Series: Hope #1
Published by Berkley on January 7th 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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’ve so been enjoying contemporary romance lately, and I’ve also really enjoyed listening to contemporary romance novels on audio. After hearing pretty positive things about a recent release in the Hope series, I decided to give Hope Flames by Jaci Burton a try. Seriously the covers for these books are so yummy. While I liked Hope Flames, I did find bits a little boring.
Hope Flames is about Emma, who has just opened up her veterinarian practice, and Luke who is a policeman and has a police dog. Both Luke and Emma were so easy to like and root for. I really appreciated how strong both Emma and Luke are on their own. I always love strong characters, especially when it comes to women characters.
Both Emma and Luke have had some less than stellar relationships in the past so they are both understandably hesitant to start relationships now. But they can’t deny their feelings for each other. I also really liked that things didn’t get soap opera-y.
My favorite part of Hope Flames were Emma’s and Luke’s doggies. Emma has two and Luke has one and they all basically become best friends. I just love when doggies in books fall in love with each other before their owners realize how they feel about each other.
However, sometimes Hope Flames was a bit dull. There was this whole seen about water skiing, and there was so much detail about how to actually water ski. I really didn’t need to know all those details. I also wasn’t completely sold on the conflict of the story. And at times the story felt a little hokey.
As for the audiobook, I wasn’t that impressed with the narrator. While I liked her voice for the women characters, he voice for the men was a bit odd and I didn’t care too much for it. But it wasn’t an awful audiobook either, and narrator’s voices are so very subjective.
Overall, I did like Hope Flames, although it doesn’t leave me wanting more books from this series. I might try one more to get a feel for the author’s writing, though.