ARC Review: Hope Flames by Jaci Burton

Posted January 7, 2014 by Shari in Reviews / 4 Comments

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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.

ARC Review: Hope Flames by Jaci Burton
Hope Flames

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Series: Hope, #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Berkley
Released on January 7, 2014
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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Hope Flames is the first novel in a new series by Jaci Burton called Hope. Based on a small town named Hope, we will be getting to know about a lot of families, friends and all the wonderful parts of small town life.

Veterinarian Emma Burnett has returned home to Hope to take over the veterinary clinic after the last vet decides to retire. Getting a slightly later than life start on her career, Emma has put past secrets to rest and is ready to make a new life. One that doesn’t include a man.

Luke McCormack isn’t expecting a sexy vet to patch up his dog, Boomer, but that is exactly what he got. Burned by a bad divorce, Luke has determined he won’t settle down and dating isn’t his thing. One night stands with the local ladies is all he wants.

Circumstances keep throwing these two together from a break-in at the clinic to a date just as friends to even Emma’s parents throwing them together. The two decide to just have fun. No commitments. Not a relationship.But with each meeting, the two grow into a relationship neither will admit to having.

The past catches up with Emma and Luke has to decide if he is willing to give up his heart.

The romance was sweet and not quite as over the top with sex that I have gotten used to in previous Burton books. The two spend just as much time outside the bedroom as in it. There are a manage of dogs from Boomer, Daisy and Annie to name a few.

We meet a slew of secondary characters that lead us to believe they will all get their own stories soon. I would have liked to see more of Molly, Emma’s sister, but that is building up into her own book with a certain local boy.

A totally sweet and sexy new series from Jaci Burton that will get an auto-buy from me!

Do you find a man who owns and cares for a dog sexy? What if he is also a cop? 

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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Sophia Rose
8 years ago

Oh yay! I’m glad its good. I have this one sitting on the pile for my first Jaci Burton book. I love it when the hero has a pet or a working dog. Swoon!!!!

Shari Delighted Read
Shari Delighted Read
8 years ago
Reply to  Sophia Rose

It was a milder story than what I have gotten used to from Jaci Burton. The dogs play a big roll in the books so you should love it. Boomer is the K9 dog, Daisy and Annie are the vet’s dog’s. While there is some suspense, it’s pretty light.

Also you should try her Play by Play series. At least the first three books…they are the best.

Sophia Rose
8 years ago

Those gorgeous covers of the Play by Play series caught my eye when they first came out. I do plan to get to that series eventually.

Anna@herding cats&burning soup

Aw yeah I enjoyed this one too. Not nearly as spicy as her usual ones but pretty steamy for mainsteam I though. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the secondary characters. I so want his cop friend’s book for some reason. lol