Title: Hope Cove (Hope Cove #1-3)
Author Name & Publisher: Cate Ashwood (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: August 21, 2015 – 612 pgs
Hope Cove, Maine, is the site of these three dramatic romances by author Cate Ashwood: Brokenhearted: Oliver returns to Hope Cove after his sister’s death and finds a reason to stay in Sheriff Owen “Mack” Macklin; Wholehearted: Officer Declan Grant responds to a call at the Hope Cove docks to find Lucas Hale, a man who stirs his protective instincts; and Ironhearted: Haydn thinks he’s seen the last of Trevor after a one-night stand… until months later when Trevor walks into Haydn’s bakery in Hope Cove.
Brokenhearted (Book 1)
What more can I say about this story other than I loved how this story came together. Not only did I love Oliver, but I came to really love Mac too.
Oliver is just going on in his life – thinking that things are going well. He’s living on his own, working in the industry that he is passionate about and even though he has not been lucky in love, he has not given up hope. Then he gets a pretty significant shake up.
Enter Mac. He took some getting use to. I felt he was kind of gruff, almost abrupt in his handling of Oliver. However, once I learned his reason for entering Oliver’s life, it made more sense.
Ashwood not only set a wonderful place for their romance to bud, but also created such a bond between them. They had a great friendly bond, even with Mac’s reservations and hiccups, overall, they developed a deep bond. Then, you throw in the sexual chemistry and you get a yummy concoction of alpha male yumminess.
I cried with them during their story and rejoiced with them. This was a great book 1 to this series.
Wholehearted (Book 2)
This story was a sad one for me. Even though I knew it would have a HEA, I still fretted throughout this entire story. I really liked Declan. I liked him in book 1, but really got to know more about him in book 2. His character is unwavering and he is caring and kind. When he is called to a potential vagrant, not only does he seem compassionate, but he wants to help that person. What he finds changes his entire life.
Lucas is a person who you can’t help but feel for. He was brutalized and left for dead for no other reason than he was himself. I had similar sentiments that Declan had for his attackers. However, because of the way that Lucas has been forced to live his life, he does not easily trust.
Their story was one of sadness, love, compassion and doing the right thing. I enjoyed that Mac and Oliver were apart of this story too, but not so much that they over took the story.
When trust is broken between Declan and Lucas, my heart broke. I could feel the sadness and despair, which just shows what an amazing job Ashwood did.
I loved how this book resolved and was so happy at the end.
Ironhearted (Book 3)
Haydn has been one of my favorite characters throughout this series. He is bubbly, funny, quick witted and has a passion for baking. It seems that he is always the wing-man (kind of like always a bridesmaid, never the bride). I was so excited that he finally got his own book.
Trevor just sounds hot. He sounds all alpha male and tough guy. While I liked that he had a career and a face many people knew, I really liked how Ashwood did not make that his character. It was just something he happened to do.
The chemistry between Trevor and Haydn was outstanding. I really liked watching Haydn struggle with his attraction, trying to keep his attitude towards one nighters the same. I felt like I could reach out and touch his disappointment when Trevor came in to the bakery with Violet and his sister. The depression that Haydn felt – how he tried to make himself feel better – that was awesome and sounded yummy.
Overall, this was more of the struggle that Haydn went through than their actual relationship and I thought that was good. I liked that it was more one sided, because I felt I knew more about Haydn that way.
I loved Violet and her attitude – her feisty, take no prisoners way about her. She melted Haydn in a way that he only knew chocolate could melt and it was amazing to watch their relationship develop.
The characters were well developed and fit well together. Oliver who was alone most of his life, living and working, doing what he loves, gets shattering news. When he meets Mack he isn’t sure if Mack is interested.
I loved how the relationship developed. Oliver was very strong dealing with his issues. I just wasn’t sure if Mack was in it for the long haul. The two of them had very good chemistry.
It was a very touching story.
Wholehearted Book 2
I love little town stories and this one was wonderful. In Wholehearted we get to read about deputy Declan. He needs to find love and happiness. He answers a call and finds Lucas in need of help. Lucas was a hard headed when they first meet and he gave Declan a hard time being very gruff. But you have to love Declan for hanging in there and being extremely kind to Lucas.
It just broke my heart with what they both went through. I thought as a couple they worked great together. It was nice reading about the characters from the first book and finding out how they were getting along.
IronHearted. Book 3
Out of all three this story was my favorite. Haydn liked to love them and leave them, he didn’t want any relationship, he didn’t want the drama. I absolutely adored Haydn.
I loved how animated he talked, he was so entertaining. Then Haydn meets Trevor an ex NHL player (yum) and everything changes.
Their story was so good, their relationship developed slowly as they got to know each other. I loved how Haydn finally realized what he wanted in a relationship.
It was fantastic how all the characters were in each book. You get to see all the characters develop throughout all the books. They were all very touching stories and easy to read. Enjoyed them very much.
Cate Ashwood wrote her very first story in a hot pink binder when she was in the second grade and found her passion for writing. Her first successful foray into romance writing came five years later when she wrote her best friend, who was experiencing a case of unrequited love, her own happily ever after.
Cate’s life has taken a number of different and adventurous roads. She now lives a stone’s throw from the ocean, just outside of Vancouver, British Columbia with her husband, son, and two cats. Her life is filled with family and friends, travel, and, of course, books.