Love After All by Jaci Burton
Series: Hope series #4
Also in this series: Hope Flames, Hope Ignites, Hope Burns, Make Me Stay
Published by Penguin
Publication Date: March 31st 2015
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High school math teacher Chelsea Gardner has the perfect plan. She’s tired of dating all the wrong men, and after years of frustration, she’s developed a foolproof list of requirements for finding “The One.”
Bar owner Sebastian “Bash” Palmer finds Chelsea beautiful, smart and fun, but he thinks her list is ridiculous and unnecessary. Intent on proving Chelsea is looking for love in all the wrong ways, he offers to help her find the “perfect” man.
Chelsea knows Bash isn’t the right guy for her—he barely meets one of her criteria—but there’s something about the charismatic man that has her yearning for things that are most definitely not list approved.
Because sometimes, a relationship that looks totally wrong on paper can turn out incredibly right…
Chelsea Gardner knows what she wants in a man and she won’t settle for anything different. She even has a list of qualities and requirements to check off for when she goes on dates. The problem is that she’s incredibly attracted to local bar owner, Bash, and he fits NONE of the requirements. Chelsea has dated a lot in the past but after she makes her list and goes on a few more dates she gets frustrated. She decides to take Bash up on his friends with benefits offer until she finds Mr. Right but things go a little awry the closer the pair gets.
Bash is not looking for a relationship. He was married once and decided after his divorce that he was never going there again. He starts up with Chelsea and loves every minute of their time together. In fact he finds excuses to spend more and more time with her until they’re almost acting like…a couple.
Another great story in the Hope series. I really liked Bash and Chelsea together and thought that they played off of each other really well.
Chelsea, at first, was a hard pill to swallow. I think she was SO focused on her list that it started to annoy me. Especially as I could see that what/who she needed (Bash) was right in front of her. Eventually she calmed down and I liked her a whole lot better.
Bash was hot and sexy and a really good guy. He had his issues but he was willing to work them out and I admired him for that. I loved how he loved that little dog of his (Lou) as it showed what a kind person he was.
Overall a great book and a nice addition to the series.
Rating: 4 out of 5