Out of My League (Hope Valley #1)by Jessica Prince Published 07 Jan 2019
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After years of war, Lincoln Sheppard thought he’d left the violence and ugliness behind. He was content with the life he built for himself. Then the woman down the street came in and shook everything up.
All Eden Brenner ever wanted was to have a place to call home. She finally found that in Hope Valley. Then she went and fell in love with the man a few houses down the first time she laid eyes on him. There was just one problem. Women like her didn’t catch the attention of men like him. He was totally and completely out of her league. And to make matters worse, when her past comes knocking, the beautiful world she’s built for herself is at risk of crumbling to the ground.
When danger forces Eden into his arms, Lincoln begins to see her in a whole new light, and he suddenly finds himself wanting things he never expected. And he wants them all with the shy, clumsy woman from down the street. But when the truth comes out, that proves nearly impossible. Now he’s fighting the hardest battle of his life, and the stakes are higher than ever. Protect the woman he’s falling for while trying to win her heart at the same time.
"Out of My League (Hope Valley #1)" Reviews
***5 ‘Monster’ Stars***
This book was all KINDS of goodness and quite possibly one of the most enjoyable 1st in series I’ve read in awhile. Once I dove in, it was really, really hard to put it down. It was all kinds of sweet, swoony, smexy and adorable and with a heavy dose of heart, a nice splash of suspense and with a whole slew of characters I ended up adoring and needing to spend more time with so I can get to know them all better!
I adored Eden. Seriously adored her. She’s had a rough life, which is an understatement, but it’s molded her into a woman who is slightly adorkable and yet filled with a lot more moxie than even she sometimes realizes. She had a good heart and has no issue standing up for what she believes in and I loved watching her evolve as the book progressed. Lincoln is a good man, and it’s hard not to love him. He’s all kinds of alpha AF and definitely has his moments where it rushes to the forefront, but it’s always for a good reason. Honorable, loyal and with a good heart, the man is deliciously lethal.
Eden and Lincoln’s journey to their HEA was a lot of fun. I loved how they got to know each other and found, through their actions, that they really liked each other and were perfectly matched in more ways than one. The sexual chemistry between them was hot and their bantering a lot of fun. But, unfortunately, there is a little...hitch in the road, one that wasn’t a surprise, but man when it is exposed, it is pretty intense. I didn’t actually pick a side in this one because it was just hard to, though I did empathize with both sides. But I have to say, the push that got Eden and Lincoln back on track was absolutely awesome and I loved how everything worked out for them.
With each book I’ve gotten to read by this author, I’ve found myself loving her words more and more and I after finishing this baby, I can say with much certainty that I am now a true #fangirl. The writing was engaging, the pacing done very well and I loved the dual 1st person POV’s. The suspense aspect was done well, it didn’t take over the story, but definitely helped to give more depth to the characters. And as for the characters in this one, I simply want more of ALL of them...okay, not ALL, there are about three I’d love to gut with a spoon, you can’t win ‘em all, but the supporting cast of characters were all very well written and I’m crossing my toes that they all get their own HEA’s down the road. Gypsy and Nona were my favs, Cord isn’t too far behind, but Rocky was kind of everything! This was a great start to a new series, so if you’re looking for a good contemporary romance that’s low on angst, but has just enough drama to keep things interesting and is filled with a lot of heart, then this is a definite must read for you!
~ Copy provided by Love Affair With Fiction & voluntarily reviewed ~
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Loved ! Loved ! Loved !
Jessica Prince never fails in making me fall in love with her books. And I’m beyond excited for this series.
I found myself quickly engrossed in Out of My League from the get go. Eden was a character that I immediately loved. She’s had a crappy life and she’s trying to find her happy, she’s definitely someone that I could see myself being great friends with.
Now Lincoln, well he’s a whole other story. Hot, alpha and dang throughout this book I found myself heating up, literally.
I loved how this story developed and I shipped these two hard. They quickly become one of my fav couples and I definitely can see myself rereading this book over and over again.
With a bit of suspense, the right amount of angst and some seriously hot and sweet moments Out Of My League was quickly devoured. I need more immediately from this series.
I really enjoyed this. Eden's first impression may be a shy, quiet mouse, but that is not the real her. She had such a fire inside. I loved her attitude when it came to her brother! I was cheering internally.
I will admit that Lincoln mad me a bit mad at the beginning. I knew it wasn't going to end well when Eden found out why he initially approached her. But I settled down because you could tell he was being genuine. Great romance and a little bit of intrigue. Can't wait for the rest in the series!
At first I wasn't too sure about this but I did end up really enjoying it. Definitely interested in reading more of this series.
HEA [spoilers removed]
Cheating/OW/OM [spoilers removed]
Any push/pull [spoilers removed]
Any couple separation [spoilers removed]
Instant love: [spoilers removed]
Angst Level: Low
Heat Level: High
Rating: 3.5 stars
My curiosity got the better of me, folks. I decided, for better or worse, to go on a fact finding mission to see if this book was worth putting up with Lincoln, a manho hero I usually try to avoid, and Eden, the pining after him from afar plain Jane to pretty heroine. I must say the reviews I read were spot on. Oddly enough even those which left polar opposite ratings/opinions. They all piqued my interest to the point I just had to see for myself if this book was out of my league of acceptable romantic reads.
What you get here is a “Hey, no one hates me cause I’m so beautiful” hero. He’s portrayed as an all around white knight when it comes to helping old ladies cross the street, plays with the neighborhood children like he’s their long lost uncle, but don’t be fooled. At first, he is shallow and a Dark Vader when it comes to his womanizing ways. He has every lady in the land swooning after him, all without even trying. At the crook of a finger, they wind up in his bed. He’s like the Piped Piper of Hope Valley. You just can’t say no to him, but obviously he only says “yes” to the strikingly beautiful ones, even though they are mean girls to everyone else. Except for references to a one night drunken mistake when he was off his game and got busy with a skank everyone still teases him about. But, not to worry. His mere presence still makes the world a more beautiful place. Even after that slip-up. Yeah, I'm being sarcastic here, folks.
The book cover fits this story. The goofy grin like she’s getting away with something (sneaking in a hug or coping a quick feel she hopes her shirtless crush doesn’t notice) certainly reminded me of Eden. It seems fitting Linc lost his shirt in this photo since it saves him time getting naked with the revolving door of women Eden’s seen him with since moving to town.
Eden’s hard luck life is what kept me reading. I wanted her to find happiness. I just found it sad she pathetically panted after a guy who only started being attracted to her after she had a makeover. Equally surprising is all the sudden she’s the only woman he wants to be with. Well, that is after pursuing her for another completely different reason that infuriated me. Honestly, I almost stopped reading this book more than once because of how it all began.
Eden is such a nice person all the normal people in town love her on sight, well before her transformation. Including another gorgeous guy Linc chases off because he’s jealous. It’s pretty sad when I found myself wondering “what if” Linc was left out of the picture from then on. I could easily see Eden ending up with this other guy, and I barely knew him.
As much as I liked Eden’s strength and perseverance to not let her family’s past determine her future, she was an embarrassment to the sisterhood for quite awhile. Thankfully, she did grow a backbone and had a verbal smackdown with Linc that put him in his place.
Yes, I saw some of the similarities of Kristen Ashley type storylines/writing, but, IMHO, imitation is often a form of flattery. I can’t begin to name how many romance books I’ve read with similar themes/styles that reminded me of other books. So I’m shrugging that off. This world is plenty big enough for tons of old school KA type reads. In fact, I can’t get enough of them. The explosive, dramatic ending definitely was an improvement over the issues I struggled with at first.
Overall, I surprisingly am glad I pushed through the parts I seriously objected to. Sure, I’d like to have seen it scripted differently in certain aspects, but this is not my rodeo, folks. I’m up to giving the rest of this series a chance. I’m even really looking forward to it. I certainly understand why some have decided this type of setup is just not their cup of tea. Thanks to all of you who post reviews. I always appreciate reading differing opinions. Here’s to hoping I have helped you in some way, as well.
(These comments are based on a Kindle Unlimited version. This is not an ARC review.)