Overall Grade: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
I find, when I read a novella by an author I adore, I simply want more. Piper Sheldon’s newest offering to the SmartyPants universe is very much the case. I would say that the biggest downfall to her Hopelessly Devoted is its insistence in wanting more story for her MM heroes, Jack and William “Skip.” What Sheldon has done well with her newest book is weave it into the fabric of her Scorned Women’s Society. She’s teased out Jack from My Bare Lady, and Skip from The One That I Want and crafted a space for them to meet, fall in insta-love, struggle with their baggage, and find their happy ending. Sheldon invites you into a story that adds dimension and diversity to the bigger SmartyPants universe. While there is a bit of steam here, this story isn’t really about that. Sheldon’s story suggests that we must find our own happiness, erecting healthy boundaries that allow us to fall in love and live more abundant lives. She marries the sweet, compassionate Jack persona with the grumpier, more reserved Skip. Sheldon gives us the story that Skip and Jack need while reminding us of the stories of the other Scorned Women’s Society members, but I would have loved a bit more flesh on this apple of a story. In the end, however, I enjoyed the journey of William and Jack, and I can only hope we will find them again in future Piper Sheldon stories.
In love and romance,