Series: Engine 24 #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Firemen, New Adult, Romance, Second Chances
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verb; to revive something that has been lost
Loss and change are two things that Emma Grace is intimately familiar with. She knows better than anyone that sometimes, life happens. It happens often, and never in the way she expects. When she and her best friend, Cam make the move back to her childhood hometown in Alabama, life decides to happen again.
Rhett McCoy never forgot Emma Grace. Hell, every memory from his childhood included her. But that's what she was now. A memory. At least, that's what he thought until he finds himself standing in front of a very real Emma Grace.
Neither of them expected to see each other again, but when life hands you a second chance at your first love - how far do you go to protect it?
I am a big sucker for childhood friends falling in love, and second chance romances, so while firemen may not be my sweet spot (although there is a certain Kristan Higgins fireman I adore), the synopsis of the book really appealed to me.
So Emma and Rhett knew each other when they were children, and they loved each other in that sweet childhood way, really it was so sweet. But the Emma’s life shifted and she moved far away from her home in Alabama when she was adopted. Years later, as an adult, she realized something is missing in her life so she decided to go back to Alabama with her best friend Cam (who basically moves because her family are an unsupportive bunch of jerks, oh and because she loves her best friend). Anyway, back in their hometown, when all of a sudden Emma is teaching at school when a fire alarm goes out, and what happens to poor Emma, she’s struck down with a fierce panic attack, until a voice from the past talks her down.
So I liked Emma, she has some insecurity issues, and of course has that whole panic attack issue, but she is so used to losing people that she loves that it is really hard for her to let people in. While it’s totally understandable, it did get frustrating towards the end, and not just for me, for Rhett too. I loved that Emma is a smart girl, and even more that she is such a fierce friend. When she meets Rhett’s friends, she immediately makes them her friends as well, and she is fiercely protective of them, which was so awesome to see.
Rhett is just a good guy, I think I liked him a bit more than I liked Emma, he was just a stand up guy. I liked that he was so supportive and understanding of both his friends and of Emma. He was also really sweet with Emma. It was so clear early on that these two people had a strong connection when they were kids, and now as adults the connection is just as strong, its changed to something more romantic in nature, but the connection is still there.
If I had one complaint about this book is that it is a little two sugary sweet in some parts, but to be honest it made up for it with the mystery arsonist that the firemen in this book are chasing. The arsonist upped the drama and the suspense in the book and made the pacing move a bit quicker, it did a great job of keeping me interested. If you like firemen, or new adult books, then you should think about checking this one out.