Hope Flames by Jaci Burton
Published: Janurary 7th, 2017
Summary: 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
So this is my first Jaci Burton book that I’ve read and I really enjoyed it! It was a small town romance which I really enjoyed since I don’t always read them. As mentioned above it’s a romance between Luke and Emma and it was just adorable and so worth the read!
You’re introduced to Emma who is a vet and she has a dark past she refuses to talk about at first, and Luke who is a cop who would rather have one night stands rather than a long term relationship because of his past. When they meet, their chemistry is very much present and it causes them both to question their commitment to avoid relationships.
They both start spending time with each other and start learning about each other and soon start to open up about their pasts to each other.
I really enjoyed these two characters. Emma was really sweet and kind. She was just a genuinely good person and usually tried to do what she could to help others, especially with her patients. She ended up being a favorite character of mine both in this genre, but also this story, and I liked reading her perspective.
Luke was also a really good guy and a decent person. He may have preferred one night stands to relationships, but he never had nasty thoughts or was nasty to other women he knew in town. That really made him unique to me and stand out as a good character, He never pressured Emma for anything, and never made her feel like she was pressured to do anything she didn’t want to do.
Overall this book was a great start to a romance series I plan on continuing in the future! If you love small town romances I high recommend this series for you, and if you love a cute romance novel, this is also a really good romance for you.
Plus it has dogs which I love so much!
Let me know in the comments if you’ve read this series or this author/book and your thoughts as I would love to know!