Wednesday, October 28, 2015

All Wrapped Up by Kimberly Kincaid

All Wrapped Up
by Kimberly Kincaid

My rating: 5 stars

Series:  A Pine Mountain Novel Book 5
 Publication Date: September 29, 2015
 Publisher: Zebra
Genre: Holiday Romance
Available from: Amazon
Talk about a hot lead…

Christmas is coming to Pine Mountain—and it has a way of stirring up memories, good and bad. Nick Brennan may manage the Double Shot bar smooth as good whiskey, but his past is a hot mess. When he runs into a burning building to save a little boy, some people start thinking there’s more to his heroism than holiday spirit. And then the local reporter assigned to the story turns out to be gorgeous Ava Mancuso, the girl who got away.

Ava knows what it’s like to have a past. But the changes she’s seen in Nick since she knew him do more than set off her natural curiosity—his warm eyes and gruff charm have her instincts fired up. Still, all the chemistry in the world doesn’t erase history, even when Nick invites her to his little sister’s mistletoe wedding. Does he have a heart under all those secrets? Or is this going to be just another Christmas past?

All Wrapped Up by Kimberly Kincaid
 Guest Reviewer Carol H.
All Wrapped Up (Pine Mountain, #5)
All Wrapped Up is book five in the Pine Mountain series by Kimberly Kincaid. This book was generously provided to me in exchange for an honest review by NetGalley, Kensington Books and by Kimberly Kincaid.

Nick Brennan wants nothing more than to stay under the radar in Pine Mountain. He is on the way to work as bar manager of the Double Shot when he sees the local grocery store on fire. Instinct kicks in when a boy is trapped inside and Nick rescues him. The town wants to see him as a hero but Nick knows better. He has a past he has kept hidden for the last two and a half years. Nick knows that he is anything but a hero.

“His past was coming back to haunt him. Only this time, he could control it. He would control it. There was no alternative.”

Ava Mancuso is a newspaper reporter and is on her way to cover another fluff piece when the fire trucks begin streaking past her. So she decides to follow them hoping for a better story. When she sees a man running from the building carrying a young boy she can’t believe her eyes. It’s Nick.

Seven years ago Nick and Ava had a summer romance right after college. Nick thought it might be the start of something more but at the end of the summer, Ava left with no good-bye. He never got over her. Could this be a second chance? But Nick knows he is no longer capable of being in a relationship. He is not the man Ava knew seven years ago.

Both Nick and Ava have secrets, both are damaged. The more time they spend together, though, hope blooms along with their feelings for one another. Around Ava, Nick feels more peaceful, more whole.

“Ava saw him. She fit into his life, even the crazy and difficult parts, and she got him.
Ava saw him. She got him. And even if he didn’t know it on his own, when she told him he was worthy, he believed it was true.”

Ava has never wanted anything but to be a newspaper journalist. She sees a story here, about the honorable lives of firefighters. But the more she learns of Nick’s story, the more she realizes that this isn’t her story to tell. But her boss will go to any lengths to get the story, ethical or not. And he is putting the pressure on Ava to dig up the dirty details and get the story.

I absolutely loved this book. I loved Nick and Ava. This is the first book I have read in this series but I had no trouble at all jumping right in. It was obvious that Nick and Ava was each other’s perfect match. But can Nick ever come to terms with his own history? I loved watching these two together. The way they each always seemed to know exactly what the other needed. Kimberly Kincaid has a way of feeding us the details slowly throughout the book, always keeping us wondering. This book had me from the beginning and kept me coming back for more until the very end. I fell in love with these characters and I hope you will too.

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