Friday, August 2, 2013

Outside the Lines by Kimberly Kincaid

As an ivy-league ER doctor who eats double shifts for breakfast (and lunch…and dinner), Blake Fisher has little appetite for anything other than work. Being on the staff at Brenstville Hospital means taking care of people, a need Blake understands all too well from losing his brother to cystic fibrosis eight years ago. When he’s asked to coordinate a carnival fundraiser for the cause, he jumps at the chance to help others with the disease…until it lands him side by side with the one woman he never thought he’d see again: his ex-fiancée.

Streetwise and rough around the edges, Jules Shaw is no stranger to earning a living through hard work. But when her job as the restaurant manager of Mac’s Diner puts her shoulder to really broad shoulder with Blake Fisher, she nearly balks. She’d rather dodge and deflect than admit the real reason she broke things off, but the catering contract for the carnival means big business for Mac’s, and feeding people is Jules’s lifeblood.

As Blake and Jules join reluctant forces, they quickly rediscover the spark between them. But the possibility of a future together hinges on coming clean about the past, with potentially devastating consequences. Can Blake and Jules overcome their drastically different backgrounds and learn to love again, or will they always be outside the lines?

Type: Contemporary Romance, Novella
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5

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Kimberly Kincaid *hangs head* woman, you are killing me with these novellas! I'm loving this series and Outside the Lines was a great addition. It's fun. It's easy. The characters are charming and endearing. The sexy times are yummy and the food mouth watering. Or hmm the sexy times are mouth watering and the food yummy? Eh either way... it's excellent.

Blake and Jules were torn apart years ago by youth, insecurities and meddling but an accident brings them smack back into each others lives and gives them a second chance at finding love. *girly sigh* I loved that even though these two had been through so much and had such vastly different pasts they're perfect for each other. They have the same heart and soul and love taking care of people in their own ways-- he's an ER doctor and she loves feeding people. They're just people you can easily fall for and can't help but respect.

Things move fairly fast but, you know, it worked because that spark was there and you could really tell they never stopped loving the other. I really enjoyed getting to know them and that the things they said and thought were things I could so easily see and hear in my head.
Blake awoke to several realizations all at once. First was that he was not on one of the narrow cots the hospital allotted for catching up on sleep during downtime, as rare as it was, nor was he at home. Second was that, as best he could tell, he wasn’t wearing a single stitch of clothing.

Third— and definitely most important— was that Jules was tucked up against his chest, her face softened by the throes of early-morning sleep, and from the feel of things, she was just as naked as he was.

This was the best morning of his fucking life.
I loved how Blake was with Jules. He saw her for her. Not for her past. Not for what she didn't have or where she came from but for her. And he had faith in her. Saw her strengths and all of her talents. Even if she couldn't. He was just a hero you'd want to have as your own.And Jules, I really loved her as well. The impact the struggles in her life had on her really pulled at my heart and made me want to hug her tight.

Okay, so I loved the rekindled romance aspect but there was a nice storyline going as well as the two have to join forces for a really great cause. I really enjoyed watching it all come together and seeing them work together to pull it off.

There's really nothing to not like about Outside the Lines, except, okay, I'm a greedy reader and wish there were like 300 more pages because I love the characters so much. LOL And now I want Aaron--the oh so damn sexy and funny cousin's story. But first I'm off to the kitchen for some baking. Darn you Kimberly! You are so very very bad for my diet. But I love it. Can't wait for the next!

Have you read Kincaid? What was your favorite character/book?
Do you have a favorite foodie romance?

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