Published – January 1st 2013
Classification – Contemporary Romance
Summary – Emma moves back to her hometown, Hope, to open her vet practice and is determined to be independent. Hometown cop Luke, with his police dog Boomer, are loving the bachelor life. Clearly neither one wants to enter a relationship, but since their first meeting they can’t stop thinking about each other.
Hope Flames is the first in an ongoing series. The fifth was just published on Dec 1st, 2015 and the 6th book is expected to publish on July 26th, 2016.
Even before the first two chapters were done I was hooked because I LOVED the characters. Emma just became a business owner of the town’s veterinary clinic. She lives on her own (with her dog) and has a good group of girl friends. She is strong, independent, and kind. Luke….well I fell in love with his character in the first two paragraphs:
Who could not love Luke?
On a side note: Burton, in my opinion, totally could have played upon the sexy cop more. Oh well, Luke was still swoon worthy.
Ok, so I like the characters but the second time they interact is very very AWKWARD. Read for yourself:
I would die of embarrassment.
However, after this brief moment is over, the rest of the book is free from awkward situations. They aren’t klutzy together; they don’t stumble over each other. Emma and Luke together is perfection.
Therefore, I am going to have to disagree with this reviewer. This is a book for someone who loves small town (that is me). And people who love dogs (that is me too, & apparently this dog-lovin’ reviewer).
I’m not sure if I’ll read the second book in the Hope series because I’m not sure if I can move on from Emma and Luke. Should I pick it up? What about other Jaci Burton books?
Conclusion: Burton created lovable characters that fall easily into a relationship. It’s an A+.