Never Lose Hope

By Anne Stone



Samantha Jacobs is just trying to lead an average life. Her family has always been in the spotlight, and she’s tired of all the unwanted attention. She decides to work as an assistant at Williams & Company, a private security firm that specializes in protecting families and employees for major corporations. But after an affair, unplanned pregnancy, and tragedy upset her escape for normalcy, Sam runs back home to her parents for what she hopes is safety.

Jason Morgan, a retired Navy SEAL, is second in command at Williams & Company. He’s the special-ops person that’s called upon to rescue people from dangerous situations. Jason’s world is turned upside down after a failed mission leads to him being held captive by drug lords in South America. Once freed, he endures a long road to recovery, both physically and emotionally.

New tragedies catch up to Sam even as she attempts to outrun them. She must team-up with Jason and Williams & Company to uncover the facts surrounding her mother’s untimely death.

As Sam and Jason get closer to the truth, can Jason overcome the memories of his capture, and can Sam handle everything that’s been revealed before it overwhelms her?


So much to say about this book, will share what I loved and what I missed,  I did enjoy this story.

Firstly this is a romance/mystery/suspense novel – the two main characters actually are helping each other heal from trauma they have suffered.  There is no real graphic violence but a slow steady build up towards company secrets being revealed.

What I missed, I am going to be totally honest here, sex scenes!! I was so hoping we would have Jason and Samantha after healing each other at least give us one night of passionate and emotional sex, it basically faded to the next morning and I had to use my imagination and I really really loved Jason so much and was with him throughout his personal journey of repair from PTSD.  The kissing and companionship scenes when they looked after each other were beautiful especially when they took time and cared for each other after painful nightmares and stressful events.

I thought the story commenced really well, I immediately connected with Samantha and Jason and was in their corner throughout the whole book.  It flowed well but some parts to me became bogged down, at some points there were too many company staff being talked about that I became confused and we were like on a long winded journey of trying to find who the bad guy or guys were.

Now Jefferson is another character that considering his part in Samantha’s sadness I actually found hard to judge in a bad way.   I have a very low tolerance for the type of person Jefferson was but i found myself forgiving him and understanding his lapse of judgement and wanting him to find some peace with his children.

I am trying to figure out where this series will go? Will there be other stories on the Williams & Company men?  We were introduced to M.J. from the company who looked after Kelsey, I would actually like a story on him, although he only had a small part in this book, he intrigued me.

The ending I loved, it was romantic and had a beautiful HEA for Samantha, her dad and Jason.

Never Lose Hope (Williams & Company Book 1)

My Rating:  4 Hearts

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