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I Belong

Review: Hope Ignites by Jaci Burton

Hope IgnitesTitle: Hope Ignites

Author: Jaci Burton

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Series: Hope (Book #2)

Publication Date: March 25, 2014

Format: Paperback, 286 Pages

ISBN-10: 0425259773 (Jove/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0425259771 (Jove/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Roxanne


When a movie crew asks to film on his cattle ranch, Logan McCormack doesn’t expect Desiree Jenkins, the young, sought-after star, to be so open, so down-to-earth, or so intimately interested in him. But the last thing a loner like Logan needs is a distraction like Des, who wouldn’t understand what it’s like to live peacefully off the land.

But it’s Logan who doesn’t understand. What Des wants is an escape from paparazzi and gossip columns, and she’s found it at Logan’s ranch. Now it’s up to her to prove that she’s like any other girl looking to be accepted for who she is. And she’s hoping that it’s by this real-life cowboy who has everything it takes—and more—to give her the kind of happily ever after that can’t be found in the movies.

Quick & Dirty: Can a rancher who doesn’t trust women, and an actress find forever in a small town?

Opening Sentence: “Logan McCormack had to have been drunk or out of his goddamned mind to have agreed to let a movie crew film on his ranch.”

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Logan McCormack doesn’t turn down extra ways to make money, which is why he agreed to rent land out for crew to film a movie on it. However, he has zero interest in any of it until Martha pushes him to go out and check on the crew. Des is the leading lady, and she is taken with Logan from the moment she meets him. As they begin to spend time together it soon becomes clear that they are attracted to each other.

Des and Logan aren’t looking for forever either, but soon both of them find themselves wanting more from each other. The downside is Logan’s mother abandoned him when he was young and he doesn’t trust city girls to be truly interested in his way of life. He thinks they will always leave, and how can he compete with the Hollywood lifestyle anyway. Will they find a way or will mistrust tear them apart?

The first book in this series features Logan’s brother, Luke, and he does make an appearance in this book. However, that being said, this is a series that so far it appears you can read in any order you like. You won’t miss anything if you start with this one. These are good solid romances. I am not blown away, but I don’t read too much romance these days, so don’t take that as I didn’t like it at all. I enjoyed both the first book and the second book. They are easy to read with good characters, and a good romance.

I liked Logan, and the majority of the book is told from his POV. However, I will say he often comes across as a grumpy old man. Des, loved her, not sure if she was a realistic Hollywood actress, but since I don’t know one personally, I won’t get hung up on that issue! She was down to earth, great sense of humor and all around wonderful female lead. Together they were just right and the sizzle was there for sure!

Notable Scene:

That part she didn’t want to think about, not when she and Logan had spent every single night together.

As soon as she finished on set each day, she’d head over to the ranch and would either spend time with Martha until the guys came in for dinner, or if they wrapped filming later, she and Logan would spend the evening alone.

She’d slept in his bed every night had gotten accustomed to wandering around the big ranch house she’d grown to love so much. Martha had become as much a mother as she had always been to Logan. What was she going to do with Martha’s advice? What was she going to do without Martha’s awesome food?


1. Hope Flames

2. Hope Ignites

3. Hope Flames

4. Love After All


FTC Advisory: Jove/Penguin provided me with a copy of Hope Ignites. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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