By: Abbi Glines
Published: December 8, 2016 by Abbi Glines Publishing
Source: Personal Kindle Library
(Goodreads / Amazon)
The second and final addition to Sammy Jo Knox story... what began as one thing will end in another. A love she wasn't looking for becomes something she can't hold. And the hero may just be someone you knew all along...MY REVIEW:
First off, the covers between parts 1 and 2 are quite perfect for the storyline; rags to riches...maybe even Cinderella-ish. Secondly, this whole "novella series" idea is more like just a teaser to me. It's good, intriguing even, yeah there's some details given, even some juiciness, but then at the end I'm left with "well, what happens next?!"
One of the tag lines Abbi kept posting about on social media was "find out what character you knew all along". Seeing as how I'm slightly behind in her Rosemary Beach series, the impact upon discovering who this person is was lost on me. However, it did stir a desire to get back in to that series. I've read 5 of the 13 books. Not knowing what leads up to this point in that person's story had me feeling in the dark some, but it also had me curious because Once She Dreamed ends in what I would consider to be a cliffhanger.
In the second part to Sammy Jo's story, she's living in New York City, having left behind her small country hometown in Alabama, to finally live the life of adventure she thinks she needs and wants. The mysterious man Hale Christopher Jude III hires her to clean his NYC penthouse and cook for and entertain his guests when he's in town. She quickly learns that there's a dark secret surrounding this handsome, wealthy man, and she's caught in the middle of a dangerous situation.
As with any great romance story, there is a handsome hero who saves the day. I definitely enjoyed this short novella series, but I want to know MORE. That can't be where things just end. Guess I'll have to finish reading Rosemary Beach to find out if the more I want to see happens.
Top Favorite Quotes:
The face of success isn't always wealth. You can be yourself and keep your soul, because the world has places for that.
"...we all make mistakes. It's part of growing up and learning. What matters is that we remember those mistakes and don't make the same ones twice."
"No man hits a woman from the state of Alabama and lives without a bullet in his brain."
Language: 2 (medium)
Mature Content: 2 (medium)
Final Rating: 3.5 stars