Thursday, December 3, 2015

3.5 stars--Make Me Stay (Hope #5) by Jaci Burton

Oh how I love the worlds Jaci Burton creates! Scrumptious men, lovely heroines who can hold their own, cute pets, community and some sigh-worthy heat. It's just fun diving into their lives and spending time with them. Make Me Stay? All of that in one tasty package.

The quick of it is that Reid has come back home to renovate a historical building that he and his brothers saved from demolition. It's a dream job made even sweeter by the oh so tempting florist that works next door... but it's just a temporary thing before heading back to Boston where he owns a business.

I had a great time with these two. Reid was sexy, talented (he's an architect) and a good guy all around. And Samantha? I loved her. She's sweet and talented in her own ways, a hard worker and fun to be with. She had a lot on her hands caring for her elderly grandmomther and I totally felt for her struggles. She had me tearing up a few times because I totally understood her sometimes helplessness at what life was throwing at her.
<she was going on about all the reasons Hope was better than Boston>

He laughed. "Those are quite a few things."

She pointed her fork at him. "None of which you can find in Boston."

"You forgot one thing."

"I did? What?"


Her entire body heated. "That's true. And I'm pretty exceptional all by myself."

He took his napkin and swiped it along one corner of her mouth. "Yeah, you are."
The two had an easy going chemistry. They both know there's no real future since they normally live in different states so there's not over the top romance or workings that way. They're just enjoying their time together. Getting to know each other and becoming friends. I kinda loved that. Seeing things sneak up on them. It didn't make for a WOW though, ya know? There weren't big gasping omg moments or anything that specifically blew me away. It was just an easy moving one this time. I enjoyed that though. Getting to see them together but also with their individual friends and families, at their jobs, going around town and picking up stray pups or rather being adopted by said pups.
"Hey, Reid. How's Not My Dog doing today?"

Reid frowned. "Huh?"

Megan looked up at him. "Your dog. Not My Dog."

"That's not his name."

"Really. Then what is it?"


"Everyone's taken to calling him Not My Dog, since that's what you keep telling everyone," Bobby said, straightening as a customer headed into his shop. "Good to see you, Reid." He looked down at the dog. "Not My Dog."

Bobby headed inside, leaving him with Megan, who gave him a smirk.

"See? It's a great name, by the way. I need to run. Talk to you later, Reid." She bent down to rub the dog's ears. "You, too, Not My Dog."

Reid watched Megan walk away, then looked down at the dog.

"Not My Dog?"

The dog's ears perked up, and his tail swished back and forth.

"Oh, for God's sake. Really?"

Not My Dog moved toward him, planting a front paw on Reid's foot.

"So you like that name."

The dog wriggled back and forth as if to say, Totally digging the name. Even if you weren't the one smart enough to come up with it.

"Whatever, Not My Dog. Let's head to the park."
Overall, Make Me Stay was sweet and charming. Nicely heated and full of friendship and family. And one very cute pup. Total reader-girl win.

**I do think this one would probably appeal more to those who have read at least some of the previous books. It's a complete HEA and stand alone in that regard but you do see a good deal of the past characters and the current hero/heroine interacting with them. Had I not known them and their stories I think that part probably wouldn't have done much for me.

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.

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This is Gladys's where are the kittehs, Jaci Burton? Where are the kittehs? face. lol


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