Publication date: January 7th 2014.
My rating: 4 stars
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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.My Thoughts:
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.
Seriously, one look at that eye candy on the cover and I just had to read Hope Flames! I knew I’d get steamy moments but I was happily surprised by the likable characters, and sweet story within.
At thirty-two, Emma Burnett has finally realized her dream of becoming a veterinarian, but even better she’s back in her hometown, Hope, to practice. She’s settled in and business is off to a promising start when Luke McCormack, an officer, comes in with his injured dog, Boomer. Chemistry and sparks immediately fly between them, but Emma is not looking for love, or a relationship. She was burned badly in the past and doesn’t plan on ever repeating that. Emma’s happy she got her life back on track and is focused on making her career a success. But as usual life doesn’t always comply with our plans.
Luke is immediately drawn to the town’s new vet, Emma, but a relationship is the last thing he wants after suffering a failed marriage. He has no desire to travel down that road again and keeps women to a one-night stand status and nothing more. Even though Luke can tell Emma is not that type of girl, he can’t help finding excuses to see her again.
Emma and Luke had absolutely no plans for a relationship or love, but still they gradually burrowed a spot in each other’s heart. There was a magnetic pull neither could ignore:
"Before she could say goodnight, he'd pulled her against him, his mouth on hers in another of those mind-melting, blistering hot kisses that made her forget all her logical reasonable convictions."
I loved how maturely Emma and Luke dealt with their relationship. It seemed each time one had doubts or a hang-up would arise, the other would give space and time for adjustment. That’s not to say there weren’t bumps, but nothing that was pull-your-hair-out frustrating.
Just because there wasn’t big troubles between Emma and Luke didn’t mean the story wasn’t addictive. With a series of burglaries plaguing the town and scary drama from Emma’s past resurfacing there’s no need for couple angst to provide excitement. Emma was a strong independent woman so she didn’t allow the situation make her hole up in the closet and hide. She did something, but she wasn’t so overly confident to the point where she made stupid decisions. Love a smart protagonist!
Both Emma and Luke had friends and family there to give good advice and we got to know them enough to see future stories in the making down the road.
Hope Flames was a sweet, easy going romance, with sizzle! This was my first read by Jaci Burton, but it won’t be my last. I can’t wait for the next in the series, Hope Ignites, which centers on Luke’s brother, Logan, the moody, broody, horse rancher and Desiree, the Hollywood starlet.
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