Book One in the Hope Series
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.
Last year, I read my first book by Jaci and quickly became a fan. From what I’ve read of her works so far, I find all her stories highly engaging, characters – relatable.
Case in point, Emma and Luke both bring baggage to their budding relationship and who can say they can’t relate. His is an ex-wife and Emma is an ex-boyfriend. Of course, his ex didn’t turn out to be a delusional person who definitely could benefit from hardcore therapy or a frying pan to the head. Sorry, I watched “Tangled” recently with my youngster and the “weapon” seemed appropriate here. (watch the movie if you don’t get the reference)
My only gripe about the book was how Jaci wrapped up the Emma/Vaughn storyline. Based off their past (not divulging spoilers), I expected more “bang for my buck.”Read the story and let me know if you agree or disagree with me.
Heart rating scale – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest)
Also, check out the novella that started the series!
In Jaci Burton’s “Hope Smolders,” struggling divorcee Jane has put her personal life on hold to raise her kids—until she runs into Will, her ex’s former best friend, who convinces her it’s time to start having fun again.