Review: Love Me Again by Jaci Burton

Review: Love Me Again by Jaci BurtonLove Me Again by Jaci Burton

Series: #7 Hope
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Berkley on May 2, 2017
Pages: 318
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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In the latest novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Don’t Let Go, it’s never too late for a second chance at first love...
 
When Loretta Simmons returns to Hope, Oklahoma, after a disastrous marriage, she’s determined to remain independent for the sake of her daughter. The only thing standing in her way is Deacon Fox—the man she loved and walked away from years ago.
 
Since Loretta owns the bookstore right next to his current renovation project, Deacon can’t escape the woman who broke his heart. Throw in her adorable little girl and one ridiculously oversized dog, and they’re almost a family. Only he can’t be that guy—what they had was once in a lifetime.
 
But love has a funny way of reopening a door you thought was firmly closed...

The Delight

A summer of heartwarming activities and a sizzling reunion romance happens after a woman journeys back home when she needs to start over again and encounters the man she shouldn’t have ever left.  Lovable Great Dane puppy, cute pixie kid, farm house renovations, circle of friends, and Fourth of July at the lake round it off in this delightful gentle-paced small town romance.

Review

Love Me Again is the seventh book in the Hope series.  A reader could get away with it out of order, but this story really is stuffed full of most of the previous characters and their ongoing stories in the background so it works best in order.

Deacon and Loretta both grew up in Hope before she broke his heart and left with another guy.  Their tense first time seeing each other years later happened in the last book.  I have to confess that I was wary of tackling their story.  Reunion/second chance romances can be iffy with me depending on how they are handled.  But, no worries.  I was glad that I could set aside my concerns and just get cozy with the laid back folks of Hope, Oklahoma as they went about their lives during the lazy days of summer.

Now, I don’t want to imply that this pair ignored the past or that it didn’t leave emotional scars, but it felt organic to the story of this present pair who slowly reconnect as Deacon and Loretta’s cute precocious daughter with her huge Great Dane dog become friends leading to Deacon and Loretta having many encounters.  There is tension and attraction between them that they have to figure out what to do about it.  Around the romance, there was also a personal story of Loretta coming home and dealing with her past both with her parents and her ex and her ex-friends so that she can move forward in the present.

I liked this character-driven plot and the heartwarming tone full of time with friends and home life.  The pace is gentle and perfect when I wanted something easy and straightforward with just enough conflict to keep it interesting.  I look forward to each installment and recommend the series to those who enjoy laid-back small town romance.

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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 www.jaciburton.com 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.
  • Nice review! I am glad that it can be read as a stand alone but I may want to read the first book.

    • Oh yes, Cindy. You will definitely want to read book one. I fell in love with both characters and the dogs. 🙂

  • I’ve read a few Jaci Burton books, and while I never dislike them, I often find them a bit dull. But I’m really glad that this worked for you.

    • This is true and is true of a couple books in this series for me. 🙂 I do have to be in a particular mood to get the most out of them.

  • I’m glad to see you enjoyed this one, Sophia! This is the second positive review I’ve seen for this book, and she’s an author I’ve been meaning to try.

    Great review. 🙂

    • Oh good, Angie! I don’t read many straight up contemporary romance series, but this gentle small town one is one of them.

  • One way to get my attention, put a dog on the cover. Glad you enjoyed this one. It looks fun. 🙂

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • Ever book in the series- dogs. Love it. The dogs are actually strong characters in each story and I love that, too.

  • I’m just peeking (and cheering at the conclusion). So glad it was a good one. I have it to review but might have maybe lost my review copy in the piles somewhere. Today is search day. lol

    • Oh no, I hate that aggravation. I know its there and probably right under my nose. Hope you find it.

  • This one sounds like a great small town romance. And it’s nice there’s a dog that plays a part as well, I always like seeing that in books. Good to know this one works best when read in order.

    I usually like second chance romances, but it does really depend on how it’s handled. I am glad to hear that the past and how it played a role now all felt organic. And the coming home sub plot line sounds interesting too. Great review!

    • Yes to the fun of small town and that love-able dog. She did handle their romance so well. I really didn’t want to read about people sniping at each other over the past and was glad she didn’t do that.

      Thanks, Lola!