Thursday, January 9, 2014

[Pat's Review]: "Pushing the Line"

Pushing the Line by Kimberly Kincaid
Publisher: Curtis Brown Digital (January 8, 2014) 
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Free-spirited artist Harper McGee is happy to go wherever the wind takes her…until her flight pattern sends her back to Brentsville, New York for her beloved grandmother's funeral. Harper’s grief turns to shock, however, when she discovers her grandmother has named her sole proprietor of her candy shop, Luscious. But she has no intention of being anchored to one place, and anyway, she doesn’t know the first thing about running a kitchen or a business. Selling Luscious is the only viable option— until the shop catches fire due to old wiring. Fixing the damage requires major work, and if Harper wants to put it on the market, she needs major help.

Thrill-seeking firefighter Aaron Fisher has never walked away from a challenge or a friend. So when a fellow firefighter is hurt on a call and can’t complete a side job for his contracting company, Aaron’s quick to jump in. He’s done plenty of fix ‘er ups for his buddy in the past, and despite his silver spoon upbringing and his no-holds-barred attitude, swinging a hammer suits Aaron just fine. That is, until he discovers the client is the same impetuous woman he forcibly dragged from the flames of Brentsville’s local candy shop.

The more time Harper and Aaron spend at Luscious, the hotter their attraction burns, daring them both to shed their tough outer layers to reveal the tender desires beneath. But when a buyer makes Harper the offer of a lifetime, she must choose between roots and wings. Can two people who live in the moment learn to see past the moment, or will Aaron and Harper always live their lives pushing the line?

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Pat's Review:

The Line series by Ms. Kincaid is a must read and the latest novella, Pushing the Line, is no exception!

Harper McGee is an artist and lover of adventure. "She was more of an extended-stay-till-she-got-bored kind of girl." She is in Brentsville for the funeral of her beloved Grandmother Isabelle, known as Izzy to her friends and customers. She was the owner and candy maker for Luscious, a candy store known far and wide for it's sweet treats.  Harper's plan is to settle things and be on her way, but after a visit with Izzy's attorney she now finds herself the new owner of Luscious, and her grandmothers brownstone.  Her first thought? Find a realtor!    She stops to take a look at the candy shop, and is confronted with a kitchen full of smoke. She immediately calls 911, and decides to try and keep it contained. Wrong decision! When the Fire Department arrives, the kitchen is pretty well involved, and Harper has "eaten a lot of smoke."  The firefighter is forcing her out of the kitchen, but she ducks, and runs back to grab something. His patience has run out, and he grabs her and throws her over his shoulder.  As she is being carried out, her first thought?  "Wow. Firefighter Guy has a seriously tight butt!"

Aaron Fisher is the "Firefighter Guy." He has lived in Brentsville his whole life, and was very fond of Izzy and her salted caramels.  He is furious and frustrated that this young woman would endanger her life for some antique candy molds, and amazed when he discovers she is Izzy's grandaughter.  The shop is saved, but sustained a lot of fire and water damage.  Now Harper has to repair the shop before it can sell. More time spent in Brentsville!  She contacts the contractor recommended, and who shows up?  Firefighter Guy, who supplements his income helping with his friends business.

This story of the wanderer and the homebody is a delight to read. Some characters from previous stories make an appearance, but in my opinion, this can be read as a stand alone. After saying that, it's much more fun to read all the books in order.

This novella has lots of laughs, hot fire fighters, and ~sigh~ lots of candy talk.  You might want to keep something yummy close by while reading.

    5 STARS!

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Pat received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for her honest opinion.

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Meet Pat:

Hi I'm Pat Fordyce. I am a retired pediatric nurse living in coastal North Carolina. Being retired I get to do one of my favorite things .....READ..... I love to read and talk about books, and my reviews are my voice. I also volunteer at our Public Library a few days a week. So glad to be joining The Book Queen's group of guest reviewers.

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Thanks for the review, Pat! :) I'm so glad to hear you loved this one! 

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Heather MacKenzie said...

Pat as always, very well said! I love her stuff, actually you and Anna from the Herd are the reason I began to read this author. Good to know another fab release is available. Will be going on the one click wish list!

Kimberly Kincaid said...

I'm so glad you loved Aaron and Harper! I had the best time writing this one-- those two just seemed like a great fit (even though they fought it for a while, heh). Happy reading, everyone-- the book will be out tomorrow :)

Kimberly Kincaid said...

Thanks Heather! This makes my day :)

Anna@herding cats&burning soup said...

Ahhh I was so excited to see he was getting his book. Can't wait to read it :)