Book Review, Contemporary, Dark, Romance, Second Chance, Series

You Are My Hope (You Are Mine #2) by Willow Winters


Mason Thatcher gave me chills when I first laid eyes on him. The good kind. The kind that make your body ache, and your heart hammer.

It’s not fair that his touch eased my pain.
That his lips on mine made my worries vanish.
That his love gave me a reason to breathe again.

With him I felt complete, as if fate had given me a second chance.

Then I learned the truth: the sins and secrets of what had really brought us together.
I only hope we could go back. I never could have imagined this.


“If you love something set it free. If it comes back it’s yours. If not, it was never meant to be.” As Jules and Mason’s story continues from a shocking cliffhanger in You Are My Reason, I wondered how they could possibly stay together after what is revealed about Mason’s role in her husband’s death.  Ms. Winters delivers a heartbreaking and tense conclusion to a tragic love story gone wrong. 

It’s hard enough to grasp the fact that Jace was murdered. Much harder still to think that I fell in love with his murderer.

Jules is in disbelief. The anonymous letter said Mason killed her husband Jace. How can she forgive something like that? She gave him everything and now she doesn’t know that man anymore. He claims he loves her, but all she feels is anger and fear towards him. He’s holding her prisoner and all she wants to do is go home. He knew who she was when we met. He knew it would destroy me, but that didn’t stop him. What kind of f#@ked up mess has she gotten herself into?

It destroys me that I couldn’t lie to her. I couldn’t hide what I’d done. Some sick, twisted part of me is relieved that now she knows.

Mason loves her. He needs her. Now her life is in danger. It’s all his fault, and all he wants to do is to protect her and make everything better. She knows he’ll never hurt her. But someone knows what he did and they aren’t safe.  How can he convince her that staying with him is for her own good?

Ms. Winters does a fantastic job delving into the chaos of their lives including the desolation of Jules’ anguish and hopelessness as well as her anger at Mason’s lies, and at herself for loving him despite his sins. When she goes off on him and finally convinces him to let her go, it’s devastating to watch.  The sorrow and love are so strong.  In addition, watching the tough and intimidating Mason be relegated to a contrite and miserable mess is unnerving, but well deserved. Despite his guilt, I was rooting for him every step of the way even though it looked hopeless. His desperation is palpable as he looks for the blackmailer while convincing himself that Jules will forgive him.  My heart broke for both of them. Don’t worry it ends in a HEA, but it took a lot out of this reader to get there.

If you love second chance dark romances loaded with heartache, secrets, and danger lurking around the corner, give this book a try.  I recommend you read book 1 in this series so you can get the full force of Jules and Mason’s relationship.

Thank you to Ms. Winters for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.


You Are My Hope

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Willow WintersI started writing after having my little girl, Evie, December of 2015. All during my pregnancy with her I read. I only wanted to read smut and I read EVERYTHING. I would read a book a day — sometimes two. In January I was staying up late with her and just thinking of all these stories. They came to me constantly. And I finally sat down and just started writing. I always wanted to do it so I figured, why not?

I never thought I would reach this point of success to be honest. It’s insane to me that I have so many fans. And I love each and every one of them for all of their support. I’ll be honest, some days are HARD. I have my two littles (Jax who’s two and a half and Evie who just turned one!) during the day and I write at night. Some days are just simply exhausting and then I hear from a fan and it makes me want to push through and keep writing. And I do. I promise I won’t stop!

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