Monday, 18 January 2016

Review: Sophie Jackson's "An Ounce of Hope (A Pound of Flesh #2)."

The hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to be a part of the blog Tour
for Sophie Jackson's "An Ounce of Hope (A Pound of Flesh #2)."


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? 


After meeting Max in "A Pound of Flesh", I couldn't wait to get stuck into this book and I was not disappointed. Sophie Jackson has delivered another beautiful story for me to gush about. I loved having the opportunity to really get to know Max and by the time I had finished this book, I felt as though I knew him inside out. The more I discovered about this stunning man, the more I fell in love with him. Poor Max had been through so much heartbreak and tragedy. I felt truly sorry for him and I desperately wanted him to be happy. It seemed far too long since he had anything good happen in his life but with all of his demons to fight, I knew it was going to be a long and difficult road to happiness. 

He doubted he'd ever feel again. He wasn't sure he even wanted to. 
Until she tumbled into his life.

When I first met the lovely Grace, I could immediately envisage her and Max together. They seemed to be perfect for one another. Grace was just the type of girl that Max deserved and needed in his life. She was sweet, patient, kind and understanding and I was excited for their relationship to play out. I did start to become more and more curious of Grace as the story progressed. It soon became apparent that something had happened to her in her past so I was keen to uncover her back story and once I realised what she had gone through, I understood some of her reactions and behaviours towards Max. 

"Don't be scared, not of me. I only want to love you."

Both Grace and Max and were troubled souls, who with time were beginning to heal each others wounds. I adored the bond that the pair formed, watching the progression of their relationship made my heart melt. Sophie Jackson has written this part of the story so beautifully. It flowed perfectly and was not at all rushed, which I was pleased about. Grace and Max took the time to repair their hearts and truly get to know each other. I loved the slow build up of their relationship and all of the special moments that Max and Grace shared made my heart so happy. 

"I couldn't see anything but you. I don't crave anything but you." 

Max and Grace's story has truly left an imprint on my heart. They made the most adorable couple and I was invested in their relationship from start to finish. The pair had been through so much heartache and I just wanted to see them find their fairytale ending. "An Ounce of Hope" has captured my heart and although there were times where I felt as though my heart was being torn in two, I loved everything that I was reading. I also loved catching up with Kat and Carter and I was excited to get a glimpse into their wedding but don't worry if you haven't read "A Pound of Flesh" because this book can be read as a standalone. The only thing I was a little saddened by was that was no epilogue so I am hoping that means there will be more from Grace and Max in the future. I am certainly not ready to say goodbye to this series yet. 

All he cared about was the woman wrapped in his arms, whispering her 
love for him, and the overwhelming sensation of hope that began to bloom 
among all the parts of him that belonged to his Grace.

"An Ounce of Hope" gets my first  ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️   of the year! 

My Top Five ‘Love Against the Odds’ Fictional Romance Pairs:

Wow. There are so many fictional couples who I love that have to fight against the odds to be together. I crave stories like that. Having to pick five is so difficult, but here they are in no particular order:

Will and Louisa in ME BEFORE YOU by Jojo Moyes. There has already been so much said about this book already (and I’m chomping on the bit for the movie!), and it remains one of my all-time favourites. Will and Lou, from the very moment they meet, are fighting against odds. Without giving too much away for those who have yet to experience this exquisite book, Will has fought against so many odds to be where he is and Lou, who is one of my fave female characters EVER, fights with him and for him every moment they are together. This book kills me.

Noah and Allie in THE NOTEBOOK by Nicholas Sparks. I have no words…these…two… I just… *sobs*

Haven Antonelli and Carmine DeMarco in SEMPRE by J M Darhower. I have been a lover of all things J M since forever and this book is all you need to read to see why. Carmine and Haven are such a beautiful couple who have to fight to stay alive, to be together, to have the life they want. Fabulous stuff.

Edward Cullen and Bella Swan in TWILIGHT by Stephenie Meyer, because who doesn’t love a good ole vampire love story?

Jane Margaux and Michael in SUNDAYS AT TIFFANY’S by James Patterson. I read this book in about two hours one Sunday afternoon, sobbed, calmed down and sobbed some more. A wonderful twist on the love against odds genre. This book holds a very special place in my heart and on my book shelf.

Author Info:

Sarah Jackson was born in in Inverness, Scotland and can be found on the following social media sites:

No comments:

Post a Comment