Review: Hopeless For You by Hayden Hill
Hopeless For You
by: Hayden Hill
Publication Date: Sept. 23, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Source: e-ARC provided by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Page Count: 215 pages
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My Rating: 4/5 stars
Kade is definitely not a one woman kind of guy. He is a player and seems like your typical tatted up bad boy. However, Kade is much more than he seems. He has been hurt in the past and is afraid of what will happen if he actually falls for another girl again. Upon meeting Ash, he knows he has to be careful around her. He is immediately attracted to her and upon just seeing her picture wants to be the one to protect her and chase the sadness from her eyes. Therefore, Kade plays the role of the detached mentor- acting rudely and sticking his foot in his mouth on more than one occasion.
Ash is the complete opposite of Kade. She's sweet and kind, but has also been hurt by the past. She knows the pain of true loss and hasn't opened herself back up to love since. Not only is she hurting, but she also feels incredibly guilty over losing her fiancé. Little things still upset her and my heart really went out to her. She doesn't see herself as strong, even after everything she does for Kade while trapped in the wilderness. She thinks she is weak emotionally and feels that moving forward with someone new is a betrayal to her late fiancé's memory.
Thankfully, she has her best friend Gina there with her. Gina is a good, loyal friend to Ash and where Ash is on the shyer side, Gina has no problem letting loose and going after what she wants. She is interested in Blaine, Kade's friend, and has no problem making her intentions known. I felt Blaine and Gina's storyline was left a bit unresolved so I am hoping Hayden decides to write their story next!
Kade is an enigma to Ash. One minute she could see his attraction to her and the next the cold façade would come over him and she didn't know what to think. However, after being stranded together in the Canadian wilderness, secrets are revealed, desires are made known, and the two discover just how right things could actually be even in the worst of circumstances.
While this seems like your typical NA romance, the setting is what really make this one stand out. It certainly makes an impression on Ash, who is originally pre-med, but secretly longs to be a veterinarian. Kade loves his job at the wilderness center and working with falcons. He might spend his time away from the center being reckless, but when it comes to work he takes it very seriously.
These two have their issues to work through and insecurities to overcome, but everyone knows love isn't easy. Love takes sacrifice and compromise and being able to admit when you're in the wrong. Sometimes it takes letting the one person you love the most go in order for them to realize that and then make their way back to you.