Series: Hope

Audio Review: Love Me Again by Jaci Burton

Posted September 18, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 2 Comments

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Audio Review: Love Me Again by Jaci BurtonLove Me Again by Jaci Burton
Series: Hope #7
Narrator: Allyson Ryan
Published by Tantor Audio on May 16, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: Audiobook
Length: 9 hours, 3 minutes
Source: the Publisher
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three-half-stars
three-half-flames

When Loretta Simmons returns to Hope, Oklahoma, after a disastrous marriage, she's determined to remain independent for the sake of her daughter. The only thing standing in her way is Deacon Fox-the man she loved and walked away from years ago.

Since Loretta owns the bookstore right next to his current renovation project, Deacon can't escape the woman who broke his heart. Throw in her adorable little girl and one ridiculously oversized dog, and they're almost a family. Only he can't be that guy-what they had was once in a lifetime.

But love has a funny way of reopening a door you thought was firmly closed . . .

 

 
Review Loretta Simmons returns home to Hope, Oklahoma after her marriage collapses from a slow but miserable death. She’s determined to be independent, essentially raising her 9-year old daughter, Hazel, like a single parent. Things are awkward when the man she callously dumped for the man she married is renovating the building where her bookstore is housed. Deacon Fox keeps his distance but eventually life puts them on the same path.

 
The biggest conflict in this story is how Deacon and Loretta will resolve what happened between them as teens and that gets dealt with pretty early on. What remains is the slow building new relationship between the two of them, connected through Hazel who dazzles Deacon and he her. Add to the mix a new dog named Otis, a Great Dane who needs training, and you’ve got a delightful story. I also liked the narrator who interpreted the vibe of the town and these characters pretty well and added the requisite distinctions.

 
One of the things I love about this series is how the past characters are all connected. The new characters are introduced to the circle and the friendships that develop are heartwarming. Hope is a place I like to come visit to uplift my spirit and feel better about my community. These are good, hard working people who aren’t wealthy (well, one of them is) and experience the normal issues associated with work, family and friends. I like them, like visiting with them and I really liked Loretta and Deacon. I thought he let her off the hook too easily but it was true to his character. There are a few new characters introduced here so I’m looking forward to more stories and returning to this town.

 

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About Allyson Ryan

Allyson Ryan has narrated over eighty audiobooks, among them On the Divinity of Second Chances by Kaya McLaren, for which Allyson received an AudioFile Earphones Award. She can also be heard in commercials, animation, video games, and promos. She has an extensive stage résumé and can be seen as “Mom” in TV shows and commercials.

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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Audio Review: Don’t Let Go by Jaci Burton

Audio Review: Don’t Let Go by Jaci Burton

Posted June 16, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 4 Comments

    Brady Connors recently returned to Hope after a self-imposed hiatus following his brother’s tragic death. He and bakery owner Megan Lee were sort of thrown together by well-meaning friends at a couple of events but nothing developed. Brady’s not interested in any kind of meaningful relationship, including close friendships, but Megan’s sunny disposition and easy personality makes it tough to keep his distance. It also helps that she serves up the best morning coffee and sweets at her bakery.   This is one of those stories where you just sit back and enjoy listening to a fairly uncomplicated relationship develop slowly and naturally. You know there will come a point when Brady’s wall around his emotional compartments will reach a meltdown climax but […]


Audio Review: Make Me Stay by Jaci Burton

Audio Review: Make Me Stay by Jaci Burton

Posted August 24, 2016 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

    Reid McCormack returned to Hope, his hometown where his two brothers still call home. He’s a highly successful architect with his own firm in Boston and he’s back to take on the renovation of the town’s old mercantile building. Lovely florist Samantha (Sam) Reasor, who’s admired him from afar, makes his extended stay that much more interesting.   What begins as a casual relationship blossoms into something more but neither Reid or Sam are willing to step out and admit it to each other. She respects his life in Boston but wants him to stay in Hope by his own decision without pressure from her. He’s uncertain of his feelings for Sam and likes his life in Boston. The issues weren’t huge, just […]


Audio Review: Love After All by Jaci Burton

Audio Review: Love After All by Jaci Burton

Posted July 24, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | 0 Comments

      Quick summary Chelsea Gardner is a pretty, single high school math teacher who’s frustrated in her search for the perfect man. So, she created “The List” to outline all the attributes a man must have before she’ll go out on a date. Sebastian (Bash) Palmer owns a bar, is commitment shy and doesn’t even come close to Chelsea’s list but yet the two of them can’t avoid their strong attraction. And, their personalities seem to connect, too.   What I enjoyed As Bash and Chelsea have danced around each other for some time, their pairing was inevitable. I liked how their relationship sort of came together organically through conversations at the bar and other encounters. The physical attraction just simmers as they get […]


Scorching! Hope Ignites by Jaci Burton

Scorching! Hope Ignites by Jaci Burton

Posted September 27, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | 4 Comments

    Desiree Jenkins is a famous actress shooting her latest film on location at Logan McCormack’s ranch in Hope, Oklahoma. They come from different worlds but she’s wildly attracted to this loner. Her honesty and directness hooks him but Logan keeps holding back, emotionally crippled by his parents’ failed relationship.   Desiree is a pretty wonderful character who’s smart, talented and unafraid to speak her mind when it matters. Logan has forged a lonely, solitary existence that’s disrupted when Desiree forces her way in. It changes him but also makes him fearful he’ll end up in the same misery as his parents. Oh, and their self-proclaimed “casual” relationship was scorching on so many levels.   I enjoyed this story, especially Desiree (as if you […]


You’ll Fall for Jared in McFarland’s Farm by Cardeno C.

You’ll Fall for Jared in McFarland’s Farm by Cardeno C.

Posted September 10, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | 0 Comments

Quick summary Lucas Reitz is a party boy who tested his wealthy restaurateur father one time too many. Dad gave him the ultimatum of losing access to his money or going to Jared McFarland’s farm, his organic produce supplier in Arizona. See, the thing is, Lucas has always lusted after Jared, unbeknownst to anyone, including Jared…and vice versa.   What I adored about this story Jared. How could you not? He’s a big, red-haired, lovable guy who was hard working, a little lonely and respectful of everyone. Even when faced with Lucas’s rudeness and bad behavior, Jared still found a way to deal with dignity and humbleness. Lest I paint too nasty a picture of Lucas (which he earned), just know that once you read […]


Review: Hope Flames by Jaci Burton

Review: Hope Flames by Jaci Burton

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

  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 […]


Review: Hope Smolders by Jaci Burton

Review: Hope Smolders by Jaci Burton

Posted April 23, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

  I started reading the first book in this series before I realized there was a short novella preceding it (hadn’t read more than a chapter). It didn’t seem like a big deal but I rarely read out of order. Thankfully, this novella was available at my digital library so before I post the review of the first book, here’s a short summary of this one.     Quick Summary Jane Kline is a high school teacher working two jobs after her divorce from her husband. She has two young children and not much time (or money) for anything other than work and her family. Will Griffin notices her at the gym and sets out to convince her that her life can include a bit […]