Hope Flames by Jaci Burton – Blog Tour & Review
Veterinarian Emma Burnett won’t let anything or anyone sidetrack her from her job as new owner of the vet clinic in Hope. She let a man distract her once, with disastrous results. But when Luke McCormack brings in his injured police dog, Emma can hardly ignore him. Despite Emma’s best efforts to keep things strictly doctor and owner of the patient, Luke’s one hot distraction
Hope Flames by Jaci Burton is the first book in her Hope series. This is my first book by Burton, and after reading Hope Flames it will not be my last. I loved this book. It was such a fun, relaxing, enjoyable and sexy read.
The story takes place in a town called Hope, and we meet our heroine, Emma at the start. Emma, after being away for years, has returned home to Hope to start her own Animal Clinic. After a successful first day, Emma is about to close when she meets Luke, who is a cop in town. Luke brings his injured dog, Boomer, who also acts like a police dog, helping apprehend criminals. There was an immediate attraction between them, but because both have had bad experiences with romance, each hesitated to act on it.
This was such a wonderful romance, as Burton took the time to slowly build up this romance, with them first becoming friends. Luke wasn’t interested in any romance, just one night stands, but he knew there was something different about Emma, Emma herself was determined to build up her practice, and not let herself become emotionally involved with any man, especially after her last relationship was a disaster. But then the friendship only didn’t last too long, as their sexual chemistry was off the chart. When they acted on their desires (very hot), they both convinced themselves to enjoy what they had, without any committments.
What I loved about this book was the small town atmosphere, with their friends, and family that made this even better. I absolutely loved their dogs; Luke’s Boomer, and Emma’s Daisy and Annie. It was so much fun to watch them all together. Their romance was so heart warming, as they had to get past their bad experiences, allowing themselves to open their hearts. They both started to fall hard for each other, and the sexual chemistry between them was off the wall, and so well done by Burton.
The last quarter of the book was very exciting, with a side story of a burglar stealing drugs from various places, including Emma’s clinic. But the most suspense comes from the past rising up to put one of them in danger.
This series has so such potential for many of the characters whom we got to meet in Hope to have their own book. Hope Flames was such an enjoyable read, with a great couple; wonderful romance with some hot sex scenes; and cute lovable animals.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book that I read this in one day, since I did not want to let this go. Jaci Burton has impressed me as writer, allowing me to get to know and love her characters. This was such a warm, and fun story. I am now vested into reading this series to see everyone in Hope again.
Reviewed by Barb
Copy provided by Publisher
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.
Jaci Burton and her Publisher, have graciously offered to give One member of The Reading Café a copy of her new release, Hope Flames
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