Tuesday, 15 November 2016
Series: Templeton Cove #6
Release Date: 1st November 2016
Publisher: Miss & Boon Superromance
Publisher: Miss & Boon Superromance
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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.
A smokin hot firefighter with a big heart and love, passion and romance.............what's not to love about this book! Oh and did I mention a firefighter photo shoot! Although this is the 6th book in this series, it can absolutely be read as a standalone and you so should read it!
Izzy is suffering from crippling grief after the death of her brother. The grief is affecting all aspects of here life and the one man who can empathise with this grief and wants to hold Izzy in his arms until her broken heart is put back together is the man Izzy blames for her brother's death. Despite knowing that Trent is not really responsible for her brother's death, Izzy cannot separate Trent's job as a firefighter with the death of her brother and his failure to get to him on time.
Trent is completely in love with Izzy and despite his best efforts to make Izzy realise this, poor Trent is rejected time and time again. However, what is undeniable is the sexual tension between them despite Izzy trying to deny those feelings.
I really enjoyed this book. Rachel Brimble has managed to capture so well how grief can affect us all in different ways, causing us to make wrong decisions and how it can be all consuming. I so felt for Izzy and it was so sad how she isolated herself from those who loved her, including her best friend. The writing was raw and emotional and despite knowing that Izzy was also trying to protect herself from more hurt and the fear of losing Trent to the dangers of his job, I did feel so sorry for him. I kept thinking that if Izzy didn't want him then I'd take him!
All in all this book was quite a roller coaster of emotion. I really enjoyed yet another fantastic book from Rachel Brimble!
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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!