Sunday, May 7, 2017

Amie's Review of War Hope by LP LOVELL & STEVIE J COLE writing as NICOLE LYNN



















I followed my best friend to London thinking it would be an adventure full of excitement and bright lights, only to find myself in a shitty little corner of the city. 

I'm now immersed in a world of bad boys and dirty fights. 

My saviour complex is stretching to Finn West. He's dark, mysterious, grouchy, and a fighter. I can't help but want to push his buttons and see if I can crack that surly frown into a smile. 

Maybe the connection I feel with him is real, or perhaps it's just the fanatical imaginings of a lonely girl, wanting a lonely boy. After all, who wants to be alone?


I just want to be left alone, stick to my routine, but no. Hope McGrath sure as hell can't let that happen. 

I like order, control, I need it. She's like a tornado of sheer chaos, trying to rock my very structured life on it's foundations. She annoys the shit out of me on a daily basis, but somehow, I've come to enjoy her dragging me to her weekly bingo outings. 

No matter how gnarly I am, she always comes back for more with her long legs and her loud mouth. 

I don't need her in my life, even if I find myself thinking about her, her lips, her body...I don't need her.



After the devastating ending to Poppy's story I was curious to see how everyone would deal and how things would progress with Hope and Finn. Although this is Hope's story we do get some updates on Poppy and little Patrick. It was painful for them to talk about Brandon but was nice that not only was Hope able to help Finn she also made it possible for Poppy and Finn to get back on track with each other. We know that Hope followed Poppy to London and now there she has found herself alone and picking up pieces of her friends lives. She has a past , one we don't know much about BUT it does show up to haunt her and attempt to cause a setback in how far she has come. Finn has a much deeper past , lots of heartache on top of the PTSD he suffers. He came home from war and due to his struggle he lost his family. Now years later he still suffers PTSD and has had to deal with the lost of his best friend. Fighting seems to get him through , helping with his anger and money. Hope is determined to keep him going which means she becomes that annoying person always showing up to make sure he has what he needs and does what he should !! They have a funny connection and I love the sarcasm and snippy fun they have. Hope is a firecracker and the things that come out of her mouth will make you laugh !! When the book opens her and her old lady friend are having a grand old time and I actually had to google the name they mentioned because the way they were talking I NEEDED to know if he was real !! I also had a strong desire to go play BINGO just to see if there are any super spunky old ladies to battle with in my area !! Although both characters have their struggles and secrets I can say this book was not as mentally/emotionally exhausting as book 1. Just as good but more manageable to handle. Secrets come out , people are put to the test yet in the end there is happiness for many and I was glad for the different tone in the ending !! Now I need to go read the prequel and probably become heartbroken all over again...

Love and war. Two words that should have little association, but to me the two go hand in hand. Both are a tragedy. They rip you open and spit you out. The war killed my husband, Connor, shattered my will to live, and took my best friend. Brandon may not have physically died in that war, but his soul did. And now we're left to pick up the wreckage. Expected to move on when all that is left is the ruins of a life we once had.

War. It took everything from me, even myself. When you're only able to exist, death seems like a blessing. Pain...a welcome distraction. I ran from everything associated with my past, and then she found me, fighting, drowning myself in whisky, trying to forget. She reminds me of Connor, of what I've lost—what we've lost. In the midst of destruction, she's a salvation I don't deserve.
I shouldn't love him.
I shouldn't love her.
Love is a war we never should have fought.

Pre-war (War Series Book 0)


LP Lovell

Lauren Lovell is an indie author from England. 

She suffers from a total lack of brain to mouth filter and is the friend you have to explain before you introduce her to anyone, and apologise for afterwards.

Lauren is a self-confessed shameless pervert, who may be suffering from slight peen envy. 

LP loves to hear from readers so please get in touch.



Stevie J Cole

Stevie J. Cole lives deep in the woods of Alabama with her husband and two precious daughters. She studied Epidemiology concentrating on cancer research but has always had a passion for writing. Some of her stories will strip you bare, some will give you nightmares, but the one thing she can promise is that she will always give you stories that make you feel.
Raw. Gritty. Love.
Because sometimes characters need to be flawed.

P.S. Stevie's greatest fear is the impending zombie apocalypse. Think about it: swarming armies of decaying, oozing corpses stumbling around with clicking teeth, trying to eat your face. Nothing about that is good. NOTHING!

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