A collection of all three “line” novellas.
Love On The Line: Violet Morgan puts the personal in personal chef, catering to clients who want the full cooking experience rather than a culinary drop-and-dash. But when her brother’s police detective partner is injured in the line of duty and needs help during recovery, she makes an exception. Violet lost her father to the job seven years ago, and worries for her brother’s safety every day. The last thing she wants is to get up-close with her brother’s career-cop partner…again.
For Noah Blackwell, being a detective isn’t just a lifestyle, it’s a legacy. So when he’s forced to take mandatory leave and deal with the trauma amnesia keeping him from identifying his shooter, it’s as if insult and injury have joined forces— and now he’s got to deal with an unwanted caregiver on top of it. Never mind that he and Violet shared a steamy, secret kiss last New Year’s Eve. She rejects everything related to the job, and Noah’s not about to be distracted from recovering his memory and getting back to what he does best. No matter how pretty Violet is.
Despite their differences, Violet and Noah share a surprising bond in the kitchen that grows into something neither of them expect. But as Noah heals and their feelings for each other extend from the kitchen to the bedroom, Violet knows she must make an impossible choice. She may wear her heart on her sleeve in the kitchen, but can she put love on the line?
Drawing the Line: When Detective Jason Morgan is tasked with keeping a local restaurant owner safe as part of a make-or-break case, he rises to the challenge. The job is his first priority, and he owes it to the memory of his father, a detective killed in the line of duty, to do it at any cost. But Jason never expected Serenity Gallagher to be so beautiful, so serious…or so tough to protect.
Serenity has moved from place to place at the whim of her capricious mother all her life. The last thing she wants is to leave the diner she finally calls home, even if it means being stuck with a sexy blue-eyed detective. But she’s the only witness to a horrible crime, and the man behind it wants her very, very dead. Going into protective custody means survival, no matter how much Serenity hates hiding.
As Jason and Serenity bide their time together, they are shocked to discover they have much more in common than the surface reveals. But keeping her safe is Jason’s number one priority, no matter how much he’s drawn in by the woman beneath the witness, and Serenity’s past makes it difficult to trust. As the stakes get higher and the spark burns hotter, can Jason and Serenity draw the line?
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?
This was a great trilogy that any girl who loves policemen, firemen, or doctors would absolutely love and have you totally addicted to. It was a scorching romance that I would definitely recommend because for me the cops definitely had me going ladies, YUMS! But y’all take your pick; there are four fine ass men to choose from.
Book One Love on the Line: This was my fave novella out of this trilogy.
We start off with Noah Blackwell, a cop that was shot in the arm during an investigation into a string of robbery-assaults. After surgery on his arm, he is suffering from minor memory loss and cannot for the life of him remember the shooting or sometime after the shooting. However, he does remember waking up in his hospital bed after the surgery.
“No way would Violet Morgan have been in the hospital. After all, she’d hated his guts for the last two years. And for many more reasons than either of them would ever admit to her brother.”
Violet is Noah’s partner, Jason’s twin sister. She is also the one he so passionately kissed on New Year’s Eve two years prior. Violet against her better judgment is hired by Noah’s department to cook for him, since she is a personal chef and to check on him once a day during his medical leave from the force.
Not only does Violet heat up Noah’s kitchen, but she works her way into his heart.
“You are gorgeous, Violet. I want to make you come over and over just to see the look on your face.”
Now if that doesn’t say I have feelings for you, I really don’t know what would. Noah is the hot, sexy cop that Violet really should get away from him because she knows that something worse may happen to him with him being a cop but her heart tells her to take the leap with him. Violet put herself on the line with their relationship and her feelings for his career choice, so Noah also had to take the leap for her and for love. Me, myself would say take the leap you sexy piece of policeman and go get your girl, Noah. You just have to read this sexy, spicy read to see what happens in the end.
Book Two Drawing the Line: This romantic novella starts off with another robbery and assault, similar to those that Noah and Jason were investigating at Mac’s Diner which is a favorite by all those in town. The douchebag that stabbed one of the cooks also assaulted the owner, Serenity Gallagher.
Jason Morgan is the cop that goes to the hospital to interview Serenity about what happened or if she saw the suspect. Serenity ID’s the ass, but what may have been a simple case has turned into a horror case because she picked out Dirk Brody, the head of one of the biggest drug rings in New York.
Serenity is told she must go into protective custody and Jason is the one that is told that he must protect her in a safe house. Now, I ask y’all if you were in a safe house with a hot on a stick cop for weeks what would you guys do….
“Jason laced his hands into her hair as he broke from her mouth, sliding kisses down her jaw and into the hollow behind her ear. He nibbled and teased and tasted, traveling down the column of her neck, across her collarbone, circling her slowly back up to her ear.”
Yes, that is exactly what I would be doing too, lol!
“The job wasn’t really conducive to successful relationships-not ones that lasted outside the confines of a calendar page, anyway. If Noah and Violet wanted to give it a go on their own terms, that was one thing. But Jason?” Hmmm, what happens with this yummy policeman that is all by the book and the owner of Mac’s Diner, I’m not telling, you will just have to go one-click to find out?
Book Three Outside the Lines: What happens when Julianna Shaw is forced to work with her ex, who I call Dr. Hotty, Blake Fisher?
Jules, is the cook at Mac’s Diner, and Serenity’s best friend that has won the bid as the head caterer in charge at the yearly charity event hosted by the town’s hospital. Once Jules finds out that not only is her ex-fiancee back in town working at the town’s hospital but is also her point of contact for the charity event, let’s just say a lot of feelings they had for one another, come barreling back.
“He’d never wanted a woman-not even this woman-so badly in his entire thirty years. And he was done waiting to have her.”
Jules believes that Blake deserves better in his life and in his heart than her. She doesn’t have the money or the socialite status that his family has in the town. Who once ran Jules away from Blake eight years prior, tries to do just that again in this novella.
“You bullied Jules into leaving me? Are you seriously so far inside the elite society box that you think shit like where you live or how you were raised actually defines a person?”
Dr. Hotty and Jules come together for the yearly charity event, but do they also come together on the personal level as well as the way they once were?
Book Four Pushing the Line: Blake Fisher’s cousin, Aaron Fisher is the town’s sinful looking, fireman. He is also the firefighter that is called to the candy store, Luscious when it is engulfed in flames, by the new owner, Harper McGee.
Harper has always been an on the go type, moving from one town to the next, never bothering to make a home anywhere. She is called by her deceased grandmother’s attorney to go over her will and learns her grandmother left her beloved candy store to her. Harper isn’t having any of that non-sense, she wanted the store for sale ASAP or so she thought. She returns to find Luscious engulfed in flames, and barely salvageable. Aaron is called by his best friend to renovate Luscious for the new owner, but Harper is more of a hands on, can’t sit still kinda chick and wants to help him in order to speed up the renovation process so she can put it up for sale and get the hell outta dodge.
“Harper knew she should be careful, that despite her dive-right-in attitude, having wild, impulsive sex with Aaron could make things complicated, especially since she was eventually going to leave.”
Feelings develop between Harper and Aaron, but can Harper finally lay down some roots in Aaron’s hometown or will Harper be so scared that she will screw up her grandmother’s livelihood and run like she always does.
“Your grandmother left you her legacy because she knew you wouldn’t screw it up, and that you’d cherish it like she did. There’s a place for you right her. All you have to do is claim it.”
About 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. Kimberly resides in northern Virginia with her wildly patient husband and their three daughters.
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