All or Nothing

All or Nothing by Tonya Ramagos
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short
Other: M/F
Rating: 5 Cherries
Reviewed by Lilac

Bailey Lamont’s struggle to come to terms with a past that left her nights filled with nightmares and her days consumed by fear ends with a surprising reward. Finally, she has the two things she wants most in life: a satisfying career and the heart of the man she loves. But will Tripp Barrett’s hardheaded determination cause her to lose it all?

Lieutenant Tripp Barrett may be down, but he is far from out. When an injury threatens to end his career, he refuses to sit around and wallow in self-pity. One way or another, he will return to the life he worked so hard to obtain. But is that life the one that is centered on his career or the one he’s just begun to share with Bailey Lamont? Can he have them both or will he be forced to give up one love in order to keep another?

In this short, but highly enjoyable read, firefighters Bailey Lamont and Tripp Barrett deal with the changes and complications that arise when coworkers become lovers. When Tripp returns to work following an injury he and Bailey must deal with their worry and concern over one another and figure out a way to work together. One misstep could cost them not only their careers, but also their lives. But when Bailey suggests she transfer, Tripp is angered and hurt by her decision to leave.

All or Nothing is a fabulous story about compromises and love featuring a wonderful couple who have finally gotten their own book. I fell in love with the characters of Bailey and Tripp in the first book in the Heroes of Silver Springs series and have enjoyed watching their relationship progress with each book. Both are fascinating and complex individuals and this story really illustrates that. In All or Nothing, they must deal with some of their doubts and fears. Both love their careers and each other and don’t want to lose either. They have to figure out a way to have both or risk losing one of the things they love most…firefighting or each other. I enjoyed how the story played out and how they solved their problem.

Bailey is a strong heroine who still has some insecurities and I loved the fact that she was a firefighter. She has fought hard to get where she is at, but still must deal with prejudice and insecurities. Her insecurities, doubts, and fears really add to the character making her all the more realistic. Tripp also has a few of his own fears that he has to deal with in the story. He and Bailey make a wonderful couple and I enjoyed reading how they helped one another overcome their fears.

To get a feel for these characters as well as learn more about their relationship and past, I recommend reading the entire series in order. Tripp and Bailey’s story starts in the first book of the series (Caught off Guard) and continues in the two subsequent books (Twin Games and Stormy Nights). Each book sheds a little more light on this fascinating couple making All or Nothing all the more enjoyable as there were a few things in this one that might or confuse those who haven’t read the other books.

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