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Outside the Lines
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?
Do you like cinnamon buns and apple turnovers? Then flop into a chair, grab a snack and get ready to sink your teeth into another great read by Kimberly Kincaid. Her love story is peopled with real folk who speak, act and react like the three-dimensional characters they are. Lively, like-able and in love--perhaps not in that order--best describe her heroine. I love Jules' tenacious yet intelligent personality. You not only want her to obtain her goals, you also can't wait to see what she does to achieve them.
Besides being a hunk-a-hunk-a-burning-love, Blake has an enthusiasm for life and a passion for Jules. Watching him try to fight it is just too good to pass up.
Don't start hungry, but definitely get ready for a romantic feast with this one.
Book Bling gives Outside the Lines 4 1/2 stars!
Meet the Author
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 éclairs 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
What is the book about? Where did you get the idea?
The book is about an Ivy League ER doctor and a rough-around-the-edges diner manager who must organize a charity event together, despite the fact that they were once engaged and have been estranged for eight years. These two characters have been in my other two novellas, so putting them together seemed like a no-brainer, but the story idea came from my absolute love of “the one who got away” stories. One of my favorite tropes!
Do you have a target reader?
Outside The Lines is a foodie romance, so obviously anyone who likes happily ever after is someone I’d say would like the book. If the book was a movie, it would be rated a solid “R” for steaminess and language, but it’s definitely a love story.
What is your favorite thing about this book, and what sets it apart from other books you’ve written?
I love both characters, but there was something about my hero, Blake, that really tugged at me in this one. He’s quietly intense, but he really has a lot of layers and also a lot of emotion. I try to always write complex characters, but he’s a definite winner for me in that department! He made writing this book easy.
What is your hero’s fatal flaw?
His heart is on the line, no bones about it. He’s not afraid to risk it all for Jules. It’s just a question of whether he can convince *her* to risk it all too!
What is your heroine’s greatest desire? Why?
She wants to be good enough, and learning self-worth is really her arc throughout the story. She has lots of reasons why—I won’t spoil! But that need to be loved for who she is and the tough outer layer she’s constructed to cover that desire up is a big part of her story.
Is there anything else you’d like to tell your readers about this story?
Don’t read hungry! But in case your stomach is rumbling when you finish, the recipe for the signature dish (stuffed French toast) is in the back of the book, and there are lots of recipes on my website. Drop by for a visit any time!
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