She's put men on the back burner until she gets her life on track.
But Hunter's got other plans.
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A Love Emergency Novel
By Samanthe Beck, Heather Howland
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"You tell 'em, Hunt," his partner Beau drawled from the passenger seat of the ambulance before resuming communications with the dispatcher at the other end of the radio.
Hunter continued to curse the slow-to-react drivers in the bumper-to-bumper traffic along Atlanta's I-75 and steered the ambulance through the stingy lane afforded by their half-assed compliance with the move-over law. He advanced a few yards, only to hit the brake again when the driver of a late model BMW waited for a chance to change lanes instead of pulling to the shoulder. Hunter rolled up on his bumper and honked. The guy stuck his arm out the window and turned his palm up in a moronic, What-do-you-want-me-to-do? gesture.
"Pull over, dickhead. Do you not see the lights? Hear that siren? Thanks. Thanks a lot," he muttered as the Beemer finally made his lane change. "I hope some douchebag drags his ass when you're the one waiting for help."
"Point seven miles ahead, right shoulder," Beau instructed. They'd worked together long enough that neither the stream of profanity nor the criminal idiocy of allegedly licensed drivers got a rise out of him.
A glance over the traffic offered visual confirmation. Hunter spotted the emergency lights of a state patrol cruiser. "Got it. I don't suppose dispatch divulged any more details?" All they'd received so far was vague information about a female driver in distress following a rear-end collision, which meant Atlanta Fire Rescue wasn't faring any better with the traffic. They were getting their information — such as it was — from the Georgia State Patrol.
"Nothing more, except the troopers on the scene say — and I quote — 'Hurry.'"
"Well, shit, guess I'll get off the scenic route." He flicked the blinker and made his way to the shoulder. The first responders had placed flares around a shiny new white minivan and beat-up maroon Outback with a crunched back bumper. He pulled in behind the cruiser rather than burn time trying to get past the vehicles and park in front of the Outback. He'd barely hit the brake when Beau stepped out, grabbed the primary response kit, and headed toward the trooper standing beside the minivan. The uniform continued talking to a middle-aged man who was presumably the driver, but waved Beau to the other car.
Hunter fell into step as they approached the Outback. A female trooper crouched by the back passenger-side door, leaning into the compartment, but she retreated a bit when a cry came from inside the vehicle. The kind of cry that started as a low moan and ended in a scream. He quickened his pace. "What have we got?"
The trooper scrambled out of the car as if a live grenade sat inside. "The miracle of birth. Thank God you're here. I was trying to time the contractions, but they're coming fast —"
"Where are you going? Don't leave!" An alarmed voice called from the back seat.
Technically, it was Beau's turn to take the lead, but given his partner's personal situation, Hunter figured he'd be game to trade. He glanced over and raised a brow. "You're attending," Beau said. Hunter stepped up.
The trooper shook her head. "We haven't gotten that far."
Awesome. No name, no details. He pasted on his trust-me-I'm-a-paramedic smile and looked into the car. A woman reclined across the seat, her back propped awkwardly against the opposite door. His trained eyes absorbed initial impressions in seconds — late teens or early twenties, advanced third trimester, scared to the bone. "Hey there, Ms —"
"Where's the woman? Lady, come back!" Her panicked, blue-gray gaze zoomed past him and scanned the area outside the car. "Please come back!"
He hunkered down and balanced his weight on his heels. Not the most comfortable position, but coming down to her level and maintaining eye contact facilitated a purposeful connection, and that, in turn, helped establish him in her mind as the primary decision maker. "She's a state trooper. I'm a paramedic." He waited until those wild eyes refocused on him. "Right now, you want me."
"I want a woman! Call another paramedic. Please. I'll wait ... I'll" — her breath hitched and she braced against a new wave of pain — "Jeeeesuuuus. It huuuurts."
He reached in and clasped her slender hand, noting the lack of wedding ring, and maintained the non-threatening physical link as the spasm ran its course. Eventually she relaxed her grip and sucked in air.
"If you let me take a look, I might be able to do something about the pain." From the corner of his eye he saw Beau head back to the rig for the panic pack.
"Take a look?" she repeated and then shook her head as the ramifications sank in. "Uh-uh. No way. I'm not stripping off my panties by the side of the I-75 for the whole world to see."
Another contraction or two and her modesty would crumble, but he'd rather not wait for that moment. Any patient concern that interfered with good care deserved to be addressed. "Nobody except me is going to see anything. They'd have to get through me first, and I'm going to protect you." He paused to let her see he meant what he said, and then added, "You, and your baby."
Mention of the baby had her biting her lip and blinking rapidly. Anxiety and indecision squeezed into the back seat like extra passengers, joining thick freeway smells of diesel fuel and exhaust, layered with the adrenaline-slicked scent of fear. He took her hand again. Christ, she was a tiny thing. Adolescent slim, save for pregnancy-swollen breasts and a basketball-shaped belly bobbing beneath an ocean of denim maternity dress. "Come on, sweetheart. Let me help you. Both of you."
The back of her head hit the door with a small thump, and she stared at the duct-taped roof lining. "Oh, God. I can't believe I'm going to give up my underwear to a fast-talking guy with a pretty face. These kinds of decisions are what got me into this mess in the first place."
Not exactly a heartfelt declaration of trust, especially combined with the lone tear slowly rolling down her flushed, sweat-streaked cheek. Still, he rewarded her reluctant capitulation with a smile. She was being awfully brave in the face of unbelievable stress.
"Would it help if I told you I'm gay?"
Beau returned, handed him a pair of gloves and an I-knew-it look.
"Maybe." She wiped the tear, sniffled, and lifted her head. "Are you?"
Hunter gloved up and shot her a grin. "Me and this guy" — he cocked his head at Beau — "have been partners for a long time. Say hi, Beau."
His "partner" leaned over his shoulder and waved. "Hi ...?"
"Madisonnnnn. Holy shiiiit."
Beau dug into the pack and tossed him a sterile drape. After the contraction passed, Hunter said, "Nice to meet you, Madison. I'm Hunter Knox." He made a point of using her name and his. Things were about to get intimate. Calling her by name told her he saw her as a person — an individual — as well as an active participant in what came next. "I'm going to help you lift your hips so I can slide this little sheet under you. Then we're going to see what's going on with this baby. It is just one baby, right?"
"One," she confirmed on a shaky exhale but cooperated reasonably well while he put the drape under her and whisked her underwear off.
"Done. Good job, Madison."
She flopped back against the seat. He arranged another sterile drape over her lap to provide her with a small sense of privacy and security. Thankfully, she kept her vehicle clean. He didn't have to push aside a bunch of "carbage" to get where he needed to be. He worked her dress up to her waist and then finally assessed the situation.
"Hunter, I really need something for the pain now."
Fuck it, he bet she did. Too bad that time had come and gone. "I can't, honey. You need to push."
"No ... no ... no." She reached for the tops of the seats and struggled to sit up. "I'm not due yet. I have another three weeks."
He put his hands on her draped knees to hold her still, and in the most matter-of-fact voice he could muster, explained, "Babies don't have calendars, Madison. I've done this more than once. Trust me, it's time to push."
"Do something to keep her in! It's too soon. What if she can't ...?" The next contraction took hold and she started crying, making zero progress pushing.
Keep her in. What if she can't? One more detail he filed away. Mom expected a girl — statistically significant information because newborn boys tended to be larger and also at higher risk for complications. But he could gather information and reassure at the same time. "Three weeks is nothing, sweetheart. Counts as full-term. Have you been seeing a doctor every now and then? Have your checkups been good?"
"Yes," she replied between pants. "I saw my doctor right after Christmas. Everything's on track. I'm due in three weeks," she repeated, and her little chin took on a stubborn jut. It lasted until the next contraction set in, and then she moaned through clenched teeth.
Time to get tough with her. "Push, Madison. Right now. Pant and push, gently. Feel my hand? Push against my hand."
She dropped that stubborn little chin to her chest and bore down. "That's my girl," Hunter encouraged as he watched the results. A thousand concerns and precautions ran through his head, but he kept his voice low and steady. "You're doing great. You're a natural."
She clearly disagreed, because as soon as the contraction ended, she sagged back and shook her head. "I can't. No more. I can't do this." Her legs started to tremble.
"Yes you can." He said the words with an absolute certainty he was a long way from feeling. He had next to no information about the pregnancy, the state of the fetus, and he wasn't likely to finesse much more from her at this point.
"You want me to get the cot?" Beau asked quietly from behind him.
"Uh-uh. Not yet. My girl Madison's going to do this, right sweetheart? You're ready to meet this baby you've been taking such good care of for the last nine months. Hold her in your arms and show her what a strong, brave, pretty mama she's got."
An exhausted sound halfway between a laugh and a sob met his pep talk. "Hunter, I don't know if this is obvious, but doing things right isn't my strong suit. I've managed to mess up pretty much ... everything. Why would this be any different?"
"It is different." He responded more sternly than he intended, but he wanted to shove the self-defeating thoughts right out of her head. The rest of her life might be a complete disaster, but she'd seen her doctor regularly, carried the baby to term, and she was doing everything he asked of her. Maybe she didn't appreciate how often that wasn't the case, but he did.
"You're about to do one of the most important, miraculous things a human being can do, and we're here to make sure everything goes right." They had her back, and he wanted her to know that. Literally, if necessary. What they really needed right now was a labor coach. His partner was going to kill him, but ... "Beau's going to come around to your side and climb in. He'll support you while you push, okay? He's way more comfortable than a hard car door."
Beau didn't miss a beat, just hustled over to the other side of the car and got in. She immediately leaned against him.
"That's right," his partner spoke gently. "Let me take your weight." Then, like a fucking mind reader, he shifted her hips forward. Hunter sent him a silent look of thanks. He expected the next contraction any second, and it was go time.
Even as the thought formed, her breath hitched and her muscles clenched.
Beau told her to breathe and push. She grabbed her knees and gave a long, low groan that ended in a scream. "Oh God, I'm going to die."
Hunter looked her in the eye. "Nobody's going to die, Madison. I'm not going to let that happen. I promise. I can see her head."
She leaned against Beau, but her muscles continued to fire with small, involuntary tremors. "Say hello for me," she muttered. Her head lolled and her eyelids fluttered.
Beau sent him a worried look. Fuck, they were close, but not close enough.
"Madison." Hunter called her name sharply and then dug up a smile for her when she opened her eyes and leveled them on him. "Stay with me, sweetheart. Listen up. This next time, when the contraction comes, I want you to push as long as you can." Without breaking eye contact, he reached into the kit and grabbed a couple of towels and a bulb syringe. "Not hard, but long. Got it?" He placed the supplies on the drape and got ready to move fast.
The next powerful spasm gripped her. She leaned forward and put her whole body into the push.
"Oh God. Oh God. Oh God."
He repeated the prayer in his mind as a little head slid into his palm. "That's my girl. You're doing great." Oh shit, the cord. "Okay, stop. Stop."
She immediately stopped bearing down, but her heavy breaths and the whimper on each exhale told him what it cost her. He quickly slid a finger under the cord, and carefully slipped it over the baby's head.
"Sweetheart, you're almost done. One last push ... There you go ... A little more." Neck, shoulder, perfect, perfect, perfect. He hitched his fingers into the armpit and guided the baby out. A girl, just like her mama said. She looked good. He saw her chest expand, so priority went to getting her dry and warm. Once he had her bundled up in a clean towel, he suctioned the airways as a precaution.
"Is she all right? Is she breathing?"
As if responding to her mom's question, the baby cried out — strong enough to announce she wasn't having any trouble drawing in air. "Aw. Is that any way to say thank you? Want to go to your mama?" He placed the baby into Madison's outstretched arms and then handed Beau a cap, a couple towels, and a stethoscope.
He turned his attention to Madison but kept an ear out as Beau told her all about her baby's strong, steady heartbeat and respiration, and then collected some medical history. Madison Foley, twenty-two years old, which surprised him because he'd pegged her as younger. First pregnancy, which didn't surprise him in the least. No allergies, no known health concerns.
The highway patrol officers fetched the gurney and retrieved Madison's purse from the front of the Outback. In preparation for the short trip to the ambulance, Beau put the little knit cap on the bundled-up baby's head and then held her while Hunter wrapped Madison in a blanket and lifted her onto the cot. With his arms locked around her he could feel her post-delivery shakes, and he made a mental note to put another blanket on her once they got her into the rig. As soon as he buckled her up, Beau settled the baby in her arms. Hunter took the head end of the gurney and expected to more or less disappear off her radar now, but she surprised him by angling her head until their eyes met.
"For what, sweetheart?" He kept his smile easy, hoping to earn one from her. "You did all the hard work."
No smile. Instead she looked at him with those big blue eyes. "Back in the car, when you promised we'd be okay, how did you know?"
Beau glanced back at him from the foot of the gurney, his dark brows raised as if to say, Yeah, how did you know? Hunter shrugged. "Gotta have faith in happy endings. Otherwise, what's the point?"CHAPTER 2
Happy endings? If anyone had asked her to put her faith in happy endings an hour ago, Madison would have laughed her ass off. The last time she'd let herself believe in happily ever after, she'd packed her Outback and the little bit of money her grandma had left her, and followed the empty promises of a sweet-tongued, soulful-eyed Alex Pettyfer look-alike all the way from her speck-on-the-map hometown of Shallow Pond, Alabama to glamorous, fast-paced Atlanta.
Cody Winslow turned out to be a gambling addict with a blossoming drug habit, which made happily ever after a real long shot, but, of course, the problems hadn't become apparent until later, after he'd begged, borrowed, and stolen his way through her small inheritance, as well as any little bit of extra cash she managed to bring home from her job at the local link of a popular coffee shop chain. It had almost been a relief to tell Cody about the pregnancy and watch him run for the door.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Well written story filled with believability and characters you want to hug.
This was one of my first Samatha Beck’s book,and I can honestly say it was a good one. the character’s were cute.i felt like the story development was good.
Didn't care for it. Didn't like either character.
Gotta have happy endings. Otherwise, what's the point? #1 hero line for the week! How many romances start with a roadside baby delivery? Samanthe Beck makes this meet-not-quite-cute (more like meet-unbelievably-messy-and-awkward!) totally work! I loved Hunter and Madison--and baby Joy, of course :) This one was more of a slow burn than your usual Brazen story, but give the girl a break, she's a brand new mom, so of course things aren't going to be all hot and heavy right away. Ms. Beck did a great job with that aspect of it--just the right amounts of attraction and angst (and after they worked up to it, to some pretty intense fooling around), and once Madison gets the green light from her doctor, then watch out...well, watch out once Hunter sobers up from an ill-advised night out on the town, anyway. Had he really spent last night drinking himself into oblivion with four sweaty guys when he could have been home, in this bed, doing things to Madison he'd been fantasizing about for weeks? If that wasn't a public service message for drinking responsibly, he didn't know what was. Oh, Hunter... A minor blip. His grand gesture is one for the record books! Loved every minute of it :) Now I have to go back and read Emergency Engagement ASAP... Rating: 4 stars / A- I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Good read...enjoy all Samantha Beck books! JR
So adored this book.... what a sweet & sexy love story. Madison is going through such a rough time in her life & Hunter sweeps in a helps her get a fresh start. I loved that even though Madison was down she kept her strong sense of self & didn't come off as weak. And geez, there is nothing bad to say about a hunky paramedic Hunter. The author did such a beautiful job of blending their strengths & weaknesses to create a beautiful & real couple. This is the second book in the Love Emergency series but can be read as a stand alone. Can't wait to catch up on the first book & waiting impatiently for the third book. ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Hunter is a paramedic who meets Madison on the scene of a car accident while she is giving birth to her daughter in the backseat of her car. After meeting her, he feels drawn to help her and ends up letting her stay in his house until she gets back on her feet. I'm not sure how I feel about this one. I gave it a few days after reading it just to see if it would help, but I had a few problems with this one. When Hunter first meets Madison, he thinks she is a young teenager but when he finds out her real age he all of a sudden can't keep his eyes...or hands off of her...? That seemed a little sketchy, but maybe I thought too much into it. I also found it really hard to believe that a guy that barely knows you would insist on buying you all new things for your baby (carseat, swing, crib) AND insist on you moving into his house and staying in his guest room. What?! No...just no. All of that being said, this is #2 in the series, so maybe if I would have read more about the characters in the first book it would have made this make more sense to me. This wasn't a typical Brazen read either. I thought it took a while to get going and once it did, it still seemed more like their Lovestruck titles. ** I received an free copy of this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. **
4 stars Another great read by Samanthe Beck, I really enjoyed Emergency Delivery. The storyline was entertaining, the drama was well done, nothing too over the top, the characters were likable, fun, relatable and they had amazing chemistry. Hunter and Madison were great together, I liked how their relationship developed. After everything Madison had been through with her low life baby daddy it was heartwarming seeing her find happiness and stability in a caring, supportive & loving man like Hunter, he was such a great guy. Overall this was a quick, entertaining, and hot read that left me feeling full of happy feels. I'm really enjoying the Love Emergency series, each book can be read as a standalone and I highly recommend them =)
3.75 stars----EMERGENCY DELIVERY is the second installment in Samanthe Beck’s adult, contemporary LOVE EMERGENCY romance series. This is paramedic Hunter Knox, and barista Madison Foley’s story line. EMERGENCY DELIVERY can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Told from dual third person perspectives (Madison and Hunter) EMERGENCY DELIVERY follows Madison Foley as she struggles to make it on her own. On the run from an addicted ex, Madison finds herself involved in a roadside emergency that will change her life forever. Enter paramedic Hunter Knox, whose ‘white knight’ persona finds our hero setting up home, if only temporary, with Madison Foley. What ensues is a slow building relationship between Madison and Hunter, as Madison recovers from her ‘emergency delivery’, and battles the demons from her past. The relationship between Madison and Hunter begins as a medical emergency. One month later, Hunter discovers that Madison is once again in need of medical care, and offers our heroine a place to stay while in recovery. Their attraction to one another is immediate but Hunter knows that he must tread lightly where Madison is concerned. The $ex scenes are intimate and romantic but are slow in the reveal. The world building continues to focus on the paramedics; their loves and their happily ever afters. Beau (Emergency Engagement #1) plays a supporting role as Hunter’s work partner; and Beau and Savannah take a permanent step forward towards their own happily ever after. The epilogue fast forwards the story line approximately six years where we get a glimpse at Hunter and Madison’s future, their family, and the possibility of something more. Because of the time-line jump, I am not sure how Samanthe Beck will incorporate the next installment but I am going to presume that six years does not pass before another Love Emergency is in the making. EMERGENCY DELIVERY is an emotional tale about two people who met under extraordinary circumstances. The premise is enjoyable and entertaining but predictable; the characters are charismatic and animated; the romance is a slow build to a happily ever after.
COULD NOT PUT THIS ONE DOWN! SEVEN STARS - As the title suggests, Madison and Hunter meet during the emergency delivery of the baby girl to be named Joy. Madison is a 22 year old woman new to Atlanta and in the most difficult of circumstances due to her deadbeat ex boyfriend, but she's full of determination and pride to stand on her own. She's in need of rescue and grateful for the help, but not particularly comfortable with being in need. Hunter is a 27 year old paramedic still recovering emotionally from his own crash and fail entry into adulthood, but he's on the verge of taking a very big step forward. At heart, he's the one who rescues, and with Madison the need to rescue is overpowering to him. These characters have a lot of emotional depth and are set in relief against an entertaining plot with a plot twist involving the ex-boyfriend that is shocking and suspenseful. The story is very high on HEART, because I choked back tears from the moment Hunter read the admissions letter at the kitchen table to the end of the story. This is a truly touching romance. The story is also very high on HEAT, which doesn't start until about a third of the way in, but once the sex starts rolling, prepare yourself for a white-hot roller coaster ride that seems even hotter for the element of care that must be taken. I also chuckled out loud with several passages. I liked the humor in this one. Well worth the three dollars and five hours invested.
My Review: This was a really cute book. Madison and Hunter meet on the side of the highway as she's about to give birth to her baby. He's an EMT working at getting into medical school. She's a hot mess. But there's so much more to both their stories and that made me fall in love with both of them. When Hunter was 19, he screwed up his life over a woman and a baby. Now, ten years later, he's working to fix all that. But Madison definitely throws a wrench into the works. Because she needs help, and he's a natural-born saver. He can't walk away from a woman in need...even though he can see that he's sinking into that rabbit hole he was in ten years before. There are so many sweet little moments in time throughout this book, but some of the best were with Hunter and the baby girl. My heart simply melted over and over again. So I could totally get why Madison was having issues with self-control around him. And she knows that she's bad for him. He has his own life. He should not be saddled with having to take care of her and her daughter. I loved the two of them together. I loved how much Madison was drawn to him, while she feels like every other new mom out there...overwhelmed and frumpy. I adored that Hunter didn't see her that way at all. There is some amazing dialogue in this book that starts up right away in Madison's car on the side of the highway. I couldn't tell you how many times I laughed out loud over the discussions between the two of them. It made for simply great, fun reading. Simply put...I enjoyed the book. It's been a great series and I've loved both Hunter and Beau's stories...hot paramedics? It doesn't get much better. I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.
Emergency Delivery is the perfect title for the second book in Samanthe Beck’s Love Emergency series. Hunter Knox is a paramedic who responds to an accident call on I-75. To his surprise, he discovers twenty-two-year-old Madison Foley in full labor. Something about a scared Madison calls to Hunter and he can’t get her and her baby Joy out of his mind. With no friends or family, Madison is doing the best she can to take care of Joy and herself. When a medical emergency lands Madison back in the hospital, Hunter rushes in to make sure she and Joy are okay. Realizing Madison’s situation, Hunter steps in to be the friend and family Madison and Joy need. Hunter is at a crossroad in his life. He’s about to embark on something that is going to require all of his time and energy. The last thing he needs are distractions. However, rescuing people is what he does. Hunter has never met anyone who needed rescuing so much but didn’t want to be rescued. Madison might be down on her luck, but she’s determined to rescue herself. Hunter offers Madison the use of his guest bedroom until she can get back on her feet. He just doesn’t expect not to want them to leave. Ever. Madison is unprepared for the feelings she starts to have for Hunter. Their little family of three is everything she’s ever dreamed of. She just wants to help Hunter as much as he helps her. “You have to have faith in happy endings. Otherwise, what’s the point?” I loved Hunter and Madison so much. Hunter is sweet and caring. He’s one of those characters I knew was going to be special and he doesn’t disappoint. Madison is young and has made some mistakes, but she’s determined to overcome those mistakes. She’s caring, not afraid of hard work, and is extremely strong willed. Madison and Hunter compliment each other in every way. Their story is definitely one I wish could last forever. **Received a copy from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.** Rating: 4.5
Being filled with with grief and loneliness left Madison Foley vulnerable to the advances of a rather unsavory character who solely saw her as someone who had the funds to feed his many addictions. And unfortunately for her she didn't come to her senses, and see just what he was doing to her until he had literally taken everything she had to offer, and left her unexpectedly pregnant and once again alone. Determined not to fail her baby she focuses on her work, saves every penny she makes, and starts looking for a safe place for them to live, but fate decides to step in and derail her plans. After a minor car accident, she finds herself giving birth in her car on the side of the road, and at the mercy of a very handsome paramedic determined to save the day... The moment Paramedic Hunter Knox laid eyes on the helpless mother about to give birth, he felt something inside of him shift, and his need to play her personal hero was set in motion. After delivering her to the hospital, and ensuring her and her baby were safe, he thought his part of the job was over, but something about the situation kept digging at him. He finds himself constantly worrying about her and wondering if she's was doing alright on her own, and knows the only way he is going to be able to let this go is to see her again. So, the minute he finds out she's landed herself in the hospital again, he's there in an instant, and ready to be her personal hero all over again... From the moment I started this story I knew it was going to be one of those reads that I once I got started I would not be able to put down, until all my questions had answers and the last page was turned...and I was totally right, I devoured this sexy little tale in one sitting!! Barely a paragraph into it and I was completely submersed into Hunter & Madison's world, and completely transfixed by every spoken word, and left with an insatiable desire for more...and boy did I find it! I have a thing for alphas who like to play hero, and I have to say Hunter definitely earned a spot amongst my favorites, there is just something so unbelievably sexy about a determined man that will go above and beyond to protect the woman he loves! This was my second visit to this series, and I have to say it just keeps getting better as it goes along... I think it's safe to say Ms. Beck is onto to something here, and has definitely found her literary sweet spot with these well crafted, and undeniably sexy paramedic heroes!! I can't wait to see what she has in store for them next!! ARC requested through NetGalley, and kindly provided by Entangled Publishing LLC in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.
Hunter, bless your heart. You are so sweet. If y'all loved Beau, you will LOVE Hunter. Hunter and Madison had an unconventional meeting, to say the least. She was way down on her luck, and he had a hero complex. Match made in heaven, right? But they were, and I loved both characters, and sweet baby Joy, too. They both were stubborn, headstrong characters, who had their own ways of dealing with their issues. Sometimes successfully, sometimes, not so much. But they complemented each other in such a beautiful way. It was nice getting to catch up a bit with Beau and Savannah (I wish it had been a little more!) Madison's ex was a piece of work and you just wanted to reach thru the book and knock him right out. Ew. And Ashley really made me angry at times too. But, to me, that's the sign of a great writer. Make me love, or hate, a character, and I'm sold. Overall this book was a great addition to this sweet series and I can't wait to read more! Being from the Atlanta area makes this even more fun for me to read. I love when I recognize the setting! Also, the time jump in the epilogue makes me curious about the next story. Did Sinclair's story need a little time on it before she was ready?! I hope to find out soon!
I loved this book! It was fun, sexy, charming, and as usual with a Samanthe Beck book, the characters totally stole my heart. Thinking about how Hunter and Madison first meet, and then getting a glimpse years later, is all kinds of awesome. (What a "how my parents met" story!) Everything in between is fantastic, too, and the book kept me up waaaay past my bedtime! This is the second book in the Love Emergency series and I highly recommend it! The first book in the series, Emergency Engagement is also terrific and a must read.
OMG! Every woman needs a Hunter Knox in their life!! He's sexy, passionate, dedicated and has a heart so big it makes you cry. Paramedic Hunter Knox can't help it. Helping people isn't just what he does, it's part of who he is. His real goal though is getting into medical school and becoming a doctor. He can't let anything distract him - this time!! If it wasn't for bad luck it would seem that Madison Foley had no luck at all. Her ex not only ran off when he found out Madison was pregnant, he came back and robbed her of everything she had worked so hard to save. She's determined to make it on her own though. She has to. Not only for herself but for her baby as well. You absolutely want to treat yourself to this great read! It's not quite as sizzling as some of Samanthe Beck's books but it has plenty of sexy times. The slow build of the relationship between Hunter and Madison is wonderful and their story will completely entertain you.
When paramedic Hunter encounters a pregnant woman going into labour at a roadside crash, he's got his hands full, but successfully helps her deliver her new baby. He can't get the woman out of his mind though, and when she turns up in hospital again a month later, this time he's determined to make sure that she's okay. I loved this story! I'm a sucker for guys playing the hero, especially when it comes to women in dire straights. But just because Madison is having a tough time of it now, doesn't mean she's a pushover. She's down on her luck is all, and while she's desperately trying to make it on her own, any woman who's had a baby knows how hard it can be without any help. It's no surprise that Madison ends up anemic and in the hospital with her newborn baby, seeing as she's exhausted, malnourished, and spending all her energy caring for Joy. I liked Madison's character a lot, knowing that she's fighting for the best chance for her and her daughter, even though she seems to be losing that battle at first. She accepts Hunter's help because she knows it's the right thing to do for her and the baby, though gradually her feelings for him become deeper than just friendship and gratitude. Hunter is the proverbial hero indeed. First he helps deliver Madison's baby, then he's her would-be rescuer when she's got nowhere else to turn, offering a room in his home while she regains her health and gets back on her feet. It's true that it goes beyond his job as a paramedic, and it's also true that Hunter has a bit of a saviour complex, the need to provide assurance to his patients, and himself that all will be well. But in this case, it makes him a swoony romantic hero indeed! Taking in Madison and her baby, buying her the things she needs, caring for them both - who wouldn't fall in love with someone like that. (Of course, the fact that he's a handsome, sexy guy doesn't hurt either). Hunter is wonderful with the baby too, taking the place of her absentee father complete with middle of the night rocking and diaper changes. The attraction between Hunter and Madison is no surprise, being both single, attractive and friendly people, but what I really appreciated was the care Hunter took with Madison, being a new mother. There is no slam, bam, thank you ma'am happening her, just thoughtful, careful and sexy scenes as they connect on an intimate level when Madison's doctor gives her the a-okay. The conflict is two-fold. There's the problem with Madison's ex and his addictions resulting in some bad decisions on his part, decisions that affect Madison and her safety. So we do get a bit of action and suspense in the story. The other conflict is their plans for the future - while Madison is grateful to Hunter, she doesn't want to be his charity case and questions whether his apparent feelings for her are real. And Hunter knows that if he gets into med school it's going to mean long hours and intense studying with no time for distractions. It's up to both of them to decide whether moving forward into a committed relationship is compatible with their desires for the future. It's a sexy, and sweet love story. 4.5 stars