4 Star · Alpha · ARC Review · Contemporary · Friends to Lovers · Kindle Unlimited · Second Chance · Series · Sexy · Sweet

Stay With Me (Hope Valley #5) by Jessica Prince

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4 Stars

Rory Hightower loves living in Hope Valley, and just about everything about her one of a kind town. From her magical childhood growing up on the ranch, to owning the highly frequented family business, and her close knit group of amazing friends, Rory has a fantastic life. But she finds herself only missing one small thing… someone to share it with.

Cord Paulson moved to Hope Valley for a new start, to secure himself a home, and a future like nothing he ever imagined. Finding a community with people who genuinely care for each other is one thing, but the second he spotted Rory, he knew he had found a woman who he would do anything to keep… until his past got in the way…

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Stay With Me was an emotional story about second chances and opening your heart, and your home to greater possibilities. Rory and Cord fell into a fast friendship that was riddled with sexual tension and unvoiced attraction, but when Cord makes the wrong decision and pushes Rory away, their easy connection is quickly severed beyond repair. After what feels like an eternity of Rory avoiding any interaction possible with Cord, when he decides that he is ready to go all in, Rory had better prepare herself for her battle of wills to come to a screeching end…

Rory is not only a community leader and the owner of the ever popular bar, The Tap Room, but she also possesses the biggest and softest heart. After putting herself out there to Cord, only to be shot down, Rory has been protecting that big ole heart ever since, naturally by avoiding all things Cord Paulson. Until Cord starts to push back against Rory’s epic freeze out with the only thing he can…. a whole lot of heat…

Cord is an investigator at Alpha Omega and is in recovery from a job that went wrong. After Cord committed the ultimate betrayal by shutting Rory out of his life, he loses hope about ever going back to the way things were, that is, until he hears the true details of the time Rory spent by his bedside when he was hurt. And now that he is set on renewing their friendship, along with hoping for a whole more, he will need to prove to her that his past will stay very far away from their second chance.

This was such a great read! I loved both Rory and Cord’s characters. From Cord’s hard childhood, to the way Rory opens her heart in a situation that hits very close to home for Cord, this plot was filled with all the sexy and sweet moments you could ask for! The Hope Valley series continues to deliver with another fabulous couple and story to keep us entertained and reading with big ole hearts in our eyes…

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest and unbiased review.

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