Book Review: Hopeless For You by Hayden Hill

Hopeless For You

Title: Hopeless For You
Author: Hayden Hill
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, 
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: September 2013
Pages: 215
Rating: 2.5 stars

Synopsis (from goodreads):
Ash Jensen, a squeaky-clean sophomore at the University of Tennessee, has a trail of baggage a mile long―she buried her fiancé only a year and a half ago. She swore she’d never love again but when she finds herself interned to a yummy Canadian conservation officer that promise is tested big-time. Kade Gyllenhahl sports wild tattoos, a rebellious attitude and a fohawk to die for. He’s definitely the wrong man for her and she knows it.

Kade doesn’t have time for a girl like her. She’s a pretentious, unreadable princess who lives her life by her parents’ rules. Kade knows nothing about her past and he’d prefer to keep it that way. Besides, he’ll lose his job if he sleeps with Ash. Now if only he could get his mind off her.

When the two of them end up alone and isolated on a routine field trip in the woods, things get a little complicated…

One man afraid of commitment.
One woman afraid to love again.
Two lives.
Two hearts.
One life-changing journey.

My Review:

She’s the privileged doctor-to-be and he’s a tattooed nightclub doorman. Seems like they’d have nothing in common. But Ash and Kade are more similar than they’d first thought. Spending the summer in British Colombia looking after beautiful birds of prey, they find another side to the other and maybe something like love.

This is one of those books that when you pick it up you know exactly what you’re going to get – no surprises just a lot of romance and some fun characters. And there are times when that’s exactly what I want to read! Ash is damaged after her previous romantic relationship fell apart and left her broken-hearted. Her relationship with her parents is slightly shaky and it seems like her best friend Gina is the only one who really gets her. Until arriving in Canada and meeting Kade. Kade is similarly broken. His ex-girlfriend destroyed his sense of self and his family don’t know how to treat him since. Despite both of them not trusting their hearts – there’s instant attraction. The centre they’re working at has a no fraternization policy but with the sparks flying between these two – it’s only a matter of time.

The plot develops at a nice pace – despite the smattering of instalove between Ash and Kade. He sees her photo and just knows. There’s some great supporting characters that I wouldn’t mind getting to know a little better perhaps in a spin off novel. Kade is slightly crude at times which just helps his bad-boy persona and Ash does a fair job of not crying too much. The romance is lovely but a tad unrealistic – both the fast paced nature of things and the sheer impossibility of just how much you can do when you’re wet, cold, starving and broken in the wilderness.

It’s a sweet story and a nice way to pass away a few hours.

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