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Restoring Hope by [Smith, CP]
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Life throws you curve balls, but no parent should ever bury a child.

Determined not to make the same mistakes with his son that he made with his daughter, Nic Beuve is single-minded . . . until Hope Delaney walks into his life. Burning desire, a deep need to protect, and a woman who looks like an angel break down Nic's defenses until he can’t ignore them any longer. He wants Hope, and what Nic wants . . .

Hope Delaney is a woman with a past that almost broke her. She tries to keep people at bay for their own protection and hers. Fortunately for her, no one in New Orleans listens when she says she wants to be alone. Hope thinks she can walk away at any time, but she wasn't counting on a man like Nic to weaken her defenses OR a nosy but loving Cajun Boss. Maman Rose wants Nic and Hope together and what Maman Rose wants, happens.

Will their relationship survive an ex with an agenda or will her past come between them—or kill them?

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  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1499741995
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5.0 out of 5 stars C.P. Smith is on my must read list 24 July 2014
By B.E. Love - Published on
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After reading Mrs. Smith's first book I was hooked, the second I saw this book I tried to buy it. The problem was it wasn't out yet. I guess in all of my excitement at finding another of her books I didn't think to check the release date *sigh*. So it stands to reason that the day this book was released I went to Amazon and hit one of my favorite one touch buttons and bought this books. From the first page I was hooked.

Nic isn't the man he was years ago he was happily married and had two great children he loved more than anything in the world. Now it's only Nic and his son Nicky. Finding his wife in bed with another man Nic left and then his daughter started using drugs and overdosed. Now when Nic isn't with his son he almost always winds up at Rose's bar drinking the night away only to go home with the guilt of his daughter's death.

Hope is on the run never staying long in one place only enough time to make enough money to leave again and thats all that New Orleans is But Rose (hope's boss and Nic's friend) has other ideas in particular to get two people she cares about that both have been through pain together and when she see's they are so obviously attracted to each other her plan goes into hyperdrive.

Though they are both attracted to each other Nics belief that his only job is to watch over his son and make sure he is happy while having no room for his own happiness, and Hope's belief that she can never stay in one place or get attached for fear of others safety keep them both from each other. Then Nic see's where Hope lives and Rose so graciously suggests he let her live in his bottom condo while he lives in the top. Now Hope and Nic are spending tons of time together and it becomes harder and harder to remember why they didn't want to be with each other.

The longer they are together Nic and Rose finally give into their feelings and once the walls are down both know that they can't turn back. But Nic's ex wife wants him back and will do anything she can to get him back, and Hopes secrets that she has kept believing that Nic will leave her when he knows the truth soon become lying to Nic, now Hope is more scared than ever to tell him the truth but knows she has no choice when it becomes clear Nic is the love of her life. With Nics ex, Hopes secrets, and Hopes past both Nic and Rose will have to decide what is most important, the love they found above anything else or the outside world trying to tear them apart.

I LOOOOOVED this book from page one I was hooked and didn't want to put it down. C.P. Smith is a brilliant writer who weave tales that hook you and transport you to a different world. The way she laces her words together creates beauty. And soon after starting this book her characters weren't just characters but people who I quickly grew to love and want to know. Nic was an amazing hero he was everything I could want in my hero, he was possessive, strong, loving, and kind and most importantly wouldn't take crap from his manipulative ex-wife. Hope was strong and kind and loving.

Not only did I love Hope and Nic but the other characters as well (well except the ex-wife). Rose, Big-daddy, Nicky, Hopes friends, and Nics parents just brought more depth to this book and made it more. This book was filled with happiness, and sadness the pain that Nic and Hope experienced was very real when we read it, and their happiness was that much more important and strong because of their pain they experienced.

This was one of the books that you get so wrapped in when you end the book it is too sudden and too quick. It seems that everything C.P. Smith writes turns into magic. I can't wait for anything else she writes. After A Reason To breather(her first book) I knew she was an author I would follow and buy/read anything she wrote, now after Restoring Hope I know that she is an author who I need to read, buy the second I can, and devour everything I can by this magnificent story teller.
5.0 out of 5 stars great read! 8 November 2015
By Carrie Marie - Published on
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This one was a little difficult for me because of all the Cajun slang - that is one language I have trouble with, even though it's mostly French! I also wasn't a fan of all the struggle for Hope to open up w/ Nic. It seemed to drag a bit, for me. However, the story is beautifully written, and is one of healing and trust and of course love. :) I love how the interactions w/ Nicky & w/ Nic's parents are written. I also enjoyed how the differences in Hope's controlling, abusive husband and Nic's controlling, protective behavior are shown. Two thumbs up! And there's a bit of a paranormal connection (it DOES take place in Nawlins, cher!) but nothing too "out there" if you're not a fan of paranormal usually. And the ending!! Oh, I loved how that all played out. All in all, very enjoyable! : )
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good story. I really liked Nic and Hope. :D 17 April 2015
By Malinda - Published on
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4 stars

This was a very good story. I liked Hope and Nic and they complimented each other well once they got past their initial inhibitions. I also loved that the story was set in New Orleans.

Hope is a good woman who has had a very bad life. She lost her parents and brother to a car accident when she was young and was raised in Foster care. She went through the typical (and bad) issues that come with being in the system but got out and got a job, happy to be standing on her own two feet. She was working during the day and taking night classes when she met a man. He seemed protective and like he was her Knight in shining armor. Unfortunately, once she married him she found out he was abusive and would kill her if she tried to leave him.

Nic is a Creole born and raised. He grew up in Baton Rouge but now is an architect in New Orleans. He's good at his job and in high demand so his professional life is great but his personal life hasn't been as good. His wife, Kat, cheated on him (multiple times) and after they divorced, their daughter ended up killing herself with a drug overdose. Nic feels he failed his daughter and only hangs on because he still has a son, Nickie, that needs him.

Obviously, Hope does manage to escape her husband and ends up on the run. She winds up in New Orleans and manages to get a job that pays under the table in a local bar run by a nice woman named Rose. Rose is a mother hen and sees that Hope is in trouble. She suspects that Hope's been abused and is on the run and decides to help her. Nic is a frequent customer at the bar. When Nic has his son he'll bring him to the bar for the Creole cooking. When Kat has Nickie, Nic tends to drink at the bar in order to drown his pain and guilt over his daughter. Rose decides that Hope needs a good man to love and protect her and sees that Nic needs someone to make him feel something other than pain so she decides to play matchmaker. There is a strong and immediate attraction between them but both Hope and Nic hold back. Nic holds back because of his pain and Hope because she needs to be able to run at any time and that if she came to care about anyone she'd only be putting them in danger.

Because of their stubbornness, Rose has to work at it, throwing Nic and Hope together in hopes that they'll stop fighting their attraction. Things are helped along by the fact that Hope is living in a crappy place so she ends up moving in to Nic's extra apartment (he has a building with 2 apartments). This has them close and helps things but there are issues that come up and remind them of their reservations. One major issue for them both is Kat. She's a horrible woman who is nothing but selfish and delusional. She was already trying to get Nic to "reconcile" before Hope came in to the picture and as soon as Kat started to realize that Hope would be an issue she went all out to cause trouble between them. TBH, Hope handled Kat surprisingly well but there's not much you can do about a psychotic bitch. There's also the issue of someone from Hope's past coming after her that has to be dealt with. With a rather surprising twist, things get rather bad for a bit but the story does end with a well deserved HEA for Hope and Nic.

This was a very enjoyable story. I liked Hope. She was rather flighty and reserved at first but I liked her more and more as she started coming out of her shell. Nic was great, a bit bossy but not in an alpha-hole way. There was a lot of dodging of emotions at first but once they got together I really liked them together, they kind of gave me a warm feeling. The story wasn't perfect but my only major complaint is that Kat got off too easy for my tastes. Overall, it was very good story and I'd recommend it. :)
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow! 14 January 2017
By Cyndi - Published on
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I did not expect that ending...I kind of figured she'd play a bigger role but wow!

I have loved every book by this author so far and Nic and Hope are no exception. I only have 2 complaints firs this book...1 it was a bit longer than necessary. I think the story could have been told without all the extra "stuff". And 2 if you're going to use a different language when writing please take in to consideration that either we don't know the language or the dialect is different than normal and put in quotations what your were saying. I speak a little French but Cajun French (creole) is so different that even google translate couldn't decipher. It would have been nice to know everything they were saying to each other.

All in all good book and I can't wait to read the next...I'm on my last book by this author so she needs to get busy writing some more. 😉
5.0 out of 5 stars Nic and Hope are amazing! 26 April 2015
By Anja - Published on
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After reading Property Of by CP Smith this past week, I couldn’t help myself, I needed more of her brand of alpha-hotness. And that is exactly what I found in Restoring Hope. It’s heartbreaking, funny, redeeming, and above all, beautiful.

Hope Delaney is on the run and hiding from her horrible past. While trying to stay undetected she ends up in New Orleans and finds work at a bar, with pushy people that become her friends and start to care about her well-being. Even though she tries to stay detached, her boss, Rose, makes it her mission to rescue Hope from whatever is haunting her. Hope might appear like a fragile and weak woman at first, but she is quite the opposite. Having survived what she did; she is one of the strongest women I have met in a book.

Nic Beuve is the image of a man shattered to pieces after losing his little girl. He lacks purpose after his world is shattered, and the only thing that keeps him going is his son. That is, until Hope is shoved into his life by well-meaning friends. Nic is the alpha we all expect from CP Smith, even if he is somewhat broken. He’s sweet, overprotective, and bossy and totally swoon-worthy.

Restoring Hope is not the usual romantic comedy we are used to getting from CP Smith, but a darker book that pulls on all your heartstrings and plays with your emotions. I cried quite a lot with this one. However, due to the horrible things both characters have been through, their connection is strong and they fight for one another, because they know what it means to lose people one cares about. Both characters are complex, pull you in without trying, and forge a connection with the reader that makes it difficult to put the book down.

CP Smith is quickly becoming one of my go-to authors. I love her over-protective alpha men and strong female characters that pull you in with their banter. And the suspense is amazing. I’m never able to guess who the killer or bad guy is.

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