Series: A Pound of Flesh #2 (full reading order below)
Publication Date: January 5th 2016
Links: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
Source: I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
From the fanfic phenom whose debut A Pound of Flesh had over 4.5 million reads, this sequel, An Ounce of Hope, tells the passionate love story of Carter’s best friend, Max.
Max O’Hare can’t seem to let go of his past: his drug habit, the end of his relationship with Lizzie Jordan, the woman he knows he’ll never get over, and the loss of their unborn son.
After successfully completing rehab and learning to explore his deepest fears and dreams through painting, Max meets Grace Brooks. With her innate optimism, and her love of art and photography, Grace appears to be the perfect girl. Yet no one knows where she came from, or why she keeps her past so closely guarded. Over time, Max and Grace gradually allow each other in—but will he ever be able to fully let go of his past? Or will his heart remain closed forever?
I absolutely loved Sophie Jackson’s A Pound of Flesh last year (my review here), so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on more of the series! An Ounce of Hope is Max’s story, Carter’s best friend and a cocaine addict. I wasn’t particularly a fan of his in APoF, but I found myself rooting for him and hurting for him so much in his book. An Ounce of Hope is an intense, emotional romance between two broken people as they struggle to heal and build a new life for themselves. It was a little slow at times, but overall, it’s another stunning read from Sophie Jackson.
“Do you know what I see when I look at you?”
Max shook his head fervently. “I’d rather not know—”
“I see a man who wants so much to be better, who regrets the decisions he made, who wants to make amends and move on with his life. I see a man terrified to take a chance, to trust, but desperate to do so. I see a man who’s fractured, but trying, I see hope.”
The death of his unborn baby and loss of his fiancé had Max spiraling down into a dangerous coke addiction, but with the help of his best friend, Max is finally entering rehab and on the way to recovery. And with his therapist and art, Max has found a way to curb his addiction and rebuild his life once more. His heart is still broken over Lizzie, but when he meets Grace after leaving rehab, she seems to breathe life into him, even if he won’t allow himself to go through such heartbreak again.
Grace had an abusive ex-husband who left her physically and emotionally scarred. She’s terrified of men, unsure of so many things in her life, but the one exception seems to be Max. With Max, Grace can open up her bruised heart and see herself creating a new, better life for herself. The two of them become close friends, but when their relationship crosses over into something sexual, feelings start to develop – but can Max reciprocate them and be the kind of man Grace needs?
An Ounce of Hope is an emotionally exhausting story. It’s a tough journey for both Max and Grace, but you have high hopes for the both of them, because these are the kind of characters who deserve something good in their lives. They’ve been through such difficult times, but they come out of it even stronger. I really enjoyed their romance – it wasn’t easy to read, and sometimes it dragged it bit, but Sophie Jackson has woven a fantastic story about loss, healing, and recovery that I really recommend.
Quotes are taken from the arc and are subject to change in the final version.
Reading Order: A Pound of Flesh series
#1 ~ A Pound of Flesh: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#1.5 ~ Love and Always: My Review • Ebook • Audible • Goodreads
#2 ~ An Ounce of Hope: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#2.5 ~ Fate and Forever: My Review • Ebook • Audible • Goodreads
#3 ~ A Measure of Love: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads (June 21, 2016)
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24 thoughts on “Release Day Review + Giveaway: An Ounce of Hope by Sophie Jackson”
Loved your review
I have A Pound Of Flesh. So are they supposed to be read in this order or are they standalones
Each of the full length novels are standalones! The sequels follow up Kat and Carter from APoF 🙂
I remember when this was a fanfic. I love that she continued. And thanks for listing the reading order. Not many people do that.
You’re very welcome! ❤
Oh my. I need to play catch up. I want to read them all. This is the first I have heard of this author or these books. I can’t wait to start reading them.
This series is a must read!
Thank you so much for the chance! I loved A Pound of Flesh and really looking forward to this read!
You’re welcome! ❤
new author to me
I have been dieing this series, but honestly out of my “normal price range” …fingers crossed xxx
Good luck! 🙂
I haven’t read this series. Looking forward to it!
Looking forward to it!
New author to me. Sounds great though, definitely need to start this series soon.
Sounds like a very deep and painful story. I don’t like to read these kinds of books very often, because they can be draining. But, I do like them every once in awhile. I will have to check this out, when I’m ready for an emotional read.
This definitely wasn’t an easy read but it was so worth it in the end! ❤
This series has been on my TBR too long I’m going to have to bump it up ♡
Yes you do!! 😉
Wonderful review ♡
Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!
Sounds great! Will read it.
I loved the review!