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Hope Flames by Jaci Burton

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

15808325Synopsis: 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

Review: Hope Flames is an entertaining story, with a romance that’s not supposed to be a romance, and a little bit of suspense thrown in. I was impressed with the way the characters were written, especially Luke. Here’s a man who, after a disaster of a marriage, is pretty much content to remain a bachelor. Even though he and Emma decide to be nothing more than friends, he’s able to be astute enough to know that whatever will happen between them will be something that Emma will have to decide on, that he won’t force her one way or the other. Even after all that went down with Emma’s ex, Luke knew that he just had to wait until Emma was ready to address the situation. Another instance that I haven’t read about that much is the fact that Luke and his childhood friend Carter actually discussed feelings and relationships, like grownups and not immature teens.

The only thing that I didn’t care for in this book was that even though the book blurb hints at the rash of burglaries occurring in town and that somehow Emma is more vulnerable, that part of the storyline wasn’t introduced until chapter 4, then barely mentioned again until the last few chapters. What I was even more surprised by was the reappearance of Emma’s ex; again, that could have been so much more drama and tension in the story, but his reappearance and the burglaries almost seemed like an afterthought to the book.

I will say that overall I enjoyed the story enough to want to read the next two books in the series once 
they are released, I really want to know what caused Emma’s sister Molly to leave their hometown and 
not come back.

Rating: 4/5 diamonds

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Jaci BurtonJaci 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.. Visit her website for excerpts, her blog and contest information.
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