Wednesday, April 5, 2023

Expired Hope: A Last Chance County Novel (Last Chance Fire and Rescue Book 2)


Expired Hope: A Last Chance County Novel 

(Last Chance Fire and Rescue Book 2) 

She battled every fire she ever faced.
He’s risking everything for the chance to belong.

Veteran and therapist Natalie Atkinson watched her Army career explode in her face. All she ever wanted was to help people carry their burdens. Seeking a new future in Last Chance County doesn’t start so well when she’s the one being rescued from a client’s burning house. To make matters worse, now she’s stuck evaluating the truck and rescue squads for the fire department. When the chief overhears why she left her last job, she’s determined to prove to him and her boss that she’s still the right therapist to assess his crew.

No matter if success takes everything she’s got.

Fire Chief Macon James is the right man for the job. He doesn’t need a therapist interfering with the running of his crew or putting his position in jeopardy when a counselor is what tore his family apart. He’s got to get his firefighters to be a team, and he can do it without Natalie’s help. After an explosion destroys her car, it quickly becomes clear she might need him as much as everyone thinks he needs her. If these two stubborn hearts will surrender, they could have everything they want.

Or it could all go down in flames.

My thoughts:  EXPIRED HOPE is the second book in the series.  I didn't read book one, but this book stands alone.  It is a slow read, one that takes time and doesn't come and go in a heated rush.  I enjoyed getting to know the characters, though I didn't like Natalie at first. Therapists drive me nuts when they ask all those How do you feel about that? And Why does that bother you? type questions.  However, she did turn into a likeable person when she started paying attention to the individual and not the list of questions.  I liked the hero, he was hurting, and Natalie did help him get over the pain of the past.  There is a suspense in there, though it too was slow and not really the highlight of the story.  If you like firefighter stories with a touch of suspense and a romance, you might love EXPIRED HOPE.  I was given a copy free and all opinions are my own.    

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