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Review of "Reckless" by Kimberly Kincaid

RecklessReckless is the first book Ms. Kincaid's new series (Rescue Squad) and I believe it is a spinoff of her Pine Mountain series as it features characters introduced in the last book.  I'm really glad that I took a chance on this author because I'm quickly becoming addicted to her books (thankfully, Netgalley helps me with that).

Alex Donovan is a good fireman, but his behavior leaves a lot to be desired.  After doing something stupid, he's ordered to do community service at Hope House.  He'd literally rather be anywhere else, but in order to get back to doing his job, he needs to complete those hours.  Less than five minutes after reporting for duty, he's shocked to find out that his boss is none other than Zoe Westin, his fire captain's only daughter.  If only he could keep his mind (and hands) off of her...

Zoe is barely scraping by as the head of Hope House's Soup Kitchen and doesn't want anything to get in the way of its success.  When she sees Alex, she's not exactly happy to learn that he's her volunteer for the next month.  He's a nice guy and all, but she's well aware of his antics and can't afford that kind of a risk--or any risks at all for that matter. It doesn't help that she's been attracted to him for as long as she could remember and that he's just as attracted to her as she is to him.  If only he wasn't a fireman...

The first thing that I noticed about Reckless is that it could have had its own drinking game.  I swear I have never read another book in which its title is mentioned so often.  I lost count somewhere around 10.  That's just a little ridiculous if you ask me--kind of like when you're watching television and they have to remind you that you're watching ABC or CBS.  Do people forget what they're reading/watching and need to be reminded constantly?  It was so weird.  Reckless, even.

For the most part, I did enjoy this book, but I'm not sure if Zoe is ready to be fully involved with a firefighter.  Yes, she grew up around the station and she understands what might happen to Alex down the line, but I just don't think that she's going to be better equipped to deal with what could happen to him the next time he's injured.  From the very beginning, she was adamant that she doesn't want to be involved with someone in his line of work because she's afraid of not being able to handle the consequences of that job.  I felt that this fear was never fully dealt with and it will come back to bite them in the ass the next time Alex has to go out on a call.

One of the things that I loved about this book was the sense of community there was between the firefighters.  Yes, at times it felt a bit contrived (Zoe needs help getting things for the Soup Kitchen and they immediately jump to help her out), but it was nice to read people who genuinely cared about each other.  Usually, I find this in small town contemporaries, but this isn't one.  What Ms. Kincaid did with the Fairview FD was turn it into a small town (similar to how historical authors do that with members of the aristocracy).  From what I've heard of real fire departments, this is how things actually work.  It makes sense.  These are the people that you see day in and day out, so of course they become a family.

While, I loved these characters, but I'm not sure how long this relationship will last, which sucks.  I feel the same way about Dirty Dancing, although for very different reasons (what did those two have in common?!).

3.5 Stars

 

 

 

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