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Monday, March 24, 2014

ARC Review: Hope Ignites by Jaci Burton

Format: .mobi (provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review)
Release Date: March 25, 2014

Logan McCormack likes his isolated life on the ranch, until a movie crew starts filming there.

When actress Desiree Jenkins blows into his life, she wrecks it harder than the Oklahoma winds with her brutal honesty and soft touch.

Des knows this is a temporary stay, but she loves the open freedom of the land, and for the first time in her life, Des feels like she might have found a place she can call home, with a man she might be falling in love with.

But Logan’s heart is tougher than the soil beneath them—can she convince him that they belong together?

Author Jaci Burton has another winner with Hope Ignites, the second book in her Hope series. After falling in love with Luke, Emma and their respective canine companions, I was afraid that they had set the bar too high for Luke’s brother Logan to meet.

I had three concerns: I didn’t know if the author would be able to recapture the magic she had with the first book, I was afraid I wouldn’t have the same connection with the characters this time around and that the story would be boring.

Well she did, I did and it wasn’t.

Logan may come off as a rough, tough and gruff cowboy with a chip on his shoulder but I saw past that to the simple, hard working and very sexy man with a love and respect for the few people who have stuck by him through thick and thin. As confident as he is, he’s just befuddled by Des. He’s never met a woman like her and she just doesn’t match his preconceived notions about Hollywood actresses. Logan gets lesson after lesson in humility and not judging a book by its cover. I loved it!

Did I also mention Logan’s a dog person too? Yep, I was in love after ten pages and since Des, the heroine took one look at Logan and decided she wanted him, I immediately liked her. Obviously the woman not only has good taste, but she doesn’t sit and pine after Logan. No, Des puts herself in front of Logan as often as possible and is always 100% honest with him about what she wants and who she is. She isn’t a spoiled actress, in fact I found myself forgetting about Des’ acting career and focusing more on Des the woman, who was pretty darn awesome.

Des is the one pursuing Logan and after a quick capitulation, the two begin a no strings attached fling. Logan and Des have some pretty hot scenes together and while they couldn’t keep their hands off each other it wasn’t as if it was just entirely sex. Without really realizing it, they started getting to know each other and falling in love. They were just in denial for the longest time.

I loved seeing Luke and Emma again, even if it was only briefly, and the secondary cast of characters brought humor, warmth and family to Hope Ignites that made the story more than just a romance between two people.

Final Verdict: After a strong beginning, Hope Ignites gives readers what they want with Logan and Des. A sexy storyline, two great main characters and a lovable cast of secondary characters. I can't wait for the next book in the series!

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