Review: Hope Flames (Hope #1) by Jaci Burton

Thirty-two and finally setting up her veterinary practice in the town she once called home, Emma Burnett is on her own and loving it. Independent and driven, she's not letting any man get in the way of her dreams. Not again.

That's fine with Luke McCormack. Divorced and hardly lacking in female company when he needs it, he's devoted to the only faithful companion in his life--his police dog. Still, there's something about Emma he can't shake.

When a series of local break-ins leaves Emma vulnerable, she seeks help from the first man to spark her desire in years. And now they're giving each other something they thought they'd lost forever...hope
I really love Jace Burton's books, no matter what she does, she can always deliver! Hope Flames is another fun, sexy book and has it all. Those smexy times, a hot cop and a cool heroine, a bit of danger to up the excitement, nice romance and furry dogs to make it even cuter.

Emma and Luke are both amazing characters. This time it is not about opposites attract as they are very similar in most ways. They are both passionate about their jobs, very dedicated and they both have a great love for dogs, even the fact that they both don't want a relationship. What I liked most about them is how real and down to earth they are. No big dramatics, they are very laid back actually and I could connect with them very easily. Like I could become friends with these people.

Both of them have been hurt in the past and are ready to get past that, though they don't want a relationship. Still the more time they spent together it kind of naturally flows into a relationship. There is no pressure from both of them and they actually don't talk about it, it just is. They are very compatible inside and outside of bed, so there is no reason not to go for it.

There was a bit of mystery in the story with the burglaries, though it didn't feel like a real threat. It was more to get an insight in Luke's job and the frustrations he felt throughout the investigation. I did not expect the culprit and it wasn't such a big moment in the book. So I was all caught up in trying to find out who it could be and then it was a bit of a let down.

Hope Flames was a great read and I can not wait for the rest of series. There are certainly plenty of secondary characters who deserve their own story. Jaci Burton is an author I always recommend if you like contemporary romance with amazing heroines and sexy heroes.

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