Outside the Lines
By: Kimberly Kincaid
Releasing July 30th, 2013
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?
Nothing beats something short and sweet on a rainy afternoon, not to mention, the old familiar plot of ex-reuniting would simply add to the magic that I am concocting to make my afternoon more entertaining.
It's old, but never have been lame. As I have always mentioned, I am a sucker for second chances. There is nothing great in this world than finding an old love whom you can never forget and once again rekindled a relationship you once thought was lost.
Here's a hot ER doctor in scrubs who had received an unexpected Dear John letter before their supposedly happy ever after before entering med school. His love life was never the same again. He still goes on date, sleeps with women, but the contentment, the peace he has with his ex fiancee is still missing. He likes taking care of people, and do everything in his power to save their lives, just like he would have done to his brother who have died of cystic fibrosis years ago. His life centers on work, taking double shifts as long as his body can manage. He may have graduated on top of his class with Latin honors (which is quite impressive) and may have saved hundreds of life - but his life, is dull and empty.
Jules Shaw loved to feed people. She cooks amazingly well, streetwise, tough and works harder than a construction worker. She can organize an event pretty well, and had the most wonderful ideas. But question is, can she work with her old flame Blake without him finding out why she left him eight years ago?
When an event allowed them to work together, spark begins to fly. There was still magic between them. But would insecurities and deceit once again go in between them? Or would their love be finally be enough for their HEA?
I may have felt a little frustrated with Jules for a while because insecurities still eats her even though she have come a long way after eight years, and considering that Blake is constantly assuring her. Blake on the other hand is just plain wonderful, and I like that he was honest about his feelings and was ready to act on it. He didn't hesitate to make a move and grasp for his happy ending.
I love the Outside the Lines. I love that it is short, concise and yet still appealing.
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.