Hope Burns by Jaci Burton Release Date: September 30, 2014 Publisher: Jove Contemporary Romance – M/F Book #3 of the Hope series Number of Pages: 304 Kindle Edition Source: borrowed from Midwest Collaborative for Library Services Rating: NC-17 Read 9/3/16 to 9/4/16
If you’ve been reading this series from the beginning you had to have known this book was inevitable. And as the reader we are privy to enough to know the gist of what happened in the past with Molly and Carter, but it’s satisfying to finally get the whole story.
Carter was so very patient with Molly. I totally get why she was upset with him, especially given their ages when everything went down. But she never gave a thought as to his feelings or gave him the support he needed. That actually didn’t make me dislike Molly, again she was young when everything happened. Although this story takes place many, many years later, she still is stuck in that moment in time when it comes to Carter. I liked how the author had Molly realize she was viewing her whole relationship with Carter through that one moment…stuck remembering bad times instead of the years of good they had. That happens so much in real life. Even after it was acknowledged, Molly still had a problem getting past those feelings. Which I also liked since in real life, just because we know why we’re doing something doesn’t mean we can stop doing it.
We got to know more of the town this time around. There were a few girlfriends added now that Molly was in town since she’s of a different age range than her sister. Plus, as with the last book, there was a lot of flirting going on with Bash and Chelsea. I was glad to see their story will be next.
One last thing, I love when an author references a character from their other books like an Easter egg. Jaci Burton has the characters watch a football game that has Nathan Riley, from the Play By Play series, as quarterback. It’s not anything you need to have read or know in order to read this book, but if you have read those books it’s a nice little wink.