Title: Lennon’s Hope
Author: Chris Myers
Series: Lennon’s Girls #3
Release Date: July 1st 2014
Age Group: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Sometimes in love, you lose all control…
A young girl with a big problem
An ex-girlfriend on the rebound
A hard-partying bad boy
A confession shadowed by tragedy
At age ten, Rain fell hard for the sweet boy caring for his sister.
At age eighteen, she runs into Lennon, now an experienced player and no longer the innocent boy she once loved.
At age nineteen, she has to put all her plans on hold to have his baby, and under a cloud of deception, she faces tragedy and heartbreak.
At age ten, Lennon proposed to Rain in front of the whole school.
At age eighteen, he thought he was over her until he sees her at a party, no longer a little girl but all grown-up and sexy as hell.
At age nineteen, he loses what he cherishes most.
***WARNING: This book is New Adult Contemporary Romance and contains sexual content.
As a big fan of Chris Myers and, in particular, her Lennon’s Girls trilogy, this was a book I wanted immediately on its release. I eagerly began Lennon’s Hope but had to set it aside at around 20% of the way through. This is a difficult story in which the characters we already feel we know so well, face painful and destructive challenges. Lennon and Rain can do nothing else but transform themselves and their individual choices are not always good ones.
In finishing this book months later, I was prepared for the drama, angst, and inevitable tears. This made reading the remaining story in one-sitting possible. I have always loved Lennon’s loyalty, bravery, and dangerous side and admired the maturity he showed in the second novel. Yet for the most part of Lennon’s Hope he is unrecognisable and I felt as though I was watching a close friend sabotaging his own life.
Whilst we are expected to condemn Lennon’s behaviour, I think that Chris Myers directs too much of our sympathy towards Rain. Her reaction to the extremely tragic circumstances is just as significant as Lennon’s and though events happen which are out of her control, I was desperate for her to take some responsibility.
Lennon’s Hope is sexier, angrier and grittier than the previous instalments. It’s epilogue is excessive, but Chris Myers ensures that she closes Lennon’s story on a final note. This novel is a must for existing fans of the series and to any new readers I would say that before reading this you should learn about the softer side of Lennon first!