Thursday, November 3, 2016

SAVED BY THE FIREFIGHTER by Rachel Brimble #Giveaway #Review #FriendsToLovers #SecondChances @TastyBookTours @RachelBrimble

How can she forgive him for what he didn't do?

Templeton Cove #6
Rachel Brimble
Releasing Nov 1st, 2016
Harlequin Superromance
384 Pgs. |Heat: 2| Series Info

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.

Izzy concentrated on selecting the appropriate lens, desperately trying to dispel the images of what Trent was doing from running through her imagination. Each image was more pornographic than the one before. Her heart skipped as the shower abruptly stopped, followed by his footsteps as he re-entered the studio.
She raised her head. Oh, for the love of God…
His black firefighter-issue trousers were tucked into steel-capped boots, red suspenders dangling, leaving his torso and chest bare. His thick, glossy hair matched the dark line running from his navel to the waistband of those stupidly, sexy trousers. Izzy licked her lips as her body hummed with arousal.
Mr. April…
The idea to douse Trent in an April shower had come to her in the middle of the night. A sexily splendid idea. She’d battled with the decision to change the design over and over––but had kept to her creative plan. How the hell was she to know how much his glistening skin would turn her on?
“You want me on the sheets, right?”
“We’ll start there, yes.”
He grinned, his eyes dancing in such a happy and sexy way, Izzy fought to maintain every ounce of willpower not to jump him there and then. Instead, she stepped forward and put her eye to the camera lens, taking in more of what her mind and body had already been exposed. Her mouth drained dry. God, he was beautiful. The golden-bronze sheen of his skin, the hardened ridge of his wide shoulders leading down to arms, sinewy with muscle and tendons. A body like his wasn’t something a woman saw on a daily basis.
She took a few shots, before pulling back and meeting his cool, green gaze. “Step toward the back a little. That’s it. I need a bit of breathing space.”
He smiled. “Got it.”
Biting back her smile, Izzy returned to the camera, her heart beating out of control. His voice––and smile––were torture as she continued with her plan of slow seduction. The plan wasn’t working in quite the way she anticipated. Trent had the benefit of being covered in water, whereas she was burning up…everywhere.

When I saw that Rachel was releasing a book by this name, I could not get my hands on it fast enough.  Between being a huge Rachel Brimble fan and adoring most things firefighter thanks to my sweet daddy being one for most of my life, well, this was a match made in Heaven for me.  And while that’s a huge amount of expectations I was placing on Rachel and her writing, she really came through.

Having felt profound grief, I could appreciate what Izzy was going through.  In SAVED BY THE FIREFIGHTER, we watch as the heroine Izzy has to work through her crippling grief over her brother’s death as a firefighter and we see our hero Trent move Heaven and earth to help her and show her how much he loves her.  Rachel did a fabulous job of showing that feelings like that often seem illogical, can be somewhat self-destructive and that everyone must work through them in their own way and time.  She did an equally good job of showing the frustration of those who are trying to love and support the grieving individual.  Many times it seemed like Trent would make a step forward then two steps back when it came to getting closer to Izzy.  They did a lot of pushing away and pulling in with their relationship throughout the book a la ‘love me, love me not’.  Hmmm, I wonder how it shall end. ::grin::

This book is emotion-filled and thought provoking.  The romance is sweet and Rachel reminds us that the journey to love is not always on a straight road. It takes a certain individual to be able to take on the many dangerous professions we have in our society and a certain kind of person to be their spouse as well.  I for one am so very grateful to all the First Responders and those who lay their lives on the line regularly for me.  I am grateful for authors who are willing to write about said professions in our romances and always give us hope along with our reality.  If you are not familiar with Rachel Brimble, this is a perfect chance to get to know her easy to read style and HEA endings.

****4 Stars****

***I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. I received it in exchange for my honest review and all opinions are my own. ***

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!


  1. Thank you for taking the time to review SAVED BY THE FIREFIGHTER today!

    Crystal, Tasty Book Tours

    1. Oh it was my pleasure Crystal. Thank you for dropping by!

  2. Happy Rachel! I am so glad you enjoyed SBTF - this was an emotional book to write and it means the world to me that you feel I capture things as they should be. Thank you! x

    1. Oh Rachel you just made my day! Thank you so much for dropping by!

  3. And you made mine with such a wonderful review! X