Make Me Stay by Jaci Burton

Make Me Stay

The New York Times bestselling author of Love After All and the Play-by-Play series delivers a new novel about how love sometimes has plans of its own.  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...

Title:Make Me Stay
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ISBN:0515155640
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages:275 pages

Make Me Stay Reviews

  • Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
    Jan 30, 2015

    "Heartfelt and sweet, this is a story that will no doubt enlighten and bring a smile to your face."

  • Sophia
    May 01, 2015

    As we arrive at book five in the Hope series, we finally get the third McCormack brother's story. I was intrigued by Reid all along because he was the brother that left Oklahoma to live and work in Boston as a well-respected architect and builder. The brothers were all affected when their mother walked away from the family, the ranch, and Oklahoma. But Reid had come back for a wedding in book four and promising to renovate one of the old, run-down buildings in Hope and catching the eye of one of

    As we arrive at book five in the Hope series, we finally get the third McCormack brother's story. I was intrigued by Reid all along because he was the brother that left Oklahoma to live and work in Boston as a well-respected architect and builder. The brothers were all affected when their mother walked away from the family, the ranch, and Oklahoma. But Reid had come back for a wedding in book four and promising to renovate one of the old, run-down buildings in Hope and catching the eye of one of the group of friends, Sam Reasor who runs the florist.

    The slowly paced and gently plotted small town romance series has become one that I welcome each new release. I like this for a change of pace between my more exciting, action-packed, and dramatic reads. It's cozy, heartwarming, and can still dial up the passion in the laid back setting of a small town in Oklahoma.

    The books work best in order as there are the tanglings of a group of friends and family in Hope that are very present in each new story and new plot threads begin in one book and cross into the next. But I will say that I managed to read the series just fine by skipping one of the earlier books.

    As I noted, this is Reid and Sam's story. They are already known to each other, but they hesitate to do something about their attraction since Reid makes it abundantly clear that he doesn't do relationships and he isn't planning on sticking around. He's going back to carry on with his successful architectural firm in Boston. He loves his family and he likes Hope, but he really doesn't want to stay past getting the old Mercantile restored as new retail and office space to help revitalize the downtown area.

    The project is one he loves and it allows him to spend time with his old friend, Deacon, along with his brothers and their wives, and other old friends. The part that makes him nervous is his attraction to Sam. But he encounters her everywhere and eventually decides to go with the attraction as long as they both know the score.

    Sam loves living and working in Hope. She runs the florist shop that was her grandmother's. Sam was raised by her grandparents after her parents died and her gram is the last of her family. Unfortunately, her gram is starting to get turned around and forgetting where and when she is at. Sam loves her independence, but for once, she is glad that Reid is around. He doesn't plan on staying and he discourages any thought of deepening feelings, but he helps and listens. Sam doesn't know what to do with the feelings that are growing for Reid and it will hurt when he goes back, but for now she will go with it.

    Alright, this one is a relatively simple and uncomplicated story. Bland in fact. The conflict is Reid needing to be convinced to stay where he really wants to be and Sam accepting change in her life through her gram's mind deteriorating. There are lots of fun things like the gathering together of friends and family, Reid's stray dog that becomes known as Not My Dog, local events, and Reid and Sam's attraction, but not much to really engage me with this romance.

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    The characters aren't too deep nor are they mysterious either. Sam is a ‘what you see is what you get’ gal who likes to speak her mind. She clings to the need to care for her Grammy Claire because she feels she'll be alone when Claire is gone.

    I had to chuckle when she decided it was her business to prod Reid about something personal in his life when they were first getting to know each other and then she gets all starched up when he calls her on it and he wasn't even more than mildly out of line the way he did it. Always a source of amusement to me when outspoken people don't tend to enjoy having it turned back around on them. Haha!

    And then there is Reid. Reid is fairly well-grounded and a nice guy. He is one of those rare contented people. He has accepted the thing with his mom and happy that he still had his dad and surrogate mother, Martha, the ranch housekeeper. He was set in returning to Boston and it was because of the successful business he built up from scratch.

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    The romance is a slow-burn sort. First, they are both in denial, then cautious not to let it grow past friendship and temporary bed buddies, and then trouble just being honest with themselves and each other. Nothing that was more than mildly frustrating that a direct conversation would have solved. Again, had to chuckle that this was the moment Sam picked not to speak her mind when she had no trouble poking and prodding before. And Reid was hilarious the way he used Not My Dog as his sounding board and conscience. They were a nice couple and I was glad to see them get together.

    The best part for me wasn't the romance so much as the overall larger picture of friends and family going about their lives in this engaging small town. Each of the previous pairs gets good page time and some future pairs have ongoing minor plot threads. I love the meet ups at Bash's bar, the barbecue at the ranch with Logan, Des, Martha, Bob, and the clan of dogs, the sightings of the rest of the gang here and there. The author makes one feel close to the people and the setting.

    All in all, this was a mild story. I was moderately drawn in. The romance got hot, but again, was mildly engaging for me. It was just a nice feel-good romantic distraction. I would recommend the series to those who enjoy gently-paced small town contemporary romance.

    My thanks to Penguin Group for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Anna's Herding Cats
    Jul 24, 2015

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    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 swe

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    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.

    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.

    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.

  • Jessica
    Sep 22, 2015

    Jaci Burton's books are absolutely adorable and I always look forward to a new release in her Hope series. We finally got to see more of Reid McCormack in Love After All and I couldn't wait to see his own story in Make Me Stay.

    Reid McCormack loves his life in Boston where he started his own architecture business and is accustomed to the fast paced life. Now that he's back home in Hope working on restoring a historic building, he's starting to realize what he's missing out on with his family. Sa

    Jaci Burton's books are absolutely adorable and I always look forward to a new release in her Hope series. We finally got to see more of Reid McCormack in Love After All and I couldn't wait to see his own story in Make Me Stay.

    Reid McCormack loves his life in Boston where he started his own architecture business and is accustomed to the fast paced life. Now that he's back home in Hope working on restoring a historic building, he's starting to realize what he's missing out on with his family. Sam Reasor has a busy life running her own floral shop and taking care of her grandmother, but she can't ignore the pull she has towards Reid. She knows that he's going back to Boston once his job is done Hope, but that doesn't stop them from connecting. Sam and Reid soon realize that they both have very different priorities for the future, so why doesn't that stop them from feeling things for each other that they've never felt before?

    I've got to say, the most recent books of Jaci's Hope series have not impressed me. I wasn't a fan of the main character in the last book and this one fell a bit flat for me as well. I liked Sam's character enough, but I felt like there was some drama added in there that was pointless and only added for drama's sake. We all knew that Reid wasn't really going to return to Boston no matter how many times he brought up how he had to go back (which was A LOT), so this book ended up being predictable and I was just waiting for that ending point to come.

    As for the romance, it was just okay. I'm not sure if I just don't remember the other books in this series as much, but this one felt like it had a lot more sex in it and the emotional side of the relationship didn't balance that out as much as I would have liked. I wasn't that invested in their relationship and found myself skimming more than caring about how the couple was going to end up together.

    While I loved the beginning of this series, I have been disappointed in the last two books in the small town of Hope. The storylines have been predictable and I haven't been as connected with the main characters. I think I'll stick with this series and see what book 6 has in store when it comes out later this year, but if you're a fan of this series, don't go into Make Me Stay with too high of hopes.

  • Marta Cox
    Oct 07, 2015

    Jaci Burton is a name synonymous with sporting romance so I was quite surprised when I discovered this series set in the town of Hope , Oklahoma. It's a contemporary series that showcases exactly what it's like to live in a small town where everybody seems to know everybody and sometimes maybe that's a little too well! Such is the talent of this author that it's so easy to fall into this world she has created peopled with characters whose lives intertwine and share their hopes and dreams as some

    Jaci Burton is a name synonymous with sporting romance so I was quite surprised when I discovered this series set in the town of Hope , Oklahoma. It's a contemporary series that showcases exactly what it's like to live in a small town where everybody seems to know everybody and sometimes maybe that's a little too well! Such is the talent of this author that it's so easy to fall into this world she has created peopled with characters whose lives intertwine and share their hopes and dreams as some of them find their happy ever after!

    Reid left his home town of a Hope for the bright lights of city life in Boston. A successful architect he's home temporarily to help his brothers bring new life to to the old mercantile in town. He has an easy going friendship with Sam the local florist that just kind of escalates into a warm relationship that fulfils their mutual needs. Sam has always found Reid attractive but knows his life is in Boston but there's no harm in two mature adults just kicking back and sharing good times , is there? Well maybe it's not as uncomplicated as this pair believe because the more time they spend together the more they just seem to fit! Reid isn't staying though and Sam refuses to be the one to ruin the fun but maybe not everything is set in stone. Will Reid follow his head or listen to his heart?

    I really liked Sam. She is kind, loyal and very independent. Reid is the only one of his family to leave Hope and bravely make a new and very productive life for himself and I have to admire that. What's even better was seeng the love he shared with his family and how they all support each other. I really enjoyed seeing this couple in my minds eye get to know each other and it was easy to see the changes in Reid particularly as this story progressed. He isn't staying and yet is clearly falling back in love with the life he left behind and Sam only enriches his experience. Ok there's not really any action or drama here but it's a story that's warm and made me smile. There's a wee bit of emotion as we learn more about Sam's family and it was poignant to this reader as it's something very close to home. What's really had me entertained though was the bond Reid made with a dog he named Not My Dog! Very funny dialogue as he attributed his own inner monologue to the cute Not My Dog ! I can think of two bachelors in Hope who I'd love to read more about and if a sweet romance appeals to you then this story will certainly fit the bill.

    I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review

  • Auntee
    Nov 23, 2015

    This was cute, with some steamy interludes.

    Boston architect Reid is the youngest McCormack brother, and he's temporarily back in small town Hope, Oklahoma (where his two brothers still live) to renovate the historic town mercantile. He meets pretty flower shop owner Samantha, who is very busy with her career

    with looking after her elderly grandmother. The two eventually hook up, but it can't go anywhere because Reid is heading back to Boston, and Sam can't commit her heart fully if he's goin

    This was cute, with some steamy interludes.

    Boston architect Reid is the youngest McCormack brother, and he's temporarily back in small town Hope, Oklahoma (where his two brothers still live) to renovate the historic town mercantile. He meets pretty flower shop owner Samantha, who is very busy with her career

    with looking after her elderly grandmother. The two eventually hook up, but it can't go anywhere because Reid is heading back to Boston, and Sam can't commit her heart fully if he's going to be leaving. But who says they can't have a little fun for the few months he'll be in Hope?

    This has a nice small town vibe going for it, with lots of detail about the H/h's day-to-day life, and the supporting characters who they interact with. Reid is carrying some baggage about his mother's abandonment of the family when he was a young boy, and about a breakup with a past girlfriend. Sam is the owner/operator of her flower shop, plus she has to look after her increasingly confused yet fiercely independent grandma (who raised her). She and Reid develop a strong friendship that turns passionate (some really hot love scenes) but both are reluctant to admit they're falling in love and really need the other.

    I felt the issue regarding Reid's mother was not explored enough (maybe in a future book?) and I wanted to know why he broke up with his ex Britt which made him reluctant to try again (did I miss something?)

    Anyway, some nice moments in the book and I learned a little about flowers and architecture/renovations, and of course there were those steamy interludes....and we get to catch up with all the characters in the series so far. A solid effort. I think I'll stick with this series. 4 stars

  • Jonetta
    Dec 12, 2015

    Reid McCormack returned to Hope, his hometown where his two brothers still call home. He's a highly successful architect with his own firm in Boston and he's back to take on the renovation of the town's old mercantile building. Lovely florist Samantha (Sam) Reasor, who's admired him from afar, makes his extended stay that much more interesting.

    What begins as a casual relationship blossoms into something more but neither Reid or Sam are willing to step out and

    Reid McCormack returned to Hope, his hometown where his two brothers still call home. He's a highly successful architect with his own firm in Boston and he's back to take on the renovation of the town's old mercantile building. Lovely florist Samantha (Sam) Reasor, who's admired him from afar, makes his extended stay that much more interesting.

    What begins as a casual relationship blossoms into something more but neither Reid or Sam are willing to step out and admit it to each other. She respects his life in Boston but wants him to stay in Hope by his own decision without pressure from her. He's uncertain of his feelings for Sam and likes his life in Boston. The issues weren't huge, just realistic for a couple who live in different states. It was never a wedge in the romance, just always in the background. I like how they related to each other and seeing their relationship shift to something deeper.

    One of the reasons I love series is the opportunity to revisit characters I liked from earlier stories. This series does an outstanding job of weaving in past characters into every storyline. We get more than updates as each has a significant role in the plot. It feels like coming home.

    I also enjoyed the narrator's performance as she's adept at providing character voice distinction and I like how she portrays the male characters. I liked Sam & Reid, their romance, the narration and the overall story. This is one of my favorite, sweet romance series.

    (I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review)

  • Give Me Books
    Dec 16, 2015

    Sweet, small town romance…

    This is the fifth book in the

    series and Reid McCormack and Sam Reasor have their opportunity at love. Back to Hope temporarily, Reid is not planning to stay in his hometown long, so isn’t looking for anything long-term. Sam, on the other hand, is attracted to Reid but is looking for a relationship like her grandparents had—something solid and real. As part of a group of family and friends, and brought together over a shared interest in Reid’s restoration project,

    Sweet, small town romance…

    This is the fifth book in the

    series and Reid McCormack and Sam Reasor have their opportunity at love. Back to Hope temporarily, Reid is not planning to stay in his hometown long, so isn’t looking for anything long-term. Sam, on the other hand, is attracted to Reid but is looking for a relationship like her grandparents had—something solid and real. As part of a group of family and friends, and brought together over a shared interest in Reid’s restoration project, they would get a chance to explore the possibilities…

    I really enjoyed this warm, low-key romance filled with humor and heart-tugging emotion. Reid is successful and oh, so sexy so it’s not hard to see why Sam is attracted to him. Not at all! I’m not entirely sure why he is determined to go back to the big city when so many of the things he loves—including his family—are here but Reid makes that very clear. Sam, on the other hand, is happy where she is, growing her business and ensuring her grandmother is looked after. So many reasons that love won’t work between them… but maybe just grasping at straws or railing against the inevitable?

    They both protest but things are heating up with each polished, seductive come hither line…

    Both successful professionals and confident in their lives, when it comes to love they are as uncertain and hesitant as they come. While no uber highs and lows, this story is a steady, “no fake drama here” tale of love and family that left me relishing a sweet happy ever after… ~ Diane, 4 stars


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