Title: Rhino Ash (Saturday Barbies #2)
Author: Lindsey Black
Publisher: Netherwood Press
Release Date: October 27, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 278 pages
Reviewed by: NeRdyWYRM
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Ashley Jameson always tries to do the right thing, but that’s hard when your nephew keeps eating crayons, your niece is dressed as a pudding and your obnoxious older brothers crash the church’s Sunday brunch with the guy you’ve been crushing on for five years. Going to work to fight fires is a welcome relief from family obligations, until the Riot Squad arrives to investigate and Ashley once again finds himself dealing with his siblings. Oh … and Finn Hale.
But Finn’s dark past continues to haunt him. As work gets increasingly busy with a string of arson attacks on illegal immigrants, Finn steps in to be the shoulder Ashley needs to lean on, but Ashley struggles to do the same for the man he loves. Juggling family and work can be difficult, but Ashley soon discovers that the real challenge is when it’s not a struggle at all … because you’ll do anything for the ones you love.
I Loved This!
It was funny as hell, low angst, a little crazy, and a lot heartwarming. You get to read a firefighter actually fighting fires * ~score~ *, hot cops, just … hot characters period. There’s a nutty family and an element of ‘broken’ in one of the MCs.
I was completely sideswiped by the fact that I enjoyed this one as much as I did. The title is odd without much draw to it, but it makes sense now that I’ve read the book. And the blurb caught my interest but doesn’t do the book justice. I was perhaps not-so-oddly reminded of NR Walker’s works while reading this. It may have been the setting, but I think this author just has something going for her on par with Walker. That’s saying something. Only time will tell if that holds true, but this would have received 5 stars from me but for the abrupt ending.
There’s an HFN and no cliffhanger but I wanted more of Ash and Finn without the work crises. They made the plot fun and interesting, but with the length I felt like I didn’t get enough of these guys once they realized they were in love. I would have liked more of the explicit, too, though I was satisfied with the bits that were there and the intimacy made up for a lot.
The dreaded and ill-fitting insta-love aspect of some contemporary romances was neatly and cleverly sidestepped with a clever plot device that made sense, making this story very successful in the relationship- and character-development aspects and extremely believable on the love and romance fronts at the same time.
I took a couple of days and let my initial review—of which this is a slight continuation—sit, looking back over it, I don’t think I need to add anything further. I read it as a standalone and don’t feel I missed out on anything. I may or may not backtrack for the first book, but only because I’m afraid it might not live up to my love affair with the Finn and Ash. Had I read it first, I might be saying something different. For now, book one is backburnered for me. I encourage you to read Rhino Ash. It really will speak for itself.
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