An Ounce of Hope

Sophie Jackson
An Ounce of Hope
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Gallery Books
Release Date
January 2016
Book 2 of A Pound of Flesh
Chick-lit, Contemporary Romance

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?

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Jun 23, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
145 people found the following review helpful
Oh Max, you totally captivate me with your demons and desires and deliciousness.

Max O'Hare is his own worst enemy, despite being raised in a good home and having huge potential as a specialist auto mechanic. After his dad's death and the unimaginable pain of losing his fiancée and son, Max hit rock bottom, coked up and screwing anyone he could just to quiet his mind. Forced into rehab, Max just wants to live a quiet life in the hills of WV while he focuses on relearning everyday life.

Grace Brooks moved to Preston County after her abusive, addict ex-husband nearly killed her. She should be terrified of Max and his past, but instead she senses the same fragility in him that she lives with daily. The pair become friends…and eventually more, but neither is in the right frame of mind for a relationship. Can Max come to terms with his past in order to build a future with Grace?

Dayum. This book is heavy, raw and so freakin' awesome I can't even. I've waited a long time to read AN OUNCE OF HOPE, book 2 in the Pound of Flesh series, and I'm kicking myself for taking my sweet ass time. Just like the first book, A Pound of Flesh, AN OUNCE OF HOPE was riveting, keeping me up deep into the night with promises of "just one more chapter!!" Max's struggle with sobriety was poignant and harsh and so realistic, from his night terrors and cravings to the wildly fluctuating emotions that threaten to swallow him whole. He grew up with a great family and solid future as a business owner, but bad choices consumed him and he struggles to make it through the days.

Max's relationship with Grace was just extraordinary. She's just as damaged, ironically from an addict, yet she comes to trust Max implicitly and falls hard for him. I loved them together, and my heart was genuinely pounding, waiting to find out just how badly he was going to screw things up with her before finding their HEA. The sex was slow coming, but once that cherry was popped, it rolled over me like a slick, wet blanket. Ms. Jackson's writing style keeps you on edge, waiting for the other shoe to drop, making you laugh, tear up and drool. I'm chomping at the bit to open up book 3 in this series, A Measure of Love.

Bottom Line: Don't miss out on this phenomenal series. It'll give you the feels in the best sort of ways, and Ms. Jackson's fresh voice will quickly make her one of your auto-buy authors.
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