Rescue Me by Michelle L. Teichman

The book Rescue Me, Michelle L. Teichman, starts out describing a rift between the Toronto police department and the local EMT’s. These two organizations cannot get along, the officers declining medical help time and time again. Interesting concept that ties in a few different story lines to deliver a whodunit crime mystery with a side of romance

Staff Sergeant Kristen Bailey of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is working undercover as Toronto PD. The RCMP believes that something nefarious is going on inside the police department. It is Kristen’s job to find out why an officer was murdered while waiting for an ambulance to come. This tangled web of deception is Kristen’s mess to figure out if she wants her coveted promotion to Banff. Kristen is your typical strong alpha type. She is all about the job. Her bed, well really their bed is a revolving door. A hookup is fine but any more than a night of passion forget it. Basically, a total womanizer and she admits to being one multiple times through the course of the story. Oh, and of course she is super hot.

Paramedic Ashleigh Paige is your nice, girl next door. Her heart is a s big a Canada, and she is always there to help. She takes a particular shine to Kristen, even though she is rebuffed time and time again. After her one and only relationship with a woman failed miserably, Ashleigh is determined to find a lady who has a good heart and isn’t just looking for sex. She knows her attraction to Kristen is breaking her own rules but she just can’t stay away.

Now did I love it? Confession, this one just didn’t do it for me. I thought the first third of the book was really clunky and just didn’t flow all that well. There was a lot of information and background coming at me and I struggled to really become invested in the story. Towards the end, the story seemed very melodramatic in the relationship aspect and quite predictable in regard to crime solving. The chemistry of Kristen and Ashleigh did not jump off the page, in my opinion. Not a bad read, but not one I would revisit.

3 stars out of 5 stars

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The Space Between by Michelle L. Teichman

The Space Between by Michelle L. Teichman is a young adult coming of age story. It follows the lives of two 9th grade girls that have different experiences entering high school. The journey is sweet, goofy and sometimes agonizing as they both venture into uncharted territory.

Harper Isabelle has been groomed for high school popularity. Her sister Bronte has paved the way for her to be the top female in her class. She knows how to act, what to wear, and what parties to attend to make sure everyone knows she in charge.

Sarah Jamieson is the high school loner, virtually speaking to no one besides her twin brother Tyler. For some reason this kid can’t catch a break. She hides behind makeup and purple tinged hair, to in a sense put up armor to protect herself from the barrage of insults hurled her way on a daily basis. Sarah is an artist who lives inside herself because facing the realities of high school are pretty awful.

The one thing I will tell you about reading this book if you are living with me in Grownupville, you must throw yourself back to being a 9th grader again. This is a true young adult book. If you are reading with the wisdom of age, you are going to struggle, but if you can relate to a high school freshman you will see the Teichman has written a brilliant YA story.

High school is easy for some kids, and devastating for others. For Harper being popular is at times a lot to manage. You have carefully built a house of cards that you must mange to stay on top of. While Harper struggles internally with how she really feels, she has it easy compared to Sarah. How such a sweet soul, could have zero friends is beyond me. Sarah’s being shy has virtually no one in her corner till she meets Harper. Their friendship is sweet and fun, but the transition into more than friends isn’t easy.

The only thing I really struggled with in this book is the dating threesome we had. I find it hard to believe that Sarah would double-cross her sibling to secretly date Harper. These siblings were very close, so for Sarah to betray, Tyler so deceptively was an issue that I got hung up on. Overall I thought this story was really remarkable and brilliantly written by Teichman.

 3.75 out of 5 stars
I was given a copy of this book by Ylva Publishing in return for an honest review.
  • Publisher: Ylva Publishing
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The Space Between
by Michelle L. Teichman
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 The Space Between