Tuesday, September 4, 2018

One Perfect Kiss by Jaci Burton

The New York Times bestselling author of Love Me Again returns to the town of Hope, Oklahoma where school is in session and love rules the playbook.

Josie Barnes has always craved a sense of home. She's found that in Hope, Oklahoma--she bought a house, has a new job as an English teacher at Hope High, she's made wonderful friends, and she's taking in stray animals that no one else wants. Now she's flirting with fellow teacher and hot high school football coach Zach Powers. But he's almost too good to be true, and Josie learned long ago not to trust in the too-good-to-be-true, because it has always let her down.

A former pro football player, Zach had to pull back when a career-ending knee injury forced him to rethink his future. Now he's happy calling plays as Coach. If he could just get Josie Barnes to stop benching his players for their poor grades, life would be perfect. Instead, she drives him crazy as the stern teacher at school and the sexy woman of his dreams outside of the classroom. He knows she's been hurt in the past, but he wants to be that guy she can trust.

The one thing Josie has never been able to count on is the people closest to her. But Zach intends to show her that what they have between them is a textbook case of love.

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Book 8
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is the eighth book in the Hope series but can be enjoyed as a standalone too. You would get more of the background of the town and its inhabitants if you had read them all, but I reckon you could go back and catch up afterwards if you wanted.

Before Josie arrived in Hope, she had a bad relationship which has made her very resistant to any emotional entanglements. So when Zach is clearly interested in her, she decides that a fun time would be great; however, ‘no desire to be tied to someone’ remains her mantra. In the meantime, she is adopting needy pets to satisfy that need for love, not realising the irony of this.

Zach had to put his football career behind him due to injury, but is making a new life as a high school teacher and football coach. He is ready to settle down as he sees his friends all begin families of their own. He has long wanted that to be with Josie, but as he gets to know her better, he really doesn’t understand her reluctance, or lack of trust.

Given that many romances hinge on the man being reluctant and nervous of commitment, this gives an interesting twist. The fact that there are some super cute pets involved too is an added bonus!

Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
To me, the town of Hope seems to be a place where second chances can be found along with life-long friends. A small town where everyone knows everyone else and looks out for each other.

To Josie, it’s a dream come true. Moving to Hope is a way for her to be closer to her mother yet far enough away from her daily drama. Zach returned to Hope after his football career ended and did something that most people didn't expect: became the high school football coach. For Zach, it’s one way to give back to his hometown and still be a part of the sport he loves so much.

When he meets Josie, there's something about her that calls to him. It’s a like a piece of himself has found a home. Josie feels the same, but she has a hard time believing a former football star would want to date her.

I really enjoyed this book and am ready for the next book in the series.

Jaci Burton is the USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of the Play-by-Play series, including Unexpected Rush, All Wound Up, Quarterback Draw, Straddling the Line, Melting the Ice, and One Sweet Ride, and the Hope series, including Don’t Let Go, Make Me Stay, Love After All, Hope Burns, Hope Ignites, and Hope Flames.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of One Perfect Kiss (Hope #8) by Jaci Burton to read and review.

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