiosity and attention, could she! And for those who know, I am of course talking about RILEY!!
Caro’s Book review: 5 stars
*** This review contains spoilers for book one, “A pound of flesh” ***
“An ounce of hope” is the story of Max and Grace. Both have been through very unhealthy and unhappy relationships and a lot of other hardships, life threw their way. A tentative friendship ensues and soon, they agree to give into their sizzling tension to each other. But have both been damaged too deeply to ever trust someone with their heart again?
What a beautiful book! I loved “An ounce of hope” even more than “A pound of flesh”, book one in this series. We know Max as Carter’s best friend from the first book and that he was involved in the shit that went down, the night they Carter got arrested and went to jail for. I was very curious for Max’ story and it didn’t disappoint. I loved the intensity of the writing, the pace was perfect and the angst was just right (for some, the level may be a tad too high, since I’m an angst-addict extraordinaire, so beware LOL). First, I thought that the pace was too slow. “An ounce of hope” is not a rush-in kind of love story, no. It develops from a tentative friendship between the two MC’s, and even though they have had a sizzling tension swirling between them from the start, they havn’t acted on it until late in the book. Normally, I like my books with more ‘action’, but this book was like a light drizzle in the summer heat, just right and very refreshing. The friendship between Max and Grace as well as between Max and his friends was so tender, that it could only warm my heart as a result. But ho boy, as soon as the ‘deed’ happened between Max and Grace – it was so hot!
The writing was excellent, the pace perfect, the characters very adorable and the overall-package of the book convinced me very much. If Sophie Jackson ups her ability to impress me more with every book, she’ll soon have me drooling for her next work.
All in all, I rate “An ounce of hope” with 5 stars and can recommend it to everyone. Definitely to fans of book one, “A pound of flesh”. For everyone new to this series, I’d recommend to read book 1 first, because although this book can be read as a standalone, it’s better for the reading-experience to know the characters from book 1.
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