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Peek Inside His Reason to Stay

Eli left town years ago to make a name for himself. He’s back but he’s not staying…until he discovers Tabitha’s secret. It’s up to him to prove himself worthy, because she’ll accept nothing less.

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Award-winning wildlife photographer, Elijah Ellis, has come back home due to the tragic accident that killed members of both his and his best friend Tabitha Brodie’s family. Despite their grief, Eli hopes that he and Tabby can pick up their familiar friendship. He’s never forgotten the way Tabby makes him feel—full of hope and a sense of home—but she seems determined to keep him at arm’s length.

Tabby has always loved Eli. He’s everything she wants in a man. But he left Gatlinburg to make a name for himself outside of his famous family. Even though there’s no one better to help her through this time, she refuses to be an anchor to a life he never wanted. Not to mention Tabby’s hiding a secret that will change all of their lives.

As Eli and Tabby spend more time together, he’s determined to show her they could be perfect together. Too bad she’s spent years building her walls against him...


A sweet and dreamy story with goodness and love.” -Suzette P., Goodreads

“This was sweet in all the best ways and an author I will look for again, I read it in one sitting so that’s always a good sign.” -Sara O., Goodreads

“This sweet romance captured my heart and never let go.” -Erika J., NetGalley

A perfect book about falling back in love!” -Diane M., Goodreads

“HIS REASON TO STAY by Jennifer Hoopes is a great feel good story.” -Susan R., Goodreads

“This book broke my heart in the beginning but put it back together again and left me with a huge smile.” -Margaret B., NetGalley

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781682814932
Series: The Ellis Family Saga, Book 1
Release Date: Dec 9, 2019
Page Count: 350
Imprint: bliss
Genre: contemporary
Tropes: friends to lovers, one night stand, secret baby, unrequited love

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By Marsha December 10, 2019

Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

HIS REASON TO STAY begins The Ellis Family Saga with a story that captured my attention from the beginning. A family tragedy will bring one son back home to his family and the girl he left behind, who is no longer that young woman with a crush on him. Tabby is not only re ...more

By Elaine December 09, 2019

Talk about a family drama, this sure is one!

It is the deaths of members of his family that brings wildlife photographer Elijah Ellis home. He's never stayed long since setting out on his career, spending few days at home with his family but when he does, he always likes to spend time with Tabby. How ...more

By Kari December 01, 2019

Eli needed to forge his own path in the world even if it meant leaving everyone he loved behind. He has created a successful career as a wildlife photographer but when tragedy strikes he goes back home for what was supposed to be a quick visit that has him questioning his plans for the future.

Tabby ...more

By Angel December 12, 2019

Elijah/Eli was on an icy mountain s;ppe trying to catch the cat he needed to capture images of. Otherwise he would go to the ground and butt would be stuck in Bolivia for who knows how long? He’d planned a month for his shoot but he was edging on three weeks now and the relentlessness of things bein ...more

By Ayekah November 24, 2019

This was a good solid read for me. I loved both of the main characters that were well developed throughout the story and the plot. Along with a full cast of side characters, Eli's family who completed the picture.
Elijah leaves his small town and family behind determined not to be involved with the f ...more

By Becky December 12, 2019

Reviewed on my blog, Becky on Books, on 12/12/19.

His Reason to Stay is a sweet, second-chance romance with a twist. The blurb doesn't reveal a fairly big detail about Eli and Tabby's relationship, so I'm not going to either. Suffice to say, it takes a fairly standard romance trope and makes a fairly ...more

By Teresa December 02, 2019

**I received a copy of His Reason to Stay from Net Galley and Entangled Publishing in exchange for a voluntary and honest review. My opinions weren't solicited in any way and are mine alone.**

His Reason to Stay by Jennifer Hoopes is hopefully a new series for the author with the rest of the Ellis an ...more

By Sonya March 07, 2020

Eli and Tabby have been best friends for years. Fifteen months ago, they shared a night of passion that could change their relationship forever. When Eli receives word a month late, that members of his and Tabby's families have died tragically, he hurries home to check in with his family and Tabby. ...more

By Diane November 26, 2019

A perfect book about falling back in love!

Photographer Elijah Ellis had gotten the perfect shot in the wilds of South America and wanted to take a break visiting his family and his best friend Tabitha Brodie because their families had been best friends for years. When Eli finally had phone service h ...more

By Delacey December 16, 2019

3.5 stars. This is a new to me author, so I went into this story with no expectations, other than the plot blurb of a second chance romance. The story kept me invested from start to finish. I liked the H Eli, and his growth that he experienced through the story. I wasn't as impressed with the h Tabb ...more

By SynergyQuest December 04, 2019

This is a new to me author and I genuinely enjoyed the read. I love it when that happens. There’s a lot of chemistry here and some heat too, unfortunately, this one skips over the actual love scenes (not my favorite), If you like innuendo, however, this will check that box for you. Here you’ll also ...more

By Lori December 01, 2019

As I read this story, I could feel the grief coming off the pages. Such a powerful emotion, and maybe it hit me a little harder than it would have before, since I am struggling with grief right now too. But this is a story to bring about hope, love, and a way to honor those who have passed. I loved ...more

By Sara November 26, 2019

His Reason to Stay by Jennifer Hoopes a sold four-star read. This was sweet in all the best ways and an author I will look for again, I read it in one sitting so that’s always a good sign, and I simply adored Tabby Brodie and Eli Ellis, the chemistry they exude drips off the page and the story is co ...more

By Sherri December 09, 2019

This book is the first in this new series by Jennifer Hoopes. It was such a sweet read about family, lose and love. I think that Jennifer did a really wonderful job combining all of those things into one story line. From the moment I picked up this book I was unable to put it down. It pulled at ever ...more

By Melinda January 27, 2020

So much sweet, sexy, charming, heart-aching and soul deep romance in every page!! Be ready to be wooed by the emotional and healing love story by this author. Has wonderfully characters that you can connect to, plenty of drama and emotions and it was brilliant written. Loved it. Really touched my he ...more

By Linda December 01, 2019

Another winner! I loved this book and quickly found myself totally immersed in the characters' lives. From Tabby, the sweet girl with a secret, to Eli, the sexy photographer who travels endlessly, their tale kept me hooked. This contemporary romance with a twist was a wonderful read.

If you enjoy th ...more

By Athena November 23, 2019

I really found this story interesting. The characters were interesting and the plot was definitely engaging. It wasn't revolutionary but definitely good. In addition to being a romance, it's also heavy on the family side (which I love) and new beginnings. I rate this 3.5 rounded up to 4. I would def ...more

By Pam April 10, 2020

The beginning moments of this story pulled me in & encouraged me to read further. The characters were well defined & fleshed out. They had both good & bad points. The family managed to support the plot & the characteristics of the main couple. The story had its moments & it was an entertaining read. ...more

By Susan December 03, 2019

HIS REASON TO STAY by Jennifer Hoopes is a great feel good story, which starts out in tragedy. An accident which kills members of two families who are very close. Brings together Tabby and Eli, keeping the two families closer than ever. Five 🌟 read! ...more

By Gwen December 10, 2019

This is a very emotional and intense story by an author I have never read before. Driven apart by a family tragedy, both characters have to figure out how to make their way in this world. ...more

By Suzette December 10, 2019

A sweet and dreamy story with with goodness and love. Tabby and Eli are childhood friends who have always loved and depended on each other. When tragedy strikes they have to decide if a life together is possible. The story tells the tale of two families love and legacy. Carrying on when things seem ...more

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Jennifer Hoopes

About the author

Jennifer Hoopes

Contemporary romance author, Jennifer Hoopes, lives in a small town in Pennsylvania with her husband, and two daughters. Stories have been in her head for as long as she recognized every person had one and figuring out how two people meet and fall in love makes for a rewarding dream job. When not writing she wears the many mom hats of PTO, dance, and music, all while driving a mean, mom-taxi. She loves caramel and roller coasters, plays a solo version of Carpool Karaoke, and cannot live without coffee and Jane Austen adaptations.

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