Kathy Reviews FINDING HOPE FOR TOMORROW by Kathryn McNeil Crane

Every person’s life tells a story.

Some are uncomplicated, straightforward, and easy. Things fall into place with a simplicity that boggles the mind.

Others twist and turn, and every day is centered on fighting and scraping, yet never finding victory.

And then there are those who gain an inch only to be knocked back a foot. They love. They fight. They stumble. They fall. But through it all, they stagger to their feet, step back on life’s path, and push through until they win. For these people, happiness is not an illusion. It’s a truth, a promise, worth any effort, any scars, but just out of arm’s reach. It stands at the end of the path, taunting and teasing, tempting them to take one more blow. 

And in the end, the battles make victory sweeter. More valued. More precious than ever imagined. More than any one person could hope. 

This is Liam’s story. 
Loyal, protective, shoulders stronger than Atlas'. 
Broken, worn, battered. 
Win or lose, he’s ready to fight for what tomorrow brings. 

Life. Love. Healing. Hope. 
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Review

Finding Hope for Tomorrow is the second book in Kathryn McNeil Crane's tomorrow series. I would consider it a standalone, but there are some spoilers if you haven't read the first book yet. Searching for Tomorrow (book 1 in the series) is an awesome 5 star book - pick it up if you haven't read it yet and enjoy both of these books together.

In Searching for Tomorrow we were introduced to Liam as Wrynn's sister. Wrynn had lost her husband and was raising a family on her own. Liam was her constant source of strength. We got to see a little bit of his character - enough to pique our interest and yearn for more. Finding Hope for Tomorrow rewinds the clock and allows us to see how much Liam truly sacrificed in his personal life to help his sister through her sorrow. I love that the book lets us see the same timeline over again, but in a completely new light.

Liam is so busy juggling multiple jobs and helping his sister that he barely has time to sleep. He does, however, notice the new girl in town. He couldn't ignore her long blond hair, sweet voice, and happy laughter. After a series of comical mishaps he is finally able to meet Elizabeth and boy does he fall quick!

"While hesitant to hope, he couldn't deny the way she made his heart lighter with just a simple glance or the way his pulse sped up at her nearness."

After getting to know Elizabeth he realizes that they are both suffering from grief in their lives. They are able to bond over their grief, heal from the past, and begin to move forward with their lives. That is, of course, after some trials and tribulations.

On a side note, the book did seem a bit slow to me and I didn't feel as connected with Elizabeth's character as I would've liked. However, this was still a sweet book that I would recommend to a friend.

This was an old fashioned romance that I could picture fitting right in on the hallmark channel. It feels like a nice book to enjoy on a front porch swing with a glass of sweet tea. Pick up Finding Hope for Tomorrow, turn to the first page and allow it to warm your heart! 3 Stars!

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Once Rose Fisher makes a decision, that’s it. End of story.

Like when her ex, Patrick, dumped her out of the blue, then showed up with a super hot, tatted up sex kitten on his arm. Then it was over for good. The end. Poof. Dead to her. Except he was everywhere — down the hall, at the bar with their friends, worming his way into her dreams.

But with their friends paired off, they’re left alone more and more. Rose is determined to keep him friendzoned — doesn’t matter that he stares at her with a smolder that drops all panties in a ten foot radius. She’s over him, and she’ll prove it by getting back into the dating game, Patrick be damned.

Patrick Evans is no stranger to consequences. When your mother walks out, your dad drifts away. When you leave home, you’re on your own. And when you run away from the girl you love, you lose her. He finally has an opportunity to rebuild the bridge he burned, and it’s not one he’ll take for granted. But he’ll have to fight for her, even if it hurts. Even if it means he’ll walk away brokenhearted. Because deep down, he knows that she’s it for him.

The trick will be to get her to admit she feels it too.
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Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life -- a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can't forget that. She's also been a mom; she has three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She's been a wife; even though she's certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She's also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she's been drinking whiskey. Her favorite word starts with f and ends with k.

From roots in Houston, to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she's not writing, she's sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.

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Julie Reviews XAVIER COLD by Michelle Valentine

The conclusion to the New York Times bestselling romance that began in Phenomenal X, about one woman’s pulse-pounding relationship with a notorious bad-boy wrestler.

“What’ll it be, Anna Cortez? Are you in, or are you out?”
One momentary loss of control has now ruined everything Xavier Cold had going for himself. With his world unraveling fast, he’s willing to do anything to save not only his job but his relationship with the only woman he’s ever loved.

Anna Cortez, still reeling from shock, tries desperately to save the man that’s consumed her heart, body and soul. She’ll have to dig deep and find courage she never knew she possessed to help Xavier fight demons from his past—a past that’s even more haunted than she ever imagined.
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I don’t think I have ever read a book of Michelle Valentine’s that I didn’t love.  I fell in love with Xavier in Phenomenal X and was anxiously waiting for the conclusion and what an ending it was.  If you haven’t read Phenomenal X, then that is a must because this book picks up right where it ended.

After Xavier found himself in handcuffs and hauled off to jail for losing control in the ring, he and Anna were forced to be apart.  Their road to finding their way back to one another wasn’t easy.  It seemed everything was standing in their way. From Anna having to comply to keep her job and Xavier’s horrendous past, there were many obstacles in their way.

"Figure out how to control all that rage inside you before it destroys us both." Anna

Being forced to move back to his childhood home, you could feel how tortured Xavier was by having to go back there.  It just broke my heart to see him so battered.  I really enjoyed getting his back-story because you could see everything that made him the man he currently was.  After finding out the secrets from his grandmother, he finally got some closure to something that had been haunting him his entire life.

Anna was one strong woman and she had to be to endure everything she was going through.  Being with Xavier wasn’t easy but her heart and soul belonged to him so she wouldn’t give up.  Xavier had this passion for Anna that is rarely seen in current books.  But tormented by his past, he was so pitiful at times and it just broke my heart.

"Thank you for being my angel in the dark." Xavier

I loved seeing Xavier’s big tough badass side, who could withstand anything in the ring, but he had a soft side with Anna that only she could see.  She saw inside his heart where no one had ever been.  I loved seeing this alpha male being brought to his knees by the love of his life.

"I love you, beautiful.  You're the best thing that's ever happened to me-my angel-my everything, and I'll never let you go again." Xavier

What a powerful love story this was with several twists and turns along the way.  The sex scenes were oh so hot and I was swooning over Xavier myself. Anna and Xavier are a force to be reckoned with and I loved that no matter what they went through, it seemed to make their love even stronger by the end.  I was so glad to get the rest of their story, but I’m also sad to see it end.  If you’re looking for a hot and sexy fighter with a heart of gold, then you need to pick up this 5 star book.

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