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Genres: Contemporary Romance
Released on March 25, 2014
Jaci Burton writes a heartwarming story of love, compromise, healing and just plain steamy romance between the sheets!
Hope Ignites by Jaci Burton continues the story of Hope, Oklahoma a small town full of wonderful people looking for love or not. Logan McCormack lives a simple life isolated on his ranch. When he lets a movie crew come in to use part of his land, he has no interest in it. But his housekeeper and cook gets excited, he goes out to investigate, making the acquaintance of actress Desiree Jenkins. With brutal honesty, she goes after Logan, knowing it can only be a fling that will end when production is over.
Both question the future of their relationship but from different ways. Des moved around all of her life and never quite fit in with her family. Being an actress wasn’t something they expected from her and her success hasn’t made them soften so much towards her. Never home much, she has a cold place she rents, but she saves up her money to some day settle down and put down roots. After a hard break up with a fellow actor, she is questioning if she can continue to run the schedule of acting or if taking a break will break her career.
Logan is a little more straight forward. He’s a rancher. Works hard from sun up to sun down. And carries deep scars from a mother who really didn’t want kids, nor the ranch life she signed up for. So he never takes on relationships, but finds himself drawn deeply to Des, who is younger than him. He tries to keep his distance, but little by little she worms her way into his life and heart, making him confront the demons of his past.
I loved Des! She was down to earth, knew what she wanted and was honest when she asked for it. Getting to know the towns people, helping to fix a 4th of July picnic of foot, and working the ranch some, she was just a hard heroine with a heart of gold. Oh and she was sexy as all get out, not afraid to tell Logan just what she wanted.
Logan….oh this cowboy was the silent type. Working hard, often not in the best of conditions. He cares about his family of two brothers and his soon to be sister-in-law, but he never opens up past the people in his life. He’s honest about how he feels, but he never really tells the story of how he got to this point. And this cowboy knows what he is doing in bed, out of it, in the kitchen, on an actresses trailer. You name it he provides it.
This is a simple love story of two people who know who they are, what they want and where they are going only to have it all thrown up in the air and left for them to sort out. Compromise is necessary, but not easy to take. There are outside forces drawing them both to each other and apart. The dazzling, sizzling love making topped the cake of this great romance novel.
Do you love the silent, tortured but hard working cowboy?
Why are we drawn to men who aren’t attainable…or are they?
Do you like heroines who are honest about their desires?