Title: The Best of Me
Author: Jessica Prince
Series: Hope Valley
Genre: Contemporary Romance
It wasn’t hard for Nona Fanning to fall for Trick. He was strong, kind-hearted, loyal, and unbelievably handsome. He was the man of her dreams, and all it took was one night to give her a taste of the beauty he had to offer. But while she’d been opening her heart to him, he’d kept his under lock and key.
After Patrick “Trick” Wanderly’s wife left him, ripping away their picture-perfect life, he convinced himself that she’d taken the best pieces of him with her. He wasn’t ready to move on and give his heart to someone else. Then his whole world flipped upside down after spending one night with Nona.
It took awhile for him to see what he had standing right in front of him, but now Trick’s eyes are open, and he’s determined to fix what he broke. But when danger threatens to tear Nona’s world apart, it’s up to Trick to help hold those pieces together while fighting to protect the woman and the new life he’s come to cherish.
Something came over me at that very moment, an intense feeling I’d only experienced one time before in my life, when Nona and I were on the dance floor at Hayes and Temperance’s wedding. Her smile, all that insanely gorgeous hair, those curves. All of that was enough to bring the strongest of men to their knees. But when she smiled, it was like feeling the sun on your skin. When she spoke in that melodic voice, speaking her brand of wisdom, it was all too much; the pull was impossible to fight. Moving on pure instinct, I closed the last few inches and pulled her against me, slamming my mouth down on hers.
Her lips parted on a surprised gasp and I took full advantage, driving my tongue inside Nona’s sweet mouth. She tasted like wine and chocolate, sweet and rich. It was heaven, and that initial taste sucked me in and refused to let me go. I was drowning, completely consumed in Nona, and I couldn’t get enough.
Her nails scored my chest, fisting the material of my shirt as a tiny whimper bubbled up her throat, and that was enough to push me over the edge.
The memories of our night together were still as fresh in my mind as if they’d happened an hour ago, and I wanted all of that. Again, and again, and again. I wanted her over and over until I eased at least some of the ache that came from desiring everything there was about Nona. But deep down to my bones, I knew it was useless. This kind of craving was never-ending. I craved her body and mind. I wanted every piece of her I could get my hands on.
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Born and raised around Houston Texas, Jessica spent most of her life complaining about the heat, humidity, and all around pain in the ass weather. It was only as an adult that she quickly realized the cost of living in Houston made up for not being able to breathe when she stepped outside. That’s why God created central air, after all.
Jessica is the mother of a perfect little boy–she refuses to accept that he inherited her attitude and sarcastic nature no matter what her husband says.
In addition to being a wife and mom, she’s also a wino, a coffee addict, and an avid lover of all types of books–romances still being her all time favs. Her husband likes to claim that reading is her obsession but she just says it’s a passion…there’s a difference. Not that she’d expect a boy to understand.
Jessica has been writing since she was a little girl, but thankfully grew out of drawing her own pictures for her stories before ever publishing her first book.
Because an artist she is not.
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“The forever kind of love, 5 stars”
Nona fell for Trick way before she should have. With that said she was never going to do a thing about it. Until his idiot wife tossed him away. Nona knows a good man when she sees one and Trick is the very best. Some how her friendship with Trick turns from good friends to so much more the question is will it last?
Trick thought he had it all. Yeah, his wife had some quirks he could live without but life was good. Until it wasn’t. now Tricks rose colored glasses are off and the only person in his sight is Nona. Perfect Nona. Everyone loves her. The question is, is Trick willing to risk his heart by taking a chance on her?
As of right now Trick and Nona are my favorite couple in the Hope Valley Series. These two just clicked. I loved how there wasn’t a question of if they were going to work. They just did. There was enough going on in the story that one won’t miss that final ‘do we belong together’ hoopla. Add in how they are with each other’s kids and it was perfection. I cannot wait for you to get your hands on The Best of Me and to see who Prince does next. Because let’s just say we definitely do not know for sure!
Star Rating: Plot-5/5 Characters-5/5 Heat-5/5 Writing style- 5/5 Overall-5/5