Series: Rescue Squad

Fearless by Kimberly Kincaid

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

Reckless by Kimberly Kincaid

Reckless by Kimberly KincaidReckless (Rescue Squad, #1) by Kimberly Kincaid
Series: Rescue Squad #1
Published by Zebra on January 26th 2016
Pages: 368
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four-stars

SOMEONE’S BOUND TO GET BURNED…
Zoe Westin may be a fire captain’s daughter, but feeding the people in her hometown of Fairview is her number one priority. Running a soup kitchen is also the perfect way to prove to her dad that helping people doesn’t always mean risking life and limb. But when she's saddled with a gorgeous firefighter doing community service after yet another daredevil stunt, the kitchen has never been so hot.
Alex Donovan thrives on adrenaline, and stirring a pot of soup doesn’t exactly qualify. He’s not an expert at following the rules either, not even when they come from the stubborn, sexy daughter of the man who's not only his boss, but his mentor. Determined to show Zoe that not every risk ends in catastrophe, Alex challenges her both in the kitchen and out. One reckless step leads to another, but will falling for each other be a risk worth taking, or will it just get them burned?

ommunity service is what Alex Donovan has been sentenced to – for a month – for his risk-prone behaviour at the fire house. But after a rocky start at the Hope House which the very risk-averse fire captain’s daughter runs, Alex discovers a different way of life – of endurance and charity – that helps to temper his impulsive, risk-taking actions.

Managing risks on professional and personal levels is really what ‘Reckless’ is about and I found myself enjoying the delicate balance that both Alex and Zoe had to find on their own as they personally iron out what exactly ‘manageable’ means for themselves. A very likeable supporting cast pads this story but Kimberly Kincaid does create a very good matched pair with her H/hr here: Both Alex and Zoe are a good match, despite apparently being on opposite ends of the behavioural spectrum at first sight, yet Alex isn’t really the foolish daredevil that I’d expected him to be as I got more and more into the story and Zoe’s dedication to the community – to the point where risky boldness creeps in – is a cause that I found admirable. Above all, I liked how much they both challenged each other to act beyond what they thought they were individually able to give.

And if this is really what this series has in store in the future, sign me up permanently at Engine 8 for it.

four-stars