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Ground Zero (Birch County Fire Book 1) by April Canavan


Ground Zero: The center or origin of rapid, intense, or violent activity

I carried her lifeless body out of a burning building.
One that collapsed on top of us, forcing us to fight for survival.
Where she gave her life so that I could live.
That nightmare wasn’t the happy ending I thought I’d find in the flames.
Turns out, it wasn’t our ending at all.
It was the beginning of our story.
The one where I fell in love without knowing what was happening.
Or the destruction she would thrust into my path.

Ground Zero (Birch County Fire Book 1) by April Canavan Publication Date 31/10/2021

My Review

Another new series by a relatively new author to me (I’ve read a few of her shorter stories in a few anthologies)

Set in the County of Birch, (I’ve noticed the author has several series set in this County)and I’m going to go back and read those at some point.

Our story starts at a roller rink, Nia is there with family and Josh is there with a friend. Neither are aware of one another until an a glance across has them locked with one another. But before Josh can make a move, an incident occurs and Nia disappears!

Nia is a paramedic who loves her job and family. Recently ending a relationship because the partner had gotten injured in the line of duty (he was a policeman) can you see where this is going?

Josh is on his way to becoming a firefighter, he’s loved being a cop, but his dream is finally coming true.

I have to say the cover is very strong and stands out to capture the attention. I’ve also noticed that her other series in Birch run along the same lines (and for someone that likes that continuity in her book covers I’m loving the links.)

The secondary characters are a great add, I’m hoping some of them will feature in this new series. There is also a moment (I won’t spoil it) when one of Josh’s friends gets into trouble over a woman, that could be a potential story 😉

The chemistry between the two characters is almost instant. Both know what they want. And a game of cards soon has them laughing and flirting with one another. One thing leads to another and both are naked and sweaty! But in the morning Josh wakes to a note says Nia doesn’t date cops!

Josh and Nia meet again and again with little luck at connecting, and for Josh to tell her he’s a firefighter and not a cop any longer. But all that changes when Nia is caught is a house fire……

But can Nia ever move past her fear of dating and loving a cop? Or can Josh convince her that he’s worth taking that risk?

A great read, pretty good pace, wonderful characters all in a pretty good plot. A little angst and a dilemma that needs solved.


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Meet April Canavan:

I live on chaos and coffee, and you’ll find it running through every single one of my stories.

First of all, I absolutely abhor writing anything biographical. In any form. I’m terrible at it, and I have the very firm belief that no one wants to know who I am. You’re here for books, right? But that doesn’t mean I’m off the hook.

I grew up sneaking over to my great grandmother’s to read her Harlequin novels. Those were delivered once a month in a ginormous box, and from the age of ten, she let me devour them in their entirety. I fell in love with romance, even the clean kind. And that, undoubtedly, led to many days and nights with my face buried in a book and the discovery that I wasn’t happy unless my hair was up, and I had a story in my hand.

I never wanted to write. I wanted to read. ALL the words. Until someone pointed out to me that I’d been writing my entire life. I just needed to put the book in my hand down and pick up a pen.

Once I started, I found out that I couldn’t stop. Now, I’m always writing. Or reading. Or chasing my son through the house to get the elusive hug he thinks I don’t need.

Oh, and I’m a Leo… which is completely on-point if you know me at all. I love being the center of attention. On my terms. When I can stay at home in my pajamas. With lots and lots of coffee on hand. And maybe a few snacks.

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