Tuesday, August 9, 2016

MAKE ME STAY by Jaci Burton


Publisher:      Berkley       
Published:     December 1, 2015
ISBN:        978-0515155648
Genre:       Contemporary Romance
Format:     Print
Obtained via:  Publisher  
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina  Ginalrmreviews@gmail.com


Reid McCormack left his home town of Hope and headed east to Boston to found his architectural business.  Life in Boston has been good…comfortable.  For the most part he’s never looked back at his life in Hope.  On a jaunt back for his brother’s wedding though the McCormack’s took a look at the long closed Mercantile building.  Upon hearing it was going to be torn down the brothers stepped up and bought the building.  Back in town to begin renovating the building Reid tells himself it’s just for a short time and in that time he’s not about to make any permanent attachments.  Not to the dog he calls Not My Dog who just showed up one day and certainly not for long-time family friend Samantha (Sam) Reasor.  Nope, no how, no way.

Sam has a fairly happy and stable life. Between her flower shop and taking care of her grandmother she’s had little time for much of anything else. Not that she’s without a social life—she does have her good friends and manages to take time out here and there to relax. And while she wouldn’t mind a hook up with Reid, she’s not looking for anything permanent. 

When Sam stops in to see progress on the Mercantile there’s  a definite spark between she and Reid. But she doesn’t have time and he’s going back to Boston…right.

Jaci Burton’s Hope series is one of my favorites and right now I have to say MAKE ME STAY is the best of the entire series.  I’ve liked all of the preceding books, but this one really resonated with me.  Burton does a fabulous job delving into both Reid’s conflicts with not only Boston vs. Hope, but what sent him from his home town years before.  Like a rose from Sam’s shop opening, there are multiple layers to Reid that had me opening my heart to him.  And what’s not to love about a guy who accepts a dog’s decision that he’s the best person for him?
And Sam.  She too has her priorities and conflicts.  Burton does such a good job of taking her readers into Sam’s life as she confronts what many of us have or will need to deal with with our aging parents and grandparents—perhaps even our spouses.  Without lecturing she quietly and steadily opens the door for readers to be okay with themselves to take some time for themselves.  That it’s okay to ask for help.

Sam and Reid’s romance proceeds at a steady, believable and… in true Burton style, hotly sexy pace.  You know they are dealing with what can only be an impossible situation and yet Burton weaves their story into a solid romance.

Each of the books in Burton’s Hope series is a standalone – you do not have to have read the others to pick up where each story begins.  I do recommend them all and especially MAKE ME STAY.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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