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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Once Burned (Firehouse Fourteen #1) by Lisa B. Kamps Review

Once Burned (Firehouse Fourteen, #1)Once Burned by Lisa B. Kamps
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lisa B. Kamps’ Once Burned is a heartfelt and emotional start to the Firehouse Fourteen series. Michaela (Mike) Donaldson and Nick Lansing were high school loves, an accident in high school tore them apart changing both their lives forever. Ten years later, Michaela is a firefighter and Nick is a school teacher, brought back together to develop an education program, but working together is not so easy.

Lisa B. Kamps does a great job with her character development. It is interesting to see how the same accident impacted both lives so differently. Nick did a pretty good job turning his life around. He understandably felt horrible about what happened. He tries to do what is right. I think it is noble that Mike becomes a firefighter, so she can help save lives like hers was once rescued. It is ironic that she likes to drink as much as she does.

I appreciated the concept of feeling invincible when you are young and agree unless you meet someone affected by the situation it has no impact on you. When I was in college, I became friends with a number of people that were on the wheelchair basketball and track teams. The majority of them were hit by drunk drivers. Knowing them, made a huge impact in my life. Just like I think the situations in this book would do the same for the high-school students whom Nick teaches. The presentation at the end was well-done and full of impact.

This story was a bit out of my normal read, but I really enjoyed it. It moved me, especially toward the end of the story. Once Burned would make great required reading for high-school students.

Complimentary copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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ebook, 275 pages

Published March 21st 2016 by BimHaven Press
Edition Language: English
Series: Firehouse Fourteen #1

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