by Jaci Burton
Series: Hope #5
Published by Tantor Audio on June 16, 2016
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Having left his hometown of Hope years ago, only one thing could persuade architect Reid McCormack to come home for a lengthy stay - the challenge of renovating a historic building. But once the job is finished, he'll be headed back to Boston, no matter how much he's drawn to beautiful florist Samantha Reasor.
Samantha watches over her elderly grandmother and pours a piece of herself into every floral creation she designs. Her crush on Reid has been blooming for a while now, but she's reluctant to act on it. A temporary fling isn't what she's looking for, even if Reid is smoking hot and super sexy. She wants a real, permanent, forever kind of love.
Two people with different goals couldn't possibly work, and yet as their attraction grows into something deeper, maybe falling in love is the one thing Samantha and Reid can build a future on.
Make Me Stay is book #5 in Jaci Burton’s Hope series. Although I felt that something was missing from the romance itself, overall this is an enjoyable story.
Samantha (Sam) runs the local floral shop in Hope. She lost her parents at a young age and was raised by her grandmother. Now that her grandmother is elderly, Sam takes care of her and tries to keep a close watch over her whenever Sam’s not busy in the shop.
Reid is an architect (and brother to Luke from Hope Flames and Logan from Hope Ignites). Although Reid grew up in Hope, he moved to Boston years ago. He’s back in town to help renovate the old mercantile building, which he and his brothers have purchased. Reid’s convinced that his stay in Hope is temporary—until he and Sam give in to their mutual attraction and he starts to question what the future holds for both of them.
There are interesting subplots, including a funny one involving Reid and Not My Dog, a stray who latches on to Reid. In addition, Sam is constantly looking after her grandmother, who seems to doing well on the surface but is beginning to show signs of failing health. Between Sam’s busy job at the shop and caring for her grandmother, Sam has a lot on her plate. Reid steps in when she needs someone the most, not just as a lover but also as a good friend.
The main issue I had with this story is that the romance element between Sam and Reid didn’t feel very strong. They showed an interest in each other in the previous book and that’s built upon here. However, their chemistry seemed somewhat lukewarm to me. The central conflict is whether or not Reid will stay in Hope or go back to Boston. As such, there’s low angst in the book overall, which was fine with me. I just wanted the romance itself to feel more intense.
As always, characters and couples from previous books reappear and it’s nice to catch up with them. To sum up, while it’s not my favorite, Make Me Stay is a solid addition to the Hope series.
Rating: 3 stars