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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Eternal (7 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1472215354
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472215352
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,014,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's the perfect combination of heat and romance that makes this series a must-read (Heroes and Heartbreakers)

Plenty of emotion and conflict in a memorable relationship-driven story (USA Today)

Strong characters, an exhilarating plot, and scorching sex . . . You'll be drawn so fully into her characters' world that you won't want to return to your own (Romantic Times)

A beautiful romance that is smooth as silk . . . leaves us begging for more (Joyfully Reviewed)

A strong plot, complex characters, sexy athletes, and nonstop passion make this book a must read (Fresh Fiction)

Hot, hot, hot! . . . Romance at its best! Highly recommended! (Coffee Table Reviews)

[She] has a way of writing intense scenes that are both sensual and raw . . . Plenty of romance, sexy men, hot steamy loving, and humor (Smexy Books Romance Reviews)

A wonderful contemporary erotic romance that I recommend! (The Romance Dish)

Spy the name Jaci Burton on the spine of a novel, and you're guaranteed not just a sexy, get-the-body-humming read, but also one that melds the sensual with the all-important building of intimacy and relational dynamics between partners (Romance: B(u)y the Book)

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 (Jill Shalvis, New York Times bestselling author)

The characters are incredible. They are human and complex and real and perfect (Night Owl Reviews)

Passionate, inventive...Burton offers plenty of emotion and conflict (USA Today Happy Ever After Blog)

Jaci Burton's stories are full of heat and heart (Maya Banks, New York Times bestselling author)

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The first sexy, heartwarming contemporary romance from the New York Times bestselling author of the Play-By-Play series.

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This is the 1st in a series from a author who usually deals in erotic books and although this has a scrummy male and a wary beautiful female it has a really different vibe to it. I personally loved the storyline and the slow build to the relationship. Don't get me wrong as in any good Jaci Burton book it has the smoldering sex scenes just on a more gentler version. All in all a great start to the new series and I look forward to the next book.
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By AmazonCustomer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 8 Jan. 2014
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I love a cop hero and a wounded heroine, but Luke and Emma didn't light up the page for me. I didn't feel a strong connection between them, and their sexual chemistry definitely could have been a lot deeper.

Luke is likeable, Emma is sweet, but they felt so bland together. They fall in love, and it was nice, but it wasn't that truly romantic feeling I like to get when my two leads fall in love. When my h/H fall in love, I want to fall in love along with them. Luke and Emma's romance didn't feel as strong as it could have felt. A couple of sex scenes, but I wanted more emotion and need in those scenes. They were just okay.

The story seemed a non-story, and overall, it was pretty bland, too. Nothing really happens. We get a bit of action/drama at the very end of the book, but that felt too easy and contrived. A lot more could have been done there story-wise.

Hope Flames was only an okay read for me, bland and sort of meh. It's not a bad read, but I wasn't feeling the story or the romance all the way. Not bad, but not that great.
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Fab, really good storey and fab romance
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Love all jaci s previous books and this one didn't disappoint looking forward to the next one hope it's soon
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99bf0234) out of 5 stars Needs some oomph 8 Jan. 2014
By S. Richards - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I love a cop hero and a wounded heroine, but Luke and Emma didn't light up the page for me. I didn't feel a strong connection between them, and their sexual chemistry definitely could have been a lot deeper.

Luke is likeable, Emma is sweet, but they felt so bland together. They fall in love, and it was nice, but it wasn't that truly romantic feeling I like to get when my two leads fall in love. When my h/H fall in love, I want to fall in love along with them. Luke and Emma's romance didn't feel as strong as it could have felt. A couple of sex scenes, but I wanted more emotion and need in those scenes. They were just okay.

The story seemed a non-story, and overall, it was pretty bland, too. Nothing really happens. We get a bit of action/drama at the very end of the book, but that felt too easy and contrived. A lot more could have been done there story-wise.

Hope Flames was only an okay read for me, bland and sort of meh. It's not a bad read, but I wasn't feeling the story or the romance all the way. Not bad, but not that great.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99bf0288) out of 5 stars Fun and sexy and just a good time 8 Jan. 2014
By Anna's herding cats - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I really adore 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 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 all out.

I really enjoyed both Emma and Luke. They're interesting characters, don't always understand each other which leads to some excellent moments and are really dedicated to what they do--he loves his work in law enforcement and she's passionate about helping the furry community members. I really liked that they were pretty normal/down to earth people. There's nothing too fancy or wild about them. They're just...them. Which to me, I don't know, made me comfortable with them and made me want to spend more time with them. I also kinda liked seeing them on the job. And, again, nothing glamorous...just them.

Luke has some sexy going on and damn but I am a sucker for a guy that loves animals. They're both a little damaged by their past relationships so it was really wonderful seeing them work past that and find something together. It was pretty fun watching them quip with each other and dance around their attraction and when things finally get steamy they really work nicely together.

One thing I wouldn't normally point out but that was just really nicely done so I wanted to say something and give Burton kudos for was Emma's job. In my real life I'm in animal rescue so I spend a ton of time in the veterinary world so reading a book based on that and that has animal rescue as part of it is something I usually avoid because they usually are pretty far from accurate. But. Burton damn near nailed it. I was so impressed with the feel and reality she brought to Emma's career and found myself nodding my head a lot going yup. Mmhmm. Exactly. So, to Jaci--awesome job. Thank you for representing the field so well!

I enjoyed the mystery as well. Though I would have liked a bit more of an 'omg' factor with who was behind the break ins and the stealing of pharmaceuticals throughout the town it was exciting to be part of the investigation with Luke and the frustrations he went through on the case. It kept me on my toes waiting to see what would happen next and that's always a fun feeling.

Overall, I really loved Hope Flames and am so excited that it's the start of a new series. There were some excellent secondary characters...his brother, friends and her employees that I can't wait to hear more about. It's a neat little community that just sucked me in and makes it easy to recommend.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Helga - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I agree with other reviewers, this book is: boring, contrived, and redundant in explaining backstory/histories and character motivations.

Really slow going for this reader. Too much angst for characters in their 30s. These characters are lamenting the mistakes they made between the ages of 22 and 26 and writing off their future happiness based on these failures? Despite the fact that both H/H currently have rock solid professional jobs, own their homes, and have close family networks? Seriously?

This book is great for the small town, middle-aged, church going, ladies that will be all atwitter about reading a little steam in the bedroom (the sex scenes are pedestrian), but who will enjoy the small town setting for romance.

This may also be a book for someone who thinks that if you have made past and very EARLY in life relationship mistakes, there's no hope for you.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99bf06a8) out of 5 stars Didn't like it. NO connection between the characters.. 11 Jan. 2014
By Whitney(Shooting Stars Reviews) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Hope Flames begins when Emma opens up her own vet clinic. She is determined to now do things by herself after a disastrous relationship that ended years ago, she wants to prove that she can be on her own. And that works well until she meets a local cop named Luke that has an injured dog. Luke also never wanted to have another relationship with a woman after his failed attempt at marriage. So when he meets Emma he never expected to feel the way he does. Especially when she seems to understand him, and they both decide to be "friends" As these to continue down this path they have to worry about the recent trouble coming to town and other things as well.

I didn't like the book at all. I tried to give it a chance until about fifty percent, then I just skimmed the rest of it. Because I was really bored with it. I felt like it could have been a really good book. But there wasn't anything really exciting about it. And at fist you did feel some of the chemistry between Emma and Luke but after that it felt like dead air. Nothing there at all. It was a major disappointment. I don't really think I will be reading the next one in this series. This one just didn't do it for me.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99bf0b70) out of 5 stars Disappointing 25 Feb. 2014
By kickinitoldskool - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I love Jaci Burton (her Play by Play series is hot, hot, hot!)...but this new series is the complete opposite.

I felt this story said the same thing over and over, each scene was just a slight variation of the previous. The dogs were more appealing than either Emma or Luke (but even they got boring after the same situations came up numerous times).

The story could have been told in about 100 less pages, too much time was spent on why neither Emma nor Luke wanted to be in a relationship. At no less than 4 separate times did Emma think about how much time was wasted on her "disastrous" relationship with Vaughn and how she could have been a vet years before...blah blah blah! And Luke's "oh, my marriage didn't last and all relationships are evil" mantra got old after about the third time he thought about it.

Two boring, lackluster characters that not even cute dogs could save. The end was really rushed, with all of the "happily ever after" wrap-up taking place in less than half a chapter. I'm really disappointed that one of my favourite authors seems to have fallen from grace with this series. I won't be reading the next books (especially Logan's cliched "fall in love with the ingenue starlet" book that's due next).

Can't wait for the next play-by-play novel!! :)
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