Chasing Hope

Chasing Hope Chasing Hope by Dana Wayne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Max Logan longs for the joys of home and family he missed growing up in foster care. He fills that emotional void by becoming a kick-ass Marine, and for eighteen years, led his band of brothers from one hell-hole to another. Until the one that nearly destroyed him. 
Sixteen months of therapy and rehab put his body back together, but some wounds can’t be seen. Some can’t be healed. 

Skylar Ward dreams of a life that includes someone beside her. Someone to share her life and be a father to her young daughter. But if she learned anything from her failed marriage it was that you don’t rush into a relationship. Only Max Logan sparks her interest. But the handsome, brooding war hero remains aloof. 

Seven-year-old Maddie Ward overhears a neighbor tell her mom she needs a male companion and immediately decides Max will do just fine. He needs a family. They need him. She just has to figure out how to make that happen. 
Can a precocious child be the catalyst that heals and brings them all together or will ashes of the past bury hope forever?

Book Review
This story of hope & love revolved around Max, a former Marine suffering from PTSD and Sky, a single mom with her own personal matchmaker in the form of her seven-year-old daughter, Maddie (Tink). Thanks to Maddie doing a little eavesdropping these two came together in the most emotional ways to heal each other and to form a family.

This was a feel-good romance at its finest. How could it not be? You had a small town, the holiday season, two broken adults and a cast of likable supporting characters minus one. I found myself rooting along with their friends for Max & Sky to "get it together". Maddie made sure they did and I loved it. She was a favorite character of mine. I think the author did a great job of making the road to love humorous with just enough angst to keep things interesting. Allowing the story to be told from both characters point of view, I think aided in pulling the readers into the relationship and becoming invested in the outcome. I do not have any experience with the military, military jargon or military-related PTSD. However, I thought the way the author handled it was written well i.e. Max seeking treatment.

While the pace of the story was a little slow for me, I think this is a well-written romantic story that makes a good addition to your summer reading list. To see my blog tour spotlight click here.

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