Irritating heroine, hunky hero – Hope Burns by Jaci Burton #Review

Posted October 28, 2014 by Shari in Reviews / 11 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Irritating heroine, hunky hero – Hope Burns by Jaci Burton #Review
Hope Burns

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Series: Hope, #3
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Jove
Released on September 30, 2014
Pages: 304
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

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The Delight

I loved getting to see all the heroines in this series get together, trade stories and bond. Throw in a hunky hero and you would think this was an awesome book. Read why I don’t thinks so….

Oh, this review isn’t going to go well. Well, 50/50 chance since I liked the hero, but really had a hard time with the heroine. So let’s take a look at these two and find out why I feel this way.

Molly Burnett is the younger sister of Emma from book one in the series. Molly has been elusive and we all wonder why she left Hope and never comes back. Not even to visit her parents. But now that Emma is getting married to Luke, Emma won’t take no from her sister on being there for her wedding. Returning, Molly is hit by memories she wished she could keep at bay. Memories of a painful past with Carter Richards. Living a nomad existence, she really doesn’t seem to relate to staying in one place.

Just leave already!

When Molly and Carter were teenagers, they knew they were soul mates. When Molly turns up pregnant, they start planning a future only to have it all end with a miscarriage. Misunderstandings, immaturity and silly problems supposedly devastate Molly so much, she breaks it off with Carter and flees Hope. They both never reveal to anyone why or what happened.

Carter while heartbroken over a lost love and child, moves on and makes a very good life for himself. He is a good man, does lots to help Hope and would be a dream come true husband if the chemistry worked right for any woman. Almost too good to be true, but he is what I wanted in a hero. So when Molly waltzes into Hope with a chip on her shoulder, a bad attitude towards everything and is ready to leave at a moments notice, I wanted to say adios and don’t let the door hit your ass on the way out! Yep, I was ready for her to leave and find Carter a real woman who could love him.

Come here hunk! I can find you a better lady!

Through the entire romance, Carter is the rock. He wants to explain a few things and talk, she cuts him off so bad, they never do get around letting him really talk about what happened. She was bitchy, mean, angry, grumpy and I never, ever warmed up to her nor did I feel like she had a case for leaving and breaking up with Carter. This was one grudge I think she imagined and held onto far too long.

The supporting cast is familiar if you have read the series and it was awesome getting to see them again. Girls nights out are the best. Even the guys were there and I loved seeing Luke again.

In the end I needed a heroine I could comfort, love and sympathize with and I got none of that. I did get some sexy scenes which I had to put aside my feelings for Molly to enjoy. It’s bad when you want to slap the heroine, pull the hero away and find him a better woman to love. Just not a great addition to a series I have grown to love.

What is it about heroines that we are so hard on them?
Do we hold them to a higher standard than our heroes?

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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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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  • I think we do hold the femaI just don’t get mean bitchy heroines…cannot stand to read about them. Glad you stuck with it, coz I would have put that baby down.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      She held onto her grudge way to long. Even after she learns he isn’t the guy he once was…which even then wasn’t a bad guy. Give the guy a break. He owns his own business and home. He is on the council for the city improvement. Great with kids. He isn’t the bad guy. She just needed to get a grip and move on or give up.

      • And there you go…he wasn’t that bad of a guy. I can see if he was just a major ass, but if he wasnt? I don’t get the attitude.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      She held onto her grudge way to long. Even after she learns he isn’t the guy he once was…which even then wasn’t a bad guy. Give the guy a break. He owns his own business and home. He is on the council for the city improvement. Great with kids. He isn’t the bad guy. She just needed to get a grip and move on or give up.

  • Oh man! I’ve read a few like this where it wasn’t a matter of feeling neutral about the romance, but where the heroine actually makes me just flat out want her gone and a redo on the romance part. If I was reading general fiction, this would affect the story, but in a romance? Gotta have something to love there.

    I’ve always held the heroine to a higher bar maybe b/c I’m a woman and can gauge better what I feel are acceptable and unacceptable behavior and feelings. Honestly, I don’t know, but I’ll go wit that reason. Haha!

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I understood she was hurt by what she felt was betrayal, when I really think she was just immature and didn’t see things from his side (not cheating). But then it is years later and he is a good man. He has made a good life for himself, but she can’t let him have the benefit of the doubt of being young with hopes for the future. And she leaves town…while he has a good life. She cuts her nose off in spite of her face and then wants to bash him about it. I just got tired of her thinking she was on a pedestal and he wasn’t worthy. I say dump her and find someone new.

      • I see that a lot too. People do stupid stuff and make mistakes as teenagers and then years later when they aren’t even that person anymore, the other character can’t let it go. That last Anne DeStefano I read was like that and the guy really didn’t do all the stuff the gal held him responsible for. I don’t like the pattern and honestly, I think the lack of forgiveness and moving on says more about this heroine than the guy.

  • This hero sounds wonderful…but I have to have a good heroine or at least deccent. This one sounds horrid. I have been thinking about reading her other books though,…which one would you recommend I try out first?

    • Shari has said the first few in this series are good as well as the first ones in her Play by Play series. Not sure about the other series. Maybe others have read those and can chime in for you.

      In fact, I have the first one of this series and it was one of this month’s TBR pile voter choices for me. It didn’t win alas so I’ll have to read it another time. Haha!

  • Ah, too bad, I have less and less tolerance for stupid heroins. That leaves us the cover to gaze at, right ? Because Jaci Burton’s covers are a sale argument just by themselves !

    • They are totally pet-able, Iza! She totally has a deal with the cover gods between these and her Play by Play series.