Jannifer Hoffman


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Rough Edges by Jannifer Hoffman

Review from, and Copyright held by, We Write Romance

Reviewed by Jessica S.

". . . an emotional tale of love, hope, and trust . . . "

Rough Edges is an emotional tale of love, hope, and trust . . .

Julia Morgan, after suffering a miscarriage and going through a divorce, has fallen into a depression. Her sister, Katie, is worried about her. Hoping to bring her sister out of her current state of despair, Katie shows Julia an ad looking for a nanny to twins. While Julia has all of the qualifications, she’s fairly certain that a pediatrician is the last thing the rancher is expecting.

Dirk Travis is at his wits' end. His wife dropped off their three children before disappearing on a European tour. Ranch life he knows about… raising his kids is another matter. Seeking a nanny is his only option, but does the woman have to be so irresistible? She’s met the requirements he stated in his ad, but he feels there is something more to Julia than she lets on.

When events lead up to Dirk being single again, he knows he can’t keep his hands off Julia. The two fall quickly and madly in love, but Julia holds back, knowing that she’s kept a big secret from Dirk. He thinks she’s just a nanny and knows nothing of her medical license. Will it be enough to break them apart? Or will he love her anyway and forgive the omission?

While this is a great love story, Rough Edges is so much more than a romance novel. With intrigue, suspense, and a murder mystery, you’re sure to find yourself lost in the world of the Rocking T Ranch and the small town of Danango, Colorado. Rough Edges is an emotional tale of love, hope, and trust… it will keep you guessing, throwing in unpredictable surprises here and there.

Ms. Hoffman seems to get better and better with each book she writes. Her characters and plots become more and more complex, with stories that draw the reader in from page one. If you haven’t picked up any of her stories, and even if you have, I would highly recommend Rough Edges.

Review from, and Copyright held by, Long and Short Reviews

Reviewed by Camellia

Heat: Spicy

Rating: 5 Books 

When Julia Morgan M.D. miscarries twin girls she divorces her husband believing he is to blame. He forces her out of her position at the hospital and threatens her credibility as a doctor if she attempts to practice medicine. Without mentioning her medical degree, Julia accepts a position as nanny on a Colorado ranch 900 miles away.

Dirk Travis is in trouble. His wife has gone missing, and his housekeeper is threatening to quit. He is in desperate need of a reliable person to look after his four-year-old twins. Even though Julia appears to be the answer to his prayers he can’t help but think she’s a bit too perfect.

Both insist their relationship will be business only. While those plans start to go awry, other things begin to happen. People are getting killed and Dirk is the prime suspect, but that doesn’t stop the heat index from rising between Dirk and Julia, even as she appears to be the next target.

Not lies, just omissions of facts, set Julia and Dirk up for a turbulent employer/employee association that supposedly would have NO PERSONAL INVOLVEMENT.

Jannifer Hoffman weaves an intense, delightful, and all-around enthralling story full of a wide range of characters that sweep the story along with scary, heart-stopping events and with breathtaking love and tender moments.

Dr. Julia Compandi, in an effort to escape her abusive ex-husband who is well respected by his colleagues and social acquaintances, becomes a nanny to four-year-old twins on a Colorado ranch. Having grown up with a controlling father then marrying a man even more controlling, she admits, “I don’t do well in aggressive situations.” With the help of her psychiatrist sister Katie, Julia struggles to make a life without practicing as a doctor but her need to help others with her medical training puts her in danger of being found by her ex-husband who refuses to relinquish his control over her and her fortune.

At his wit’s end when his long-absent wife dumps the three children at the ranch and disappears, Dirk Travis hires Julia even though he has a feeling she is “too-good-to-be-true.” His rugged animalism, gray wolf eyes, and rough edges belie the loving and caring nature that he shows to his children. But his looks fit his hot temper that landed him in jail for four months. His record and temper put him at a disadvantage in his dealings with the law and particularly with deputy Stanford.

The winsome four-year-old Jason and Christa are bright, shiny threads in the tapestry of this love story. The “too-soon-grownup” Megan is the blending thread that steadily weaves a continuity of security for Jason and Christa in the absence of their mother—as best an eleven year old can. They, along with Dirk’s grumpy father; Rosie, the house help; Melody, Dirk’s used-to-be girl friend, help to make a bright design in the tapestry of the story. But dark designs emerge in the tapestry as the agenda of some sinister secondary characters infringe on the lives of the people at the Rocker T Ranch.

Janiffer Hoffman’s smooth writing style, revealing descriptions, splendid love scenes, and well-developed characters make Rough Edges a novel to be enjoyed more than once—a good one for the library.

Review from, and Copyright held by, Night Owl Romance

Reviewed by Terri

Heart Score: 4.75/5 — Received Reviewer Top Pick

The ad read: Colorado rancher seeking live-in nanny for energetic four year old twins.  Basic first aid a necessity. Skilled in piano, swimming and horses a plus.  Good wages, time off, and private living quarters. Minimum 3 references required.  Zero tolerance for dishonesty. Contact Dirk Travis

Katie, Julia Morgan's sister, thought this ad was perfect for her sister. Julia had been expecting twins but she miscarried them at 5 months. Shortly after that, Julia divorced her cheating, manipulating husband and fell into a depression. It didn't help that her ex-husband was the head surgeon in the hospital where Julia had worked as a pediatrician and was doing everything in his power to prevent her from returning to work there or any other local Minneapolis hospital. To top it off, her ex-husband, Geno Campanili won't leave her alone, making noises about getting back together. While Julia may not be too sure about this job, Katie is and sends off an application signing Julia's name. Now, she just has to get Julia to show up for the job!

Dirk needs someone to help. His wife, whom he hadn't seen in 3 years, showed up and dropped off his twins and the child she had from a previous marriage and left.  He has a ranch to run and has no idea what to do with the children, even though he loves them all dearly. His housekeeper says they are too much for her and the oldest at 11 isn't old enough to take on the responsibility. This ad is his last hope. Julia Morgan's reply seems too good to be true but he's willing to take a chance and give her a try. Will he regret this?

They both have secrets they would prefer the other to not know about. As they get to know each other, secrets have a way of making themselves known. Julia can't resist helping where she can and Dirk's relationship with the local sheriff's office isn't exactly friendly. As their secrets are revealed, can Julia and Dirk find a way to explore the relationship that wants to start?

The characters in this book were realistic and not perfect. They even admit that they've made mistakes! As they struggle with their lives, readers will become wrapped up in them. And because these seem like real people, there are outside influences in their lives, which help direct the story such as Julia's ex-husband and Dirk's wife. There is even an ex-love interest that becomes a friend!

The situations in this story keep you on the edge of your seat wondering what new twist or turn will happen next. Dirk is under suspicion when his wife disappears.  Does he know what happened to her? Julia sees a real medical need but when she gets a letter for an interview, things don't go as she planned. Can Dirk get cleared?  Can Julia restart her life in the wilds of Colorado?

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