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Sara's Review: After the Fire: Hidden Cove Series, Volume 1, Kathryn Shay (Author), Jeffrey Kafe

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Publisher: Kathryn Shay

Released: October 4, 2010

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Length: 450 pages

Format: ebook, paperback, audiobook

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Three firefighters from the Malvaso family are trapped in a burning building and almost lose their lives. After they are rescued, they decide to change the way they’ve been living. Mitch, the eldest, wants to make some decisions about his dysfunctional marriage and spend more time with his troubled teenagers. Jenn decides to have a baby—with her best friend, Grady. And Zach, the bad boy of the group, vows to make up for his past sins and become a better man. Read the whole family saga romance in these exciting stories.

4.5 (Five) Boundless Stars

This audiobook surprised me. I purchased it because it was on sale and it looked interesting, but other than that I had no idea what it was about. It centered around three siblings who work for the fire department; Mitch, Jenn and Zach. After almost dying in a disastrous fire, they decided to make drastic changes in their lives.

Mitch, who has been living in a dead marriage, decides he needs to be happy again. Jenn decides she wants to have a baby, and Zach decides to be a better man. Of the three stories, I liked Jenn’s the best. Her and Grady’s story was agonizing at times, and beautiful at others; I loved every minute of it. I’m glad Mitch’s story went as it did; had he turned out to be a cheating bastard, I would have hated him. I’m still not really sure I liked the whole relationship he had with Megan while he was married, even though nothing happened. It was still an emotional relationship; however Mitch’s wife was such an evil troll, you really can’t feel sorry for her. Zach’s story doesn’t feel finished and reading the next books blurb proves it isn’t. However, I didn’t feel bad for him considering all he did.

The authenticity and emotions of the characters stand out the most to me; along with the imagery Shay depicted, in fighting fires and rescuing people, this read as a real life drama brought to life, and immersed me in a world I didn’t want to come out of.

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