thirteen years since Hope Moore left Devil’s Falls, land of sexy cowboys and
bad memories. Back for the weekend, she has no intention of seeing the man she
never got over…or the two of them getting down and dirty. It’s just a belated
goodbye, right? No harm, no foul.Until six weeks later, when her pregnancy test comes back positive…Daniel Rodriguez hasn’t forgiven himself for how things went down with Hope all
those years ago. He knows she’s better off without him, but when she shows up
on his doorstep, panicking because she’s pregnant with his baby, he can’t help
seeing it as a chance to make up for the past.
Too bad Hope has no intention of going along with his plans.
It’s been thirteen years since Hope Moore left Devil’s Falls, land of sexy cowboys and bad memories. Back for the weekend, she has no intention of seeing the man she never got over…or the two of them getting down and dirty. It’s just a belated goodbye, right? No harm, no foul.
Until six weeks later, when her pregnancy test comes back positive…
Daniel Rodriguez hasn’t forgiven himself for how things went down with Hope all those years ago. He knows she’s better off without him, but when she shows up on his doorstep, panicking because she’s pregnant with his baby, he can’t help seeing it as a chance to make up for the past.
Too bad Hope has no intention of going along with his plans.
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He turned to find Hope standing behind him. Again. “You sure move quiet when you want to.” Especially for a woman with a bum leg. Not that he could say as much without sounding like a jackass.
“You mean since I had my knee replaced.” Of course she knew what he meant anyway. Apparently damn near reading his mind was one annoying habit she hadn’t outgrown.
“I didn’t say that.”
“You didn’t have to.” She leveraged herself down next to him, the move not quiet as smooth as it’d been when she was eighteen.
Daniel almost cursed. He had to stop doing that. Comparing her now to how she was then wasn’t fair to either of them. It was another lifetime completely, and thinking about it was just fucking depressing. “Hope—”
“Are you seeing anyone?”
He was so surprised by the question that he answered honestly, “Why the fuck would I bother?”
“Oh, I don’t know, because you don’t want to be a creepy old man who lives in the middle of nowhere and has to run off silly high school kids with his shotgun because they tell ghost stories about him?”
He looked at her, half sure that she was the one who’d lost her damn mind. “That’s not a thing.”
“It is most definitely a thing.” She leaned back on her hands and stared at the sky. The most move arched her back and pressed her breasts against the fancy tank top she wore. It was made of some kind of drapey fabric that looked soft and shiny, and it highlighted the fact that he seriously doubted she was wearing a bra. “You’re too young to just give up.”
“It’s not about giving up.” Though he didn’t expect Hope to understand that. He’d checked up on her a few times since the accident, and every single time he was amazed at the things she’d accomplished. Life had kicked her in the teeth and she’d come back swinging. She’d taken two years off and then attended the University of Texas and graduated with honors. She ran her own successful consulting business to work with companies that wanted to set up scholarships and nonprofits.
She shifted to look at him. “It looks like giving up from where I’m sitting.”
***4.5 Heartbreaking, Sexy, Redemptive Stars***
Daniel Rodriguez has never forgiven himself for his part in the accident that cost the life of one of his best friends. Years have passed, and still, as far as he is concerned, the burden is his to carry. Hope Moore lost more than a brother that night thirteen years ago. She lost the one person that could have helped her navigate the pain of her suddenly empty world when Daniel turned his back on her, too mired in his own darkness to stand by her side, and Hope’s life has never been the same.
So, finally, we have it. I’ve been waiting for Daniel’s and Hope’s story. Because Daniel Rodriguez is all sorts of angsty, troubled, in-need-of-his-HEA cowboy, and I needed to see him get his happy back. And because Hope Moore has overcome many trials, but still has this one unhealed wound in her heart. And because a second-chance romance is near and dear to my heart, and this one has been thirteen Devil’s Falls years in the making.
The Foolproof Love series by author Katee Robert is one of my favorite this year. Katee has a way of writing that draws me in and snags me from page 1 every single time. I have so enjoyed both of the first books, and could not wait to read A FOOL FOR YOU, because I’ve had my eye on Daniel all the way through this series. I like a little bit of angst in my reads more times than not, and this book delivers in spades.
Daniel is still bearing the burden of guilt that started the night of the accident that claimed John’s life and badly injured Hope, John’s sister and the love of Daniel’s life. When Hope needed Daniel to be there for her, to help her adjust to her new normal, he was too full of self-blame to reach out, and so began the break that severed Hope’s and Daniel’s relationship and kept them apart for thirteen long years. But when Hope returns to Devil’s Falls to set up a scholarship in John’s memory, it takes less than no time for the flame between her and Daniel to roar back to life. The problem, though, is that so much time has passed, and Daniel still hasn’t forgiven himself. No matter, because the heart wants what the heart wants, and things get out of hand pretty quickly, leaving Hope and Daniel is a situation where they will be forever linked.
“Do you still love me, darling?”
Her breath stilled in her lungs, and her eyes went wide. The world tilted crazily around her like had last time she had the misfortune of being on a carnival ride. She hadn’t liked the experience any more then than she did now.
“What the hell kind of question is that?”
His smile was the very definition of smug.
“I thought so.”
Oh, heck, yes, the spark is still alive, and burning as hot as ever, but Hope isn’t sure that they can go back to the way that they were before. But despite the reservations of friends and family, despite the fact that Daniel can’t get out of his own way, he knows what he wants, and he knows that it’s Hope.
“We tried. We failed. Some things just aren’t meant to be.”
“You’re right…Some things aren’t. But we aren’t some things. A love like ours doesn’t come around more than once in a lifetime, and the fact we get a second chance to do it right is miracle enough. I don’t deserve a second chance-or third or fourth or whatever number chance we’re on now-but I’m here asking for it all the same.”
THUD. And, I’m done. And so is Hope, because, how in the world is she not going to give in to that?!
I’ll say it again, I loved this book, and I loved the series. My suggestion? Add them all to your TBR and get started. You can thank me later.
***ARC generously provided for an honest review.***
Robert learned to tell her stories at her grandpa’s knee. She found romance
novels at age twelve and they changed her life. When not writing sexy
contemporary and romantic suspense, she spends her time playing imaginary games
with her children, driving her husband batty with what-if questions, and
planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.