Reckless, by Kimberly Kincaid

4 a nice HEA stars!!

Reckless

This is a new series from Kimberly Kincaid (Rescue Squad).  I do have to say I have never read anything by her before. This novel involves firefighters, EMT’s and Hope House.  I really enjoy series that focus on good people doing good deeds and first responders.  Reckless focuses on 2 main characters on is Zoe Westin the Fire Cheif’s daughter and the Chef at Hope House a shelter.  Alex aka Teflon a firefighter in Station 8 under Chief Westin.

Why is Alex’s nickname Teflon you ask oh because he is no holds bared character who will jump into any situation and come out smelling like roses.  Everything seems to slide right off of him.  Until one time it doesn’t he gets into an altercation that leads to him having to serve community service at the Hope House in the kitchen with Zoe.  4 weeks of no pay and no firefighting.  He figures he can glide right through this with his usual reckless attitude.  He learns very fast that every detail counts in Hope House and that Zoe is just like her father when it comes to being the boss.

Zoe was working with some of the top chef’s in Washington D.C. and she trades it all in to become a chef at a local soup kitchen.  This doesn’t sit well with her father the Chief at Station 8.  Zoe and her father are not seeing eye to eye at the moment and it’s even more tense since he doesn’t believe she should be working at Hope House.  Then she is assigned a firefighter who doesn’t like to follow rules to do his community service in her kitchen.  I really enjoyed seeing how brave Zoe really was underneath.  I don’t just mean when Alex starts to dare her to step out of her box.  I mean the fact that she juggles so much for Hope House on such a limited budget.  The fact that she stands up to Alex the first time he screws up in her kitchen.  How she stands her ground with the people who come to Hope House and how she would love to give everyone extra helpings but that is not possible.

Once these two characters get together the chemistry gets set to simmer. (notice my kitchen humor there?)  They both fight the attraction for different reasons.  Zoe refuses to date someone who heads into danger so easily.  She can’t deal with the thought of loosing anyone like that.  Alex is trying to only see Zoe as his Chief’s daughter but that is getting more and more complicated the longer they are together.

All in all a well put together Happily Ever After story.  I’m intrigued to read more of this series. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and Kensington Books for my honest review.

book blurb and stuff…

Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Expected publication: January 26th 2016 by Zebra
ISBN
1420137735 (ISBN13: 9781420137736)

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?

 

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