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Hope Flames (Hope #1)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  4,568 ratings  ·  412 reviews
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 lif
Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 7th 2014 by Berkley (first published January 1st 2013)
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Seriously, one look at that eye candy on the cover and I just had to read Hope Flames! I knew I’d get steamy moments but I was happily surprised by the likable characters, and sweet story within.

At thirty-two, Emma Burnett has finally realized her dream of becoming a veterinarian, but even better she’s back in her hometown, Hope, to practice. She’s settled in and business is off to a promising start when Luke McCormack, an officer, comes in with his injured dog, Boomer. Chemistry and sparks imme
Jan 27, 2014 Auntee rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of small town life contemporaries
Cute and occasionally hot story about a sexy cop and the town vet--neither who are looking for a "relationship", but eventually find themselves right smack dab in the middle of one.

Dark haired, blue-green eyed Luke is overcoming a bad marriage/divorce by becoming a one-night-stand kind of guy. He's through with putting his heart out there, only to get it stomped on. And that suits him just fine. He's got a police dog/partner (Boomer) for companionship and all the one-nighters he can handle. Who
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Emma Burnett returns home to Hope to buy the veterinary practice of a retiring doctor. This is a fulfillment of a dream delayed by an awful relationship. Policeman Luke McCormick was badly burned during his marriage and has soured on committed relationships, other than the one he has with his canine partner, Boomer. When the dog requires medical care, it sets off something that neither Luke or Emma saw coming.

So, what changed?
After a rocky start,
Paranormal Haven
I have a two strikes and you’re done method when it comes to trying out authors that my fellow bloggers and readers love. I bought and read Taking a Shot last Christmas and wasn’t very impressed with it. But a lot of people I know love her books, so I decided to give it another go and requested Hope Flames.

After years of hard work, Dr. Emma Burnett has purchased her own veterinarian practice in her hometown of Hope, Oklahoma. She meets police officer Luke McCormack when he brings in his police d
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads
Blog rating: C

Emma has moved back home to Hope and has taken over the local animal clinic after the town’s long time vet retired. She’s put everything she has into her new business and is ready to get her life back on track. She’s been rebuilding since leaving an abusive relationship and she’s finally happy and content.

Luke is a cop who works with his dog Boomer and is known for his love em and leave em attitude when it comes to women. He’s a one night st

DNF at 38%. I tried, but the story and romance is so bland. This book makes me sleepy and there nothing worse than forcing yourself to read a book that makes you want to take a nap.

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Jaci is fabulous at Smoking Hot and Sexy Reads, but she sure knows how to write a heart-warming and emotional Contemporary Romance, and that's what she did with HOPE FLAMES.

Applause to you Ms. Burton...

Firstly, Luke McCormack...Oh mama!! and the way he loves Boomer, his German shepherd and best friend...MEGA SWOON! You have to love a guy who loves his dog!! (Even if his bitch of an ex-wife didn't like dogs....Guess you can see what she is the EX)

Emma Burnett was an awesome heroine. I loved how s

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I have several friends that have read and enjoyed Jaci Burton’s Play by Play novels so when I saw that she was starting a new contemporary series and was offered an ARC in August for review, I decided to give it a shot. (The initial publication was scheduled for September but for whatever reason was bumped to January 2014.) I’m a dog lover, so the premise of a heroine as a veterinarian intrigued me. Add a hot police officer hero and I
3.75~~~This was a great feel-good read:) I loved the characters and the fact that the lead female was a vet. Some of the vet procedures were not true to life, but a lay person wouldn't know that. It didn't bother me, because I didn't read it for a technical manual;) The story moved well for me and kept me interested and reading straight through. I could have used more edginess and the danger factor wasn't used to its full potential. The romance was well developed and character motivations made s ...more
Lauren at Live Read and Breathe Reviews
2.5 Stars

Source: eARC for Honest Review via Penguin Publishing

After reading the Play by Play series by Jaci Burton I became a fan as I love that series. Seeing this series and reading the synopsis I was stoked to read this but....after reading it I wasn't wowed with it.

I liked it. I thought it was cute but throughout the whole book with the transitions, characters, relationship even with the angst and drama I found it too sweet and clean cut. Everything seemed just too perfect even with the dram
Anna's Herding Cats!
Girly squee! I love Jaci Burton's books. They're always fun and sexy and just a good time. She can write some make you squirm erotic romances that's for sure. But I'd never read a straight contemporary from her before and damn if she didn't do a fucking fantastic job with that too. Hope Flames had it all. Sexy times, a bit of danger/mystery, an awesome heroine and a sexy cop of a hero who just played nicely off each other, great romance and a pretty darling cast of furry characters to round it a ...more
Hope Flames was a good story. It was fine. It had sweet moments, sexy moments, and it had a lot of fun moments. I liked it, had absolutely no issues with it....

Hope Flames just didn't stand out for me. I'm not sure why, other than the fact that I've read so many books with a similar feel in recent months. We have a good girl heroine who's afraid to love again. A good guy hero who's a commitment phobe but totally up for hassle-free sex. The two connect, are intensely attracted to one another, but
New from JB yay! I love Jaci Burton's Play by Play series, huge fan if I must say. I picked this because I decided to try Jaci Burton's other work. Anyway, I enjoyed this book!Okay, I really liked this book for a few reasons and total biased at that. I'd love to share these reasons to you guys but I'm lazy to write a long, compact review. So I'll just go with... If you like a cosy read where there's no angsty and drama, but lots and lots of love that feels like butterflies in your stomach, you c ...more
This was sooo good!!! I loved Luke and Emma. They were so perfect for each other. We get to see Luke and Emma build a relationship nice and slow. No rushing, which I really liked. They start as friends and grow from there. The book wasn’t slow moving at all, but it didn’t really get steamy till about halfway and then it got STEAMY!! :) This was my first book by Jaci Burton and it won’t be my last. I think I’m going to try her Play by Play series next. I really enjoyed Hope Flames and can’t for m ...more
The first book in Jaci Burton's Hope series. Set in Hope, Oklahoma, Emma Burnett is finally opening up her veterinary practice. There she meets police officer Luke McCormack and his K-9 partner, Boomer.

A pleasant read. I liked it. Lots of furry characters and human too. Both have commitment issues they have to overcome. Moved at a nice leisurely pace. Contemporary Romances lovers will like it.
A Ryan
Emma is a vet who's come back to her home town and opened her own vet surgery. Luke is the town cop with a dog called Boomer, who gets hurt during the pursuit of a 'perp'. Luke and Emma both have some commitment issues due to some bad past relationships. And then they fall in love.

This book is NOT horrid. That's the best I can do. It's just that it's somewhat bland. There's something missing: there is nothing unique, the characters have all been done before, and there's little to draw you in. Th
Review posted on Kindles & Wine

Kindles & Wine is absolutely honored to kickoff Jaci Burton’s official blog tour for the first novel in her new series, Hope Flames, which releases tomorrow! This book has pretty much everything anyone could ever want in a romance novel. Strong and capable woman? Check. A hot guy in uniform? Check. Very solid secondary characters that provide tons of laughs? Check. And best of all? DOGS! Read on to find out why this should be the next book on your To Be Rea
Good, moderately steamy romance between two people who really weren't looking for any kind of relationship. Emma has come back to her hometown, setting up her vet practice. She had a relationship in college and after that derailed her plans, then turned abusive before she escaped it. She's determined that she will run her own life the way that she wants it and no man is going to distract her. Then Luke brings his dog Boomer into her clinic and she and Luke hit it off.

Luke, like Emma, isn't in th
It was just so... Bland. Nothing really special, it barely held my interest, and the climax was pretty damn anti-climatic.
A great read which reminded me a lot of Jill Shalvis. Emma and Luke were both on the same page, they did not want a relationship. Yet the chemistry was there and friendship started to blossom between these two genuinely good people.
Nice set of secondary characters which leads me to believe this one will be a long series, YAY !!
Who says you can't go back? Emma Burnett learned a hard life lesson that still leaves a mark and also a determination to stay away from men since she obviously can't choose them right. But now she is living her dream of owning her own veterinary practice back in her home town. She has her parents and her best gal pals and she is resigned to a long cold spell with her love life until attractive Luke McCormack brings in his police dog, Boomer, in for a strained leg. Not long after that, she's on a ...more
Blessie (Mischievous Reads)
Review originally posted on: Mischievous Reads

This isn't my first Jaci Burton rodeo. I've read almost every book in her sexy sports romance series, Play by Play, which I absolutely adore. And did I mention that she's got the sexiest book covers ever? EYE CANDY ALERT!

Dr. Emma Burnett returns home to Hope, Oklahoma, now that she finally owns a vet practice which she'd purchased from a retired veterinarian. On her first day of business, she meets Officer Luke McCormack who brings in his injured Ger
**I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Hope Flames is the first novel in a new series by Jaci Burton called Hope. Based on a small town named Hope, we will be getting to know about a lot of families, friends and all the wonderful parts of small town life.
Veterinarian Emma Burnett has returned home to Hope to take over the veterinary clinic after the last vet decides to retire. Gettin
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Rhayne‘s review posted on Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

Review copy provided for an honest review


Emma and Luke’s story is one that will melt your heart and make you laugh. It’s a story full of past demons hanging on tight and not allowing either of them happiness and love.

Hope Flames is the first book in Jaci’s new Hope series. She sets the stage for what is guaranteed to be a new must read series for me. I admit I am a sucker for anything Ms. Burton writes. She has yet to let me down. I
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Marlene: It’s impossible not to admire the way in which Emma has turned her life around. Recovery from physical and emotional abuse is an ongoing struggle. She took her life back and pressed charges. She’s regained the independence that her abuser tried to erase. But in her need to maintain her boundaries, she fears that letting herself lean on anyone is a slippery slope to another abuser. She still doe
This is one of those, "Well, what DID I think about it?" books. I guess I enjoyed a fair amount of it. I liked the characters a lot and pretty much bought the relationship. I really liked the acknowledgement that love is just SCARY.

Buuut I guess it dragged on a bit for me. And the writing wasn't great for me. I got kind of annoyed by the end of the book, for no real reason. The "I love you's" were kind of too over the top, I guess.

I get frustrated with 20-something heroines who have their lives
Cindy Reifel
Jan 07, 2014 Cindy Reifel rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who likes contemporary romance
I 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 b
~`*Ella Lee*`~
This book was a mellow read. It was SUPER sweet and very sexy. The steamy moments were great and the sex moments were HOT!
Overall just a easy, sweet mellow read. Not a lot of action, even though our hero, a policeman, is working on a case that could mean the heroine is in danger. This is the reason it didn't get five stars for me. I wanted some more action rather than all the mellow relationship-ness. Especially when the main character is a hot sexy policeman and our heroine is sweet and innocen
Hope Flames is the first book in a new contemporary romance series by Jaci Burton. As is typical of Jaci Burton's books, Luke McCormack is a strong, alpha male with a little baggage in his background. Emma Burnett is a woman looking to start over after a terrible relationship. She is learning to be strong and independent again. Neither of them wants a relationship so, of course, they can't stay away from each other!

I liked the fact that Emma and Luke weren't spending ever moment together but the
This was a book i bought this past weekend. I have heard alot about Jaci Burton newest series and was happy to find it in the store in paperback and try it. Bother Emma and Luke have past relationship issues with Emma's being the most serious by far. We're left guessing for quite a while as to what happened to Emma and for a woman her age I'm surprised at how much she blamed herself still. Her professor boyfriend was a douche and i rarely use that word to describe people. She gave up years of he ...more
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Jaci Burton is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of over 50 books. She lives in Oklahoma and when she isn’t on deadline (which is often), she can usually be found wrestling with her uncooperative garden, wrangling her dogs, watching an unhealthy amount of television, or completely losing track of time reading a great book. She’s a total romantic and longs for the hap ...more
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