Series: Rescue Squad #1
Published by Zebra
Publication Date: January 26th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.
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?
Opposites attract in this sizzling story about a risk-taking fireman and a cautious chef who find middle ground and learn that taking risks and following the rules may not always be a bad thing. RECKLESS is fun and sweet, and a great start to the series.
Zoe Westin gave up a promising career at a high-profile restaurant to follow her dream, a decision that most consider ill-advised and one that has put her at odds with her father. With the soup kitchen running on a shoe-string budget, the last thing she needs is to babysit an arrogant firefighter who puts everything she is trying to achieve at risk with his lack of interest.
Firefighter Alex Donovan is a thrill-seeker who lives full out, with no reservations and while this may work in his personal life, professionally it could tank his career. When he has a fallout with a superior officer, Alex has only one option of keeping his job: four weeks of community service at a soup kitchen. Alex plans to do only the bare minimum for the duration of his assignment, but when his disinterest puts his assignment and ultimately his career at risk, he is willing to make amends and go over and above to prove to Zoe that she can depend on him.
At first glance, Alex and Zoe appear to be opposites but Zoe has a streak of daring that she has buried deep down, and Alex tempts her to loosen up and be carefree. Alex knows that Zoe is off limits to him but all that time working side by side in the kitchen only cranks up the heat between them. While they freely explore their chemistry, can their connection survive Alex’s return to duty at the firehouse? How will his boss, Zoe’s father react to the news of their involvement?
At the beginning of this book, I didn’t care much for both Alex and Zoe because I thought Alex was cocky and brash and Zoe was judgmental and difficult. It took a while for me to warm up to them, but they redeemed themselves and showed a deeper, more thoughtful side to each of them. I loved Zoe’s dedication to Hope House and Alex’s commitment to help her dream succeed.
On a funny note, I found myself trying to find a synonym for the word ‘reckless’ and its variations every time I came across it 🙂