Romance Books

Book Review – Hope Flames by Jaci Burton (Hope #1)

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.

3 out of 5 stars

This book has been on my kindle for a while, so I decided to give it a try.  I have read several books in her Play by Play series, which I enjoyed.

Hope Flames is the story of Emma, a vet, and Luke, a police officer.  They meet when Luke brings his police dog Boomer into Emma’s practice following an injury.  Both Luke and Emma were big dog people, which I relate to, since I am as well.  I had a hard time relating to Emma, however.

Emma was in a bad relationship.  This relationship screwed her up big time.  Big time.  To the point that it was actually kind of annoying.  Luke had also been in a bad marriage that scarred him, but he was able to move past things much better than Emma. 

There was a little bit of mystery in the book, dealing with some burglaries in the small town of Hope, and an appearance of an unwanted visitor.  I really liked Luke, and I liked his brother (who the next book is about).  Emma’s staff was good, and Luke’s friends were good supporting characters.

Overall, this was a decent read.  The writing was a little boring and predictable, and I tend to like books written in the first person better (this book was NOT).  But it was worth the read and I will read the next book for sure.

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