Contemporary Romance

Review: Skin Deep

Skin Deep
Skin Deep by Kimberly Kincaid
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A thrilling and smoking hot story about an ex-Ranger turned fireman and a passionate police investigator.

“Everything. You feel like everything,” he whispered

After two tours as a sniper for the Army Ranger, Kellan Walker knows how to manage not only his adrenaline but also how to keep a tight lock on his emotions, two things that have come in handy as a firefighter. But when he finds evidence of a possible crime after putting out a fire the detective who he barely tolerates and strangely also finds incredible attractive shows up, her mere presence threatens to unravel him completely. Especially when she insists on finding the person who she suspects is harming woman all by herself. Can he convince that he’ll have her back even when she doesn’t want it?

“Don’t look so surprised, Moreno. I’m more than just a pretty face over here. I go all-in at the firehouse just like you do at the Thirty-Third.”

A tragedy in Isabella Moreno’s past prompted her to become a police officer. She’s promised to serve and protect above all else no matter how hard a case might get or how many dead ends she might run into. That includes having to deal with the sexy fireman who hates her because he things she put his sister in danger a few months prior. As they join forces, not only does their attraction turn from smoldering to burning hot, their walls start to crumble around each other, but will they realize they’re perfect for one another before their time runs out?

Kimberly Kincaid knows how to write blazing stories with appealing characters and spine-tingling plots so well researched and described it felt as is a movie reel was playing before my eyes.

“Fall out immediately…”Kellan’s rib cage threatened to constrict, but shit, he had no time for body betrayal. He needed to finish clearing this room.

Isabella is not only beautiful, she’s smart, determined and capable. She’s head strong and completely dedicated to her job to the point where she’ll gladly spend her vacation time volunteering to catch bad guys. I could only admire her for that. She’s also closed off because she’s afraid of letting anyone emotionally in and then having to worry about losing them, which made hurt for and with her.

“I don’t think you trying to help those girls is stupid, Isabella. In fact, I think it’s really fucking brave. But you’re working without backup, and sooner or later, no matter how brave you are, that’s going to blow up in your face if you don’t let someone help you.”

Kellan is not just a gorgeous, brave and dedicated firefighter, he’s a caring and protective brother and loyal friend. He was a good man who had seen and lived too many things and was unable to let himself feel for fear that his emotions would rule him. Getting to know Isabella allows him to not only change his mind about his initial assessment of her, but also share their passion for the job and their tortured pasts. I just loved how much he looked out for her and let’s not get into their witty back and forth and fiery sexy times!

“I like my pizza cold.”
“You’re serious. We’re giving up personal information, and that’s what you’re going to lead with?”
“You didn’t really think I was going to give you something juicy on the first go, did you?”

The plot flows moves easily from burning houses to crime investigations, from them barely being on speaking terms to flirting and teaming up to them finding a strong and trusting connection. I will confess there were times where I wanted to story to go faster because I really wanted the sociopath they were after to go down and for them to realize they were good for one another, but I also realize that the provided detail made the story richer.

Sin Deep is book #1 and a wonderful start in the Station Seventeen series by Kimberly Kincaid. This is a steamy and exciting standalone book with a gripping firefighting/police investigation background. I can’t wait to read more about the supporting characters. This story is told from several points of view with a happy ending.

* I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of the author via NetGalley. The excerpts are from that copy. *

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