The writing community can be pretty small, but sometimes the world is even smaller.
I live in Texas (y'all have probably figured that out by now). I had connected with the fabulous Kimberly Kincaid on Facebook but she doesn't live here. She lives off some place where awesome shoes and adorable dresses appear in abundance because the woman always looks great.
One day, I noticed she had commented on a non-writing friend's status. I had to do a double-take because I thought maybe it was just someone with the same name, then I realized we had a mutual friend in real life!
So, I did what anyone would do in that situation—went up to Kimberly all stalker-like at RWA and said, "I'm about to be really weird here, but do you know Robin?"
For her part, Kimberly was super sweet, didn't act like I was crazy at all (I felt pretty crazy), and even took a selfie with me to send to Robin (who ended up being totally confused because she didn't know I was a writer and had no idea why I would be in California with her friend who lives in Virginia.)
All of that to say, Kimberly is great and I was totally thrilled get approved to review her latest release, In Too Deep.
As Station Seventeen’s rookie, Luke Slater knows his fire and EMS training will be both rigorous and risky, but he never imagined having to partner up with the one woman he wants to keep at arm’s length most of all. Quinn Copeland is as wide-open as Luke is reserved. He has no interest in letting the sweet and sexy paramedic rock his hard-earned control. But the need for composure becomes the need to survive when they find themselves in the crosshairs of a brutal gang leader on their first shift together.
Paramedic Quinn Copeland’s station mates aren’t just her friends. They’re her family. She’d do anything to keep them safe—including reluctantly trusting her impossible-to-read, impossibly gorgeous new partner with the one thing she holds close. As the passion between Luke and Quinn goes from a slow burn to a sizzle, their steps grow more and more dangerous, both in the fire house and out. Can they outwit a cold-blooded killer and face the fears that could cost them everything? Or are they in too deep?
I knew this was the third book in a series going in so I expected a little confusion in reference to the previous books and the character cameos. I'm happy to say those weren't too bad. Just a lot of names to keep straight that would have been easier for me if I had read the books but not distracting enough to take away from this story.
And this story...
First off, it's not like you can really go wrong with hot firemen. I mean, just scroll back up and take a look at that cover. It's okay, I'll wait. He's nice, right??
But he also has a lot of heart. So does Quinn, the paramedic he can't keep his eyes (and eventually his hands*) off of. *That's not really a spoiler. This is a romance. If there wasn't some serious hands involved, I'd be disappointed!* Both of them have people in their life they will do anything to protect.
Which is why the conflict of this story is so intriguing! I don't want to spoil it because, wow, the lead up is INTENSE, but it leaves you wondering "What would I do?" Would I be brave enough to make the "right" decision even if it meant putting those I loved in danger? Let's just say, I was glad this played out on paper and not in my life!
I would recommend In Too Deep for people who like true romantic suspense. Tender moments, hot love scenes, along with some action-filled-please-don't-die experiences.