By Katherine Center
Published August 13, 2019 by St. Martin's Press
Note: I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley to facilitate my review. I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own.
Cassie Hanwell was born for emergencies. As one of the only female firefighters in her Texas firehouse, she's seen her fair share of them, and she's excellent at dealing with other people's tragedies. But when her estranged and ailing mother asks her to uproot her life and move to Boston, it's an emergency of a kind Cassie never anticipated.
The tough, old-school Boston firehouse is as different from Cassie's old job as it could possibly be. Hazing, a lack of funding, and poor facilities mean that the firemen aren't exactly thrilled to have a "lady" on the crew, even one as competent and smart as Cassie. Except for the handsome rookie, who doesn't seem to mind having Cassie around. But she can't think about that. Because she doesn't fall in love. And because of the advice her old captain gave her: don't date firefighters. Cassie can feel her resolve slipping...but will she jeopardize her place in a career where she's worked so hard to be taken seriously?
I really enjoyed Katherine Center's 2018 release, How to Walk Away, so I was super excited to read Things You Save in a Fire! While How to Walk Away was a four tar read for me, Things You Save in a Fire was a five star but really can I give it ALL THE STARS read for me!! There are so many aspects of this book that I loved. Strong, badass female lead? Check. A story about family? Check. Hot firefighters? Check. Romance? Check. There wasn't anything I didn't absolutely love about this book. It was an emotional yet entertaining and funny read.
The author clearly did her research (read the author's note) and it was so interesting learning about the world of firefighters. It gave me a whole new level of appreciation for them and a gave a really good look at what daily life is like for them. As I said before, I absolutely loved Cassie. She was such an interesting character you couldn't help but love and root for throughout the book--being a woman in a man's world is never easy.
I read the last third of the book in one sitting because I COULD NOT put it down!! This book gave me all the feels and is absolutely one of my top favorites of 2019. I can't recommend this book enough!