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Review: Love After All by Jaci Burton

Love After AllTitle: Love After All

Author: Jaci Burton

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Series: Hope (Book #4)

Publication Date: March 31, 2015

Format: Paperback, 304 Pages

ISBN-10: 0515155632 (Jove/Penguin)

ISBN-13:  978-0515155631 (Jove/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Roxanne


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…

Quick & DirtyA teacher and a bar owner looking for love in all the wrong places.

Opening Sentence: “Chelsea Gardner sat at the No Hope at All Bar, waiting for her friends.”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Chelsea is a math teacher who has just made her list of the perfect guy, too bad Bash doesn’t fit any of the qualifications. Despite the massive spark between them, Chelsea is determined to date the right guy for a change. Bash is determined to help despite the fact that he really doesn’t want too, he would rather be igniting the fire between them. Failed dates after failed dates, finally pushes Chelsea to ask Bash for a no strings attached relationship.

As they fall into bed, will Bash be able to move past his past and embrace a real relationship? Chelsea thinks nothing of it at first, but as he continues to pull out all the stops while wooing her, she begins to realize she is falling for him. Bash knows he is in deep, but he can’t seem to make himself walk away. Until that moment she confesses how she feels and he freezes. Will he be able to convince Chelsea he made a mistake?

This is a solid series, and the best part is you really don’t have to read the others to follow along. It does help as Emma, Molly, and Dez are all in this book. However, you won’t be lost if this is the first one you pick up. I really enjoyed this one, although for the most part the series does seem to focus on main characters that don’t necessarily fit together. The chemistry was undeniable between Chelsea and Bash, and it was so sweet to see them first fight it and then give in. I wasn’t that shocked when he messed it up, that is kind of standard in most romance novels. However, without spoiling it, it was super cute how he reached out to her to try and fix his mistakes.

This might just have been my favorite of the series. I loved Chelsea, she was so down to earth and straight forward. And Bash was a total character, totally flirting with her while setting her up on dates. I think I also kind of love the town of Hope, it is such a cute small town, complete with the gossips, hot ranchers, and a major love of animals! So if you are looking for a series with some serious appeal not just in characters, but with everything, then look no further!

Notable Scene:

“He didn’t know what was wrong with him. He knew he was in love with her, but her saying the words to him first had caused a knee-jerk reaction of fear and flight. Knowing you’re in love with someone and actually saying the words out loud were obviously two different things. He’d reacted badly. More than badly. He’d hurt her, and that’s the last goddam thing he’d ever wanted to do Chelsea. This was why he never got involved. He wasn’t good with relationships. Hasn’t he learned that with Cathy? He should have kept his distance from Chelsea, should have kept dating the same women he’d dated before.”


1. Hope Flames

2. Hope Ignites

3. Hope Flames

4. Love After All


FTC Advisory: Jove/Penguin provided me with a copy of Love After All. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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