Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: OUTSIDE THE LINES by Kimberly Kincaid


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-fianc√©e.

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?


Star Rating:  3.5 out of 5

Heat Rating: SIZZLING!

This is the third novella in Kimberly Kincaid's series set in Brentsville , New York (book #1 Love on the Line, book #2 Drawing the Line).  This was my first time reading this series and I was able to read this novella as a stand alone.  However, I really wish I would have known prior to starting Outside the Lines that this was book 3.  I felt kind of out of the loop at a few points in the story that I think reading the complete series would have helped with, but I am one of those readers that has to read things in order so it could just be me.

Outside the Lines was a cute, fast and light hearted novella.  I enjoy story lines about reuniting two past lovers in the future to see if the spark is still there, and with Jules and Blake there is still a spark eight years later.  Jules is an independent woman who works hard and is trying to make her love of cooking into a fulfilling career.  Blake is an ivy-league educated doctor who grew up with money and has never gotten over Jules and why she left so many years ago.  The chance meeting at the ER was a shock to both of them and it was entertaining to watch Jules and Blake rediscover each other and fight their chemistry.

I enjoyed the build up of these two characters and getting to know how they were in the past and discover what they are like now in present day.   I wish we could have gotten more of them together before the conflict and resolution took place.  I know novellas have to pack a lot of story in a small amount of space, but there were times that everything happened really fast and it left me feeling like I missed something.  It was interesting to read about the ins and outs of creating the charity event and seeing how Jules and Blake worked together, but I feel like it took over too much of the story when I really wanted more with their budding romance. 

Outside the Lines is a great story to read when you are in the mood for something short, sweet, spicy and heartwarming.  The story will touch your heart and make you shake your head in how silly we all can act sometimes when we don't communicate our feelings.  I recommend reading this novella when you need a bit of light hearted good fun in your reading; Outside the Lines (or the Line series) definitely fits the bill!   

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Kimberly Kincaid writes contemporary romance that splits the difference between sexy and sweet. When she's not sitting cross-legged in an ancient desk chair known as "The Pleather Bomber", she can be found practicing obscene amounts of yoga, whipping up anything from enchiladas to √©clairs in her kitchen, or curled up with her nose in a book. Kimberly is a 2011 RWA Golden Heart® finalist who lives (and writes!) by the mantra that food is love. She has written two digital novellas, Love On The Line and Drawing The Line, about hot cops and sexy chefs, with a third novella, Outside The Lines, due this summer. She is also thrilled to have collaborated on a Christmas anthology with Donna Kauffman and Kate Angell, titled The Sugar Cookie Sweetheart Swap, to kick off her Pine Mountain foodie series with Kensington this October. Kimberly’s first full-length novel, Turn Up the Heat, will follow in February 2014. She resides in northern Virginia with her wildly patient husband and their three daughters. 

Visit her any time at www.kimberlykincaid.com or come check her out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/kimberly.kincaid1) and Twitter (@kimberlykincaid). 

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