Hope Breaks: New Adult Romantic Comedy (Book 1 of 3)

Rated 4.40/5 based on 10 reviews
Hope Breaks is about a young woman trying to hold onto the career she just began. It’s about the newness of love, and how easily it can break. It's about the past, good friends, good food and laughter. More
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Words: 35,340
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301551125
About Alice Bello

Let me introduce myself. I'm forty—which isn't as bad as I thought it would be. I live to read and love to write. I love romance, comedy, brooding and sparkly vampires, and I love pizza. I have a dog named Jack, and I work somewhere I have to wear a blue top and brown pants (you can probably guess).

I've just written my first romance. Erotic, funny, about 35,000 words, so it's a novella, and hopefully a good one. I'm working to get it reviewed while I write the second part. I'm planning on having three 30,000 words novellas in the series.

Hope Breaks

Hope Entangles

Hope Rises

Wish me luck.

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Review by: hrhsophia on Nov. 13, 2013 :
Liked it a lot more than expected. I am confused about Hope's age is she 37 or 26? This was funny, sexy and romantic.
(review of free book)

Review by: April Palya on Aug. 03, 2013 :
I loved most of this book. Hope was realistic and thoughtful; however, I actually thought she was older until she said how old she was. I thought this because of the way she talked about herself and now I realize that 26 probably is really old when it comes to modeling so it makes much more sense. Plus, I think her feelings of inadequacy have a base in her past that we just don't know much about yet. (I hope that a follow-up book gives us more information on this.) The story was funny and steamy which I truly appreciated. Jake was a great male lead for the story because he projected so much masculinity and charm. Who doesn't love a nosy neighbor like Bette? I bet a lot of us have at least one in our lives although I hope mine don't have earpieces that enhance their hearing because they might get more than they bargain for in the end. There was only one thing that I absolutely disliked about the whole book. The ending! I don't need a happily ever after in every book I read, but I need some type of closure....even if it is just the definite knowledge that there will be a follow-up that finishes the story. If that is coming, I can live with the ending, but I need to know that it is coming. Just add a page saying coming soon...more of Hope and Jake's story or something like that. Overall, the story was funny, cute, steamy, and a complete WTH at the end and I am very glad I had the opportunity to read it.

*I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Autumn Delaney on July 26, 2013 :

*Got an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.*

Okay... I totally did not frickin' expect that! WTH!?

At first I had mixed emotions about this book but on the last few chapters I got invested. Then, I did not expect the ending. (Dear Alice, when will you release the second part?)

h: I liked Hope's character. Her internal monologues were witty and funny and she's not one of those broken, self pitying type of heroine.

H: I was confused with some of Jake's actions. I'm a little torn if I like him or not but man he sounds hawt!

Would I recommend this book? Yes! It's a quick and fun read.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Miss Ingrid Z on July 23, 2013 :
Just to be clear on one thing....this is just book 1 right? This story cannot possibly end like this!

I liked this novella, it was cute, light and funny. Definitely a nice read.

Really hoping for a continuation.....
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Sheree Beans on July 10, 2013 :
I loved this book. It was funny & touching. I could really relate to Hope at many levels. I laughed, sighed, panted & was surprised a few times. I cared about the characters more deeply than I expected from a novella. That's a sign of a good book/author. I enjoyed this book and recommend it wholeheartedly.

There were references to Hope's past and many questions left unanswered in this book. I did NOT want it to end and was disappointed when it did. I wanted answers.

I saw another reviewer write that this is going to be a series. If so, I want to read the rest of it!

SPOILER ALERT: I really wanted a HEA! I'd become attached to the main characters & wanted their happiness. This was the only change I'd have made.

I thought they were great together. I also thought of a few different ways Hope could have handled things. Initially, I liked that there was an ethical conflict since I love that kind of thing. BUT, I wished Hope would've handled the situation differently.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Eldarwen on July 09, 2013 :
I received this novella from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I really quite enjoyed this read, short as it was. Sometimes a novella really is just too short but in this case it couldn't have been longer without ruining the flair of the story.

Hope is a character who feels as though she has been taken straight out of life, a normal girl (or rather young woman) who doesn't pay attention to how she is looking when she's only briefly running to the shops for a quick errand, who went to concerts of 'embarrassing' boy bands (view spoiler) and who just isn't the typical completely styled and made-up doll one often gets in novels, nor is she completely breaking down over (usually) non-existent problems with her body. Down to earth and that's what I liked about Hope.

As for the plot, it developed rather quickly but for a novella that was to be expected. The ending was somewhat foreseeable after a certain point but when it came, it still manages to suck the breath out of the reader.

There were a few minor mistakes but nothing that really lashes out at the reader.

A fun, quick read.
(review of free book)

Review by: havanaday on July 02, 2013 :
Cute, short novella. The author does describe this as New Adult, but since Hope is 26, I think it is more of a Contemporary story. She is too old to be New Adult.

I love the fact that Hope is finding all these hot guys at Walmart. Gives the People of Walmart a new meaning. How come I don’t see these at my Walmart?

It has a lot of funny things happen in the story but the ending turns more serious. I didn’t see that happening and I hope I see things turn out for good in the rest of the series.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Lou Pettis on June 28, 2013 :
Loved, Loved, Loved this book. Can't wait for the rest of the story. Funny, sweet, sexy, sexy. Great for new author. Hope you continue.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Maria Trojanowski on June 25, 2013 :
Great flow to this funny short novella. Hope and Jake are great together and I can't wait to see what happens in the sequel.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Toni Carr on June 25, 2013 :
Brilliant book, it was funny and humorous. It was a good feel romance book. The characters were written that well, that you engaged with them well, and Jake OMG, he was so hot and such a good guy, where can I find him? :). The book is very well written and I was so engrossed in the book I couldn't put it down. I just hope there is a follow up to this book as I didn't want it to end.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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