Review: Hope Flames by Jaci Burton

Posted April 28, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 4 Comments

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.

Review: Hope Flames by Jaci BurtonHope Flames by Jaci Burton
Series: Hope #1
Published by Berkley on January 7, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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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.


Quick Summary
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.


Other characters?
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.




Jonetta + Cat

About Jaci Burton

Jaci Burton is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of over 50 books. She lives in Oklahoma and when she isn’t on deadline (which is often), she can usually be found wrestling with her uncooperative garden, wrangling her dogs, watching an unhealthy amount of television, or completely losing track of time reading a great book. She’s a total romantic and longs for the happily ever after in every story, which you’ll find in all her books.

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4 responses to “Review: Hope Flames by Jaci Burton

    • It’s one of those books where I think you’ve got to be in the mood to read. When I got to the 75% mark, I realized that much of the story was devoted to them becoming friends and I got caught up in it. I didn’t like Luke initially either and he completely turned around.

  1. I had this in my hands to decide over cover at the bookstore. I didn’t end up taking it home, but I imagine I will at some point. It keeps calling my name.