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Mon
Feb 27 2017 3:00pm

Are J.D. Robb’s Eve and Roarke the Best Couple in Romance?

Why Eve and Roarke deserve to win the title of 2017's Swoonworthiest Couple!

We're almost to the end of the Swoonies 2017 as our final round is prepared to launch on Monday. In honor of our EPIC Couples Battle, The Swoonies, we asked two of our bloggers to make their case for why our two champions should be crowned The Swoonworthiest Couple! In the final match, which is between J.D. Robb's Eve/Roarke and Penny Reid's Cletus/Jennifer, Lucy Dosch is Team Eve/Roarke. Here she makes her case for why they should win the Swoonies 2017!

(Are you Team Cletus/Jennifer? We've got you covered too!)

Apprentice in Death by JD Robb

What makes them work?

Eve and Roarke both come from brutal beginning. They were raised motherless with a father that abused them physically. They understand the need of the other to become more than what they once were; Eve by becoming a police officer, and Roarke by succeeding in business.  They also understand that sometimes the pain of the past sneaks back up on you no matter how hard you try to outrun it. 

It is not just their brutal beginnings which makes them such a perfect pair.  Roarke might have spent his youth on the wrong side of the law, but to keep ahead of the police, he had to outthink them.  His ability to “think like a cop” allows him to step in with his fancy tech skills and assist his cop in her investigations whenever he can. 

What might be their undoing?

Eve and Roarke have literally walked through blood together but the hardest thing they faced together was Eve’s past.   Once Eve found Roarke, her subconscious finally allowed her to remember her childhood.  Eve was continuously beaten and raped by her father and caused his death during one violent rape.  Hearing how badly Eve was hurt and not being able to do anything about the past, caused a wound in Roarke that he can’t heal since there was no one for him to take it out on.  When, during an investigation, Eve and Roarke found out that Eve’s father was under surveillance and that the government agents were well aware that eight-year-old Eve was continually being raped by her father, Roarke set about finding the men who allowed it to continue so as not to ruin their ultimate goal.   Roarke tracked them all down and had plans of painful revenge upon those who sat back and allowed Eve to be brutalized, but he stopped his plans upon Eve’s pleas.  The cop in Eve couldn’t stand back and allow Roarke to kill in her name, not without destroying all they were building together.  Roarke chose Eve over vengeance, but if he ever tried to go forward with those plans, that would definitely be their undoing.

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Sun
Feb 26 2017 11:00am

First Look: Maya Banks’ Brighter than the Sun (March 7, 2017)

Brighter Than the Sun by Maya Banks

Maya Banks
Brighter Than the Sun (KGI Series #11)
Berkley / March 7, 2017 / $7.99 print & digital

When you are the last remaining single brother in a close family like the Kellys, all your happily married sibling are always looking to help you out. But Joe Kelly is content to remain blissfully unattached, even if he surrounded by lovebirds. The idea of spending your whole life focused on one person is insane. Right?

Maya Banks bring us the downfall of the last bachelor standing, Joe Kelly, in Brighter than the Sun. Joe has happily sat back and watched over the last few years as his brothers fell, one by one, for their wives. He has been quite content with life while they started families of their own. And he is very, very certain that he has no interest in taking the fall himself.  He is quite comfortable in his life as a confirmed bachelor.  That is why watching him fall just as hard as any of his brothers is so much fun.

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Mon
Feb 6 2017 1:00pm

First Look: J.D. Robb’s Echoes in Death (February 7, 2017)

Echoes in Death by J.D. Robb

J.D. Robb
Echoes in Death (In Death #44)
St. Martin's Press / February 7, 2017 / $27.99 print, $14.99 digital

Lt. Eve Dallas has faced many a brutal killer in her years as a Homicide cop.  Eve has come a long way from her own bloody and brutal past to be a cop who stands for the victims.  But in her latest investigation, Eve has to push down all the echoes of her own past to do what needs to be done to find justice. 

In J.D. Robb’s Echoes in Death, Eve and Roarke almost run over a victim of what looks like a burglary gone wrong. The search of the woman’s residence finds a grisly scene   including the body of the victim’s husband.  There is evidence to robbery, but the most haunting part is the sexual attack on the wife.  A search of like crimes bring up a series of other burglaries where the husband is beaten and incapacitated while his wife is continually beaten and brutalized in front of him. All the couples are wealthy, but something about the couple and more importantly the beautiful, young wives, seems to be the vital clue.  Figuring out why these couples, why these woman will give Dallas the key into the mind of this killer.

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Sun
Feb 5 2017 10:00am

First Look: Christine Warren’s Hard to Handle (February 7, 2017)

Hard to Handle by Christine Warren

Christine Warren
Hard to Handle (Gargoyles Series #5)
St. Martin's Press / February 7, 2017 / $7.99 print & digital 

Hard to Handle is the latest novel in Christine Warren’s Gargoyle series and this time Beauty is the Beast.   

These Guardians protect our world against the Darkness and the Order of Nocturnis that serve them. Since the beginning of time, whenever one of the seven Guardians fell, another Guardian was sent to take his place.  His being the key word.  Guardians have always been an all-boys club, so how did Ash get here?

Why is the latest Guardian sent to earth female?  No one wants to know the answer to that mystery more than Ash.  She knows that there must be a very important reason that she was sent here as female, the first ever female Guardian, but why?

No matter what shape she wore, her strength could crush a mortal of either sex.  After all, she was a warrior and a Guardian.  She existed to battle the most powerful Demons the Darkness had ever spawned.  Her prowess could not be matched on this plane, even if this was the first time she had ever visited it.

The thought made her frown, because it meant something very important had brought her here.  She need to discover that reason, and for that, she should have a Warden by her side.

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Fri
Jan 27 2017 9:30am

First Look: Rebecca Zanetti’s Justice Ascending (January 31, 2017)

Justice Ascending by Rebecca Zanetti

Rebecca Zanetti
Justice Ascending (The Scorpius Syndrome #3)
Zebra / January 31, 2017 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital 

Rebecca Zanetti’s latest novel in her dystopian Scorpius Syndrome series, Justice Ascending, features Tace Justice. Tace was a simple Good Old Boy from Texas and a former army medic. Tace expected to return to Texas some day and continue the family tradition of becoming a lawman. That was before the Scorpius bacteria wiped out most of the population and changed everything, and before the Scorpius infection changed Tace from a gregarious flirt to something so much darker.   

Most of those infected succumb to the high fevers and the bacteria’s attack on the brain. Survivors of the bacteria are never completely the same person they were before infection. Some are faster, stronger or smarter, but many lose a part of themselves, that part that makes them human. They lose the ability to have compassion and empathy since the bacteria attacks the frontal lobe of the brain. The damage done ranges from mild to severe and the worst of those fall into darkness and become Rippers. Rippers have dangerous psychopathic tendencies ranging from deranged to brilliantly cunning, but almost all have lost any interest in their fellow man.

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Mon
Jan 9 2017 9:30am

First Look: Skye Jordan’s Wild Kisses (January 10, 2017)

Wild Kisses by Skye Jordan

Skye Jordan
Wild Kisses (Wildwood #2)
Montlake / January 10, 2017 / $12.95 print, $4.99 digital

A “second chance” romance usually refers to the main characters having an opportunity to reconnect and have a second chance at love, but I also think of this trope when the characters need a second chance at life. In Skye Jordan’s latest, Wild Kisses, the main characters are trying to outrun the mistakes of their youth that put their lives in a tailspin.  They have paid the consequences for their mistakes, and they are both trying to restart their lives. But they find not everyone believes that someone deserves a second chance.

Trace Hutton is trying to rebuild his life after several years in prison on a drug possession charge. He has paid dearly for that bad decision. He returned to Wildwood to take care of his aging father and to rebuild the construction business that he was forced to leave behind. There aren’t many who are willing to support him. Most of the people in town have known him all his life, but being a good kid and kind to your neighbors, doesn’t mean anything after you have spent a few years behind bars. Those small-town neighbors now only see an ex-con and instead of giving him a helping hand and a second chance, they are waiting around to see if he falls again.

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Thu
Dec 8 2016 9:30am

First Look: Thea Harrison’s Moonshadow (December 13, 2016)

Moonshadow by Thea Harrison

Thea Harrison
Moonshadow (Moonshadow #1)
Thea Harrison / December 13, 2016 / $16.00 print, $4.99 digital

In her first spinoff novel, Thea Harrison takes us halfway around the world from our beloved Elder Races, but have no fear, she definitely brings her special magic to a whole new cast of characters. 

In Moonshadow, while recovering from gunshot wounds received on a recent case, witch consultant to the Los Angeles Police Department, Sophie Ross is given an opportunity to travel to the U.K. Sophie has been offered a chance to inherit an estate and an entailment to take care of it.  The only hitch is she has to be able to get into a house that no one has been able to enter for a century. The house was built on the site of a collapsed crossover passage to the land of the Dark Court, because of this, different parts of the manor have drifted into altered shifts between our plane and the Otherlands.

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Tue
Nov 1 2016 10:00am

Pronunciation Dictionary for J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood

Dark Lover by J.R. Ward

Have you ever picked up an urban fantasy novel with its own world building and stared helplessly at the words in front of you before you futilely try to sound out the names of the characters or the concepts introduced?

I am a big fan of audiobooks and have listened to almost the entire Black Dagger Brotherhood series being read to me by Jim Frangione. My friend exclusively reads the BDB series.   Each time a new book is released, we have a sit down conference about the happenings of the story.  Yet from time to time we end up staring at each other like we are speaking two separate languages.  While I have listened to Jim’s pronunciation of some of J.R. Ward’s more interesting names and phrases, as a reader, she has looked at and interpreted these words on her own. 

It was time that all BDB lovers were on the same page so that all future Black Dagger Brotherhood conversations could be had in the same language.

Before we get started, we are going to presume that no one is having problems with the names and concepts such as Beth, Jane, Mary, Butch, John Matthew, Scribe Virgin, the Omega, and vampire.  So let’s get started…

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Mon
Oct 31 2016 3:00pm

New King of Our Heart in The Walking Dead: Will Ezekiel and Carol Upset Carol/Daryl Shippers?

Show/Episode: The Walking Dead Season 7, Episode 2, “The Well”
Ship (s): Carol x Ezekiel (Cezekiel), Carol x Daryl 

The Walking Dead, Captain's Log

Is it too soon to rent a hall, pick the flowers (just don’t look at them around Carol) and make sure Father Gabriel is available to do the ceremony?  Instead of a flower girl, we can have Arthur acting as apple bearer and pass fruit to all the guests. Because after last night’s The Walking Dead, I am thinking that if a man just happens to be taking his pet tiger for a walk in your new zombie-free neighborhood and just happens to stop by so he can talk you into trying his pomegranates, there might just be romance in the air.

I have been a long time Carol/Daryl shipper. Their pasts gave them common ground and losing Sophia bound them together. There is no question that they always gravitate towards each other.  When Rick banished Carol from the prison, Daryl was her staunch defender and when Carol rescued the group from Terminus and Daryl saw her for the first time in months, he ran—ran—into her arms with eyes filled with tears because he missed her so much.  But after finding a safe haven in Alexandria and they still weren’t playing house even my romantic heart started giving up hope that it would ever happen. 

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Sun
Oct 30 2016 10:00am

First Look: Marie Harte’s A Sure Thing (November 1, 2016)

A Sure Thing by Marie Harte

Marie Harte
A Sure Thing (The Donnigans, #1)
Sourcebooks / November 1, 2016 / $7.99 print & digital

In her new series, The Donnigans, Marie Harte proves that the best source of free entertainment is and always will be family. Family loves you and supports you and is always there for you, even when you don’t want them to be. But most important, every family has those special relatives that are always, always, the best source of entertainment for those who love them most. 

At the start of A Sure Thing, clinical psychologist Ava Rosenthal is in a dating slump which she is desperately trying to turn around. Ava has a five year plan for her life and while her career goals are right on track, and plans for finding a husband and someday have a family are starting to hit a minimum deadline for achievement.  Ava has a list of specific requirements which her future spouse must have but so far none of the men who have met her requirements also have a sexual chemistry which would be needed for maximum success in marital bliss.  

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Mon
Oct 17 2016 8:30am

First Look: Dianne Duvall’s Rendezvous with Yesterday (October 17, 2016)

Rendezvous with Yesterday by Dianne Duvall

Dianne Duvall
Rendezvous with Yesterday (The Gifted Ones #2)
Dianne Duvall / October 17, 2016 / $12.99 print, $4.99 digital

In Rendezvous with Yesterday, Dianne Duvall paints a brilliant picture of the differences of modern life and medieval England by blending her Gifted Ones series with her Immortal Guardians series and to do so, she only needed a splash of time travel dabbed with a little immortality.

Bethany Bennett is a modern woman who has a normal obsession with her cell phone and a not so normal one for guns. But the guns are important to her work in the family business as a bounty hunter. In a day that will change how Bethany views the world (and history), Bethany goes with her brother on what should be a long-shot tip to apprehend two wanted killers.  From the moment they step into the forest, everything goes wrong and Bethany is left fighting for her life.  She is losing a great deal of blood and as she loses consciousness, she isn’t sure if this is the end.  What she doesn’t realize is that when she wakes up she is no longer in modern day Texas, but in the forest of England in the year 1203.   

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Wed
Oct 5 2016 1:30pm

Return to Whisper Hollow in Yasmine Galenorn’s Shadow Silence

Shadow Silence by Yasmine Galenorn

The quaint little town of Whisper Hollow is as quiet as the grave, which in Whisper Hollow isn’t quiet at all.  What goes into the grave here, doesn’t always stay there.  That is why Kerris Fellwater is the 50th spirit shaman who has taken up the post in Whisper Hollow.  She has been tasked by the Morrigan to help the restless spirits move on to the next realm.

But in Yasmine Galenorn’s latest, Shadow Silence, Kerris has felt a dark presence stirring up trouble with the spirits that wander in the woods and graveyards.  Something has been using magic to keep the Screaming Tree from warning that something dark is seething in the woods surrounding the Town.

There are seven rules that anyone who lives in Whisper Hollow knows.

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Sun
Oct 2 2016 10:00am

First Look: Katie Ruggle’s In Safe Hands (October 4, 2016)

In Safe Hands by Katie Ruggle

Katie Ruggle
In Safe Hands (Search and Rescue #4)
Sourcebooks / October 4, 2016 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital

It is funny that the most intriguing character in Katie Ruggle’s Search & Rescue series is the one who can’t leave her house, but one sleepless night will end up putting Daisy in the cross-hairs of a killer in In Safe Hands.

Daisy Little hasn’t left her house since she witnessed her mother murder in a robbery when she was sixteen years old.  She now lives in a home more secure than the White House.  Her windows are barred and her double door entry has an intercom and both electronic locks and deadbolts.  Daisy hasn’t stepped out of her house in eight years, but it is from her window seat in her bedroom that she sees everything that happens in her neighborhood. 

It is from that window seat that Daisy watched what appeared to be a man carrying a dead body out of the vacant house across the street and into an SUV.  The first person Daisy contacts is her friend, Deputy Chris Jennings.  While Chris can’t give Daisy any information about ongoing investigations, he can set Daisy up with Search & Rescue diver, Lou Sparks, who has been playing the part of Nancy Drew since she inadvertently dislodged the headless dead guy from the lake.   Daisy is now part of the official and unofficial investigation in the recent deaths and missing persons around this once sleepy Colorado town. 

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Tue
Sep 27 2016 8:30am

First Look: Kate Meader’s Sparking the Fire (September 27, 2016)

Sparking the Fire by Kate Meader

Kate Meader
Sparking the Fire (Hot in Chicago Series)
Pocket Books / September 27, 2016 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital

Firemen are hot and they live a life of excitement and danger.  They are the subject of many TV shows, movies and books.  So how about a book about a movie about fireman?  Score!

In Kate Meader’s Sparking the Fire, actress Molly Cade’s shining star has taken a little tarnish lately.  A bitter divorce and some hacked private pictures splashed across the internet have sullied her reputation, but she has just the script to bring her back into the public’s affection. 

Firefighter Alexandra Dempsey grabbed headlines last year not only with her antics, but with her passionate and volatile relationship with former City Mayor Eli Cooper.   Molly has a fabulous script about a female firefighter from Chicago and her hot romance with a man of power, but what would really guarantee her a blockbuster would be getting Alex’s stamp of approval to personalize it and make it Alex’s story.

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Tue
Sep 6 2016 11:00am

First Look: Samantha Young’s The One Real Thing (September 6, 2016)

The Only Real Thing by Samantha Young

Samantha Young 
The One Real Thing (Hart's Boardwalk #1)
Berkley / September 6, 2016 / $15.00 print, $5.99 digital

As the summer winds down, Samantha Young gives us one last stroll on the beach with the first book in her new Hart’s Boardwalk series, The One Real Thing. She has created for us a place where you would go to simply find a little peace from the chaos known as life.

I stepped out onto the balcony and I didn’t even care that it was a cloudy, gray day above me.

Instead I enjoyed the wind blowing up off the water because it carried with it the smell of sea and the sound of the surf.  I closed my eyes, listening to that gentle rush, the lap of water against beach, the cry of gulls in the air, and I felt a moment of complete peace.

It is letters from the past and a desperate need for a vacation that bring Dr. Jessica Huntington to the little beach town of Hartwell, Delaware.  But from the moment she arrives, the peace and tranquility of the town, the boardwalk and the ocean makes Jessica feel a level of contentment she has never found anywhere else.  

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Fri
Sep 2 2016 8:30am

First Look: MaryJanice Davidson Deja Who (September 6, 2016)

Deja Who by MaryJanice Davidson

MaryJanice Davidson
Deja Who (Insighter #1)
Berkley / September 6, 2016 / $15.00 print, $11.99 digital

MaryJanice Davidson creates a new world where who you are and what you do isn’t just governed by what you did in this lifetime, but who you were and what you did in your prior lifetimes. 

Leah Nazir is one of the most talented Insighters around.  We have all lived many, many lives, and Leah has the ability to look at you and see all of your prior lives and understand why your current reincarnation is behaving in a certain way. Do you fear heights? Maybe that was because in your past life, you died falling off a cliff. Are you a germaphobe? Maybe you died of the bubonic plague. It is Leah’s job as an Insighter to help you to understand how who you were effects who you are now.

After reincarnation, some people will unconsciously try to atone for past wrongs.  On rare occasions, a murderer in a past time will becomes a police officer in this one. But there are so many others who continue on with their misdeeds from one lifetime to the next. Murderers, rapists, abusers often find they are continuing their evil deeds from lifetime to lifetime. 

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Thu
Sep 1 2016 8:30am

First Look: J.D. Robb’s Apprentice in Death (September 6, 2016)

Apprentice in Death by J.D. Robb

J.D. Robb
Apprentice in Death (In Death #43)
Berkley / September 6, 2016 / $28.00 print, $14.99 digital

The most important aspect of J.D. Robb’s In Death series is the relations and how they affect each person.  The relationship between husband and wife is the bedrock of the series, and in Apprentice in Death, the changes in this relationship is mirrored in the redesigning of Eve’s home office and the master bedroom.  The changing of each room which once reflected the individual to something that now blends everything they are as a couple, mirrors the changes in their ever growing connection.

But just as important as the marriage bond is the relationship created by the team. The team made up of mentor and student, trainer and trainee, or master and apprentice. 

“You take on the trainee because you want him to share what you do, you want to give him something maybe.  You want to see something of you in him.”

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Sat
Aug 20 2016 10:00am

First Look: Rebecca Zanetti’s Shadow Falling (August 30, 2016)

Shadow Falling by Rebecca Zanetti

Rebecca Zanetti
Shadow Falling (The Scorpius Syndrome #2)
Zebra / August 30, 2016 / $7.99 print, $4.99 digital

When the world as we’ve known it comes to an end, finding safety is the key, but is there really such a thing as “safe” or is it only an illusion, something to tell ourselves so we can go to sleep at night?

“There is no crying after the apocalypse.”

In Shadow Falling, Rebecca Zanetti takes us once again to the shattered world recovering from the aftereffects of the Scorpius bacterium.  The Vanguard territory, outside of what is left of Los Angeles, is being hceld together by Jax Mercury and Dr. Lynn Harmony.  With the rest of the Vanguard residents, they are trying to do more than survivor Scorpius, they are trying to rebuild a life out of the rubble.  Part of that rebuilding is getting Lynn to a secret government laboratory only known as the Bunker.  They only have vague references that it even exists and if it does, it appears to be located somewhere in California.   Lynn is certain that several of her former colleges from the CDC are still working there trying hard to find a way to survive total annihilation because as it stands, no woman who has become pregnant before or after being infected with Scorpius has given birth.  Where Scorpius failed to wipe out humanity, infertility might just finish the job.

“The uninfected might be humanity’s only chance to continue.”

“Everyone is gonna catch Scorpius at some point, so our better bet is to find a way to promote successful pregnancies,” Tace said.  “The bacteria lives both in survivors and on surfaces, so someday there won’t be an uninfected person alive.”

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Tue
Aug 2 2016 2:30pm

First Look: Katie Ruggle’s Gone Too Deep (August 2, 2016)

Gone Too Deep by Katie Ruggle

Katie Ruggle
Gone Too Deep (Search and Rescue #3)
Sourcebooks Casablanca / August 2, 2016 / $6.99 print, $4.99 digital

If you have ever dreamed of wrapping yourself around a big, strong, rugged mountain of a man, then I have the guy for you, or maybe it is fair to say that Katie Ruggle has written the man for you in her latest novel, Gone Too Deep.

Ellie Price needs to get into the still snow-covered mountains of Colorado to find her father.  He isn’t in his right mind most of the time and the idea of him possibly wandering around, lost in the woods, looking for her grandfather’s cabin has Ellie in a panic.  The best man to take her out there is a member of Field County’s Search and Rescue, George Holloway.  No one knows the mountains and forest better than him.  But George can be a bit intimidating.  He is a big mountain of a man who keeps to himself.  He doesn’t even have a phone and generally doesn’t speak with anyone unless he has to respond to an emergency.

“So,” the blond said quietly, leaning in toward Ellie, “did George actually talk to you?  Because I’ve never gotten more than a grunt out of him.”

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Mon
Aug 1 2016 3:30pm

First Look: Sara Humphreys’s Trouble Walks In (August 2, 2016)

Trouble Walks In by Sara Humphreys

Sara Humphreys
Trouble Walks In (McGuire Brothers #2)
Sourcebooks Casablanca / August 2, 2016 / $7.99 print & digital

Deciding to take a second chance at love is hard enough after experiencing a tragic loss. Can you risk your vulnerable heart if that person risks their life each day for the benefit of others? 

In Sara Humphreys's latest contemporary novel, Trouble Walks In, Maddy Morgan escaped her hometown of Old Brookfield a year ago after her love, Rick, was killed fighting a fire.  Rick and Maddy had been together since high school and their lives were intertwined for the past decade.  But Rick’s true passion had always been firefighting.  Since he was little, Rick had wanted to be like his father and just like his father, he gave his life trying to save others.  Unlike his father, Rick realized the danger and risk he faced every day and Rick refused to leave a family behind. Rick and Maddy never married and Rick would never agree to father children of his own, but in the end, he still left Maddy alone, grieving the loss of the man that was such a part of her life that staying in the Town that was the focus of their lives together became impossible.  

[Putting her heart on the line...]