Series & Title: Templeton Cove, Book 6: Saved by the Firefighter
Author: Rachel Brimble
Publisher: Harlequin Superromance
Release Date: November 1, 2016
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
ARC Received From & Reviewed For: Tasty Book Tours
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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.
Grieving. It's natural, normal. It can be relieving and bring endless amounts of joy. But it can be hazardous when left unchecked. It can isolate one from others, pull one into darkness, whisper lies to keep one in its claws. In some situations, blame for the death of a loved one is misplaced and causes more damage than good.
The thing is, one hardly ever grieves alone. There is usually someone else who feels that same intense loss. Izzy forgot that. See, in her grieving, she became blind to the world around her. It moved on and forward after her brother's untimely death, but she didn't. Yes, she loved him. Yes, she missed him. Yes, she let her grief push her over the edge and into loneliness.
I could be wrong, but I don't think her brother wanted her to find and stay in that place, you know?
Except...Trent. Izzy's misplaced blame made sense. A fire took her brother. A firefighter she loves should have been able to save him. But he couldn't because her brother was gone by the time his station made it to the scene. For all that he'd been through with Izzy, for all that they'd shared, for all the memories the had of her brother who was also his best friend, it was frustrating to watch this tug-o'-war between them. This take two steps forward, three steps back dance they performed because they were both mourning and because they both wanted more from one another.
But how can you keep giving when the other person seems stuck in place?
Time, honestly. And patience. And persistence. Lord knows it takes a huge amount of the first two but persistence, to me, was what really helped Trent keep his eyes on the prize. His world was Izzy and he was going to do whatever was necessary to show her they could honor her brother's memory by forgiving and moving forward.
I liked and enjoyed this book. Trent and Izzy both grow on the way to The End, letting go of all that emotional baggage and reaching for the future. I sometimes forget how much fiction can mirror real life. This story was a great reminder that no matter how great our grief is, no matter how badly we miss someone, hanging on to that grief, the bitterness that can be born from it, is never a good thing. The minute we let it all go is the minute we start living again. It's a lesson Izzy needed reminding of and Trent was just the man to remind her.
Rachel Brimble 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 five books published by Harlequin Superromance (Templeton Cove Stories) and three Victorian romances by eKensington/Lyrical.
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!