Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Pat's Review: "Fire Me Up" + Excerpt!

Fire Me Up by Kimberly Kincaid
Publisher: Zebra Books (January 27, 2015)
Series: Pine Mountain, 4
Genre: Contemporary Romance

If You Can’t Stand The Heat…

Teagan O’Malley can handle a crisis. She’s a paramedic, it’s her job. But she never expected to land in the kitchen of her father’s pub, with no notice, no cash, and no room for error. The kitchen is not her favorite place. Lucky for her, she just scraped a bad-boy chef off the pavement after a motorcycle accident—and something about him says he can turn up the heat in more ways than one.

Adrian Holt has had a rough few years, and he’s not eager to get tangled up in anything more complicated than a good risotto. But with a broken arm and a head full of bad memories, he needs a challenge to keep him sane. Teagan’s dare-me attitude and smoldering mess of a bar are just what the doctor ordered. And the two of them together might cook up some even better medicine…

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Reviews of Kincaids's Previous Novels:

Outside the Lines (#3) -- Pat
Pushing the Lines (#4) -- Pat

Gimme Some Sugar (#2) -- Kame + Pat
Stirring Up Trouble (#3) -- Kame

Pat's Review:

This is the fourth book in Ms. Kincaid's stories about Pine Mountain. Every one is filled with wonderful characters, family and friends and of course...romance. This story has a different twist. We have bad boy biker Adrian Holt, who also is a chef and an ex-con. Plus some dangerous threats to Pine Mountain and it's citizens.

Teagan O'Malley was raised solely by her Dad after her mom left when she was six.  Raising a child as well as running a business, the Double Shot Bar and Grill, was quite a challenge but he always pushed Teagan to follow her dreams. Leaving Pine Mountain was out of the question, so she helped out in the Double Shot, and worked as a paramedic for the town. Life seemed uneventful until she found out her Dad was keeping a serious illness a secret, and collapses in front of her. Dr.'s orders?  Rest...no working. Her Dad is sick, the cook walked out, and now it's up to her.

Teagan goes out on a call for a motorcycle accident and the victim is Adrian Holt, sous chef at the trendy restaurant at the local resort. He is huge, tattooed, gorgeous and in a lot of pain. He would prefer to get up and walk away, but the fiery redhead paramedic will have nothing to do with that! Luckily it's mostly bumps and bruises, but he does have a broken arm. He is devastated to find out he cannot work in Carly's kitchen for six weeks, her decision. She wants him to rest, he can't. His life is cooking; preparing, ordering, planning and executing. He fears he will lose his mind doing nothing. By a crazy turn of fate he finds out Teagan needs help in the kitchen.

He convinces her he can help, just by supervising.  Attraction becomes as hot as the kitchen, despite their fighting it.  Danger threatens, but it only brings them closer.

It is always an enjoyable visit to Pine Mountain and all the characters we have become so fond of. The blend of romance and suspense in this story makes it my favorite so far.  We get a peek at the next in the series and I can't wait.


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Pat received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for her honest opinion.

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Fire Me Up by Kimberly Kincaid

“You are stuck with me in here, Red.”
For a second, Teagan couldn’t move, couldn’t think, couldn’t breathe. But then she dropped her eyes to Adrian’s finger, still hot on her lips. She reached up to wrap her hand around his, moving it from her mouth as she stepped in close enough to erase any daylight between them.
“Did you just shush me so you could say your piece?”
Adrian paused, his body going rigid against hers even though his gaze didn’t waver. “I guess I did.”
“Mmm.” Teagan pressed up on her toes, relishing the taste of his shock as she brushed her mouth over his. “I’ll let you slide exactly once, but if you make a habit of it, you will be sorry.”
He drew back, but only enough to pin her with a wide-eyed stare. “You’re going to let me help you?”
Something that had no name loosened in her chest, and she felt her body slowly unwind against the strength of his frame as she tucked herself into his left side. Suddenly, it didn’t matter that the words bubbling up from inside her were ones that would normally scare her to death. Right now, for the first time since she’d walked into the Double Shot to find her father half-passed out behind the bar, Teagan wasn’t scared at all.

 “Yeah, Superman,” she said, wrapping her arms around the broad expanse of Adrian’s shoulders and holding on tight. “I’m going to let you help me.”

Thanks for the review, Pat! I know you and Kame have both been enjoying this series, so it's on my list. :) 

Have you read Kimberly Kincaid? Do you have a favorite of hers?


Until Next Time,


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Sophia Rose said...

This one sounds good, Pat! I still need to try this series.

Anna@herding cats&burning soup said...

I really enjoyed this one too Pat. It was my first time in Pine Mountain. I need to go back now and read the others.