Hope Restored

Carrie Ann Ryan
Hope Restored
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Release Date
July 2017
Book 3 of Gallagher Brothers
Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

Life isn't worth living if you don't fight to live. That's what Murphy Gallagher learned at a young age when cancer ravaged his body not once, but twice. Over the course of his survival, he lost his parents and his childhood, but he's been healthy for years and has become a man he hopes his family is proud of. But when his world tilts on its axis yet again, he'll have to learn what it means to fight not only the unknown but also his attraction to his best friend.

Tessa Stone works hard and plays harder. She's spent her life trying to figure out who she is in the present rather than looking back. Yet when she's forced into close proximity with Murphy, she'll have to not only be his rock but learn how to relax enough to maybe let him be hers, as well. But seduction doesn't stop when the world seems to, and close encounters of the naked kind might just be the first step in something much more complicated than either of them bargained for. Life, though, is for living, after all.

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Aug 03, 2017   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
118 people found the following review helpful
5 emotionally exhausting stars for HOPE RESTORED!

After surviving 2 bouts of cancer as a child and teenager, Murphy Gallagher now lives every day as if it were his last. When he's diagnosed for a third time as an adult, Murphy knows he's in for the fight of his life. Family friend Tessa Stone has been a balm to his nerves, giving him a strong dose of humor…along with a litany of wet dreams. When he finds himself soon to be homeless, Tessa signs up for a roommate, but it'll be hell trying to keep his hands off the leggy brunette who he can't stop picturing naked. Tessa has felt adrift for much of her life, never taking things too seriously and always the life of the party. Murphy grounds her in ways she never expected and didn't know she needed. Tessa should be running scared from the thought of a future with Murphy, but she can't stop wondering what would happen if she just let her walls crumble.

I.Love.This.Series.So.Hard. Book 3 in the Gallagher Brothers is both an emotional roundhouse kick and a sexy sucker punch that left me crying one minute and panting the next. I'm never ever a fan of cheating in my reads, and it was a little touch and go with the attraction between Murphy and Tessa when she was seeing someone, but that was resolved quickly enough. Between the tearjerker scenes, Ms. Ryan gave us the perfect dose of humor. Witness:

Tessa pulled her gaze from his deliciously thick penis and looked right into his eyes as she wrapped in the towel around her.

"What the hell? Why are you in my bathroom? Why are you naked and wet in my bathroom? Boundaries, Murphy! Boundaries!" She was rambling, and she didn't care. She'd just run five freaking miles to get him and his pretty dick out of her mind, and now she had a real image of said dick in her brain, and she'd never be able to think straight again.

Mmmhmm! Yes, please! My only beef came with the ending, which felt totally rushed and left some seriously unanswered questions for the last book in a series. I can only hope that, perhaps, there's a spin-off in the works that'll give me the conclusion I desperately need.

Bottom Line: No OM/OW or sharing; condom use; no BDSM/kink; no sexual assault; mild violence, attempted murder.
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