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Hope Burns: Hope Book 3 Paperback – 2012
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Praise for New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Jaci Burton
“Jaci Burton’s books are always sexy, romantic, and charming!”—Jill Shalvis, New York Times bestselling author
“Jaci Burton’s stories are full of heat and heart.”—Maya Banks, New York Times bestselling author
“Hey, Jaci: Write faster!”—USA Today
“A wild ride.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Lora Leigh
“Jaci Burton delivers.”—Cherry Adair, New York Times bestselling author --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
About the Author
Jaci Burton is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Hope Novels (Hope Ignites, Hope Flames) and the Play-by-Play Novels (Straddling the Line, Melting the Ice, One Sweet Ride, Thrown by a Curve). --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
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I gave the book 3 stars because it is a very quick read. However, I was very disappointed in Molly's story and I left the story feeling like I knew nothing of substance about Carter. In the end, I feel like this book could have been a novella. I ended the book and felt nothing which broke my heart because I really enjoyed the first two books.
So, Molly's reason for running from Carter 12 years earlier probably made a lot of sense for a 17 year old. Which is what she was when she ran. And Carter's reaction 12 years ago when he found out Molly was pregnant and then had a miscarriage was probably the reaction an 18 year old would have! However, while Carter MATURED and built a life, Molly just wallowed in her own juices. Now, I have known people like that in my life but when I am reading about them I want more. For instance, maybe Molly could have gotten hurt by men during her 12 year journey. These hurts could be what made her so afraid of settling down and calling some place home. Or, maybe she couldn't let go of the pain and once she is home she seeks counseling to let go of her perceived hurt. Instead, she runs again and then just decides to return because she misses Carter. I just didn't love it.
END OF SPOILERS...
I do plan to read the next book in the series. I would only recommend this book to someone who is already reading the series.
Her running days were over and so was avoidance. At least temporarily. She had to stop thinking of him as the boy who'd broken her heart all those years ago. It was time to grow up and get past it, at least for now. page 71
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Molly has come back to Hope for her sister Emma's wedding. While Molly is excited about spending time with Emma and their parents, Molly is not looking forward to seeing her ex-boyfriend, Carter.
Molly and Carter were high school sweethearts. Shortly before college, they had a bad breakup. Molly left town and has spent the past twelve years as a drifter, moving from place to place without setting down roots. Meanwhile, Carter owns a chain of auto body shops and is doing pretty well for himself.
When Molly and Carter reconnect, there's a lot of tension due to the hurt feelings that have lingered over the years. When Molly and Carter air out their feelings after so many years have passed, there's still some resentment, mostly on Molly's part. But the longer she's back in Hope reconnecting with old friends and making new ones, the more Carter becomes a part of her daily life again.
After an unexpected accident happens, Molly is forced to stay in Hope longer than she had planned. It's in her nature to want to run away whenever things get rough, so it takes a lot of willpower to stay. Carter uses this time to try to make up for his past mistakes and show Molly that he still cares about her greatly.
As always, the friendships between the characters living in Hope are fun to read about. Couples from the previous books reappear, so it's probably best to read the preceding books in order to fully enjoy this one. I wouldn't say that I disliked Molly and Carter, but I found their romance quite angsty, which is not my favorite type of story. If you're okay with heavier topics, then you'll probably love this book.
Still well written and lovers of Jaci Burton will enjoy none the less. 😊
Molly on the other hand, she frustrated me extremely. I understand she had issues, big issues, over what happened twelve years ago, but I had such a hard time relating to her and all of her reasoning.
Overall, I was left wanting more, but that being said I look forward to more in the series.