by M.J. Schiller

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It was one of those mornings for newspaper-writer/photographer Hope Creswell.

The alarm clock didn't go off and she cut her finger on broken glass. Not one to let such things get her down, Hope headed into her assignment meeting with excitement, only to leave it stunned. Her new assignment is to trail the sensational rock-star, Chase Hatton, for an article. Chase Hatton! No one knows the power that name holds for her. No one knows of the childhood friendship that blossomed into romance, only to abruptly die on the night of Hope's senior prom. No one
knows of the ache that still fills her heart.

What starts out for Chase Hatton as an average publicity trip to Chicago suddenly becomes complicated.

His manager tells him Hope Creswell will be interviewing him in the morning.
He spent eight years trying to forget Hope, and now she would be in his penthouse in a matter of hours?

When Chase opens the door to his penthouse and finds Hope on the opposite side, his heart begins beating a rhythm the rocker has yet to capture in any of his music.

The smoldering embers of their former romance are fanned by their mere proximity. Will they both be burned again? Can Hope ever trust her heart to Chase after what he did? Can Chase bear to see her walk out on him a second time? And what about Hope's boyfriend, Phillip? Where does he fit into the picture that Hope is developing?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016478500
Publisher: Kissmet Publishing
Publication date: 06/15/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 291,069
File size: 977 KB

About the Author

I was born in Overland Park, KS, in the heart of Tornado Alley, and my life has been a bit twisted since. Actually, it’s not all that twisted, but I’ve always wanted to use that line. I grew up in St. Louis, MO, went to school at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and moved to Bloomington, IL, fresh out of college, after my husband got a job at State Farm’s corporate headquarters. I’ve worked as a high school/junior college teacher, personnel recruiter, office manager of a jewelry store, and, for the past ten years, as a lunch lady. I like to karaoke and attend rock concerts. I am actively involved at church and spend too much time on Facebook. I am the mother of a seventeen-year-old, and fifteen-year-old triplets, and have been married to my husband, Don, for over twenty-four years.
I have been a writer all my life. My first book, which was co-written with Mary Ellen Murphey in second grade, was titled The Black Cat, and was written on blue hotel stationary, hole-punched, and bound by white yarn. I believe it is currently out of circulation.
When I turned forty, I had an epiphany of sorts. I realized those bigwig publishing houses in New York were now probably run by people younger than me, so I shouldn’t be intimidated by them. At about the same time I was watching one of those award shows, and Jaclyn Smith got up to give a post-humorous award to Aaron Spelling. She credited him for encouraging her to go into acting, saying something brilliant like, “Reach for your dreams.” Nothing new. Almost even seems a little Jiminy Cricketish. But, for some reason, it struck me that night. When Aaron Spelling was thirteen, he was probably just like any other acned thirteen-year-old. But he worked to achieve his dreams, and became a household name. So, I began to write. Once I finished my first book, I wasn’t able to stop. I would rather write than do just about anything else. After all, you get to make people (characters) do what you want and design your own happy endings. What power! What a privilege.

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ABANDON ALL HOPE 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
RTWolfe2012 More than 1 year ago
Adorable. Fresh. Fun. Loved it! M.J. Schiller has a talent at looking into the human side of rock stars. Abandon All Hope takes you to rocker Chase Hatton's childhood and the Hope he has always loved. It's warm and takes you into the life behind the scenes ... well not all of Abandon All Hope is behind the scenes. There are plenty of chances to get a peek at Chase's stage life and Hope's involvement there. Schiller's characters are real with flaws that make you believe them yet still want to cheer for them. I can't wait for the next installment in her Rocking Romance collection! -R.T. Wolfe
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little bit too long but interesting enough.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Abandon All Hope was a pretty fun & rockin' read! I admittedly took my time with this one, but please forgive me - I was kinda busy writing too! ;) MJ creates an awesome mental picture with this book (as she does with them all!) and gives us a pretty romantic and engaging read that I don't think many will be able to put down if they can help it. Chase & Hope have delicious chemistry and the kind of kismetic connection that some might find 'contrived', but I happen to love. It doesn't exist often in the real world, but it does happen - and when fate throws two people together again and again, one can't help but enjoy the way the world works.
CrystalMarie218 More than 1 year ago
Hope is having a rough day, and to top it all off she’s now facing a reunion with a man who broke her heart years before. A man that now happens to be a deliciously hot rock star. This is good for her career, but her heart not so much. Chase, for his part, has tried hard to forget Hope as well. And when they are brought together they realize their flames for each other never really died. Will they give into the flames of their connection? I will say right off the bat that this book had a very similar plot to a few other rock star books I’ve read over the last couple of years, and that bothered me. Don’t get me wrong, they’re different stories but the major plot points just seemed stunningly unoriginal for me. This means that this book was going to have to be stellar to stand out for me. I’m sorry to say that while I enjoyed aspects of this book, it really didn’t stand out all that much for me. Besides the familiar plot, I really didn’t feel the connection between Hope and Chase. I want to feel the burn, the longing and the passion and it really just wasn’t there for me. The book is told from alternating points of view and at points I found that to be confusing instead of helpful. I think this book was written reasonably well, but there were points that went entirely too fast for my taste. I had a hard time understanding at some points what was happening and actually had to go back because the scene had jumped from one thing to another so quickly. Overall, this book was just ok to me. It had problems but overall, I’m not sure with the plot being so overdone it was something that I would have enjoyed. Not a bad book, but not one that will stick out to me in the future. 3 stars. Reviewed by Sara Squared for Crystal’s Many Reviewers *Copy Provided for review*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent Read! Review by: Reds Hot Reads Abandon All Hope MJ Schiller 5 Stars I loved this book. I read it in one setting.  Childhood sweethearts Chase Hatton and Hope Creswell take us on a journey of first love and first heartbreak. After eight years of separation they are drawn back together and have to make a choice to make it work or not. Chase is a big Rockstar and Hope has a mediocre job as a Journalist. Hope has trust issues with Chase and must work through them. Chase is reluctant at first to have a relationship with Hope but when fate has a say in the matter sparks fly.  As with other MJ books she gives us the gamut of emotions; love, laughter, tears, and heartbreak. The sexual tension between the two characters is intense. The angst factor is high and had me wanting to throttle both characters or jump in and referee. The mystery in this story comes late in the book and is not as intense as other books by MJ but it fits well. The whole aspect of the mystery brings the couple closer together. I loved with this story it is more focused on the couple and how they work through their relationship. One of my favorite scenes in the book is the 2nd prom. (I won’t say anymore I don’t want to ruin it for any one, but SWOON!) You will have to read it for yourself. I am in love with the Epilogue of this book. Who wouldn’t want a Chase as their man? This book is a standalone with a HEA. I will be recommending this book to everyone. Read it you will not be disappointed.  Quotes: Hope wasn’t just an old flame; she was the only one to have ever lit his fire at all. “Then just talk to me. Tell me how much you love me.” She smiled. “I do love you Chase. I love the way you make me laugh. I love the way I feel with you. It’s like I’ve found my home.” She closed her eyes. “I love the way you look at me. And the way you touch me. Chase?” “Hope Alexis Creswell.” He looked steadily into her eyes. “I’ve loved you since the day I met you, actually since the minute I laid eyes on you. And with each day I’ve spent with you, I’ve grown to love you more.” “I want to love you forever, to be forever lost in your eyes. You’ve stolen my heart.” “Give me your heart, and make me whole again.”
CaryMorganFrates More than 1 year ago
This is a delightful tale. A yummy tale. A “maybe there’s a rocker out there for me” tale. Hope springs eternal.  Hope Creswell writes for a newspaper and is given the task to interview a big rock star - Chase Hatton. Of course, there is history between them, and they must figure out a way to get through her ride-along interview without any more heart-bruises than those they’ve already inflicted on one another.   M.J. Schiller brings her characters to life with both great writing and great humor. Abandon All Hope is endearing and fun and worth every moment spent within its covers. Very well done. I purchased this book online and have given this review freely and without compensation of any kind.
Peachs44 More than 1 year ago
Abandon All Hope a lovely tale of young love, misunderstandings and second chances. The story is told in flashbacks from both Chase and Hope’s points of view. Because of all the flashbacks to their youths, the book has more of the feel of a New Adult versus an adult romance. There is some sex but it is sweet and tender. The secondary characters were great, (I adore Hal!). Unfortunately I felt there wasn’t much of the rocker aspect to this book. The fact that he is a rocker seems incidental. It’s more of a romance between a girl and a guy who happens to be a rocker. Don’t get me wrong, this is a great story I just would have liked to experience less back story and more time on rocker side of things. While this is the second book in the Rocking Romance Collection, having read the first book I can safely say both books are stand-alones and do not need to be read to understand each other. I will admit I was disappointed that this was not a continuation using one of the characters from the previous title. However, I digress. Abandon All Hope is an excellent read and I highly recommend reading this book, this series and author M.J. Schiller I received this book from JeepDiva in exchange for my honest review. The opinions and rating of this review are solely mine and in no way was I compensated. Stars – 4 Flames - 3
romancebookworm More than 1 year ago
I was given a copy of this in exchange for my honest review. I am beyond grateful that I had a chance to read this awesome story. I have been in a rock star romance mood and I loved Trapped Under Ice by M.J, so when I was asked to read this one I knew I wouldn't be disappointed. Hope and Chase are an amazing couple of people. They had been best friends and eventually grew into a couple in high school. Like most of us at that stage of our lives, they made mistakes. Fate pushed them into different directions. Chase went after his music dream and Hope became a photographer/writer. When Hope is given a chance for her first real assignment, she jumps on it and is surprised that it involves an interview and behind the scenes coverage of her first love, Chase. Chase is just as astonished when Hope shows up and he vows she won't get away again. Hope has had to face a lot of demons and the pain of facing Chase is hard, especially since she has been in a relationship for two years. What's a girl to do when it is your first love? I married my best friend and if something had pushed us apart, I would have trampled the world over to make it right. Sometimes, you have to take fate into your own hands and that is what these two do. I love M.J. Schiller. Her writing is honest, pure, descriptive and I am anxiously awaiting her next book.