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?
A couple of things you should know first off about this book: don’t read when you’re hungry and have plenty of sweets handy.
Outside the Line is the third book in a novella series by Kimberly Kincaid. While I’ve purchased the other two books, this is the first one I’ve read.
Julianna “Jules’ Shaw is a woman with a dark and troubled past, who is accustomed to taking care of herself. She’s had to since a very young age. Jules is more than she gives herself credit for. Blake Fisher is an ER physician who has recently returned home to his hometown of Brentsville eight years.
Brentsville Hospital is having it’s annual fundraiser. Coordinating the event is usually something Frances Fisher, Blake's mother, handles. This year, instead of the stuffy, black tie event they usually put on, the idea is to make the event more open to the public. Feeling that his mother has too much on her plate, Blake agrees to take over coordinating the event with the caterer. To everyone’s surprise, the caterer contact turns out to be Jules Shaw, Blake’s ex-fiance, the woman who broke his heart.
Sparks fly immediately for these two and they eventually fall back into the role of being a couple. Unfortunately for these two, deep feelings and the past resurface to block the path of future happiness.
While the resolution to the couple’s drama is believeable, I felt the resolution to the drama of other characters to be unrealistic. However, that could also be because that resolution wasn't discussed.
Outside the Line is a story of two people who are destined to be together. It’s the story of realizing that your past doesn’t define who you are as a person. It’s also a story of realizing that when you give yourself all to someone that’s what love is all about.
Release Date: July 30, 2013
Book Length: 120 pages
Reviewed by: Kim
Reading Format: Available only in eBook
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