3.5 - 4 stars
"Rescue Me' is the story of Sadie, who returns to her hometown after many years to visit her elderly father, and Vince, an ex-soldier who comes to Lovett to buy and renovate his aunt's gas station. The story progresses like we would expect it from Rachel Gibson ' the good-looking, commitment-phobic hero meets the heroine and they start an affair that soon develops into more than just sex.
The story is pleasantly told and well-paced, the attraction between the characters is (at times) palpable and even a bit of fun isn't missing. Which means that the novel was exactly what I expected it to be and that is one of the reasons for the missing star.
I was just missing the certain something. Rachel Gibson didn't manage to surprise me with this one, neither did she make it impossible for me to put the book down. It almost seemed as if she has already told me the same story times and times before.
Woman meets commitment-challenged guy, they feel the attraction, challenges have to be met (even though I have to say that those were a bit more serious in 'Rescue Me' than they usually are, for example: character death or PTSD), woman convinces the guy that he wants to spend the rest of his life with her, happy end.
Don't get me wrong, that's not necessarily a bad thing. I actually appreciated that I could pick up the book and didn't have to worry about unpleasant surprises, but was able to relax with a solid story instead. You can count on Rachel Gibson if you are looking for an entertaining, quick and romantic distraction, you just shouldn't expect to get blown away completely.
The character depth and development of Sadie and Vince were okay, I guess. While some parts of their relationship were covered satisfyingly and in detail, I was looking for a bit more interaction with their environment. For example: Vince has a sister and a nephew for whom he has been like a father for years, but apart from a short appearance and a few reverences they were completely ignored.
I'm aware that this is a romantic story and I like to concentrate on the main couple as much as the next guy (or in this case woman), but that doesn't mean I'll just dismiss their personal background. (At least to a certain degree) The things that make you who you are, are the people who surround and shape you, so getting to know about the protagonist's environment makes it easier for me to understand the fictional character. On the other hand I did buy the book to read about Sadie and Vince's relationship, so the lacking background information didn't bother me all that much.
'Rescue Me' was a solid story that was just missing the certain something. In my opinion Rachel Gibson's books 'True Love and Other Disasters', 'Nothing but Trouble' and 'Lola Carlyle Reveals All' are a lot better because they stand out from the crowd of similar novels.