I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Hope Flames by Jaci Burton
Series: Hope #1
Published by Berkley on January 7, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Thirty-two and finally setting up her veterinary practice in the town she once called home, Emma Burnett is on her own and loving it. Independent and driven, she's not letting any man get in the way of her dreams. Not again.
That's fine with Luke McCormack. Divorced and hardly lacking in female company when he needs it, he's devoted to the only faithful companion in his life--his police dog. Still, there's something about Emma he can't shake.
When a series of local break-ins leaves Emma vulnerable, she seeks help from the first man to spark her desire in years. And now they're giving each other something they thought they'd lost forever...hope.
Emma Burnett returns home to Hope to buy the veterinary practice of a retiring doctor. This is a fulfillment of a dream delayed by an awful relationship. Policeman Luke McCormick was badly burned during his marriage and has soured on committed relationships, other than the one he has with his canine partner, Boomer. When the dog requires medical care, it sets off something that neither Luke or Emma saw coming.
So, what changed?
After a rocky start, Luke and Emma figured they’d work well as friends and possibly with benefits. A series of break-ins at facilities with pharmaceuticals threw them together even more and, well, they really made the best of it:)
How was the romance?
I loved their journey to friendship. Most of the story was about their individual discoveries, really coming to intensely like each other. And, the benefits weren’t bad, either (actually, pretty steamy). This was truly a friends to lovers romance but this time, we were in on the development of the friendship.
Luke’s older brother, Logan, was queued perfectly for his upcoming story. And Emma’s friend, Chelsea, is funny, gorgeous and primed for a relationship.
The bottom line
There was a sweetness about this story, primarily because of the couples’ devotion to and care of animals, telling you so much more about their characters. An element of suspense was in the background because of the break-ins and baggage from Emma’s past (culminates near the end). It wasn’t terribly exciting but I really enjoyed being a voyeur as they created a relationship. This is the perfect book to settle back and immerse yourself in when you just want a feel-good story. I’m still liking this series.
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