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I recently shared a review of Open House, the first book in the Pool of Souls series. If you remember, the book had a mixture of fantasy and contemporary romance. Classified as a paranormal romance, I found the book both fun and engaging. Finding Hope
is the second book in this series.
Warning: The plot thickens with a passel of pissed off Olympians. Ares and Aphrodite are in for a double dose of trouble! More Olympians join the mix in Finding Hope: Pool of Souls Book 2. A jewel addict, a kick-ass possibly-virgin huntress, and an insatiable ancient oracle are just a few. But don’t worry; Ares and Aphrodite are still front and center.
Addison Connelly has given up on men. She is disappointed yet again when her best friend tries to play matchmaker, and the match falls flat…or does it? Her friend knows all Addison needs is a chance, a little hope, and maybe a dropkick in the right direction. With an extra push from Aphrodite, will this lonely soul learn to trust again? Or will she run from the only man who could make her happy?
Adrian Colter, Nashville Police Detective and certifiable bachelor, puts his foot in his mouth in a big way when his roommate’s fiancé tries to match him up with her best friend. After making a horrible first impression, can he earn the trust of a woman who won’t speak a civil word to him?
Adrian isn’t the only one trying to earn the trust of a beautiful woman. While Ares fights to rebuild the trust he lost thousands of years ago with the Goddess of Love, his parents do what they do best —show off their greed and selfishness. Will he find the hope and forgiveness he so desperate seeks or will his parents destroy his chance at happiness?
In this story, you have two main characters in both the mythical realm and the non-mythical area. Ares and Aphrodite play a huge role in this book and you find that their love is much more than either of them believed possible. I loved seeing this side of the storyline. I think Krystal Shannan does a phenomenal job of switching back and forth between these two characters and the ones Aphrodite is trying to get together, Adrian and Addison.
Adrian and Addison are the best couple. Both have issues with commitment and love. Both are unsure what they want from the other. But, both are into each other so they don’t know what to do. With a little push (literally) from Aphrodite, they can’t help but fall in love.
This book had more action and suspense than the first short story. I loved the plot twists and suspense as well as the drama that unfolds in Finding Hope. As I mentioned, I think Krystal does a wonderful job of transitioning the reader between realms and keeping it all relevant to the story on both sides. Adding some drama for Aphrodite and Ares added a new dimension that was both intriguing and fun. I am so glad I started reading this series and I am looking forward to much more!
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About Krystal Shannan
Krystal Shannan is a born, raised, and current TEXAN. She is married to a wonderful man who supports her dream of writing and allows her to spend many evening and weekend hours glued to her laptop. During the day she moonlights as an elementary music teacher. In addition to a doting husband, a young daughter is also part of the picture and keeps her hopping! An ornery little Welsh Corgi completes the household.
Krystal has been writing stories since she could hold a pencil. She has always dreamed of writing romance and sharing the “movies in her head” with the world. If she’s not writing, she’s reading -historical, paranormal, action, adventure -anything she can get her hands on that ends with a Happily Ever After!