As a child, Sunny Gibson was abandoned by her mentally-ill mother, who left no trace behind. Now a social worker, Sunny is dedicated to helping children find loving homes-though she's still haunted by the past. So when she finds clues that her newest charge might be her younger sister, she sets out to track down the little girl?s mother. But the powerful attorney she needs for the search is proving as inexplicable and distant as he is irresistible . . . From pro football player to high-powered lawyer, Julian King has succeeded at everything he?s aspired to. But he still needs to make partner. Not only does he know nothing about family law, Sunny can?t even pay him. If only her irrepressible caring and sweetness wasn't drawing him much too close-or making him hunger to keep her in his life. And as wrenching remembered pain on both sides threatens to shatter the delicate trust he and Sunny begin to forge, they will need more than courage to face down their pasts-and seize forever together. Praise for Jamie Pope?s Hope Blooms "Beautifully written . . . a story you won?t forget." -Kristan Higgins, New York Times bestselling author
"Being abandoned as a child should have hardened her heart, but Sunshine Gibson truly believes that love heals, which is why she's a social worker barely making ends meet in New York City. When one of Sunny's adoption cases is in danger of falling through, Sunny desperately reaches out to former athlete turned high-priced attorney, Julian King, for help. Making it to the top of his law firm is Julian's number one goal; he doesn't do family law or pro bono work. But Sunny's casual style and empathy for foster children appeals to his softer side. Her feminine wiles aren't as polished as some, but Sunny is able to persuade Julian to take the case, and in the process they uncover clues that reveal the identity of the woman who has reemerged to claim her child as well as secrets related to Sunny's own childhood trauma. Opposites attract in Pope's breezy, multicultural, contemporary romance spiced with a touch of suspense, a romance similar to those of Brenda Jackson and Robyn Carr.--Kristina Giovanni Copyright 2018 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review:
"Pope (Love Blooms) brings an unlikely pair together in her marvelous latest contemporary romance. Social worker Sunny Gibson and attorney Julian King have nothing in common but their trust issues. Abandoned as a child, Sunny's dedicated herself to foster children. She covers insecurity with a charming and upbeat attitude but holds herself apart. After a career-ending injury, sports star Julian reinvented himself as one of the best lawyers in New York City. Julian works unceasingly to prove he truly belongs among his firm's elite and isn't just there for his fame and contacts, and he's deliberately built a life where love plays no part. When a young girl's mother reappears in a manner that mirrors events in Sunny's own past, a determined Sunny coaxes a reluctant Julian into helping and opening his heart. Pope's sexy humor and lively dialogue create emotionally available characters who develop a fascinating relationship. Sunny and Julian are increasingly likable; even their missteps will keep romance readers invested and rooting for them straight through to the last word. Agent: Emmanuelle Morgen, Stonesong Literary. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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