ARC Review + Giveaway: Hope Burns by Jaci Burton

Posted October 2, 2014 by Francesca in Reviews / 34 Comments

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ARC Review + Giveaway: Hope Burns by Jaci Burton
Hope Burns
by Jaci Burton

4 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: September 30, 2014
Published by Jove
Pages: 304
Format: ARC
 

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“Sexy and sweet!  And probably my favorite book in this series!” ~ Under the Covers

Jaci Burton has the ability to make me fall in love with groups of characters.  That feeling that they belong together and they are one happy family or group of friends always stays with me and gives me the warm fuzzy feelings.  The Hope series is just like that!  I’ve fallen hard for the people of Hope.  When I first caught a glimpse of Molly’s character, Emma sister from HOPE FLAMES, I was immediately intrigued.  What happened between her and her high school sweetheart that sent her running?

Let me admit something right now…I devoured HOPE BURNS in one sitting.  Maybe it was the fact that Carter is an amazing hero, and that he knew exactly how to tame this wild cat, or maybe it’s just that this was such a sweet second chance at love romance.  But everything about this book left me feeling happy and tingling.
As much as I loved the hero, I really liked the heroine too.  Carter is truly a caring man.  A man in love and dying for a second chance to make things right.  A man who realizes his mistakes of the past and wants to move forward.  But Molly is everything I like to see in a heroine.  She’s tough on the outside but soft and broken on the inside.  There’s years of hardening that outside shell that have gotten her to where she is today.  And I suffered with her when her past was revealed.  When her heart was broken.  She’s done the best she can since then, and that has been running.  Never staying in one place for long.
It was endearing to see them fall for each other all over again.  Or simply let the feelings that never went away resurface.  Confront their past.  And their present.  Something that Molly is not happy about and may not deal with in the best ways sometimes.  But that’s what made this story even better.  It was real.  Molly isn’t perfect.  But she’s real.
HOPE BURNS is the perfect small town romance!  It’s the perfect second chance at love story!  And it’s another example of how great of a storyteller Jaci Burton is.  I am looking forward to reading more stories from Hope for years to come!  Sexy and sweet!  And probably my favorite book in this series!

*ARC provided by publisher

 

Exclusive Excerpt

They discussed a few of the other agenda items. Carter had good insights, and great ideas. She liked talking with him about business. She could see why his auto shops were a success. He had an eye for details and was well organized. She wished she had been here to see him grow his business from the ground up.

But she hadn’t, because of circumstances that had directly involved him—circumstances she’d shoved to the back of her mind and refused to rehash. Not now when they were just starting to get along again.

She was enjoying this time with him, probably because she knew it was temporary. As soon as her mother was back on her feet again, she was gone.

Maybe that’s why she was getting along so well with Carter. She could put him in this temporary slot where she didn’t have to think about living in this town, seeing him every day, having a real relationship with him.

They could just have fun, and this was all pretend. She could live with that, knowing that at some point it was all going to go away, because she was going to go away.

“I guess I should head on out of here and let you get some sleep.”

She looked up from the documents she was stuffing back into the envelopes, then picked up her phone. “It’s only ten o’clock, Carter.”

“Oh.”

She cocked a brow. “I had no idea you were the type to go to bed early on a school night.”

He laughed. “I think you of all people know me better than that.”

She closed the envelope and slid it across the table, then rolled the blueprints and slid the rubber band around them. “However, I understand you have to get to work early in the morning, so you’re right. You probably need your beauty rest.”

He pinned her with a look. “Now you’re baiting me.”

“Maybe.”

“Do you want to go out somewhere?”

She shook her head. “Not really.”

She moved around the table and stopped in front of him, palming his chest. “I thought we’d hang out here for a bit.”

“I can do that. Do you want to watch a movie?”

She had zero interest in watching a movie, but if it got him to hang out with her awhile longer, she was game. “Sure.”

They went into the living room and grabbed a seat on the sofa. She turned on the TV, surfing a bit.

“That one.”

She turned to face him. “Still into horror movies, I see.”

“Well, it is Halloween season. You have to get in the spirit.”

She rolled her eyes, but clicked on the movie. At least it was a classic and one she’d seen before, so none of the upcoming carnage would come as a surprise to her.

“Popcorn?” she asked.

He smiled at her. “Sure. Want me to help you?”

“No. It’s microwave popcorn, so it’ll only take a minute. I’ll bring drinks for us, too.”

She hopped up and went into the kitchen, put the popcorn in the microwave, then poured sodas. She brought the sodas in and went back for the popcorn, retaking her seat next to him.

“You missed two murders while you were gone,” he said.

She laughed and grabbed a handful of popcorn. “Imagine that. Good thing I’ve seen this movie before.”

“So, you’re a fan of horror movies, too.”

“I didn’t say that. I said I’ve seen this one before. More than once.”

“Which makes you a fan.” He tossed a kernel of popcorn at her.

She picked it up and stuffed it down his shirt.

He grabbed her wrists and gave her a warning glare, laced with amusement. “You don’t want to start a fight you can’t win.”

Now that was a challenge she couldn’t back down from. “Good point.”

After he released her hands, she took a handful of popcorn, seemingly ready to put it in her mouth. When Carter turned his attention back to the movie, she stuffed the popcorn down the back of his shirt.

He jerked and grabbed the bowl, thrusting his hand in and grasping a bunch of popcorn, then shoving it under her shirt. She squealed, then immediately silenced herself, though by now she was laughing and there was popcorn all over the floor. It was a good thing Pokey, her parents’ dog, slept in her mom’s room, because he’d be having a feast otherwise.

Carter reached under her shirt and pushed the popcorn higher, making her laugh even more.

“Shh,” he said. “You’re going to wake your parents.”

She tried to stifle her laugh, but she couldn’t stop herself. “Then stop shoving popcorn down my bra.”

“Okay.” Instead, his hand moved, ever higher, cupping her breast over her bra. “Is this better?”

She stilled, her body warming to his touch. “Much.”

He pushed her up the sofa so her head rested on the cushioned arm, then covered her body with his. His lips met hers and popcorn wars were forgotten as she wrapped her arms around him and met his kiss with equal fervor.

 

Posted by arrangement with Berkley Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright © Jaci Burton, 2014.

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HOPE SMOLDERS: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
HOPE FLAMES: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
HOPE IGNITES: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
HOPE BURNS: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads
LOVE AFTER ALL: Barnes & NobleGoodReads

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About Jaci Burton

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 happily ever after in every story, which you’ll find in all her books.

 

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Amy R
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Amy R

I like how everyone knows everyone in the small town romances.

LisaVH
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LisaVH

Great Review. I am very excited for this book. I have just finished Hope Ignites and now am very eager to pick up Hope Burns.

Loraine Oliver
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Loraine Oliver

Can’t wait to read this after reading the good review posted here!

jodi marinich
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jodi marinich

love jaci’s books

Anne
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Anne

I like small town romances because I can relate to them. I live near Chicago now, but I grew up in a relatively small town.

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erinf1

congrats to Jaci on the newest release! I love small town romances b/c it’s fun to see the main couple “suffer” in the fishbowl even though I’d personally hate it in real life 🙂

Robin the Book Nerd
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Robin the Book Nerd

I love small town romances because you do get to know everyone in town and feel connected to this fictional place!

Timitra
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Timitra

Thanks for the review Francesca

Sue G.
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Sue G.

Nice review. Jaci’s books are usually at least a 4! I love small town romances because everyone knows everyone else!

Yaritza Santana
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Yaritza Santana

Just love the cozy small towns. Everyone knows each other.

Nicole O.
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Nicole O.

Sounds good. I am adding to my tbr list

Jenn
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Jenn

Sounds good. Can’t wait to read it.

Lori Meehan
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Lori Meehan

Love Jaci’s books and this one sounds really good.

Glittergirl
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Glittergirl

I love the family connections and visiting “old book friends” after their story has been told. Jaci’s books are fantastic! Thanks for the giveaway.

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

I like how interconnected all of the family and friends are.

Pansy Petal
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Pansy Petal

I have to agree with you, getting to know the characters. I love small town romance. It has an intimate feel to it. Reels you in and makes you feel like a neighbor.

Catherine Edwards
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Catherine Edwards

I really can’t wait to read this book! I’m loving books about returning home right now.

Trix
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Trix

I always like seeing how the town’s eccentricities (and often its eccentrics) affect the relationship!

Ashleigh Downes
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Ashleigh Downes

I love the review. I also love the cover it’s so sexy. What I like about a small town romance is everyone is there for you and everyone know each other, everyone’s friends and noone trys to steal your boyfriend/girlfriend.

EC
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EC

Your review makes me want to read the book! Thanks for the excerpt, too!

Deborah K
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Deborah K

Like you I am intrigued as well with the reason for Molly’s ‘dash’. Although we don’t know the reason – yet – I am sure the townsfolk do. A small town romance is a different animal. EVERYONE in the town knows EVERYONE else’s business and is not hesitant on giving an opinion. While frustrating to actually go through (yes, I live in a small town) it is delightful to read.

donnas
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donnas

All the interconnected stories

Texas Book Lover
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Texas Book Lover

Small town romances are one of my favorite types of books to read…I think it’s all the family and other neighbors hanging around that are always stirring up trouble and such. It’s just so much fun!

Kim Perry
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Kim Perry

I love the sense of community and that the characters also run into each other all the time. It’s hard to keep secrets in a small town!

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bn100

maybe the setting; sounds interesting

Jenny Dauksa Schaber
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Jenny Dauksa Schaber

I haven’t read enough small town romance to pick a favorite aspect of it. I think the community could be both a blessing and a curse at times, but I think that the intimacy is more intense and genuine.

Lisa Richards
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Lisa Richards

In a small town romance everyone has an opinion on the romance

Katie Nichols
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Katie Nichols

I love how sometimes people from a small town have known each other for ever, start as friends and later fall in love.

Diana Doan
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Diana Doan

I love the innocence and naivety of the couples…ok, well…most of the time. Lol

Diane Sallans
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Diane Sallans

Sounds like you liked this book! I love the characters in small town stories & the quirky townspeople.

Leanna
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Leanna

I love small town romances because everyone takes care of each other. Some of my favorites are Fool’s Gold by Susan Mallery, Lucky Horbor by Jill Shalvis, Virgin River and Thunder Point by Robyn Carr.

Carol
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Carol

Love this series!

Jillian Leigh
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Jillian Leigh

I love small town romance because it’s a little fantasy I never experienced…. probably why I love that tv show called hart of Dixie.

jenna
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jenna

looks like a good series. thanks for the giveaway