Monday, August 26, 2013

Guest Reviewer Barb Hill-Kidd ~ HOPE SPRINGS (Compass Girls Series Book 2) by Jayne Rylon and Mari Carr.

The authors, Jayne Rylon and Mari Carr have continued the Compton Family saga.  We first met the 4 Compton brothers and watched them fall in love in the Compass Brothers Series.  The daughters of the brothers have grown up and are now looking for their true loves. 
Hope Compton is the oldest child of the unconventional relationship of Silas, Lucy and Colby, (Northern Exposure-Compass Brothers Book 1).  As a teen, she realized that she yearned for the same type of relationship as her parents.  Out with her loser boyfriend, she is rescued from a gang rape by Wyatt and Clayton, two hot cowboys who work on her family’s ranch.  As Hope gets to know the two men she is optimistic that she can join their existing relationship.  She and Clayton have an instant understanding but Wyatt is unsure, afraid of the repercussions if it does not work.  While the threesome give into the sexual chemistry that sparks whenever they are near, Hope and her cousins must face the ramifications of her beloved grandmother’s Alzheimer’s.  The entire Compton family must face the future dealing with their matriarch’s disease.  Hope must be strong for her family while convincing her men that this is their chance at the love they all deserve.
A reader does not need to have read the prior books to enjoy Hope’s Spring however it will enhance the experience.  The authors do a wonderful job of not slowing down the pace of Hope’s story by giving too much backstory.  I am a huge fan of the Compton family.  In this book, I fell in love with the good-girl Hope and found Clayton and Wyatt worthy of her love.  This is a fast paced story that allows the reader to get to know Hope but keeps us updated on the other Compass Girls.  The sex scenes are hot and especially the m/m action.  However, this is a book that is story driven.  Vivi’s increasing problems with lucidity due to the ravages of Alzheimer’s are realistic and heart-breaking.  I cried over the barn scene.  This book packs a punch on many levels.  This series has stayed in my heart due to the strong storyline regarding Vivi’s illness and the pain that is causes her beloved family


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