*I received a copy of this book, in exchange for my honest review.*
After reading Hope(less) a couple of months ago, I was really excited to see where this series went. I knew this book would be about someone else, but I was too intrigued by this world to not continue. I’m definitely glad I stuck with the series, because this sequel was just as good as it’s predecessor.
Michelle was a great heroine. I felt really sorry for her because she was deprived of so many small things that are taken for granted, but I also thought she was realy smart and responsible. As a teen, she had to do the best she could to take care of her brothers, and her love for them was really evident. It was the deciding factor in every decision she made. I never really got annoyed with her, even when she wasn’t so trustful of Emmitt, since her life had been such a mess beforehand.
Speaking of Emmitt, I thought he was perfect for Michelle. Where in Hope(less) I loved Clay because he let his actions speak for him, I loved Emmitt because he said the right things to Michelle. I loved how he told her what she wanted to know, and that he didn’t want to lie to her. I thought that he was such a good balance for Michelle, because he taught her how to do more than just worry, and she definitely needed that.
The side characters in this story were great, as well. I loved Jim, and thought his teasing and humorous ways were wonderful. I also loved Nana, because not only was she a great grandmotherly-like figure, but she was also strong and kind. I loved Michelle’s brothers, as well. I was the most sad for them, because Michelle was all they knew as a parent, and they’d been locked up in their house for pretty much their whole lives.
Speaking of which, the plot was really interesting. It involved Michelle escaping from her captor Blake, with her brothers. Upon escaping, she met Emmitt, and things took off from there. I loved watching Emmitt and Michelle grow closer. I thought it was such a wonderfully developed story. I appreciated that Michelle’s issues with trust weren’t immediately swept away upon her meeting with Emmitt, and I loved how things progressed in general.
Overall, this was a very worthy sequel to Hope(less). While this is a standalone, it’s in the same world. It expanded upon the world-building begun in the first novel, and after the ending of this book, I can’t wait to see what happens next.