Hope Flames by Jaci Burton {Kelly’s Review}

Posted 5 March, 2014 by Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal / 14 Comments

Hope Flames by Jaci Burton {Kelly’s Review}Hope Flames by Jaci Burton
Series: Hope #1
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 320
Format: Paperback

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.

Sexy cover but story fell flat.

Thoughts on Hope Flames

I wanted to like this book a lot more than I did. Unfortunately, not a whole lot happened (as in: action) during the course of the story to keep me engaged. Admittedly, there are times when I get frustrated by the over-the-top shenanigans that go on in other books but the slow pace of this one was its own sort of frustration.

While the pace of the story was slow (and Luke does take his time drawing Emma out, which worked for her as a character because of what she’d been through in the past), the rapid fire dialog between the characters was so insanely fast at times I had a hard time following along. Honestly, the interactions between Emma and her friends took me right out of the story. I get when friends do the “let’s spill our guts” thing and tell each other how much we want to get laid when they get together but… I don’t know. It just didn’t quite click for me that Emma would feel that comfortable with two women who were essentially new friends. Okay, one was one she’d known years before but hadn’t had contact with and one was new.

If you’re angling for a sweet, sexy read that’s character-rooted, this might be the book for you. For me, it didn’t quite work. The resolution to Emma’s issues felt forced and almost too easy. I did like the robbery storyline but since the focus of the book was more on Luke and Emma’s romance, the robberies felt like a vehicle that alternately brought them together and then kept them apart during the course of the investigation. In fact, we saw very little of the investigation itself, just the fact that it was there and kept Luke busy.

I feel like I’m talking in circles here but I just didn’t feel this one. *insert sad face here because the cover is sex-ay without trying and yet the book didn’t do it for me*

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Filed under: Contemporary, ESR: 6, Review: Kelly, Romance,


14 Responses to “Hope Flames by Jaci Burton {Kelly’s Review}”

  1. If only books lived up to their covers . . . sigh. I’m sorry this one didn’t live up to your expectations. I’ve never read Jaci Burton, but I have a bunch of her sports romances on a wishlist somewhere . . .

  2. I’ve come to realize that, while I like Jaci Burton’s stories, I don’t love them. They are generally sweet, the guys more beta than alpha (not that that’s a bad thing!) — the smexy times are usually pretty hot.

  3. Hmmm. Not sure what to think about this one Kelly! It sounds like it has some highlights but also some definite lowlights as well, particularly with the rapid fire dialogue. I can see how that would take you right out of the story for sure. I like Jaci Burton’s Play by Play series, so I’m thinking maybe I’ll stick with those for now!

  4. Is it just me, or is everyone posting so-so reviews today? I’ve been blog hopping and haven’t found one new title to add to my wishlist yet. Thanks for your honest feedback; it’s a time-saver!

  5. That is too bad that this one didn’t work for you. I was excited for this one until all of the reviews came out saying it wasn’t worth it.

    Thanks for the great review!

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