Title: His Reason To Stay
Author: Jennifer Hoopes
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Award-winning wildlife photographer, Elijah Ellis, has come back home due to the tragic accident that killed members of both his and his best friend Tabitha Brodie’s family. Despite their grief, Eli hopes that he and Tabby can pick up their familiar friendship. He’s never forgotten the way Tabby makes him feel—full of hope and a sense of home—but she seems determined to keep him at arm’s length.
Tabby has always loved Eli. He’s everything she wants in a man. But he left Gatlinburg to make a name for himself outside of his famous family. Even though there’s no one better to help her through this time, she refuses to be an anchor to a life he never wanted. Not to mention Tabby’s hiding a secret that will change all of their lives.
As Eli and Tabby spend more time together, he’s determined to show her they could be perfect together. Too bad she’s spent years building her walls against him…
His Reason to Stay is a sweet, second-chance romance with a twist. The blurb doesn’t reveal a fairly big detail about Eli and Tabby’s relationship, so I’m not going to either. Suffice to say, it takes a fairly standard romance trope and makes a fairly significant change, and I’m still processing exactly how I feel about it. On the one hand, I thought, hey, this is different! Huh… and on the other…IDK. At times it felt more plot device-ish than something truly organic. The ending was very cute and sweet, but…yeah, still a bit torn about it all.
If you enjoy family drama, though, this story has it in spades! A major tragedy involving Eli’s and Tabby’s family sets much of the story in motion (along with something else that takes place before the story begins) and goodness, does Eli have a whole lot of siblings. His relationship with them, especially his twin Sam, is in flux for a lot of the book. (And is Sam being set up for a future book of his own? It did seem like a real possibility… :)) Eli’s never had any interest in his family’s business–until now, maybe–and it’s caused some feelings between all of the Ellises.
Has Eli finally found his reason to stay? He says so at the end; I hope so (cute ending!) but it didn’t quite feel like he put enough work into changing his mind there. Fingers crossed that future books in the series (supposing there are some–but again, lots of siblings!) show that he has.
Rating: 3 1/2 stars / B-
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
About the author:
About the Author:
Contemporary romance author, Jennifer Hoopes, lives in a small town in Pennsylvania with her husband, and two daughters. Add two cats and a dog and the fur flies sometimes. Stories have been in her head for as long as she recognized every person had one and figuring out how two people meet and fall in love makes for a rewarding dream job.
When not writing she wears the many mom hats of PTO, dance, and music, all while driving a mean, mom-taxi. She loves caramel and roller coasters, plays a solo version of Carpool Karaoke, and cannot live without coffee and Jane Austen adaptations.a Rafflecopter giveaway