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Hope for the Future

Narrated by: Diana Lyon
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Summary

The job was simple. Pose as her boss' fiancee for the weekend and earn $1,000. But Karin and Craig's make-believe love affair takes an unexpected turn when circumstances throw them together in the same room for the night.

While Karin's feelings blossom, Craig makes it clear he's only interested in a friends-with-benefits relationship. Will Craig's fear of commitment drive Karin from his life professionally as well as emotionally?

©2018 Kimber Jackson (P)2019 Kimber Jackson

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Good but slow storyline

I was given a free audiobook via audiobookboom in return for an honest review.

I liked the overall storyline of this. The heroine was fairly strong and likable, the hero was much more likable and genuine than I imagined him to be. However, something about the story seemed to drag a little for me. I'm not sure what as the narrator kept a good pace and was highly involved in the story. I'm not sure what it was that I found hard for this book but I did find it a little slow.

It was enjoyable however and I would suggest it to romance fans.

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I thought I knew why

so Craig needs a fake fiancee to fool his grandparents and get them to stop trying to set him back up with his ex , i thought I had worked out Craig's aversion to marriage and kids but his story was sadder than I was expecting (dont worry not enough to make you cry but you do feel really bad for him ) I'm so glad things worked out in the story the way they did in the end
it was a lovely enjoyable listen and the narrator was really good in reading all characters
worth a listen

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-04-19

Excelent

I received this book free in return for an honest review and it was well worth the listen. The narrorator did an excelent job of bringing the characters to life and the story did not drag on for no reason. I not only enjoyed the book but am bookmarking the author to keep tabs on other books released in the future.

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  • Ashley Hedden
  • 13-04-19

Great Read

Hope For the Future was a good quick read by Kimber Jackson. Karin has been offered a special assignment from her boss Craig. She can make $1000 ton pose as his fiancee. They wind up in the same room for the night and suddenly things start to change for them. Karin wants more but Craig wants to just be friends with benefits. I loved reading Karin and Craig's story.

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  • Romance junkie
  • 11-04-19

3.5 Stars...An OK Story and Narrator

Kari and Craig...she’s his secretary/assistant and has been for the last year. She finds him attractive and believes he doesn’t notice her..but they work well.
One day he comes in to say he needs her to pretend to be his fiancée for his grandparents..for $1000...which she does for her friend who suffers from cancer..so she is a nice and compassionate person, intelligent at work..yet she doesn’t come off as intelligent, but not particularly full of common sense.
Craig, in reality is a good guy, but he doesn’t come off as one...it takes to the end of the story to find out he is...plus he has the good old, “I can never be in a serious relationship because I won’t deserve it or will hurt the other person “ He really had a lame reason considering he was raised by his grandparents.
The narrator did a nice job..not incredible but certainly not bad.
Pretty much a middle of the road book and audiobook for me.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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  • Bette
  • 08-04-19

A Great, Heartfelt Story! Great Audible Listen🎧

This is a well written, enjoyable story that captured my attention from start to end. The storylines and characters are interesting and well developed. Craig tells his Grandmother that he is engaged, so he finds himself in a bind when his Grandmother tells him she wants to meet her and to bring her when he comes for a visit. He asks his secretary, Karin, if she would pose as his fiancé for the weekend in exchange for $1000. Karin, the good person she is say yes, the money will come in handy for her roommate who is battling cancer. All goes well, she meets his grandmother, Hope, and the rest of the family and friends. But lines get crossed and feelings come in play. While there is great chemistry between Karin and Craig, he does not believe in relationships, a part of him is broken and he feels he is not worthy of love. This is a heartfelt story with drama, angst, some twists, some good friendships, love and yes, hope for the future. Kimber Jackson, thank you for this great story!

I listened to the Audible edition, Diana Lyon is a terrific narrator and voice performer. She brings the characters to life, gives each their own voice and personality. She is an entertaining storyteller and a pleasure to listen to. Thanks for great listen🎧

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  • Sharon Kizziah-Holmes
  • 24-10-19

This could be a Hallmark movie

Hope for the Future is an awesome romance. in my heart, I truly believe,. in my heart, I truly believe, this book could make an excellent Hallmark. I hope Kimbra Jackson continues to pursue her romance writing career. I will definitely buy her next book.

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  • bluepits73
  • 30-05-19

Cute

An adorable story with a lot of deeper messages within. It's not the most original plot, but the writing is solid and the characters are relatable and the romance is well written. There is some sex but it is not particularly graphic. I enjoyed this as a cute afternoon listen.

I thought the narrator gave a great performance and was a good fit for this story and its characters.

I received a review copy at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review.

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  • Reggie
  • 05-05-19

Beautiful story of Hope

Craig Johnston needs a date for his friend’s baby shower so that his grandmother and friends will stop their matchmaking efforts. Who better to ask than his trusty secretary, Karin. He’ll even pay her! Karin agrees to go along with Craig’s plan so she can help her bff with medical bills, but she’s disappointed that Craig’s motivation is getting his grandparents money. However, the more that she sees Craig interact with his grandparents, Karin believes that her initial reaction is wrong. The pair recognize the chemistry between them but Craig is insistent that they retain the business arrangement. When a tornado hits the town, the pair become intimate...and Craig asks Karin to move in...’for as long as it lasts’! Karin is hurt and turns in her resignation. Will Craig come clean with his grandparents about his non-relationship with Karin? Will he really let Karin go? Is there an HEA for this pair? I love Craig’s relationship with his grandparents but he has insecurities in his past that may preclude him from an HEA. Good story that tackles the issue of teenage mothers and the struggle to find a support system.
I voluntarily accepted a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Peni A
  • 30-04-19

Recommended

An office, fake fiancee story with a HEA. For the most part an enjoyable listen. The characters were likable especially Hope and Charlotte. I felt that Karen could have been stronger. Her self talk and communication skills were lacking a bit. The fact that Craig didn't think Karen needed to know more about him as a fiancee was just weird and unrealistic.

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Diana Lyons interpretation of the female voices but the const as not grasping and guttural voices of the men got on my nerves.

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  • Rebecca Azizov
  • 15-04-19

great storyline

a very interesting book it started very fun and very good and it kept going in a very interesting Direction I liked it a lot it was very very good the narrator was great and overall it was amazing

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  • Dee
  • 10-04-19

Meh

Romance stories can be troublesome if the attraction is not real or believed. In this listen, we are to believe that the boss and his secretary (the author's word, not mine) had hidden desires for one another. Possible. They entered into an arrangement to be make-believe lovers for a weekend so the boss can fool his much-loved grandmother into thinking grandchildren were in the future. Okay. The secretary agrees to this for $1000. A sum she believed was substantial enough to help her friend with her medical bills. M-kay.

The secretary was initially insulted by her bosses proposal then engaging then fearful then well, the see-saw was pretty constant. The boss was initially happy about the ruse, then apprehensive, then turned on. More see-sawing.

This book was a chore to get through. I'm only glad there is no book two.

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