Thursday, August 18, 2016

Book review: Fearless - Kimberly Kincaid

If you love a hunky hero, a stubborn, not exactly damsel in distress kind of heroine, and quite a lot of steam, I'm positive this book will easily be a 5 star read for you.

I’ll admit it. I have a thing for firefighters. I’m a fan of the Chicago Fire TV series, so when I read the blurb of Fearless I knew I had to read it.

Cole is a hero you can’t help but love—even if you don’t like alpha heroes, you can’t help loving a handsome, strong and protective firefighter. Leaving his family ranch, and cutting all ties with his family, the fire station is his home, the crew his new family and he’s focused on proving he can be the best firefighter and earn the spot on the squad. In order to move from the engine to the squad, he’ll have to train a new candidate coming from the academy. If he can manage to turn a candidate into a real firefighter, he can move up to the squad and get the reward he’s been working hard for.

Everett's mouth pressed into a hard line, his eyes not budging from the stopwatch in his grip. "Emotions are dangerous, especially on this job." God, he was so serious. It had to be painful. 

Problem is… the candidate is a she. And an attractive she, on top of it all. But Cole needs to remain focused on his goal, and won’t let the attraction for the newbie get in the way.

Savannah grew up in a family of firefighters. Every man in the family—father, brothers, and cousins—is or has been a firefighter. As the only female in the whole clan, she wants to follow in her father and brothers’ footsteps, but she needs to prove herself. Knowing she’ll have it easy if she stays in her hometown, she ups and leaves her family behind, moving to the other side of the country where one of her brothers works. When she’s faced with the fact that handsome Cole Everett will be her mentor, she needs to put out whatever fire is building between them, even though it’s easier said than done. 

"You still shouldn't tempt fate."Her laugh coasted past his cheek on little more than a breathy sigh. "In case you haven't noticed, I'm not really a play-it-safe kind of girl. I'm fearless, remember? I think fate shouldn't tempt me."

I was immediately pulled into the story, playing the images in my head thanks to a little help from said TV series I’ve become addicted to. I haven’t read the previous book in the series, but I had no trouble following the story. I actually enjoyed the idea of a female firefighter in a man’s world. The plot was intriguing enough to keep me turning page after page, especially when it became clear that something big was going on at the station—in some parts, this felt a little like a romantic suspense novel, and there were a few edge-of-your-seat moments that left me holding my breath.

And with each passing minute she spent in his presence, resisting the urge to combust with Cole Everett was becoming more and more difficult.

My one pet peeve was that there was too much sex, and in too much detail (at some point almost a whole chapter was a very graphic description of the two of them having sex. Yeah, I get it, I’m being prudish, but really, I just wanted to solve the mystery and know if they’d ever have more than just a good time between the sheets). This could have easily been a 5* read for me if the sex scenes had been fade-to- black. Because of this, when the "L" word was said out loud, it came almost as a surprise, since it seemed all there was between them was a strong physical attraction in the I-can't-keep-my-hands-off-you kind of way but neither had any interest in having more.

If you don’t mind a steamy read, I recommend getting this book, even if you haven’t read the previous one.

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