Fearless by Kimberly Kincaid

Posted in Advanced Reader Copy/ Contemporary Romance/ Netgalley/ Reviews 16th June 2016
Fearless by Kimberly KincaidFearless by Kimberly Kincaid
Series: Rescue Squad #2
Published by Zebra on July 26th 2016
Pages: 368
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three-stars

Firefighter Cole Everett's life revolves around the firehouse. Committed to saving lives--and to the guys who always have his back in the most dangerous moments on the job--Cole's focus is a coveted spot on the Fairview Rescue Squad. When his captain asks him to mentor a rookie firefighter, he jumps at the chance, hoping it will help to prove his skill. But the new "guy" is none other than Savannah Nelson, a female firefighter as stubbornly determined as Cole is, and a whole lot curvier in all the right places . . .
Savannah won't let anyone extinguish her dream of fulfilling her family legacy and becoming a top notch firefighter--and she's happily surprised when strong-willed, sexy Cole is willing to give her the chance she deserves. Concentrating on the job isn't always easy when the heat between them flares higher every day, but Savannah won't give up--not even when one of Station Eight's veterans seems bent on trashing her reputation. To stop a string of possible arsons, Savannah and Cole will need to eliminate every distraction--but can they let their love go up in flames?

Cole Everett has wanted to be one of the elite, has worked hard for it and is just within reach of his dream of joining the squad after eight years in the firehouse. But to fill the gap he’s going to leave behind, he’ll need to train the replacement himself, a smart-arse rookie by the name of Savannah Nelson who’ll do anything it takes to be part of a minted firefighter. It all sounds like a fair trade, but neither one could have counted on the obstacles that go against this rocky partnership or that the attraction they have to each other.

Savannah has all the earmarks of a rookie firefighter – brash, raring to go, somewhat cocky with an sassy attitude – but it was easy to like her when she didn’t skirt anywhere near the TSTL line with Cole and actually listened when it came to what was important, proving a good match for Cole’s seriousness. Yet she was also upfront, direct and dedicated with Cole and trod the fine line between respect and sass quite well, which is unusual for a headstrong female protagonist.

But what struck me hard about ‘Fearless’ were the intricacies of firefighting laid out in great detail here. Kimberly Kincaid doesn’t shy away from the hard bits of showing the inner workings in a firehouse and how they work (and the research clearly shows!) and I found myself lapping up as much about the entire profession as I did with the progress of Savannah/Cole’s relationship – which was also, thankfully, a slow-burn of a relationship that developed over weeks of hard work and camaraderie than instant love (of which I’ve hard too much these days). There’s loads of action in the first half but I felt the story really picked up when in the last quarter with the added complication of a possible arsonist and the growing but unavoidable conflict between the lieutenant and both Cole/Savannah. The building suspense that came after the RST was a lovely touch, although the climax wasn’t a heart-pounding one that I’d hoped for as the story somehow limped to a disappointingly quick and abrupt conclusion.

three-stars

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