Thursday, April 5, 2018

Honeysuckle Dreams (Blue Ridge Romance #2) by Denise Hunter

After Brady Collins’ ex-wife dies, he receives devastating news—his nine-month-old son Sam isn’t his son at all. And Sam’s wealthy maternal grandparents want custody of the child. Brady knows he’s in for the fight of his life. But regardless of what any blood test says, Sam is his son, and Brady will go to any lengths to keep him.

Brady’s attorney tips him off that one major life change would virtually assure him of winning guardianship of baby Sam at the final hearing: an impending marriage. And his friend Hope is willing to step in as the loving and devoted fiance.

Local radio celebrity Hope Daniels has been driven by a solitary goal her entire life, and after a happy accident she’s finally offered her dream job. But if the truth comes out about her arrangement with Brady, she may miss the chance of a lifetime and stand in the way of a dear friend’s dreams.

As Brady and Hope make sacrifices to help each other in their times of need, they risk uncovering a truth neither of them expects to find. 

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 I love Denise Hunter's books.  I'm always on the lookout for the next book coming from her and I feel like a lucky girl to be able to read and review them. I got a glimpse of Brady and Hope in the previous book in this series so I knew that this was a story I wanted to read.  

Brady and Hope have been great friends for quite awhile.  When circumstances lead them to a marriage of convenience, they decide to do it because they they do love each other in a friendly, respectful sort of way, and they both love Sam.  Of course marriage leads to a new awareness of each other and what better way to start off a romance then with friendship, right?

Hope makes the road a bit bumpy and I'm not sure I completely understood her one-eighty turn around in personality and nature.  There were some valid reasons for reluctance and hesitation but her reactions were so extreme and out of character for what I knew of her up to that point.  I didn't really like Hope in those moments but all's well that ends well, I guess.  :)  There is something to say for facing fears and standing and fighting.  Thankfully there was Brady.  He was the solid, steady one.  I loved him from the very beginning and I loved him all through this book.  How can a girl resist a guy that fights for his son?  Even when he finds out his son isn't his by blood?  A girl cannot resist that.  Honestly.  That is a guy worth keeping.

As always, Denise Hunter knows how to bring her characters to life.  They feel human and challenged like we all are.  Hunter doesn't shy away from the gritty and messy yet always balances it out with the perfect amount of love and hope.  

Content:  mention of intimate relations outside of marriage with no details, depression, death.  Christian fiction.

- I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher at my request.  All opinions expressed are my own.

This book is releasing on May 1st.

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