Saved by the Firefighter
Templeton Cove #6
By: Rachel Brimble
Releasing November 1, 2016
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.
In Saved by the Firefighter Izzy and Trent's journey through grief to acceptance, from the pain of losing a loved one to starting to heal and live again is touching and absorbing.
Izzy deals with grief in her own way and seems to be stuck in the angry stage of it. She's pushing everyone away, needing her space to breath again, and from the fear of losing a loved one again she rather stays alone. Trent's patience with her is remarkable and admirable. Constantly on his toes never knowing when she will walk away again, he endures her tantrums and keeps on loving her. The pull and push ended up being mutual and frustrating, but as they develop and grow through the process of healing, they find their way to a peace and content.
I understand the fear Izzy had with Trent's dangerous career, I don't agree, but I do understand. Life is so fragile, we might lose a loved one for anything at any time, so grasp on to every day you have with them and enjoy them and their company, instead of fearing to lose them in a job they are highly trained to do.
I liked how Izzy used her art as a forum to grief, to express the turmoil inside her, to start to mend from the sorrow.
The connection between Trent and Izzy was complex, fragile, and seemed to work the best when they were just friends. Izzy's brother, Trent's best friend, wished them to be together before his death, the whole town was cheering for them to be a couple, but there seemed to be so much hostility and raw feelings between them, I wondered if they would have been better off as just friends.
A tragically beautiful story about life, loss, love, and healing, living and finding peace with the past, with exquisite character development during the journey of life.
~ Three Spoons
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.”
I don’t cook or bake, but I LOVE food and lucky enough to be married to the most amazing cook ever! My husband is a whizz in the kitchen and has cooked our family meals every night for years. Thankfully, he enjoys it too!
My favorite dishes of my husband’s are many, but his fish pie is to die for and his traditional roast dinners have to be the best in the county. I don’t know how he does it, but it is the potato element of these dishes that have me reaching for ‘just a little more’ over and over again.
He often makes the fish pie with a sweet potato topping which is melt in the mouth delicious. Combined with fresh salmon, cod and juicy prawns this is comfort food at its best. As for his roast dinners, I have never known my daughters, parents or friends not go back for seconds…or even thirds, lol!
His roast potatoes are perfectly crispy on the outside and cloud soft of the inside – unbelievable. Teemed with red cabbage with sultanas, perfected roasted parsnips and honeyed carrots, OMG!
These dishes are not for those on a diet or worried in any way about calories – purely perfect indulgence. I’m a lucky lady!
As for my go to snack while I’m a deadline, I am usually quite happy to reach for my ever-present bowl of cashew nuts. Yum!
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!
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