It takes courage to share your secrets—and your heart . . .
Adopted as a child by a tech billionaire, Wynter Bates knows nothing about her origins—or the world beyond being privileged, sheltered, and lonely. But she won’t let anything stop her from investigating who she is. Especially after a high-profile scandal involving her father’s past lands her on an island retreat under bodyguard Cullen Whelan's protection—in the guise of being his girlfriend . . .
A former military intelligence officer, Cullen figures protecting a pampered heiress will be easy. Posing as a couple is the safest strategy—until Wyn’s persistence and vulnerability spark his curiosity—and a reckless attraction neither can afford. More complicated, what Cullen knows about her past is a truth he can't tell. But as they get closer, wrenching revelations will force them to decide what to trust, who to forgive, and whether their growing love is enough to risk a future together.
Praise for Jamie Pope’s Hope Blooms
“An intensely emotional read. . . . Ultimately hopeful and romantic.”
“Tender, exquisitely written . . . a poignant, uplifting story.”
—Library Journal STARRED REVIEW
“A powerful, sensitive novel about family, friendship, loss, and the power of love.”
—RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars
“Beautifully written . . . a story you won’t forget.”
—Kristan Higgins, New York Times bestselling author
About the Author
Jamie Pope first fell in love with romance at thirteen when her mother placed a novel in her hands. She became addicted to love stories and has been writing them ever since. When she's not writing her next book, you can find her shopping for shoes or binge-watching shows. Visit her website at jamiepopebooks.com, find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sugarjamisonbooks, and follow her on Twitter @sugarjamison.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Wynter Bates is the adopted daughter of a billionaire presidential hopeful. She is a professor at Georgetown and a linguistics expert who also translates government documents. She is a quiet woman who happens to have a body guard named Cullen Whelan. Her life is pretty routine, until one day she is driving herself to work, she refuses to let Cullen judge her music choices, when she hears about her father’s mistress and a missing child over the radio. Suddenly, her life seems out of control. Her parents become MIA and Cullen is told to get Wynter to a save location. Cullen doesn’t hesitate and takes Wynter to his home on St. Thomas, where he and several other “misfits” live in paradise. Cullen was former military, turned professional body guard with some dangerous jobs between the two. Wynter was suppose to be Cullen’s last job before he retired to the island for good. Raised in Ireland by a drunken father, his mother killed at a young age, and his younger siblings taken to the country to raised by an aunt, Cullen was frequently abused by his father. As a young teen, Cullen ran away and lived on the streets until he was old enough to join the Army. Nobody brings someone to the island compound. It is their personal retreat, but Cullen brings Wynter and they tell everyone they are in a serious relationship. They are very awkward around each other and the struggle is real, but as Cullen sees Wynter blossom under the friendship of his “family” the two begin to feel REAL feelings. But Cullen knows this can’t go anywhere because Wynter is too good for him. I really enjoyed this story. I loved all of the characters and their flaws. I felt their hope and their frustrations.
One Warm Winter by Jamie Pope Liked the story line and enjoying it very much. Starts out with Winter and she's about 10 and she tries to keep safe but has memories of a woman trying to take her.... Then we jump forward to current day and she's been whisked off to an island by her security guard because her father, who she hardly knows is running for president and some news has hit the air waves... She doesn't understand a lot of it but the others in the family have left the states to lose themselves overseas. She knows her mother is not the one who gave her birth but the news says there is another child also-would be a sister to her. Love how Cullen takes care of her especially at the 'home'. Lots of graphic sexual scenes. He protects her and we find out about his past life also. Treasure the time my brother got to spend on the island before his passing, he was so very happy there. Love birthday gift Winter gives him and how they all travel afterwards to make amends and get closure... Like all the deatils, up to date news articles, real life experiences, PTSD, trauma scenes and travel. More secrets come to light and so unpredictable circumstances occur. Would enjoy other works by this author. Received this review copy from Kensington Books via Netgalley and this is my honest opinion. #OneWarmWinter #NetGalley