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Rescue Me Paperback – August 28, 2010
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About the Author
I have aspirations to be Wonder Woman, but find high heeled boots uncomfortable. However, I appreciate that she values truth and that she doesn’t know a bad hair day. I have the heart of a writer and am blessed to be able to write both professionally and recreationally. I reside in the southern United States with my awesome family. They’re okay with me not being Wonder Woman, as long as I take a break from the fictitious worlds I create and join them for supper.
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Amy has sworn off men after a bad experience getting pregnant and then married too young to an unfaithful, irresponsible jerk. (Okay she doesn't call him that directly but if the shoe fits....) She is glad her marriage gave her Toby but now she wants to have some control over her own life even if she has to struggle to get her life together. She is determined to stand up for herself and manage on her own. She is glad to move home to get the help of her parents but she doesn't want them, or anyone else, to give her money or solve her problems for her. She especially doesn't want a handsome firefighter paying her bills and trying to direct her life.
Riley sees a beautiful woman and wonderful child when he meets Amy and her son, Toby. He doesn't set out to "rescue her" but he can't help but want to make her burden easier. He also loves spending time with Toby who reminds him of his own son who died at childbirth.
Riley is a fire Captain and pretty much a take charge guy. Clearly he and Amy knock heads and he has to battle to get past her defenses. Riley is awfully sweet and set on winning Amy if only he can figure out a way to get her to accept all that he has to offer, not just financially but emotionally too.
The story flows nicely and the author does a nice job developing these characters as real to life, flaws included. Amy is very stubborn but her reactions could be considered really honest in light of her history. Riley is such a gentleman but he bumbles a few steps along the way. And Toby is an exuberant seven year old boy who is quickly drawn to the warmth and friendship that Riley offers.
I rather expected more difficulties with the ex-husband but it was okay that he was mostly out of the picture after unexpectedly exerting some visitation rights. He was only a peripheral character.
The dialogue is fun and the story entertaining with conflict and a warm romance. Riley plays a mandolin and I enjoyed that the author used a song that he wrote for Amy to express the message of the story. When you need a break from paranormal or thriller suspense this would be a nice book to snag for a quick sweet read. I would be please to read more novels by this author.
I loved the small town southern flavor of this book, but even more, I found Amy's story to be both realistic and moving. The fallout from Amy's failed marriage makes her a little blind to the inherent good in people. It takes her a while to learn to trust again and to find enough confidence in herself to be able to accept the help her friends and neighbors offer.
Ms. Johnson's dialogue and quirky humor make Rescue Me a highly entertaining read!
Rescue Me. I just LOVE that title. Not only that, I loved Amy, Riley, and sweet little Toby. They truly worked their way into my heart and I won't soon forget them. Amy's issues are very real to life, being divorced and a single mom to a 7 year old son. She leaves her ex behind in Texas and heads back to Mississippi to start over with their son. She's bound and determined to do what it takes to get back on her feet, and be done with men.
Enter Riley. One HOT firefighter determined to be a best friend to her sweet innocent son, trying to make up for his past and a tragedy he dealt with. But, stubborn Amy butts heads with Riley on more than one occasion, even as the sparks are flying...sparks she's denying. The one question that lies between them is this: can they RESCUE each other and move on from their past?
With just enough passion blended with just enough lightheartedness, Jennifer Johnson has truly created a novel that I think is stellar. I felt Riley's pain, I felt Amy's turmoil, and I felt sweet little Toby's hopefulness. I finished this novel in less than two days, and stayed up late into the night reading to find out what happened between Amy and Riley. I won't spoil it for you, so I will just say that you NEED to get a copy of this awesome 4 star novel. You won't be disappointed and you'll quickly become a Jennifer Johnson fan, hoping for more amazing work!
Quote: "I think she could do serious damage with that nut cracker, Chief."