Gruff Rancher Meets Movie Star! Hope Ignites by Jaci Burton #Review

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Gruff Rancher Meets Movie Star! Hope Ignites by Jaci Burton #Review
Hope Ignites

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Series: #2 Hope
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Jove
Released on March 25, 2014
Pages: 304
Format: Paperback
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A hardworking rancher allows a movie company on his ranch and the actress is determined to break through his indifference in this easy flowing opposites attract romance. I read the first book and enjoyed the setting, pace, development and characters so I was delighted to pick up this second book featuring the brother of the hero from book one. They follow each other well, but could be read out of order in a pinch.

The story begins with Logan McCormack allowing a production company to make a movie out in the far corner of his land because the money wouldn’t hurt and he doesn’t have to have anything to do with the fuss. Unfortunately, Martha, his longtime family cook and housekeeper has other ideas. She’s a huge fan and this is a chance in a lifetime so Logan finds himself at the movie set checking things out to report back to Martha and he encounters the star actress. Desiree Jenkins isn’t quite what he imagined a glamorous Hollywood A-list actress would be like, but she still spells trouble. Logan doesn’t do relationships and he definitely doesn’t want to tangle even a little with someone like Des. Only Des doesn’t let him cold-shoulder her and withdraw. She pushes into his space and goes after him so that he gives into his attraction. Only, where could this possibly lead with him running his ranch and her jetting all over the place for her movies and having that lifestyle to hold up? It will end just like the ugly marriage of his dad and mom who didn’t suit each other’s lifestyles all over again that’s what.

Des Jenkins wanted to be an actress more than anything and she knows she should be so very grateful and thankful that she made it when thousands of others didn’t, but lately she feels that her life is missing something. After getting to know Logan and the ranch folk along with the wonderful people in Hope, she starts to get an inkling. Logan doesn’t make it easy on her, not that anything they start has a chance. Even if she saw a way through the barriers, Logan would still have to meet her half-way and she knows full well that is not something that he will do, not after the number his mom did on his dad and the family. Still, they do have something between them and Des has never felt that before in all her years of wandering…

Like book one, this one doesn’t get all excited or fast-paced or even overly dramatic; it just tells a gently-developing love story. Sometimes, that’s what I’m in the mood for and it had enough conflict and spark to keep it from being boring. The ranch and small town setting that includes the temporary movie set atmosphere were all a plus, but the best of course was the characters.

Logan and Des have strong connection and passion even if I wanted to smack Logan on the back of the head several times for his crankiness and need to push Des away out of fear that the past would repeat itself. I get why he was the way he was and it made sense that he would be cautious over their very different places in life, but he got mean about it. Still, Des was a strong gal that didn’t let him get away with it. She had her doubts and fears too, but she was so honest. I loved that about her.

[quote]When the bell rang, Des and Colt had to leave to get ready for their next scene. Colt was talking to Martha, and Des moved next to Logan. “You sure you’re okay about us coming to the ranch house for dinner?”

“Hey, I’m not the one cooking. If Martha wants you, consider yourself invited.”

“Still, I’d hate to intrude.”

“You’re already here on the land. A couple of extra people at the house won’t make any difference.”

She patted him on the chest. “That’s what I like about you, Logan. So warm and inviting.” She tilted her head back and he was caught again by her ever-changing eyes. “See you later.”

“What was that about?” Martha asked after Des and Colt left.


“I think she likes you.”

“I think she likes Colt.”

“And I think you know nothing about acting. Or women.”

“That much is true.”

  1. 20 Des and Logan from Hope Ignites[/quote]

As to the supporting characters, Martha and Ben at the ranch, Luke and Emma along with the other town folk and Des’ co-star Colt were all brilliant. They weren’t background, but vital in the scenes too.

I only had one small thing and that was because I felt the strong connectedness of friends and family in the story. Des was disconnected from hers and I was hoping to see a little of that side of things since it seemed a big deal and part of why she was the way she was. Oh, I know that not every family gets to restore its members and be whole that’s not realistic, but I guess I wanted to see at least an attempt instead of it being mentioned and then not brought up again.

All in all, fun and engaging in a relaxed way. Contemporary Small Town Opposites Attract Romance fans who like a bit of spice should give this one a go.

My thanks to Penguin Group for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Cliché Klatch #84 ‘A little bit of this and that’
Romance Roundabout #163 CR
Mt. TBR #80

About Jaci Burton

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.. Visit her website at for excerpts, her blog and contest information.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Mary Kirkland
7 years ago

I tend to like romance books set on ranches and small towns and if they have an animal in there, that’s even better. This sounds really good. Thanks for the review.

Sophia Rose
7 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

I enjoyed the first two books in the series. I skipped book three b/c I was leery of the heroine and went straight to book four. The dogs and horses are strong characters along with the human characters. These are nice lazy day reads.

Braine TS
7 years ago

contemporary small town attact romance. how can you go wrong with that?! Also, I don’t usually go for celebs but the movie star angle seems to enhance this novel even more

Sophia Rose
7 years ago
Reply to  Braine TS

I am like you, but b/c most of it was on the ranch, I found it a nice fit for the opposites attract set up.

7 years ago

Aww what a cute dog on the cover, I just love it when covers have animals on the cover. Is there a dog int he story as well? It sounds like the setting on the ranch works well. Des sounds like a bossy women who knows what she wants! I like the sound fo how she doesn’t just let the hero cold shoulder her. I can imagine Logans attitude could be a bit annoying at times with how he’s afraid the past would repeat itself even though they are two different people. This sounds like an enjoyable small town romance.… Read more »

Sophia Rose
7 years ago
Reply to  Lola

Yes, there are cute dogs in each book that are as interesting as human characters.

I found her pushy at first, but yet he needed someone to push him out of his shell.

Anna@herding cats&burning soup

Yay! I’m so glad you’re reading these. I really enjoyed this pairing as well and all the support cast 🙂

Sophia Rose
7 years ago

Yes, these two were fun and I definitely liked the characters around them. I can’t wait for the other brother’s story.

Alyssa Susanna
7 years ago

OMG! This reminds me of a book I read a reaaaally long time ago – I can’t remember the name, ugh! But there was a ranch, a movie company… it wasn’t this book, but it sounded similar. I LOVED that book, so I imagine this one may be winner as well! Excellent review, Sophia 🙂

Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

Sophia Rose
7 years ago
Reply to  Alyssa Susanna

I just hate it when I can’t remember a title. This was really fun so I hope you get to try it, Alyssa.

Lover Of Romance
7 years ago

you are so tempting me to try this series out and soon. First off I love the whole mix of someone famous with someone like a rancher…its such a wonderful mix of personalities. Both of these characters sound so interesting. I like my grouchy heroes especially when they are matched with a heroine that never gives up!!

Sophia Rose
7 years ago

Sounds like we have a match! Haha! I like this series when I’m in the mood for lazy day small town romance.

steph from FW&FD
7 years ago

I did really like the first two in this series. The most recent one was fun too. There was one where I felt the need to bitch slap the woman. She was stuck in the tragic-teenage-therefore-no-love-as -adult trope. Gah!

Shari Delighted Read
Shari Delighted Read
7 years ago

Oh, Steph!!! I know which book you are talking about and I will take turns slapping her too. Gah, I felt so bad for that hero and wanted to give him a real woman.

Sophia Rose
7 years ago

And yep! Notice I skipped her book and went straight to book four? You saved me the frustration of that one when I read your review. 🙂

Sophia Rose
7 years ago

Haha! I let Shari guide me to skip book three and go straight to book four so I missed that train wreck. I could tell in the first two books that the gal in book 3 was not going to be my favorite person. Now, I’m impatiently waiting for the brother to both the heroes in these first two books.

7 years ago

This one sounds good to me actually. But the first one would be better to start with..hmm. Have to think on it. Too many books already-as we all do. Thanks for sharing 🙂

Sophia Rose
7 years ago
Reply to  Lorna

LOL, Lorna! Decisions, decisions!

Lindy Gomez
Lindy Gomez
7 years ago

I love when a story doesn’t have a lot of drama, yet the author still makes it interesting to read. I think it’s great that the secondary characters were essential to the story as well. I have a think for sexy and brooding male characters! I’ll keep this one in mind when I’m looking for a low drama read! Wonderful Review Sophia 🙂

Lindy@ A Bookish Escape