Saving Hannah (Belen’s Review)

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Title: Saving Hannah
Author: J.P. Barnaby
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 18th 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Suspense
Page Count: 200 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5


Thomas Aberthol’s luck has run out. His daughter, Hannah, needs a miracle he can’t deliver. A hacker with a felony record, Thomas has little chance of finding work that will provide the care she needs. Out of money, out of options, and out of hope, he throws himself on the mercy of someone he never thought to see again.

Even after ten years, Aleksander Sanna still dreams of that drunken kiss. A perfect moment in time when Thomas wanted him. In his world of elegant code and high finance, the picture he holds of Thomas torments him in the dark of night.

Their worlds collide as Thomas interviews for the job he so desperately needs with the company Aleks inherited from his father. Thomas doesn’t get the position, but Aleks offers him a completely different kind of proposal, one suited to Thomas’s unique talents… one that will change the course of both their lives

Aleksander Sanna has two problems: first, his father was murdered under mysterious circumstances, and second, he’s just found out the only man Aleks has ever loved, his college roommate and best friend, Thomas, needs help to save his daughter’s life.

Thomas is drowning. After spending years in prison for a crime he committed he’s not hireable and his mother’s house is pending foreclosure because all their money has been spent on medical bills for his daughter, Hannah.

Thomas is at rock bottom when he’s approached by Aleks with a proposition: Marry Aleks and investigate the circumstances surrounding Aleks’ father’s death, and in exchange Aleks will take care of any and all medical expenses for his daughter and will financially take care of both Thomas, his mother, and Hannah.

“My father was into something, something that got him killed. If we follow the digital trail, maybe we can figure out what happened.” Aleks had lowered his voice to the point that Thomas could barely hear it, but he got what Aleks was saying.
“And you want me to hack into financial institutions in order to help you find that? Are you out of your mind? I’m not going back to prison.”
“I don’t trust anyone else. I know there’s a risk involved, a big one. But you’re good, Thomas. You were the best of all of us. The only reason you got caught was that you were cocky. Now there’s nothing to boast about.”
“Yeah? What happens to my daughter when I go back to jail for helping you?”
“What I’m proposing is, in exchange for your help, I will marry you. You’ll have a prenuptial agreement guaranteeing two million dollars after three years of marriage. Hannah will have health care coverage, the best in the world. If you’re caught, I’ll do everything I can to protect you, but even if I fail, you will still be my husband and Hannah my daughter. She’ll want for nothing. And, of course, I won’t be able to testify to anything.”

Of course, nothing is as simple as it seems and Aleks and Thomas quickly find themselves, and everyone they love, in the crosshairs of some dangerous people with not a lot of options left.

While Saving Hannah requires quite a lot of suspension of disbelief, it was a pleasant read.

Dual POV, friends to lovers, second chance, marriage of convenience, cinderfella-ish romance with some suspense and a HFN ending.

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Galley copy of Saving Hannah provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.


I am an unapologetic book addict/lover. I’m happiest when reading and I spend most of my time with my Kindle, which is never far from my hand.
I love to be told a good story! I mostly read fiction: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal (shifters? Yes, please!), a little BDSM when I’m in the mood, and I love a good ménage story. I DEFINITELY PREFER A HFN/HEA!

My biggest no-no’s are cheating, miscommunication / misunderstanding plots, unnecessary angst, and cliffhangers.

A sampling of my “Favorite M/M” stories:

Carry the Ocean The Half of Us Red Dirt Heart Adulting 101 Tied Up In Knots
Shelter the Sea Manties in a Twist David, Renewed Ethan who Loved Carter Perfect Imperfections
Wolfsong Fight the Tide How to Walk Like A Man The Lightning-Struck Heart Forging the Future

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