Title: Reckless (Rescue Squad #1)
Author: Kimberly Kincaid
Publisher: Zebra, Kensington Books
Expected Publication: January 26, 2016
Genre: Romance, Contemporary
Rating: 2.5 Stars
Too much drama and smutty scenes.
I have no beef with Ms. Kincaid’s writing. Most likely it’s because I stumbled upon an obnoxious heroine that made me not enjoying this story as much as I thought I would.
This book is the first of new series RESCUE SQUAD, set in small town Fairview. The hero, Alex Donovan, was a firefighter with Station Eight and the heroine, Zoe Westin, was the Station Eight captain’s only daughter who ran Hope House Shelter and Soup Kitchen. An incident with the rival house captain had Alex to do remediation program by doing community service at Zoe’s Soup Kitchen. Asides knowing each other for years through house eight proximity, they had nothing in common whatsoever. Or so they thought. Before long, the animosity sparked fire no matter how hard these two tried to suppress their attraction.
There. What could possibly go wrong with that kind of plot?
Only, the story dragged too long. The push and pull between Alex and Zoe bored me, more so when Zoe got all saintly holier-than-thou her-way-or-the-highway with Alex. Making it like her work is the only good thing that ever came across Fairview. And as attractive as she found Alex, she wouldn’t admit it because he was a firefighter, like her father; and firefighters were a bunch of reckless adrenaline junkie who risk their life with no thoughts of others. Okaaay…
On his part, Alex didn’t want to act on his attraction simply because Zoe was his captain’s daughter. Well, fine. He didn’t want to incur his captain’s wrath. Until the temptation got too strong.
From denying each other to suddenly couldn’t get enough of one another… The reasoning was too shallow. What followed were pages after pages of graphic detail scenes. Until another drama occurred and Zoe went all woman’s prerogative and changed her mind.
The good thing in this story was how station eight brotherhood and sisterhood came together to help and support Zoe and her Soup Kitchen. Yes, their convos often felt like coming out of DIE HARD dialogue script (those I could do without) but the bonding and we got your back sentiment was great. Another positive note was how Zoe’s father finally opened up and talked to her daughter after years of awkward relationship.
After all the dragging, the ending seemed pretty rushed to me. Zoe seemed to have quite a number change of hearts and quick to blame Alex for almost anything. But I couldn’t help to feel relief and wish the best of luck to Alex handling his wishy washy girlfriend.
ARC is kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the exchange of a fair and honest review.
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?