Holding onto Hope: The Complete Hope Trilogy

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Hope Jones’ career and love-life are a raging dumpster fire. More

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About Alice Bello

Hi! I’m Alice Bello, self proclaimed novella queen, book junkie and 45 year old indie author of sizzling paranormal romance and smoking hot romantic comedies. I’m a Youtube addict, lover of Dove milk chocolate, pizza, vampires—brooding and sparkly—and Canada Dry Ginger Ale.

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Here are my books so far:

Lucy Hart, Deathdealer Novels

Better off Dead
Not Dead Yet
Dead and Buried (TBA)

The Hope Trilogy

Hope Breaks
Hope Entangles
Hope Rises
Bette’s Turn
Raphael’s Way (TBA)

The Hate Him Trilogy

Hate Him 1
Hate Him 2
Hate Him 3 (Sept 15th)
Want Him (prequel)
Lance’s Choice (TBA)

Boccherini Sisters

Min’s Vampire
Andromeda’s Knight (TBA)

Girl Rush 1, 2 & 3 (TBA)

Ferro Mountain Series

Broken Bear: Grayslake, More than Mated Novella
Claimed Bear
Risen Bear
Found Bear (TBA)
Growl for Me: Grayslake, More than Mated Novella (TBA)

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charlenev reviewed on on Jan. 29, 2014

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

The Hope Trilogy contains 3 novellas, and is the story of Hope Jones and her wayward love life. I would recommend reading the 3 together, as they flow one to the other and are definitely not stand-alones.

I found lots to like about this trilogy. Hope and Jake are very likeable, realistic characters. Both are of the "girl/guy next-door" variety, something I think we don't see enough of in romance novels. The secondary characters were quirky and well-done. (I sense that Ms. Bello is setting Bette and Raphael up for their own story...but I could be wrong!) The tone of this book is very light and the romance is sweet - and who doesn't love a sweet romance? It was refreshing to read about a man who didn't want to tie up or spank his lover. Don't get me wrong...the sex scenes were well done and fairly steamy, they just weren't kinky. The only issue I have with this trilogy is some of the language used in the sex scenes. "Fleshy spike" and "turgid member" don't really do it for me (and I'm not sure a "member" would remain "turgid" post blowjob). This is a fairly insignificant issue though, and it certainly didn't mar my enjoyment of the book.

All in all, a very enjoyable read. This is my first by Alice Bello, but I'd certainly check out some of her other work.

3.5 stars
(reviewed 33 days after purchase)
Andra reviewed on on Jan. 4, 2014
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I obtained a copy of ``Holding onto Hope`` from the author, Alice Bello, through Goodreads - a free e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review - a big thank you by the way. All three novellas in the trilogy were easy, quick reads. Personally, I would not read each separately as it would have left a very unsatisfied feeling about each novella individually. BUT as a package read….I really enjoyed the whole story.
The depth of the character development of Hope was great. I enjoyed that she was not a `perfect` lead, but a real life lead (one that the average Jane can relate to). Hope had real life troubles. The pace of finding, having and losing love in each of the three novellas was quick and at times I had to back track to make sure I fully grasped the flow, but I was kept captivated the entire time.
Again, thank you for the opportunity to read this book.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
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