Also by this author: High, Darkest Before Dawn
War Hope (War, #2) by L.P. Lovell, Stevie J. Cole
Published by Indie on May 2, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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I followed my best friend to London thinking it would be an adventure full of excitement and bright lights, only to find myself in a shitty little corner of the city.
I'm now immersed in a world of bad boys and dirty fights.
My saviour complex is stretching to Finn West. He's dark, mysterious, grouchy, and a fighter. I can't help but want to push his buttons and see if I can crack that surly frown into a smile.
Maybe the connection I feel with him is real, or perhaps it's just the fanatical imaginings of a lonely girl, wanting a lonely boy. After all, who wants to be alone?
I just want to be left alone, stick to my routine, but no. Hope McGrath sure as hell can't let that happen.
I like order, control, I need it. She's like a tornado of sheer chaos, trying to rock my very structured life on it's foundations. She annoys the shit out of me on a daily basis, but somehow, I've come to enjoy her dragging me to her weekly bingo outings.
No matter how gnarly I am, she always comes back for more with her long legs and her loud mouth.
I don't need her in my life, even if I find myself thinking about her, her lips, her body...I don't need her.
War Hope can be read as a stand alone but after reading War Poppy, I was wrecked. I assumed that War Hope would be similar and just as angsty but it wasn’t. Sure, both main characters are fighting their own battles but this story has a much light tone to it. It’s funny, sometimes raunchy, and slightly angsty. I will admit that I’m a bit torn. Maybe it’s because I’m a angst junky and this was much more lighter, but I didn’t feel emotional spent at the end. While I welcome the new change, I think something kept me back. Don’t get me wrong, I really liked the book. I just think I would have liked more, which I’ll explain in a bit.
“Not one ounce of predictability. Total tornado of chaos. Everything I don’t need, but fuck, I think I may just be starting to want it.”
Hope is one feisty, loud and dirty mouth ginger and I absolutely love her for it. At first I was going to say that she weasels her way into Finn’s life but lets face it. She went in like a wrecking ball. She can be a bit over the top with her raunchy sailor mouth but it grows on you. Sometimes that type of descriptive language puts me off slightly but it worked with Hope. She’s been battling her own war with her past love life, which has taken a toll on her but once her and Finn figure out what is going between them, she never looks back.
I enjoyed watching Finn’s growth and his interactions with Hope. He’s the silent brooding type that NEEDS control in his life. His past with the military has left him with a lot of scars and emotional baggage to overcome but Hope just keeps bringing him more and more out of the shell he’s been in for the past 5 years and even more so the past year. This is where I wanted a bit more. While I enjoyed the lighter approach, I wanted to see more of Finn’s struggle. Only because I wanted to see more light shed on what happens when soldiers come back and how the handle civilian life again. From he first time we met Finn, we knew he was stronger than some of the others but I wanted to get more inside his head.
Overall, I really enjoyed War Hope. It’s a book that touches on a few situations that many people can relate to and it is delivered in a lighter manner with one crazy ass ginger and a sexy brooding man. And one more thing….BINGO!!!