Hope Flames (Hope Series #1)

Hope Flames (Hope Series #1)

by Jaci Burton

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When it comes to love, they already know the rules…by heart.
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.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425259764
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/07/2014
Series: Jaci Burton's Hope Series , #1
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 212,405
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jaci Burton is a USA Today and New York Times bestselling author who lives in Oklahoma with her husband and dogs. She has three grown children who are all scattered around the country having lives of their own. A lover of sports, Jaci can often tell what season it is by what sport is being played. She watches entirely too much television, including an unhealthy amount of reality TV. When she isn’t on deadline, which is often, Jaci can be found at her local casino, trying to become a millionaire (so far, no luck). She’s a total romantic and loves a story with a happily ever after, which you’ll find in all her books.

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“Jaci Burton’s books are always sexy, romantic, and charming! A hot hero, a loveable heroine, and an adorable dog—prepare to fall in love with Jaci Burton’s amazing new small town romance series."—New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis

Praise for Jaci Burton and her novels
“Jaci Burton’s stories are full of heat and heart.”—Maya Banks, New York Times bestselling author

“A romance to remember.”—Joyfully Reviewed

“Passionate, inventive…Burton offers plenty of emotion and conflict.”—USA Today Happy Ever After Blog

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Hope Flames 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 88 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG!!!!!! This has got to be the most BORING book Jaci Burton has ever written! I swear the only reason she received 4 & 5 star reviews is because she has loyal fans that don't want to be honest. Well I've been reading JBs books for well over ten years now, I love her books and I admire her creative writing style, but I have to be honest, this book sucks! Its just so boring....the only reason I pushed myself to finish reading it is because I paid for it! Emma and Luke have absolutely no chemistry! Not even the sex between them is hot, its like they were just going through the motions. I don't feel like they clicked. Their thoughts are very repetitive, they don't want a relationship, but they still date each other exclusively, I mean is she traumatized or what? Make up your mind woman! Their relationship and the entire book was missing that WOW factor that makes a reader hope and pray book number two comes out extremely quickly. I just hope book two has more action, mystery, and chemistry between the characters than this one because it wasn't until almost the end of the book that it got even remotely interesting, once Emma's past came back to taunt her. You have to read like 25 something chapters before getting to that small tidbit...sighs. Very disappointing.... SR
cjr1 More than 1 year ago
was sent an Arc of this book for an honest review and here it is = This is the kind of book that you want to read while sitting in front of the fire with a cup of hot apple cider and a blanket over your legs. I have read many of Jaci Burton's books and have never been disappointed. This first book in her new Hope series does not disappoint either. This is the story of Emma, a new vet who has come back home to open her own practice and Luke McCormack, a police officer in the same town. Both have been previously burned by love so both have issues but, that doesn't stop them from acting on that attraction. This book pulls you in from the first page, wraps you up and doesn't let you go until the end. I loved it!
Tethys More than 1 year ago
BORING. This is my first Jaci Burton, and I am definitely wary of investing in any more. Emma is a vet, Luke is a cop, they are both shy about relationships. Fair enough. This is one of those not-much-happens books where there is a slow build to the eventual get together (they have sex, but both are reluctant to commit) but then something "shocking" happens toward the end that's really just an excuse for them to say "I Love You." Slow build stories can be good, but this one is not. The respective internal monologues of each character of reasons why each won't see it as a real thing are repetitive and annoying. Long exchanges of dialogue between secondary characters and main characters through various Sunday dinners lack any zing leading to tepid discourse that is a chore to slog through. I got to page 168 on the hopes that it would get better, and when it didn't I just stopped, skipping to the last two pages for closure.. I saw where it was going pretty early anyway (you will too, I am sure. The story's climax is about as subtle as a speeding freight train with its whistle blowing ) and figured what I imagined in my head happened was way more interesting than what was on the page. Both thumbs way down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## First and foremost I need to say that I think Jaci Burton is a brilliant author. One of my favorite books of all time is "Riding on Instinct". That being said, I have to admit that I was disappointed in this book. It felt slow and lacked the passion that I associate with Jaci's books. No sparks between h/h. I liked the heroine ok, but Luke was unlikeable to me. He was a "hit it and quit it" kind of guy. After their fabulous sex-filled weekend together at the cabin, he doesn't call her or see her for a week. Accidentally ran into her, otherwise I'm sure it would've been even longer. His excuse of course was he's so busy with work. It takes less than a minute to text someone and he'd texted her before,but couldn't be bothered. Nah, I would have loved if Jaci would've spiced it up a bit. Maybe have her date Logan since Luke didn't want to have a relationship. Jealousy is a powerful motivator. Anyway, good but not great.
Barb-TRC More than 1 year ago
Hope Flames by Jaci Burton is the first book in her Hope series. This is my first book by Burton, and after reading Hope Flames it will not be my last. I loved this book. It was such a fun, relaxing, enjoyable and sexy read. The story takes place in a town called Hope, and we meet our heroine, Emma at the start. Emma, after being away for years, has returned home to Hope to start her own Animal Clinic. After a successful first day, Emma is about to close when she meets Luke, who is a cop in town. Luke brings his injured dog, Boomer, who also acts like a police dog, helping apprehend criminals. There was an immediate attraction between them, but because both have had bad experiences with romance, each hesitated to act on it. This was such a wonderful romance, as Burton took the time to slowly build up this romance, with them first becoming friends. Luke wasn’t interested in any romance, just one night stands, but he knew there was something different about Emma, Emma herself was determined to build up her practice, and not let herself become emotionally involved with any man, especially after her last relationship was a disaster. But then the friendship only didn’t last too long, as their sexual chemistry was off the chart. When they acted on their desires (very hot), they both convinced themselves to enjoy what they had, without any committments. What I loved about this book was the small town atmosphere, with their friends, and family that made this even better. I absolutely loved their dogs; Luke’s Boomer, and Emma’s Daisy and Annie. It was so much fun to watch them all together. Their romance was so heart warming, as they had to get past their bad experiences, allowing themselves to open their hearts. They both started to fall hard for each other, and the sexual chemistry between them was off the wall, and so well done by Burton. The last quarter of the book was very exciting, with a side story of a burglar stealing drugs from various places, including Emma’s clinic. But the most suspense comes from the past rising up to put one of them in danger. This series has so such potential for many of the characters whom we got to meet in Hope to have their own book. Hope Flames was such an enjoyable read, with a great couple; wonderful romance with some hot sex scenes; and cute lovable animals. I thoroughly enjoyed this book that I read this in one day, since I did not want to let this go. Jaci Burton has impressed me as writer, allowing me to get to know and love her characters. This was such a warm, and fun story. I am now vested into reading this series to see everyone in Hope again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is boring! I'm struggling to finish it which I've decided not to bother. There is no story line at all; not really. Two attractive people who because of their pasts don't date, but get involved anyway. I don't see any chemistry between Emma and Luke. I picked the book up because of the side story about dogs. The dogs is the best part of the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Jaci Burtons play by play series and was really looking forward to this new series but have to say was a little disappointed. Guess I had high expectations. Found the story to be a little slow at times but overall a nice love story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very slow! The book is a little boring, there is no real suspence until the end, and that doesn't last long.
boclairedesigns More than 1 year ago
Loved this book - won it from Goodreads and as a new author for me am always a skeptic. The characters were honest and believable. Their development throughout the story was constant. They continued to grow and develop within the storyline and I would recommend this book if you enjoy Robyn Carr, Kristan Higgins, or Bella Andre.
sugarpine721 More than 1 year ago
Hope Flames was a great, easy read!  A good start for a new series.  If you love Jaci Burton you will love this one!
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HEABookNerd More than 1 year ago
Hope Flames was a fairly standard contemporary romance but I did find myself losing interest several times while reading. I liked both Luke and Emma and they had great chemistry but I just couldn't get invested in their relationship or story. I can't really pinpoint what didn't work for me -- the pace was for the most part on target, and there was even a little mystery in the background, but I still struggled. Both Emma and Luke have had bad relationships that affect how they see their future. Emma doesn't want to lose herself to a man ever again after escaping an abusive relationship. Emma was sweet, smart, and dedicated as well as stubborn which causes some problems in their relationship. Luke is divorced and he's had nothing but flings since his manipulative ex left him. At first, I worried he was going to be a bit of a jerk based on some of his early actions and comments but Luke ended up being surprisingly on board with dating Emma. He's protective, determined and very much an outdoors type of guy. In a way, both characters gave in too quickly to a relationship they swore up and down they didn't want. After a one night stand they settle into a friendship but from the outside it looks like Emma and Luke are dating -- in fact the whole town believes they are. And then when everything goes downhill on them they both revert back to the independent, no dating, attitude they claimed to have in the beginning but never actually had. These inconsistencies are probably my biggest complaint but overall I just had a hard time staying invested.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I should have read the reviews...I did not enjoy the book. I skimmed to finish and I will pass on the rest of the series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Idk what went wrong but I quit by page 170. Redundant language, over explain8ng the same issues over and over. I couldn't take it anymore. The couple were boring independently and together were ambien worthy. Sorry but this was a dud.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a really good read and I enjoyed it
ehaney578 More than 1 year ago
Emma moved back home to take over the veterinarian practice and to start her life over again. She is recovering from an abusive relationship and has no plans to date anytime soon. As she’s closing up for the night, in walks a tall, dark and handsome police officer, Luke McCormack. His partner and police dog, Boomer, hurt his leg and needs medical attention. As Emma works on Boomer, Luke can’t help but notice how beautiful the new vet is. Still reeling from a bad marriage and divorce, he has no thoughts of getting serious, except when he’s around the sexy doctor. Can these two overcome their past demons and take a chance on love, or will past mistakes sabotage what could be a really beautiful relationship? I really enjoyed Jaci Burton’s Play by Play series but this new Hope series is my new favorite. I absolutely love small town books and damaged heroes who battle to overcome their past and become better by it. Emma and Luke are dynamite together. The both fought hard to not let the other get to close and both failed miserably. It’s always beautiful when two people can persevere and learn to trust again. I am not an animal person but I did love the animal aspect of the book. The dogs were cute and also played a pivotal role in Emma and Luke’s courtship. I also loved meeting the secondary characters and I’m looking forward to reading about their stories in future books. If you love hometown romances, and dogs, you’ll enjoy this book. A great start to an excellent series. ***I received an ebook copy from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own***
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mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
This was my first Jaci Burton book and I really enjoyed it, so much so, I purchased the other two books to follow in the series! I enjoyed Emma and Luke's story, it was a very charming and sexy read! Highly recommend this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Th girl walkedup to him in a vary small out fit that showed hercurves.all of them. She said "hey cutie"
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More_Than_A_Review More than 1 year ago
Great chemistry between the characters.  The author slowly reveals the pasts of each character.  I loved the scene where they brought their dogs to the ballgame.  (I have done that!) I enjoyed the multiple points of view to know what he was thinking too.  It was fun seeing how each of them would interpret the situations.  Realistic scenes like the one where he asks her on the date as a friend and both of their reactions.  Their occupations were fun.  You see some of their mundane activities in their occupations which I found interesting.   Her backstory was fascinating considering the life she currently has. I thought the author did a great job with the reveal of her backstory and the placement of it in the book. It was also fun to have them living in a small town where they were the talk of the town.   You can see my full review at More Than a Review dot com where I rate the level of sex, violence, language and drug/alcohol use in books.  
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*side mouth strech shrug* dunno.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Where the he.ll is camp?