Love After All by Jaci Burton (Hope #4)

Love After All by Jaci BurtonAvailable: March 31, 2015 Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Jove

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Pam

High school math teacher Chelsea Gardner has the perfect plan. She’s tired of dating all the wrong men, and after years of frustration, she’s developed a foolproof list of requirements for finding “The One.” Bar owner Sebastian “Bash” Palmer finds Chelsea beautiful, smart and fun, but he thinks her list is ridiculous and unnecessary. Intent on proving Chelsea is looking for love in all the wrong ways, he offers to help her find the “perfect” man.

Chelsea knows Bash isn’t the right guy for her—he barely meets one of her criteria—but there’s something about the charismatic man that has her yearning for things that are most definitely not list approved. Because sometimes, a relationship that looks totally wrong on paper can turn out incredibly right…

This is another great romance by Ms. Burton. I have enjoyed several of her books and The Hope series is one of my favorites with its small town atmosphere and engaging characters. I am looking forward to more.

Chelsea Gardner is a school teacher in Hope, she believes she has been dating the wrong type of man for years and is about to do something about it, she is making a list of the qualities she wants in the perfect mate, no exception. From now on she will only date those that meet the 10 traits on her list, even if her friends are all laughing at her.

Sebastian (Bash) Palmer owns the local bar, a single guy who dates when he wants but vows to never marry again. He tried it once and felt guilty when it ended. He enjoys running his bar, hanging with old friends, and teasing the local school teacher at every chance he gets. When he finds out she has made a list of qualifications for the perfect man he steps in to help her find him, and then questions his feelings when she goes out on a date.

This is such a fun series, the author combines humor, characters that you want to know and of course a couple that burn up the pages when they are together.

We met both the hero and the heroine in previous books in the series; I have loved Bash from the beginning, the sexy bar owner who is friendly and carefree. Chelsea is a little harder to pin down, she is a school teacher that is very down to earth but when it comes to what she wants in a man, her list does not fit her. She seems more at home with friends hanging out at the local bar but she does not want that in a man, hmmm. I do like that she acts on her feelings, she is very attracted to Bash and I like that she puts aside her misgivings and enjoys a no-strings relationship in the beginning.

Bash is upfront about what he wants in a relationship, he never wants to marry again and feels that short term dating is perfect for him. And when Chelsea suggests the ideal relationship, he is thrilled as he is very attracted to her. Their friendship grows as they realize they enjoy being together, not to mention the sexual chemistry is off the charts as they steam up every room in the house.

The series takes place in small town America and the residents are all good friends so it is fitting that secondary characters are key to the romance and it is fun to see several of the couples from previous books and how their relationships are progressing. A few are planning weddings and we even get to participate in a Bachelor and Bachelorette drunk fest, which is extremely hilarious. The drama is light, there is a small part at the end when the two have to face their feelings, but for the most part the story focuses on Bash and Chelsea as they find their way to what they truly want in a partner and we are treated as their relationship grows. This is the fourth book in the series but it can easily be read as a standalone as the author keeps the reader informed. A wonderful small town romance with fun characters, smoking hot scenes and an engaging story. I am looking forward to more from Hope as another hometown boy meets his match.

I give Love After All by Jaci Burton 4 stars!

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