by Jaci Burton
Series: Hope #2
Published by Tantor Audio on May 5, 2015
Sub-Genre/Theme: Contemporary, Cowboys
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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.
Hope Ignites is book #2 in Jaci Burton’s Hope series. While it’s probably not necessary to read book #1 first, I enjoyed this more having read the preceding book, since the characters from that story reappear. (Logan, the hero of Hope Ignites, is the brother of Luke from book #1). I’m a big fan of Burton’s Play by Play sports series. While the Hope series is quite different in tone, it’s just as enjoyable.
Logan is a rancher who has agreed to let a film crew shoot on his property. Logan is a low-key kind of guy who keeps to himself for the most part, focusing on his work. When he meets Desiree, star of the movie that’s shooting, he’s attracted to her but he doesn’t make his feelings known. At first, Des takes Logan’s quiet nature as a sign that he’s not interested in her, but she’s definitely attracted to him. She pursues and flirts with him every chance she gets and eventually, Logan admits that the interest is mutual.
Normally, I don’t like movie star heroes or heroines much, but Des is so down-to-earth that I liked her character a lot. Even though she’s famous, she’s very grounded and hasn’t let fame go to her head.
Des’s costar, Colt, is her best friend and is currently in the closet. Des has been bearding for him for a while, but encourages him to live his life openly once he’s ready. I really liked the camaraderie between Des and Colt.
It took me some time to warm up to Logan, simply because he can be such a grump. It’s kind of charming at first, but then I felt frustrated toward him on Des’s behalf. It turns out that Logan has a lot of trust issues due to the fact that his mother abandoned the family, so it’s understandable that he’s not so keen on giving his heart to Des. Also, he questions whether they can reconcile their highly divergent lives in order to be together, which is definitely a valid concern. As Logan learns to let down his guard and allow himself to trust Des, it becomes clear what a great guy he is.
Des and Logan are incredibly different: he’s a small-town cowboy and she’s a Hollywood star on the rise. Initially, neither of them expects anything lasting to result from their fling. But pretty soon, both Des and Logan realize that they’re falling for each other hard. Can they make things work after the movie wraps? Do they have a future? Burton does a great job combining the cozy, small-town atmosphere with some pretty hot scenes between Des and Logan. It’s a combination that worked for me.
In addition to Des and Logan, I enjoyed the supporting characters who live in Hope and who will be appearing in future books. I’m looking forward to continuing the series and I recommend Hope Ignites.
Rating: 4 stars