Monday, January 13, 2014

Hope Flames by Jaci Burton

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.

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I've been on the lookout for some new contemporary romances lately, and with a pretty glowing review from Dear Author, I figured Hope Flames would be a good place to start. And it was!

It has all the qualities of a nice, easy to digest, weekend read: a likeable main couple, empathetic supporting characters, and a plot with enough intrigue to keep you interested in what happens next. The actual relationship between Luke and Emma might not be all that unique, but the familiarity doesn't detract from their emotional connection. Both have been burned in the past and neither are able to easily overcome that - even with the possibility of life-long happiness in front of them.

There's a throw away villain near the end I could have done without, but I loved the connection to home, family, and pets in this book. And I'm definitely going to be checking out Hope Ignites in March!

Overall Feeling - B+

Series - 1) Hope Flames 2) Hope Ignites (March 25, 2014)

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