Saturday, April 4, 2015

Love After All (Hope #4) by Jaci Burton

High school math teacher Chelsea Gardner has the perfect plan. She’s tired of dating all the wrong men, and after years of frustration, she’s developed a foolproof list of requirements for finding “The One.”
Bar owner Sebastian “Bash” Palmer finds Chelsea beautiful, smart and fun, but he thinks her list is ridiculous and unnecessary. Intent on proving Chelsea is looking for love in all the wrong ways, he offers to help her find the “perfect” man.
Chelsea knows Bash isn’t the right guy for her—he barely meets one of her criteria—but there’s something about the charismatic man that has her yearning for things that are most definitely not list approved.
Because sometimes, a relationship that looks totally wrong on paper can turn out incredibly right…

4 I-Have-A-List Stars

Love After All is a standalone novel and is the 4th book in the Hope Series.  Lately I have been reading books out of order. I’ve read a few Jaci Burton books and she’s known for the Play by Play series.  You would think Love After All is milder than the Play by Play series, but it’s not.

Love After All is a feel-good- happy steamy novel. It’s a cross between a comical chick-lit and new adult read. It’s a good book to read in between the serious ones.

Chelsea is tired of dating losers. She wants a husband and her plan is to date guys, but these guys must follow her list. If they don’t then she isn’t going to waste her time on them.

Perfect Guy List

1. Never married

2. Has to be a suit and tie kind of guy

3. Has to work a 9-5 job

4. No crazy ex-girlfriends

5. Likes fine dinning and good wine

6. Hates sports

7. Must want at least two kids

8. Must love animals

9. Doesn’t spend all his time at the bar

10. Perfect vacation is somewhere warm and tropical

Bash is a bar owner. He’s a divorced single guy and doesn’t follow Chelsea’s list.  Being burned in the past, he isn’t going to jump into a serious relationship any time soon. Bash thinks Chelsea’s list is a bit silly so he plans to find the perfect guy for her.

Chelsea is a bit quirky.  She has spunk and her list is kind of ballsy. I get it, when you are at a certain age, it’s time to settle down.  I find her list more comical than anything else. The List isn’t the whole focal point of the book, it’s there to add a little tension.

The interaction between Chelsea and Bash is really cute. They act more buddy buddy and the chemistry is adorable. He teases her and she’s really firm on what she wants in a man. Of course the attraction is apparent and they start to cross boundaries they set up between themselves.

I like the overall storyline. I like the small town setting. The dog is even cute! Bash’s ex adopted a dog to impress Bash and since Bash and her are no longer together, she dropped the dog on Bash and left. It was really funny.

It’s a cute book with a few ha ha moments. Worth a try if you are Jaci fan.
An ARC was provided 

Other books by JACI BURTON
Quarterback Draw

Jaci Burton is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of over 50 books. She lives in Oklahoma and when she isn’t on deadline (which is often), she can usually be found wrestling with her uncooperative garden, wrangling her dogs, watching an unhealthy amount of television, or completely losing track of time reading a great book. She’s a total romantic and longs for the happily ever after in every story, which you’ll find in all her books.. Visit her website at for excerpts, her blog and contest information. 

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