The Temperature Is Rising…
Firefighter Cole Everett's life revolves around the firehouse. Committed to saving livesand to the guys who always have his back in the most dangerous moments on the jobCole's focus is a coveted spot on the Fairview Rescue Squad. When his captain asks him to mentor a rookie firefighter, he jumps at the chance, hoping it will help to prove his skill. But the new "guy" is none other than Savannah Nelson, a female firefighter as stubbornly determined as Cole is, and a whole lot curvier in all the right places . . .
Savannah won't let anyone extinguish her dream of fulfilling her family legacy and becoming a top notch firefighterand she's happily surprised when strong-willed, sexy Cole is willing to give her the chance she deserves. Concentrating on the job isn't always easy when the heat between them flares higher every day, but Savannah won't give upnot even when one of Station Eight's veterans seems bent on trashing her reputation. To stop a string of possible arsons, Savannah and Cole will need to eliminate every distractionbut can they let their love go up in flames?
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Kimberly Kincaid writes contemporary romance that splits the difference between sexy and sweet. When she's not sitting crosslegged in an ancient desk chair known as "The Pleather Bomber," she can be found practicing obscene amounts of yoga, whipping up anything from enchiladas to éclairs in her kitchen, or curled up with her nose in a book. Kimberly is a 2011 RWA Golden Heart® finalist who lives (and writes!) by the mantra that food is love. She resides in northern Virginia with her wildly patient husband and their three daughters.
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By KIMBERLY KINCAID
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Cole Everett stared at the string of bright orange flames reaching up from the six-burner cooktop with a whole lot of business as usual filling his chest. Okay, so at least there was an actual fire at this fire call — unlike the last three he and the guys from Station Eight had responded to. But a kitchen flare-up in a hotel restaurant was hardly the high-rise fire they'd expected when they'd hauled balls out of the station, even if the flames had spread halfway up a small stretch of the grease-streaked wall behind the cooktop.
Cole blew out a steady exhale, aiming a look at his best friend and fellow firefighter, Alex Donovan. "You want to hit it or should I?"
Donovan dropped a calm, cool, and let-me-see-here glance to the commercial-grade fire extinguisher sitting between their booted feet on the kitchen tiles. "Be my guest, big shot."
A cocky grin bracketed his buddy's mouth, but Cole knew better than to metaphorically whip out his dick for a friendly game of I Can Piss Farther Than You. Screwing with Alex was like stepping in quicksand. The more Cole quipped back, the deeper they both sank, and ninety-nine times out of a hundred, keeping the peace by keeping his cakehole shut was so much easier than the alternative. Plus, knowing how much a non-response would hack Donovan off was worth the price of admission. He'd deal with the good-natured ration of shit the guy was trying to dish up later. Right now, they had a fire to put out. Albeit a small one.
Instead of giving Donovan the friendly oh fuck you the guy damn well deserved, Cole turned to Station Eight's rookie, Mike Jones, who stood behind him in the narrow aisle of the galley kitchen. "Okay, Jonesey. Knock this one out so we can go back to the house for lunch, would you? I'm starving."
"Copy that," Jones said, keeping his usual quiet efficiency as he reached down for the fire extinguisher. Pulling the pin and dropping it to the floor with a metallic clink, he focused his blue-eyed stare on the cooktop, dispatching the flames in a few minutes' worth of decisive movements. A healthy dose of airborne chemicals stung Cole's nose and lungs from the spot where he stood near the rookie, but it was better than the smoke beginning to clog the kitchen around them. Small-time fires still burned, and putting out the flames was the best part of the job.
Even if Cole had barely broken a sweat over this one.
"All right." He took a step back, shifting his weight from one foot to the other and swaying back and forth so the motion alarm on his pass device wouldn't let out an ear-shredding screech. After delivering an all-is-well update over the radio strapped to the shoulder of his turnout gear, Cole opened his mouth to remind Jones of the standard protocol for making sure the fire stayed out — after all, flareups could be a tricky bitch, especially with grease fires — but the guy was two steps ahead of him.
"Someone wants to impress the rest of the class," Donovan said, raising a blond eyebrow to the brim of his helmet as he stepped back to watch Jones secure the scene.
But Cole just laughed. "Right. Because you were a total slack-ass as a rookie." Even now, eight years removed from Fairview's fire academy, Alex jumped into pretty much everything he did with both boots first and all of his questions on the flip side.
Hell if that didn't make the two of them polar freaking opposites in terms of how they grabbed their ambition. But it also made them a kickass team, and had since they'd been recruits at the academy themselves. The only thing Cole knew he could rely on more than a good, solid game plan was that Donovan — or any man at Station Eight, on engine or squad — would always have his back.
Even if, for the last year straight, Cole's biggest career wish had been to transition from engine to squad, no matter what it took.
Alex's less than polite snort echoed through the galley of the smoke-hazed kitchen. "You're a good one to talk about ambition, you goddamn overachiever," he said, and hell, Cole should've known better than to think Donovan would let the conversation he'd overheard this morning between him and Lieutenant Crews ride.
"You really want to do this now?" Cole asked, keeping his easygoing smile in place as they both kicked their boots into motion to exit the kitchen.
The return smirk tugging at the corners of Alex's lips marked his intentions loud and clear. "In a word? Fuck yes."
"That's actually two words," Cole pointed out, although he knew the distraction strategy wouldn't save him from the raft of crap Donovan had clearly been holding at bay.
"It's cute that you think you're going to get out of this on a technicality. But no chance in hell am I going to treat you all special once you move over to squad."
Cole metered his breathing to match the precision of his footsteps. Focus. "Nobody said anything about me going anywhere."
Alex's snort returned with renewed intensity. "You've had a hard-on for a promotion to squad for the last year, easy, Everett. You've busted your balls on a metric ton of extra training, and your name is headlining the short list. Crews comes to tell you that not only is a spot finally opening up — at your home station, no less — but that Cap wants to see you as soon as he gets back from that redistricting meeting at the chief's office, too? Yeah, man. I'm going to be 'doing this'" — Alex paused to sketch air quotes around the words with his gloved fingers and a pop of laughter — "until you come out of Captain Westin's office and confirm that as usual, I'm right, all that ruler-straight planning of yours has finally paid dividends, and your elitist ass is moving to squad."
Despite the highly ingrained superstitious streak that Cole shared with pretty much every other firefighter on the planet, he cracked a grin. "There could be fifty different things Cap might want to talk to me about," he said, but damn it, hope still flared in his chest.
"Uh-huh. And forty-nine of them qualify as bullshit." Alex reached out to palm the handle to the door leading from the restaurant back to the sunbaked pavement where Engine Eight stood in all its bright red, lights-flashing glory. "Squad's been running light ever since Jensen got promoted to lieutenant and moved to Station Twenty-Six last month, and with the redistricting that went through four months ago, they're running way too many calls not to replace him permanently."
"Yeah," Cole said, although his agreement was short-lived. "But I don't exactly have a stunt double. Moving me to squad would leave us down a man on engine."
Alex, being Alex, refused to be swayed. "Funny thing about firefighters is they're always making more. The academy just spit out a fresh batch of candidates last week. And even though Jonesey's still technically at the six-month mark, he's catching his stride. Shit, he's barely a rookie anymore, and anyway, it's not as if Eight has never had two candidates at once."
No arguing the truth there. Hell, he and Alex were walking, talking proof. But still, Cole's ironclad calm stood its ground against the yes-yes-yes trying to build in his gut. "Okay, but just because there's a spot opening up on squad doesn't mean I'm going to be the man to get it."
For as much as Alex joked, squad was elite. While fire and rescue was their primary function, Cole couldn't deny that the hazmat response, the water rescue, and the specialized calls like building collapses that squad also handled gave him a giant fucking hard-on. But half the FFD had the same career boner. Plenty of guys were gunning for a chance to prove their mettle on squad, and Cole had already been passed over once for a spot at another house. Granted, the firefighter who'd ended up landing the position instead had more seniority and training at the time, but being passed by had only made Cole work his strategy even harder.
He didn't just want to be a firefighter. Hell, he didn't even want to be elite. He needed to be the best, and that meant landing a spot on the rescue squad.
After all, if there was one thing his old man had taught him decades ago, it was how to prove the hell out of his worth.
"I don't know," Alex said, his cocky tone going uncharacteristically soft as his words yanked Cole back to the here and now of Oak Street. "Call me crazy, but I think your number's up, dude. I've got a really good feeling about this one."
Cole barked out a laugh. He might usually take the easy-does-it route, but this was too good to pass up. "A feeling? Seriously, Teflon. Does Zoe keep your nuts in her purse?"
A lightning-fast smile flickered across Alex's face at the mention of his girlfriend's name. Jesus, after only five months, the guy had it so bad, Cole couldn't even enjoy mocking him. Even if Donovan was talking crooked out of his ass right now.
"First of all" — Alex tugged open the side compartment door on Engine Eight, swinging his Halligan bar inside with a metallic clunk — "that's pretty rich coming from a guy who's as unlaid as a pile of goddamn bricks. Christ, Everett. The last time you had sex, there was snow on the ground."
Ouch. "I have ..." Cole counted backward, his argument dying in his throat. When the hell had August rolled around?
"Not. Sorry, brother, but doing the no-pants dance with your hand doesn't count," Donovan said over a smirk. He tossed Cole a bottle of water from one of the storage coolers before swooping in for the kill. "And secondly, just because my gut feeling can't be neatly quantified by one of your elaborate Spock strategies doesn't mean it's not spot-on. I'm telling you. Something major is going down at Eight, and it's going down today."
"Maybe." Cole turned his glance about fifty yards up the street, where it landed on the guys from Station Eight's rescue squad. They had been running light ever since Jensen's promotion, with only four regular guys on C-shift and a floater here and there on weekends when they tended to go on more calls. Calls that had gone to nearly time and a half since the city had widened Station Eight's response district last month.
Ah, screw it. For all their smack talk, it wasn't as if Donovan didn't know the score, and all of Cole's planning and preparation did have him logically poised to get the next available placement on squad.
"I just want the spot, you know?" His throat locked over the massive understatement, and he uncapped his water for a long swallow. "Guess I don't want to jinx it."
"I get it," Alex said, his tone backing up the sentiment for just a second before he added, "But it's kind of hard to jinx a sure thing. Just don't forget us common folk over on engine when you transfer over to squad, all fancy and shit."
"Yeah, yeah." Cole opened his mouth to deliver a decidedly un-fancy directive when their lieutenant cleared his throat from behind them.
"You two done gossiping over here?" Crews asked, the barely-there lift of his brows the only thing keeping his expression out of dead neutral. For a guy who was six-two and 230 pounds even before he slung on his turnout gear, the man's stealth was actually pretty frightening.
"Yes, sir. As soon as Everett braids my hair, we'll be all set."
Cole shifted his SCBA tank from his shoulders, fixing Alex with a deadpan stare. "Don't be an asshole, Donovan. It's your turn to braid my hair."
Crews shook his head, but hiding the smile hinting at the corners of his mouth was pretty much impossible. "Jesus Christ. It's like kiddie hour over here. You're worse than my daughters. What are you guys, twelve?"
"Great timing, Jonesey," Alex said, tipping his chin as the rookie made his way over to the engine and unstrapped his helmet. "Crews was just talking about you."
Jones grabbed a bottle of water, pouring half of it over his blond head before pausing to down the rest. "We can't all be geriatric like you, Donovan."
"Careful, Jones." Crews wagged one gloved finger at the rookie. "I've got seven years on Teflon, here, and I have no problem taking each and every one of them out on you for the rest of this shift."
"With respect, sir, you'd have to catch me first. And if there's one thing you've taught me, it's how to be slicker than owl snot."
"Yeah, yeah," the lieutenant grumbled, although a smile threaded through his words. "Get your ass on the rig before I decide I want the workout."
Cole fought the bubble of laughter rising in his chest and lost. But it took a shitload more than a little smack talk to rattle Crews, or any of them, really. Thin-skinned firefighters lasted less than ten seconds, and that was before anything even caught on fire.
"By the way," Donovan said, delivering a firm but friendly nudge to Jones's shoulder as they turned toward the engine, "I just turned thirty, dude. I'm in my fucking prime. Once you finish puberty, I'll tell you all about it."
Jones's smile was a flash of white teeth against his soot-smudged face. "Whatever you say, Father Time. Whatever you say."
They all finished the trip to their respective spots in the engine, with Alex and Jonesey climbing into the back step and Crews storing his coat and helmet before sinking into the officer's seat in the front of the vehicle. Cole slid behind the wheel. He'd been driving Engine Eight more often than not for the last year, but man, the operator's spot never got old. He'd miss it when his strategy finally panned out and he moved to squad. Whenever that happened to be.
Damn, he wanted it to be today.
Anticipation swirled with hope to form a potent one-two punch in his veins. Considering how exclusive rescue squads were, Cole had come to terms with the fact that he'd almost certainly have to leave Station Eight in order to be on one. Spots were few and far between across the board, and with an abundance of qualified guys looking to fill them, being choosy about location wasn't really on the options menu. Of all the things he'd had to gut through in the last two years' worth of studying and planning and training, leaving the station he'd called home for the last eight years had been the only thing to make Cole hesitate. The firefighters and paramedics at Eight weren't just his coworkers. Hell, they weren't even just his friends.
Every single person who punched the clock at Station Eight was his family. They had his back, all the time, every time.
Which was more than Cole could say about the people he was actually related to.
He stiffened against the well-worn operator's seat, his knuckles going tight over the wheel, and he battened down to extinguish the uncharacteristic spark of emotion pulsing through his rib cage. All this back-and-forth about the open spot on squad was turning his focus into tapioca. Searching for the control he normally wore like his favorite weather-beaten bomber jacket, Cole ordered the facts in his mind.
Crews had made it clear that a position was opening up on squad, and he'd been equally crystal about Captain Westin wanting a one-on-one as soon as he got back from his trip to chief's office. Westin might keep a keen eye on every man at Eight, but like the rest of them, he wasn't exactly an air-your-feelings kind of guy. Every meeting had a purpose. Private meetings all the more. And despite giving it his very best effort, Cole couldn't come up with a single reason Cap would ask for a sit-down with him, save one.
Holy shit. After eight years as a firefighter and over a year of actively training for the rescue squad, Cole was going to get promoted.
His excitement burst out by way of a smile as he finessed Engine Eight into the far right side of the engine bay. A quick visual tour of the two-story concrete and cinder-block space revealed Captain Westin's city-issued Suburban sitting quietly in its designated spot, and Cole swung a glance at Crews from across the cab of the engine with his pulse hammering.
"Unless you need me to help off-load the rig, I'm going to go see Cap, as requested." He hung the words between them like a question — it might be his last day on engine, but Crews was still his lieutenant. Scrimping on the respect that went with that definitely wasn't on Cole's agenda, squad or no squad.
Crews acquiesced with a tight nod. "Copy that," he said, waiting for Donovan and Jones to jump down from the back step and start moving through the engine bay before he tacked on, "Hey, Everett?"
"Yeah?" Cole paused, but God, Crews's expression was a wall of stone.
"Take your time."
Cole took a few seconds to let the surprise from the lieutenant's comment bounce through him before he followed the guy's lead and clambered down from his seat in the engine. For a second, he thought about a quick trip to the locker room to trade his sweat-damp T-shirt and bunker pants for something decidedly less worked in, but screw it. Cap might run a tight house, but they were hardly a decorous bunch. He settled for tugging a hand through his hair to straighten what he could and making sure his FFD T-shirt was tucked in before hitting the hallway leading into the station.
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Great series. Can’t wait to read the next one.
I enjoyed the entire series. Read them in order. You don't have to, but seems to make a bit more sense.
I did not read the first book in this series, but I have to say, I enjoyed "Fearless" immensely. This is a new author for me, and this is how a series should be written. I love connecting characters, with a H and h story with their own HEA. I found this in Cole and Savannah's story. A good flow to the story, it also had great details in training Savannah as a newbie firefighter. Growing up in a firefighting family is a lot different than living and breathing in fighting those fires. The attraction between Cole and Savannah while training and fighting fires gives the reader the romance that we are looking for.The setting of those fires and issues in the firehouse gives us the suspense. If you are a reader of romantic suspense, then I would recommend "Fearless" for your bookshelf. Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for gifting me with a copy of "Fearless" and asking for my honest opinion. This is mine. 4.25 Stars!
4.5 firetrucks for this book ! I knew I was going to love Cole getting a peak of him in Reckless ( Alex's book ) and I did ! Kimberly tells the story of Cole a firefighter at station 8 looking to moving to #rescuesquad but first he has to train a new recruit for his current job and guess what that happens to be a hot and full of spunk Savannah who comes from a long line of firefighters . Oh things are heating up at #station8. You must read this and book one if you haven't .
Kimberly Kincaid knows how to write romance. I have been a fan of Ms. Kincaid’s writing for a couple of years now. I have yet to read a story she has written that I have not liked. Fearless is not really an exception, but I did not just like it, I LOVED it. Ms. Kincaid wrote about a profession that is primarily for men and showed that a woman can perform the job just as well, and in some “small” cases better. Sorry, you will have to read this fabulous book to know what I mean by “small cases”. You have already read the blurb, so I am not going to rehash it in my own words. I will tell you why I loved this book though. The way Ms. Kincaid writes the whole story is exceptional. She brings more than one story to her books. She writes a book in ways that are easy to follow, but in a way that you do not want to put it down, as well as making it believable. Her character development and descriptions are phenomenal. You want to make her characters your friends and lovers. Kudos Ms. Kincaid on another winner to this exceptional series of book. I cannot wait to see who is next. Now, I want to thank NetGalley for offering this book on your site. I need to thank Kensington book for approving my request and gifting me a copy of this fabulous book for an honest review. Thank you for reading my review. Do you love a great romance about really built firefighters? Then this one is definitely for you. Now, go hit that One-Click button, and enjoy this fabulous book as much as I did.
Fearless is the second book in the Rescue Squad series by Kimberly Kincaid, and let's just say it is getting hot in here! This book was awesome and is the story of Cole Everett and Savannah Nelson. Cole works for the Fairview Fire Department on Engine 8, he works hard and keeps his nose clean. His dream is to be on Fairview Rescue Squad, and it looks like that dream is about to come true, with one little catch. He is asked to train the new "guy" to take his place. Ok, no biggie there, only the new guy turns out to be Savannah Nelson, who is as determined and serious about her job as Cole is. But along with being the first female firefighter at this house, she also doesn't seem to have a brain to mouth filter, and that sometimes gets her into trouble, well that and the fact that she doesn't always follow orders. If you love romance novels and firefighters, this book is definitely for you. It has a great story line with fantastic characters, and along with the attraction they have to one another, they are trying to figure out if arson is playing a part in some of the fires, not to mention the surprise ending to that one. I absolutely loved the baby ducks and the library scene, and her first breakfast at the firehouse was hilarious. Another smoking hot five star read from Kimberly Kincaid!!
Kimberly Kincaid creates a realistic romantic suspense that features 2 hardworking firefighters. Cole is a veteran firefighter who is looking to move to the prestigious rescue squad. He is forced to train his replacement, the first female firefighter in the house, Savannah. She is determined to uphold her family tradition and isn't willing to compromise her principles. Cole and Savannah get off to a rough start, but eventually they begin to figure each other out. Their working relationship is complicated by the attraction that both feel for the other and the sexist attitude of her coworkers Will Savannah and Cole give in to their attraction or will it drive them apart? This is a good book, but I agree that a lot of time is devoted to technical training and realistic detail that can turn some readers off. I liked both character, but was able to connect more with Cole than Savannah. I was given a free copy for an honest review.
Fearless is a love story between two firefighters. I didn’t really enjoy reading it. Because the story was for me a lesson of firefighter training. More than a half a book was about training and I didn’t understand half of it. The characters were interesting develop I didn’t fall in love with neither of them I just didn’t feel like we were on the same wavelength. The story has a little suspense which makes story more interesting and not dull. I liked how it all ended and came to closure for both of them. *ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
Fearless is the second book in Kimberly Kincaid’s Rescue Squad series. I have never been disappointed in any book that I’ve read by Ms. Kincaid. I enjoy reading books about Firefighters and Ms. Kincaid did an exceptional job not only describing all aspects of the profession but also adding some mystery to the already dangerous job. It took me a bit to get into the storyline but once I did I couldn’t put it down. I recommend Fearless and like to disclose that I received an advanced copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.
The fabulous Kimberly Kincaid has done it again with another fantastic Rescue Squad book. What's not to love about hot firemen! And in this case, both hero and heroine are firefighters. Cole Everett has patiently waiting for his turn to come to join the rescue squad at Station Eight. There is finally an opening and one of his requirements to joining is to train the new recruit. No one is prepared for that recruit to be a woman. Savannah Nelson has been raised in a family full of firefighters including her father and brothers. In order to make her own way in the world, she moves to Fairview far from her family. The only exception is her older brother Brad, who an arson investigator for a different station. As Cole begins Savannah's training, they start uncovering discrepancies in a few recent fire scenes. Have they uncovered an arson trail? Or something not quite so sinister? This was a fantastic read, and of course it wouldn't be a Kimberly Kincaid book without me crying at the end!
This is a great book; this book is part of the Rescue Squad series written by Kimberly Kincaid. This book can be read as a standalone, but once you read this one you will want to go back and read the other books in this series. Cole Everett is a firefighter and his life revolves around the firehouse. His focus is a coveted spot on the Fairview Rescue Squad. When his captain asks him to mentor a rookie firefighter, he jumps at the chance, hoping it will help to prove his skill. But the new "guy" is none other than Savannah Nelson, a female firefighter as stubbornly determined as Cole is, and a whole lot curvier in all the right places. Savannah won't let anyone extinguish her dream of fulfilling her family legacy and becoming a top notch firefighter--and she's happily surprised when strong-willed, sexy Cole is willing to give her the chance she deserves. This is a great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. This book will keep you reading long into the night. If you are looking for a great book, then you need to read this book. I am looking forward to reading the next book by this great author. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
Get ready for this summer’s blockbuster! Cole Everett left the family farm to become a firefighter, what he always wanted to do. Cole is ambitious, and he wants to be the best; he’s also aiming for a promotion to squad. When Station Eight’s Captain Westin calls Cole to his office, Cole hopes it’s about his promotion. And it is, conditionally. Before earning his place to the rescue squad, Westin tells him that Cole has a rookie to train. Fresh out of the academy and coming from a family of firefighters, Savannah Nelson is no less ambitious. Tall, gorgeous, the Texan is all cockiness; Savannah Nelson is FEARLESS! Kimberly Kincaid spins a glorious tale in such vivid details, I’m almost tempted to call it the movie blockbuster of the summer! And what a movie it would make! Right from the start, I knew that Ms. Kincaid really knew her stuff: never has a fire station felt so real to me. From the tight camaraderie between the firefighters and their funny banter, they all felt familiar, and all this with a few chosen words. Savannah doesn’t get preferential treatment from Cole, even though they were physically attracted to each other from the start, and I loved that. She is proud and too self-confident for her own good, and they have a few showdowns, and O joy, how it was so wonderfully believable. Savannah has to deal with unjustified animosity from an old-timer, there is arson, a cover-up, and of course the fabulous romance, and the author masterfully blends everything into a exhilarating action-filled book, with the romance happening precisely how it should. And kudos to Ms. Kincaid who did some serious research on firefighting, which makes FEARLESS positively enthralling, and speaking for myself, quite educational as well in the most entertaining way possible. What I loved the most is that everything that has to do with firefighting is not meant as the backdrop for a romance, but plays an integral part of it. The writing is low-key, descriptive, and quite elegant indeed. Do not miss this fabulous read by the equally fabulous Kimberly Kincaid! A winner all the way! I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Kimberly Kincaid’s firefighting duo scorch up the pages in more ways than one in this fun, sexy and exciting read. For Cole Everett fighting fires is his life. He’s devoted the past eight years of his life to his career, to the men at his firehouse who’ve become his brothers and to the people he’s dedicated to protect and save. His goal to get a spot on the Fairview Rescue Squad in his same house is right on the tip of his fingers, but he needs to train the rookie who’ll be his replacement in the engine. He didn’t count on being insanely attracted to the curvy spitfire. The draw between them is the least of his problems though because the brazen woman has managed to get on his Lieutenant’s bad side and now he’s stuck between a rock and a very deliciously soft place. Firefighting runs in Savannah Nelson’s blood. She comes from a long line of accomplished firemen but moved far away from her family to make it on her own and nothing will stop her from becoming part of her family’s legacy. Not the fact that she’s a woman and certainly not the seasoned Lieutenant who’s set on stopping her. Luckily the fireman appointed to train her is not just hot, he’s also fair and is determined to guide her to the best of both their abilities. But knowing that relationships within the same firehouse, can they ignore the heat and connection that’s building between them? If a hot fireman is your thing, I doubt you’ll be able to resist a firefighting story with a sexy hero, a vivacious and snarky firewoman with sizzling attraction between them. Kimberly Kincaid provides some of the best well researched story about life in a firehouse with a fast paced plot and captivating characters. Savannah is tough and Fearless, and perhaps a bit overeager. She’s not just out to prove herself, she also loves what she does and is good at it, even if she does have more to learn especially how to get some anxiety. It’s by far an easy job, and I really respected her for her conviction as did her co-workers. Cole is the perfect balance to Savannah’s impulsiveness. He’s controlled and serious mostly due to his heartbreaking past. As the two of them work together not only does the chemistry between them grow, so does their mutual esteem, connection and understanding about one another. I enjoyed getting to see both their vulnerable sides once they let their guard down. Of course the no-fraternization rule wasn’t their only obstacle, as they’re both eager to go above and beyond they discover a trail of arson cover-ups which point to alarming foe. So besides the attraction, the heart pounding emergencies they attend which are vividly described, the great camaraderie between the charming supporting characters at the Fire Station Eight, we get a shocking mystery that had me glued to this amazing book. Fearless is book #2 in the Rescue Squad series by Kimberly Kincaid. This is a sexy and exciting standalone with a pinch of mystery and dash of thrilling fire fighting. This story is told from alternating points of view with a happy ending. 4.5 Fearless Stars
✦Review: FEARLESS (The Rescue Squad) by Kimberly Kincaid http://wp.me/p3d0RZ-5VM Genre: Romantic Suspense/ Contemporary Romance Publication Date: July 26, 2016 Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas Donna Rated 5 Stars #TopFav2016 REVIEW: I loved this book! Cole Everett was smart, capable and sexy as can be. I think he is my perfect example of a fireman. I wasn’t sure I liked Savannah’s confrontational attitude and worried that it would ruin the story for me. What a fool I was. She had the perfect personality to drive the crux of the story to where it needed to be. It flowed so well between the romance, life in the rescue squad and the dangerous mystery unfolding. This is an exciting sexy story that had me soaking up every word. *Review copy provided by Kensington in exchange for an honest review.
Cole and Savannah are so hot together they nearly burn everything up, even though no one knows there is anything going on...Cole is all set to move to the coveted position on squad but he first has to spend six weeks orienting the new recruit, Savannah. She comes from a long line of firefighters in Texas but is making her way on her own. This is a great story with strong characters with a good background and arson thrown in to keep it interesting. Make sure you read the first book in the series for the background, although this is definitely a stand alone. I highly recommend this book! **Received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**
Fearless by Kimberly Kincaid....Get ready for some heat, this Book will sizzle the pages. Cole is so hot and Savannah is beautiful and they are perfect together and burn a fire between them. This is a must read for anyone that loves fireman romance and looking for a page Turner. I was given a complimentary book by publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.
Cole Everett has been with Fire Station 8 for 8 years. He loves his job and he's looking for a promotion to squad. He's worked hard and met all of the requirements, and now that new job is within reach. All he has to do is train his replacement on engine. Just 6 weeks of transition time and he's good to go. He figures it'll be a piece of cake, right up until he gets a look at his new trainee. Savanah Nelson comes from a long line of firefighters. She just graduated from the Academy top in her class and she's determined to live up to the family name. She's determined, confident and capable. She's also saucy, stubborn and drop dead beautiful. Getting her ready to take over his spot on engine without getting personally involved isn't going to be easy, and when a routine review of a fire report completed by a senior officer responsible for the squad team Cole wants to move to suggests that there could be serious problems within the station, things get a whole lot more difficult. Fearless is the second of Kimberly Kincaid's Fire station 8 stories. It's a fast paced and exciting read and the fires the team respond to aren't the only thing that's hot, hot, hot. The story is well written and the fire fighting information is well researched and feels believable. Characters are well developed and the cameo appearances from the characters in the previous book adds a degree of familiarity and a sense of coming back to old friends. Savanah isn't a girly girl and Fearless isn't a girly romance but it is great reading and has me hoping it won't be long until we see the men and women of Station 8 again.
Cole Everett is a seasoned firefighter who has been training and studying to accomplish his goal of working on the Rescue Squad and now is his big chance. There is finally an opening and he won't let anything get in his way. There's just one little catch. He needs to train the new candidate to take his place before he can move over to rescue. Shouldn't be too hard until he meets the feisty beautiful woman he needs to train. There is some serious chemistry between the two but acting on it could mean career suicide. Is it worth the risk or will they play it safe?? Awesome read! Great writing, characters, and storyline make this a must read. I highly recommend it.
Savannah Nelson is determined to make her dreams come true and follow in the footsteps of her family by becoming a accomplished firefighter. She know's going into a male dominated profession is going to be hard, and she'll face tough challenges along the way, but she is ready for whatever may come her way... nothing will derail her plans! Even when it comes to a handsome man in a fire suit and enough chemistry between them to start a fire!! Cole Everett lives and breaths his work, he feeds off it and knows there is nothing else in this world that he would rather be doing. The men he serves alongside have become his family in the last eight years and he knows they've always got his back, and he in turn has their's. He has always wanted a spot on the rescue squad and when he hears that there is an opening coming available he becomes one hundred percents focused on earning that spot, but before he can take the spot he must train the man who will taking his spot on the line. Which he is fully prepared to do if that is what it takes to get his promotion. But when he discovers that he'll actually be training a female fighter to take over his spot, he knows he is going to be in trouble the moment she walks in the fire station, she has curves for days and is drop dead gorgeous... and may make focusing on the task at hand a little tough!! I have been looking forward to returning to this series for some time now, so when I saw Fearless was available for request I jumped right on it, full well knowing that if Kimberly Kincaid was at the helm it was going to be a hot and spicy read that is certain to satisfy!! And true to my thought the moment I started this one I knew I was in for a real treat, especially the moment Cole waltzed onto the page!! Cole and Savannah pulled me into their world and had me instantly addicted and flying through the pages as fast as I could turn them... once I got started there was no stopping me! Their story was filled with unwavering intensity, smoldering passion, heartfelt emotion, & a scorching chemistry that ignited some very hot encounters that had me feeling the heat and in dire need of my very own firefighter to extinguish the flames!! Highly recommend this one... it is HOT!! ARC requested through NetGalley and kindly provided by Kensington Books in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.
Kimberly Kincaid does not disappoint!! Love this second of the series! When Cole finds out that to get his transition to squad approved he must train a new candidate, he doesn't hesitate. Then in walks Savannah, Station Eights first female candidate. And while he doesn't believe she can't do it he knows it will be tough. Adding his attraction in the mix certainly won't help matters any. Savannah wants nothing more than to prove herself to the crew. But Oz is making her life miserable. Doesn't think a woman can handle the job. But with Cole helping her, she wants nothing more than to prove him wrong. But as they work closer together and spend a lot more time together things heat up. But the secret relationship could be devastating to both of their careers. Throw in arson and a possible cover-up by one of the stations own veteran officers and a catastrophe is brewing of epic proportions. Will there be a way to prove the theory and keep their jobs or will they crash and burn? Can they make the relationship work in the midst of doubts and distrust? Will they be Fearless in their attempts to have it all, or will they call it quits to save their careers?
Sexy, hot firefighters! In Book 2 of her Rescue Squad series, Kimberly Kincaid brings us Cole Everett's story. It was great to see Alex Donovan again from Book 1 and get to see him interact on the job since most of our time with him was outside of work. Really enjoyed it! Firefighter Cole Everett's life is the firehouse .. and all of the men who always have his back. He'll do anything for the job ... and finally has his eye on his coveted position on the Rescue Squad. He just has to train a new guy for 6 weeks and the promotion is his! Imagine his surprise when the new guy is actually the new woman! Savannah Nelson comes from a legacy of firefighters in her family and it's all she's ever wanted to do with her life. She won't let anyone stand in her way! She's happily surprised that Cole is actually a good guy and willing to give her the chance she deserves to prove herself with hard work and ability. When the flames heat up inside the house and out, will Cole & Savannah be able to hide a romance from the house?
Fearless is book two in the Rescue Squad series by Kimberly Kincaid. This book was generously provided to me in exchange for an honest review by NetGalley, Kensington Books, and by the author. When Cole Everett left the family ranch to fulfill his dream of being a firefighter, he knew he would never be going back. After having been a member of station eight for eight years, his fellow firefighters have become his family. He’ll do anything for them and they for him. Cole has had his eye on being promoted to rescue squad for some time. When he’s told there will be an opening right in his own station house, he’s thrilled. But in order to move up, his position must be filled. So Cole is asked to train the new rookie fresh out of the academy. He’ll do whatever it takes to get this promotion so he’s excited to get started. But Cole can’t believe his eyes when his new trainee walks in. He is a she, and her name is Savannah. Savannah Nelson comes from a family of firefighters. There was never a question whether she would continue with the family profession. But she wanted to make her own way, outside of the influence of her family name. So Savannah attended the academy in Fairview. Women are very rare as firefighters. But she worked hard and excelled. She is thrilled to be offered the position at station eight and is ready to prove herself. “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.” Savannah is not a girly girl. And maybe she overcompensates while trying to do as well as any of the men she is up against. Her overeagerness might need to be taken down a notch or two. But after a couple of rough patches, she and Cole worked well together. As respect between them grew, so did attraction. They each found themselves thinking of the other in ways that shouldn’t/couldn’t happen. “I’m not a firefighter because I’ve got something to prove. I’m a firefighter because I’ve got someone to be.” The attraction becomes too much to resist and Cole and Savannah give in to temptation. Together, these two are hotter than hot. I loved seeing Savannah’s more vulnerable side and finally seeing Cole let down his walls. “I see you, Savannah. And what I see is beautiful.” While teaching Savannah how to read a fire’s origins after the fact, clues start to pile up that perhaps these fires aren’t what they seem. The clues are disturbing but without facts, can they go forward with what they know? I love this series. It’s obvious throughout that Kimberly Kincaid has done a lot of research on the life of a firefighter. I loved this insight into what life is like inside the firehouse. Cole and Savannah were the same in that being a firefighter was their life. But as always, sometimes, when you least expect it, that someone comes along that changes everything and puts your life in perspective. Will Cole and Savannah get their happily ever after? I hope you’ll pick this up and find out. “She was his calm. His control. His center. She was his everything.”
There is nothing sexier than a man in uniform. Except for a man willing to risk heart, career, friendships and danger in order to do the right thing. Cole is one such man. Upon introduction I didn't plan on liking the cocky guy with the wry sense of humor and sexual innuendos as much as I ended up doing. What changed my mind. The glimpses of the honorable man underneath. Savannah had all the odds against her. A woman in a man's world seeking to prove her skill and give her life in exchange for the respect of her peers, as well as honor a family legacy needed someone in her corner. Although he may not have started out as supportive, Cole must have saw the grit of fighter and the heart of a champion because he ultimately became her biggest cheerleader. Stories like Fearless are inspiring because the message they provide is powerful. Anything is possible to achieve, if in your heart you truly believe.
3 - "I'm here to train your sass, not kiss it." Stars. Having absolutely devoured the first book in Kimberley Kinkaid’s Rescue Squad series a few months ago, I was eager to dip back in with Fearless. And while the author deals with certain workplace equality issues admirably, there were other aspects of this story that didn’t quite gel for me. The story that plays out around Cole and Savannah’s relationship reminded me a little of one of my favorite films Backdraft in that we have an unknown arsonist at work, and this is discovered by our two Firefighters in the process of Cole, training newly recruited Savannah to take his place on Engine Eight, in preparation for his move to the Rescue Squad. Although whereas it took me a while to work out who the villain was in regards to the film, the author made it pretty obvious exactly who the villain was in this one from the beginning. But that wasn’t as much of an issue for me in relation to the story as a whole. "This attraction between us didn’t just pop up overnight, and you’ve never treated me differently… When we’re at work, we work. Period." Which pretty much sums up where my main issue is, apart from a slow as molasses start to actually get the story going, I felt absolutely no connection between Cole and Savannah as a romantic couple, yes they worked quite well together when she finally shut up and stopped giving him attitude, and the author didn’t skimp on the sexy times once they finally hit any available flat surface going, but there was no spark between them for me, and there definitely wasn’t a raging inferno of lust. To be honest it was more of a damp match that you can’t get to light more than anything. "Welcome to eight, Tough Stuff." But the author tackles sexism in the workplace in this one as well, and although I can appreciate that she gave Savannah a take-no-prisoners attitude in relation to it and the treatment she received from a certain few, I really struggled to understand her reactions to a few things that happened. As rather than try and fit in she choose to go in the opposite direction, by giving attitude and rubbing up people the wrong way in her behavior. It kind of detracted from the message that the author was trying to purvey because I found her a struggle to like or empathize with.. "You need to stop arguing and start flocking listening." I still enjoyed the team aspect of the book and the secondary characters kept things entertaining in relation to banter and laughs, but in general something was missing for me this time with the author’s characterizations of Cole and Savannah and emotional growth between them. I would still happily read more from Kimberly Kincaid, and I hope that we get more stories from the men and women of her Rescue Squad series at some point in the future. ARC generously provided via Netgalley, in exchange for the above honest review.