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    Saved by the Firefighter

    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
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    Hold On To What You Have

    Izzy lost her brother in an explosion at the garage where he worked. She knew the reports said he died instantly from a beam and not the fire, she had to put blame somewhere. So she blamed his best friend Trent for not getting there in time to save Robbie. Trent is a firefighter and he and Izzy had just started seeing each other before Robbie's death. Ever since then she's closed herself off to the world, blocking every attempt Trent has tried to not only help her, but be there for her. It's the same for her best friend Kate. Then she gets not one but two art galleries interested in showcasing her photography work, one in her home town of Templeton Cove, the other is in the city and is partially owned by the famous game show host Richard Crawley. Trent has always loved Izzy, he tried for 4 years before Robbie's death to finally get up the courage to ask her out. When he finally did, he was on top of the world, and after Robbie's death when Izzy shut him out, it crushed him. He will do whatever it takes to bring the old Izzy back, even if it means he can only just be her friend. When Richard Crawley comes to town for the firefighter catalog shoot that she's photographing, he's instantaneously jealous of the smiles and easy way Izzy seems to be when she's around him. What is Izzy going to do? Stay with the local gallery and see her brothers memory everywhere she turns? Or start fresh in the city? But will going to the city mean she'll lose Trent too? Will Trent just let her go and have to face the fact that they both have to move forward without each other? Or would he be here waiting for her to finally return home to him and the love they share? Will Izzy ever be able to love him completely as long as he's a firefighter, or will that ultimately keep them apart? You'll have to read SAVED BY THE FIREFIGHTER to find out! This is not only the first Templeton Cove story I've read, but the first of Rachel Brimble's books as well. This story has me itching to see what I've missed in the previous first 5 books. With that being said, I do not feel as though I've missed something or there's a big black hole of missing information by reading this as a standalone story before reading the others. All of the Templeton Cove Stories can be read as standalone books, but they flow together and tell a story about the town and the people who live in the Cove. This proved to be a very emotional story, it'll have you biting your nails trying to figure out what's going to happen next, but it'll DEFINITELY be worth the time you take to read it. I received an ARC via Tasty Book Tours in exchange for an honest blog tour review. Due to sexual situations, this book is recommended for readers 16 and older. Templeton Cove Stories • Her Hometown • Redemption Christmas at the Cove • What Belongs to Her • A Man Like Him • Finding Justice • Saved by the Firefighter
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    Heartache to love?

    A story about finding your way through grief and loss and having to pick up the pieces of your life afterwards. I liked Trent a lot, but found it fairly difficult to connect with Izzy. I understood her pain, but I just would have liked to see more depth to her instead of just pushing away the one person that cared about her the most … repeatedly. Either way, I enjoyed their story. Photographer Izzy Cooper is basically living her life in a cloud as she tries to overcome the enormous grief she is suffering over losing her brother. She’s already pushed away family and friends, but the one guy who isn’t willing to give up on her is the one that she treats the worst. She knows it’s irrational to blame him, but she does it anyway. Firefighter Trent Palmer wishes he could have saved his best friend and Izzy’s brother the day of the accident, but he was gone before they even arrived on the scene. He just wants to be there for Izzy and to have her want to have a relationship with him again. Will working together on this calendar shoot be what will bring them back together?
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    ... gets the emotional juices flowing.

    Ms. Brimble is stellar at getting the emotional juices flowing. With Izzy and Trent she provides a front row seat to Izzy's struggle with grief and Trent's battle with guilt. In my opinion Saved by the Firefighter was more of a redemption story than a romance. The connection between Trent and Izzy seemed more like a friendship gone wrong than two people fighting an attraction. For that reason I was not a fan of the attempted romance. I gravitated to the emotional aspect of the characters and that delivered in spades.
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