“Love & Hope” by Rozenn (RJ) Scott is a touching tale of a man determined to do what’s best for his baby daughter, no matter the cost to him. My heartstrings were constantly tugged by Danny’s exquisite care and sacrifice for little Hope, and it was heartwarming to watch Rachel get drawn into their orbit, despite her past history and reluctance. I enjoyed seeing the camaraderie and caring displayed by the family and the rebuilding of bridges between Cody and Danny even as I ached at the trauma experienced by everyone that brings them to this point. I think this author has a deft touch with creating compelling characters even though I was surprised Rachel has kept her secret so long, and I was anxious to read the first book in the series since I started with this one. There was no problem reading this as a stand-alone story, but once I started, it was like eating potato chips, and I couldn’t wait to read the rest in the series. One has to wonder about the band, though, since it would seem that all of the members are going to end up in this little town!
This adult contemporary romance is the second story in the ‘Stanford Creek’ series and centers around Danny Hudson, who has come to town to get help from his best friend in rebuilding his life so that he can take care of his beloved baby daughter, Hope. He doesn’t anticipate becoming involved with Rachel Mercer, who has her own issues that have shaped her life, but it turns out that some things just can’t be planned for, no matter how hard one tries.
Falling in love can be easy if you want it badly enough.
Danny Hudson has finally found a place to stop. With his daughter Hope in his arms, and his place in the music group Hudson Hart gone, he has a future to plan and a family to raise. Staying at his friend Cody’s house is hard enough, but finding a home of his own is impossible. A place to stay over the coffee shop in town is a godsend, but it comes with one proviso—he must work the cost of the room off in redecorating and rebuilding.
Rachel has secrets that she doesn’t even want to admit to herself, let alone her close-knit family. Dating the wrong guys is one way to protect her heart, but meeting Danny could change all that.
Can Danny and Hope show Rachel that love is the only thing that actually matters??