☆☆➹⁀☆ 3.5 stars☆➹⁀☆☆
What it’s about:
Two worlds collide when free-spirited, wild-hearted, eternally single, Hope Clayton meets conservative and prudish single father of three, T.J. Wagner. After one surreal night, they are brought face to face again when Hope’s work as a business consultant brings her temporarily to Orlando from San Diego while his children are gone for the month. What is supposed to be a one-month agreement of mutual companionship evolves into a deep connection. Hope, who hides a dark secret behind her decision to live a life without children, will have to decide between Freedom and Love.
What do you do when the person you are crazy about carries a deal-breaker you can’t negotiate? That is the question T.J. Wagner will have to answer when he falls for business consultant Hope Clayton. If the fact that she lives 2500 miles away was not deal-breaker enough, she has been clear that she wants nothing to do with children in her life…and he has three of them. For T.J, life has always been about self-sacrifice and the answer is obvious. But will she give up that easily? Will he be able to fight the true longings of his heart for much longer?
This is a story about people from different worlds finding common ground. A story about looking outside check lists and what to do when you find the person who makes it worthwhile to reexamine the so-called deal breakers.
Hope for Harmony by D. Pichardo-Johansson is a completely engaging romance embedded in a family vs. singles office comedy. The characters and their drama provide plenty of laughs as well as eye-rolls.
The consulting team of Hope, Louis, Chris and Michelle are young but bright. They profess their commitment to being single and without children for a variety of reasons. Their excessive complaints about children and people who choose to procreate are intentionally over the top. Alternatively, the employees of the company –which has contracted consulting services– are equally committed to parenthood, their own drama, and their absolute hatred of self-centered singles. Naturally, there is quite a bit of animosity and drama involved in every interaction—whether at the office or the local bar.
Tom and Hope are the closest to neutral in the war between the parent and the singles, but only because they keep their opinions to themselves. Tom is a great, normal guy. I loved reading a romance without a stunningly beautiful billionaire. Hope is outwardly over confident, and that wore on me a bit. In fact, I wasn’t sure why Tom put up with some of her pushiness and demands. However, as their relationship progressed, I found Hope considerably more likable as the character became open to various options presented by her involvement in Tom. I truly appreciated how her personal growth also made a huge impact on her professionally as well. Opening herself up to possibilities personally, ultimately made her more creative professionally. Before I noticed that Hope for Harmony is the first book in a series, I was really impressed by the open-ended conclusion. Don’t worry—there is a warm, fuzzy ending, it just isn’t prettily wrapped up in a convenient and unlikely bow.
Hope For Harmony: Baby-Makers vs. Peter Pans is a charming romance that can read as a standalone. Although the ending is meant as a segue to a second book, it is definitely not a dissatisfying cliff-hanger.