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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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.