Disaster Status by Candace Calvert
When an environmental disaster in progress becomes a media circus and danger to the community Pacific Mercy Charge Nurse Erin Quinn calls for reinforcements. What she gets is Fire Captain Scott McKenna, a handsome incident commander who insists on doing everything by the book -even when that means refusing Erin entry into her own E.R. Tempers flare and sparks fly as these two battle it out, each trying to do their version of the right thing.
I thoroughly enjoyed book 1 in this series and was expecting book 2 to rate at the same level. In many ways it does. Author Candace Calvert builds deep, believable characters with all the quirky nuances that make them, well…characters. The plot took off right from the start, built in intensity as the story went on, and did not disappoint. This being said, I did not enjoy this book as much as book 1. It seemed that throughout this book Calvert was setting the stage for book 3. She took too much time building characters and situations that did not matter to this book.
This book would be great for a book club wanting a light read. There are many aspects that would make for great discussion, especially the differences between being a strong woman and a woman of strength.
I am only giving this book 4 stars, but would definitely still choose to read it if I were going back to make that choice. Even though this book can be read as a stand alone, I suggest reading book 1 first as it will help you understand the relationships between the characters better. All 3 books in this series are currently available, and as of today (5/2/11), Critical Care is available as a free download for Kindle at Amazon.