Three Point Five Stars
Saved by the Firefighter is book #6 in the Templeton Cove series of Harlequin romances set in the UK and can be read as a stand alone book.
Izzy Cooper is a photographer, she lives in the coastal town of Templeton. Three months ago her brother died in a terrible explosion in the garage where he worked and Izzy is grieving badly. Lashing out needing someone to blame for the pain she feels, Izzy places her anger firmly at the foot on Trent Palmer, town firefighter.
Trent Palmer would do anything to ease Izzy’s pain, he truly knows where her feelings lie, he’s been there before and Izzy’s brother was his best friend too. Robbie had been killed before the fire took over but he understands Izzy’s grieving and offers her a shoulder to cry on, if only she’d accept it.
The pair must work together for a charity calendar for a local girl who needs treatment in America and the sexual tension between the pair sizzles. Their relationship blows hot and cold with both Izzy and Trent showing traits of childish petulance. Can they ever trust each other enough to put the past behind them and make it together in the future?
This is a cosy romance with plenty of anger from both sides which leads to a tempestuous relationship, I think there was room to tweak the writing for a wider range of emotions showing a deeper passion and devotion to each other.
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Genre: Contemporary romance
Release Date: Nov 1st
How can she forgive him for what he didn’t do?
Photographer Izzy Cooper feels as frozen as her pictures. Trent Palmer might be the hottest firefighter in Templeton Cove, but she can never face him again. Not after he failed to save her brother. But when they’re forced together by a calendar shoot, the sparks between them are undeniable.
Izzy knows it’s not fair to blame Trent for the tragedy, but opening herself up to loss again isn’t something she’s prepared to do, no matter how determined Trent is to show her that pain is part of life and that love—their love—can make any suffering bearable.
The security alarm chimed. Someone had stepped inside the studio. Exhaling a heavy breath, Izzy pulled back her shoulders, lifted her head and forced a smile.
“Hi, how can I…” Her heart stopped. Trent Palmer stood just inside the door. “Why are you here?”
His dark green gaze bored relentlessly into hers, his strong jaw set as he reached behind him and shut the door. “I came by to see how you’re doing.”
Traitorous attraction skittered over the surface of her skin before Izzy turned and strode toward the corner she used for staging portrait shots. The fluffy bunnies, huge furry dice and toys she’d used to relax a toddler earlier now felt macabre.
She spun around, clutching a teddy bear. “The same as I was doing yesterday and the day before. I told you I don’t want to see you. I don’t ever want to see you. Why do you keep coming back?”
He came closer, his gaze locked on hers. “You have to talk to me. I was Robbie’s friend. There was nothing—”
“You could do. Fine. I get it, but why do you feel the need to keep coming in here and checking up on me? What do you want me to do? Dance in the street? Kick up my heels at the fairground? God, just leave me alone.”
“There’s a beach party tonight. I want you to come with me.”
She stared. Why him? Why would a man she really liked—a damn firefighter—have to pursue her like she was someone worth pursuing? “No.”
He looked at the equipment covering the desk alongside him. He lifted and replaced a camera, the hunch of his wide shoulders indicating his discomfort. Izzy hated that she drew no satisfaction from that…only sadness.
ABOUT RACHEL BRIMBLE
Rachel 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 six books published by Harlequin Superromance (Templeton Cove Stories) and recently signed a contract for two more. She also has four Victorian romances with eKensington/Lyrical Press.
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!
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