Out of the Ashes by T.K. Chapin (review by Kristi)

Out of the Ashes

From Goodreads: OUT OF THE ASHES is book two of the Contemporary Christian Romance Series, EMBERS & ASHES. Follow the lives of the men of Fire station #9 as they face the fires on and off the job. Inspirational romance stories full of faith, hope and love that will leave you feeling inspired.
“”You have to have faith, Kane. And faith is felt with the fingertips of your soul.” ”
Firefighter Kane McCormick is one of the younger guys down at fire station 9. While he is charming and attractive, he has a quick temper that often gets him into more trouble than he’d like. When one unlucky night lands him behind bars, Kane is forced to deal with the hard reality of his mother’s rapidly deteriorating health. Experience by experience Kane begins to see how much bigger God is than his problems. Just as he thinks he has it all figured out, a family secret comes to light that might ruin everything.
Fire can destroy, but it also can cleanse. It holds the power to make new what was once old. It is through these fires in our lives that we are refined into something more than we once were. When we lose ourselves, we gain Jesus. Out of the Ashes is a contemporary Christian romance novel that dives deep into the heart of a believer that is struggling. Kane, just like everyone else, is not perfect, but he has a desire to know God. This Christian Romance novel will inspire you, move you and start a fire in your heart.
A must read for every born-again Christian reader that is seeking a great Contemporary Christian Romance with a little heat.
Out of the Ashes is the sequel to the best selling Christian romance, Amongst the Flames. With a 4.5+ rating on the series by reviewers across the broad, it’s an easy pick for your next contemporary Christian romance read. T.K. Chapin’s Christian romance novels are never preachy feeling, but instead show how God plays a real role in the lives of Christian believers. All of T.K. Chapin’s contemporary Christian romance novels inspire his readers to look at life differently and be inspired. Choosing to pick up a copy of Out of the Ashes is a decision you will be happy you made.

My review:  Out of the Ashes is the second book in the Embers and Ashes series. Our return trip to Station #9 focuses on Kane McCormick, who is a bit of a temperamental bad-boy. Kane is struggling with all that is going on in his life. Will he come out on top or will the pressures of life be too much for him?

I like how the author tells the story in first-person. While reading, I felt like I was really getting the story from Kane’s perspective. Kane is a likable character and it was interesting to see how he dealt with everything life was throwing at him. Even though he has a bit of a temper he was still a good role model to his nephew and others.

I found this book to be just as well written as the first. The author has a way of writing from a man’s perspective that doesn’t come across as too manly for female readers yet would appeal to men readers as well. His writing captures the camaraderie of the brotherhood of firefighters and the relationships they have with each other. I found this part of the story just as entertaining as Kane’s life away from the firehouse. Also, his use of Bible scripture and quotes is well-blended into the story as part of the storyline and never comes across as preachy or forced.

Even though this is the second book in the series it can easily be read as a standalone. This book should easily appeal to men and women readers alike.

I received a free copy of this book from the author for an honest review which I have given.

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