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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Saved by the Firefighter by Rachel Brimble - Book Review, Excerpt & Giveaway

Book review

Review by Suze

Izzy is lonely. She's on her own with her grief and nothing will bring back the brother she loved so much. When Robbie passed away Izzy was dating Trent, one of Robbie's colleagues. Robbie was a firefighter who died because of his job. Izzy broke off her relationship with Trent, because she couldn't handle losing someone again. Trent is persistent, but Izzy keeps telling him no.
Izzy is a photographer and to help a little girl she's one of the people who are putting together a calendar. Trent is one of the firefighters she has to photograph, which means they have to work together. Will this mean another chance for Trent to convince Izzy they're meant for each other or will his job remain an obstacle Izzy can't overcome?
Saved by the Firefighter is an emotional story about two people who clearly belong together. Izzy and Trent have both lost so much and they know what it's like to grieve. In their young lives they've been through a lot already and the question is if they can handle more. Izzy is sweet and talented, but she's also guarded. She has her walls firmly in place and it's difficult for Trent to break them down. He's a kindhearted man and when he's given someone his heart this person has it for life. I liked that about him. It's obvious from the start that Trent and Izzy have a physical as well as an emotional connection. It was interesting to read about this unusual couple and I couldn't wait to find out what would happen to them.
Rachel Brimble writes about the risks of dangerous professions in an honest and empathic way. I could understand Izzy's reluctance to give her heart to someone who's risking his life every day. I also felt sad for Trent, because it was obvious how much love he has to give and Izzy isn't sure if she should or can receive it. Their game of pushing and pulling is based on a solid thought-provoking reason. It made me think about truly living, fear, love and loss. Some decisions are hard to make, no matter what the outcome will be. 
Saved by the Firefighter is sometimes sad, but it's also hopeful. I loved the idea of the calendar and was immediately interested because of Izzy's passion for her work. Rachel Brimble shows her readers that true love will always prevail and I loved the way she used this theme to write about two main characters who are struggling with this. Her writing is vivid and easy to read and I enjoyed the loving way she writes about Templeton Cove, it's a wonderful place to read about. I like this amazing series very much.

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About Rachel Brimble

 Rachel Brimble lives with her husband and two teenage daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK. After having several novels published by small US presses, she secured agent representation in 2011. Since 2013, she has had five books published by Harlequin Superromance (Templeton Cove Stories) and three Victorian romances by eKensington/Lyrical.

Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America, and was selected to mentor the Superromance finalist of So You Think You Can Write 2014 contest. When she isn’t writing, you’ll find Rachel with her head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with her family. Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England.

She likes nothing more than connecting and chatting with her readers and fellow romance writers. Rachel would love to hear from you!

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

She carefully climbed down the rocks, one hand steadying her as she made her slow descent. Trent waited, needing to know she was safe on the sand before he could leave.

He wanted to protect his family and loved ones––to never fail someone again as he’d failed his baby sister. In Izzy, he saw his future. Why her, he wasn’t sure he could ever explain, but she mattered. Deeply.

Yet, with every day that passed, she slipped further away from him and he wished to God it didn’t hurt so much.

He briefly closed his eyes before opening them again, ready to walk on. Walk away. He glanced in her direction once last time as she leapt from the final rock, her hand protectively clasped around the camera at her breasts. Looking up, she held up a finger toward him as though asking him to wait for her. Surprise turned to pathetic relief as she jogged across the sand, her long blonde hair swinging back and forth in its ponytail. As she got closer, the more Trent tensed.

It had been over a week since he’d seen her. The beach party a bigger disaster than he could’ve ever anticipated.

She came up the steps toward him, tucking some fallen hair behind her ear. He noted the way she tried to smile for him, but it didn’t quite meet her eyes. “Hi.”

He pushed his hands into the pockets of his work trousers. “Hi.”

Slightly out of breath, she exhaled through pursed lips and stared into his eyes. “I think I owe you an apology.”

She might as well as said she loved him. The pleasure that jolted through him probably wouldn’t have been any less powerful. He dragged his gaze from hers to look blindly toward a spot over her shoulder. “For what?”

“For the way I spoke to you at the beach last week.” She sighed. “Won’t you at least look at me? You know apologizing doesn’t exactly come as second nature to me.”

He turned. The trepidation and pleading in her gaze teemed with the blush at her cheeks, tugged at his chest. “I get it, Iz. It’s fine.”

“What do you get?”

“You need to blame me for Robbie’s death. You’ll only ever look at me and see a firefighter now. The man who couldn’t save your brother. You’ll never just see me. A guy who really likes you.”

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