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Take Me Back

(Hidden Cove Firefighters #9)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  91 ratings  ·  45 reviews
Six years ago, Kate Cassidy broke Rafe Casella’s heart by abandoning him a few months before their wedding. Now she’s in town with the gut-wrenching news that she had his baby, in secret, and she wants Rafe back. She has to be kidding!

But Kate is deadly serious. She made the worst mistake of her life when she left Hidden Cove and she’s determined to fix it. She plans to
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Kindle Edition, 231 pages
Published March 24th 2020 by Ocean View Books
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Marcia  Haskell
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Starting this book was like running into an old friend. I enjoyed the earlier books about the firefighting community and loved catching up with the families and children as they grew and changed. This story of a woman who let her fear cause her to run instead of telling the man she loved that she was pregnant with his child. When she realizes the fear wasn’t valid, she returns to introduce her son to his father. But how can he, or his family ever trust her again - and how can she overcome her fe ...more
Jennie Fortna
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
ARC for honest review with no compensation

Take Me Back is book 9 in the Hidden Cove Firefighters series by Kathryn Shay and am loving this series!

Years ago Rafe and Kate were engaged but she up and left right with no warning a few months before the wedding. Now, 6 years later she decides to come back with a secret she has been hiding all these years and is determined to win him back. Only he wants nothing to do with her until the secret is revealed...

What happens next will keep you turning the
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JigsawGirl
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It has been a while since I have read a Hidden Cove Firefighters book. I had forgotten how the series pulls you in at the beginning and holds on to the very last page.

I started out not liking Kate. I thought it took a pair of brass ones to show up like she did after 6 years with Rafe's kid (Not baby, a 6 year old) telling him she wants to get back together. I didn't like Rafe's fiance, so that was no great loss.

I was surprised that Kate wanted to be indignant and have all of her hurt feelings af
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Cathy
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Kate Cassidy left Rafe Casella 5 years ago and didn’t look back. Rafe was heartbroken but what he didn’t know was Kate was hurting too and she had a big secret she didn’t tell him before leaving. She is now back in Hidden Cove and she wants Rafe back and nothing will stop her. Rafe wants nothing to do with her until he finds out what secret she has been hiding.

Kathryn Shay writes the best stories on one of my favorite subjects, firefighters. She brings to life the realities of what firefighters
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Connie
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received a complimentary copy of this book and I am voluntarily reviewing it.

This was a wonderful story to round out this fantastic series. I hope there will be another series that can cross over here. I hate to see a conclusion to a series like this. It is like saying good-bye to friends.

The plot was beautifully written and completely drew me in. The scenes were well thought out and flowed very nicely. At first, I really didn't care for Kate Cassidy. She left Rafe Casella just a few months be
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Carey S.
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Six years ago Rafe Cassella and Kate Cassidy were a few months shy of their wedding, when Kate discovers that she is pregnant. Both Kate and rafe are firefighters, and since Kate was left orphaned by parents who had risky jobs, she determines that she won’t put another kid through foster care if both she and rafe die on the job. So she leaves without telling Rafe why, and causes lots of heartache and pain in her wake. In the interim, she marries a safe schoolteacher who is a surrogate dad for he ...more
Yvonne Cruz
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It had been a while since I had read a story in this series, and once again, the author managed to give the reader a thought provoking story.
We are back in Hidden Cove and this time the story belongs to Captain Rafe Casella and Kate Cassidy.
Six years ago they had a relationship and were about to get married when Kate’s past and fears had her run away from the man she loved. A man she left heartbroken and no longer trusting love.
She has returned determined to win him back , but she’s not alone. A
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Melody Dawn
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When I read Kathryn Shay’s novel, Take Me Back, I did so with mixed feelings. I absolutely love Kathryn Shay, yet I knew this book was going to rip my heart out. And it did but in the best way possible.

Take Me Back is the story of Rafe and Kate who were engaged, only to have Kate get cold feet and leave Rafe a few months before their wedding. His heart is completely broken as there was no explanation. Fast forward six years later, he’s engaged and she shows up on his doorstep and she’s not alone
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Renee Entress
Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 star

I was pulled right into this story. The story has laughs, secrets, suspense, and heartbreak.

If you have not read the below I would recommend reading those books(s) first
After the Fire (Hidden Cove Firefighters, #1)
On the Line (Hidden Cove Firefighters, #2)
Nothing More to Lose (Hidden Cove Firefighters, #3)
America's Bravest (Hidden Cove Firefighters #4)
It Had To Be You (Hidden Cove Firefighters, #5)
Chasing the Fire (Hidden Cove Firefighters, #6)
The Fire Inside (Hidden Cove Firefighters, #7)
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Kim Worley
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Kathryn Shay is one of my very favorite authors, so I knew that I would love Take Me Back without a doubt and when I started reading it I felt like I was right there with them.
It's the story of Rafe, whose was engaged to Kate who left town a couple months before their wedding, and it broke his heart. Six years later, she's back with his son that he did not know about wanting a second chance. Rafe is engaged to another woman after finally moving on but he has to admit he still has feelings toward
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Kathleen
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved returning to Hidden Grove and all my favorite fire fighters.
Rafe was broken when Kate left him six years ago. Two engagements later (one ended one still going) , he thinks he has accepted her leaving. Then Kate shows up on his doorstep and she has brought with her a huge surprise - his son Tommy.
Kate wants him back. Rafe is gun why and believes he can never trust her again.
As these two try to come to a normal with their new situation, Kate must also deal with the reaction of those who kn
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Jennifer Pierson
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Kathryn Shay is one of my very favorite authors, so I knew that I would love Take Me Back without a doubt, and I did! It's the story of Rafe, whose person Kate, left town a couple months before their wedding, and it broke his heart. Six years later, she's back wanting a second chance, and there's a secret baby involved to boot (that's in the description so it's not a spoiler). Rafe is engaged to another woman after finally moving on, and yet, no matter what feelings he has towards Kate, they sti ...more
Anne Donaldson
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In an engaging return to Hidden Cove and its firefighters, Kathryn Shay offers a range of stories happening simultaneously, each affecting the calm and wellbeing of the characters. As talks on consolidating regional fire stations start and appear to identify a disastrous outcome, Kate comes back to Hidden Cove, with Rafe’s son – surprising him. There are welcome cameos from other Hidden Cove firefighters and the Cardellas family, but in essence, both the reader and Rafe need to come to understan ...more
Cathi Lange
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"Take me Back" the 9th book in the Hidden Cove Firefighters series by Kathryn Shay is a great read. I loved all the books in the series. This one is about Kate Cassidy & Rafe Casella both who where firefighters in Hidden Cove.
Weeks before their wedding Kate finds out that she is pregnant and leaves Rafe. Kate feels that since they both have very risky jobs (firefighters) she didn't want to put a child thru what she had been thru. She was orphaned and put into the foster system and never want a c
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Patrice
I was so excited to read this book and find out what happened to Rafe and Kate's relationship after reading about it in a previous book. This is a well written story with real-life situations and wonderful insight into firefighter training and the job; on both physical and emotional levels. Ms Shay writes a strong female lead character, in Kate Cassidy. Although, she had cut and run in the past, she is back to try to make things right between Rafe and herself. Only, she didn't know that Rafe has ...more
Alicia
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“Take Me Back” (Hidden Cove Firefighters Book 9) by Kathryn Shay

What a wonderful novel. It has been so long since we have been back with this crew. Years ago Rafe believes he and Kate were going get married and how the marriage they both imagined for years. But Kate ran and has been gone for many years. And now she is home...with his child.

Now there is a lot of anger, particularly, on his end. She wants him back. He just wants time to spend time with his son. Luckily, the child wants to spend t
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Kari Hansen
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Due to her past Kate ended her relationship with her fiancé Rafe as she was worried about having children when they both had dangerous careers as firefighters. She leaves town for a fresh start however when tragedy struck, and she realizes that there are no guarantees in life she returns to town looking for a second chance.

Rafe was devastated when Kate ended their relationship, but he loved her enough to let her go. He has finally been able to move forward with his life and is engaged to another
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Lisa
May 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received a complimentary copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.

This series follows firefighters Captain Rafe Casella and Kate Cassidy from the Hidden Cove station. Rafe and Kate were engaged until six years ago when Kate abruptly broke off their engagement and left town. When she left, she failed to mention that she was pregnant,

This book starts when Kate returns to Hidden Cove with her five-year old son to try to win Rafe back. However, Rafe has not forgiven Kate. Plu
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Pam
Jun 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoy second chance stories. Ms. Shay has written an excellent one in her fire fighter series. Kate & Rafe were together until she suddenly broke it off & left. Now she’s back with a young son, Rafe’s young son. Can he forgive her for leaving? Is she over her fears? Before they can try to work things out, someone is threatening Kate & they have to figure out who is after her.

I really enjoy the characters in this series. The way they are written really emphasizes the “family” the firefighters
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Raecharmed
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Kate and Rafe were engaged to be married when she learned she was pregnant. They both work as firefighters and its very dangerous and she doesn't want to take a chance that something could happen to them and leave their child an orphan. So she leaves without explaining anything to Rafe and moves on with someone else. Now years later she's back and her feelings for Rafe are still the same. However she has a big secret she's kept from him. How will he feel about what she's done and kept from him? ...more
Annette
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Love this story. I am glad Kate & Rafe got another chance. Six years later they have matured. Their attraction to one another isn't the issue but there's a huge trust issue for them to overcome, not to mention availability. Their predicament sucked me right into their story, their emotional reactions are intense and seem so real. Very touching story touching on the consequences of rekindled love and more importantly the forgiveness required to get there and be at peace in a new relationship with ...more
Felicia
May 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have always loved the Hidden Cove series and this book was no exception! Kathryn Shay hit it out of the park AGAIN with Kate and Rafe’s story. Kate left Rafe six years ago due to her fears over losing him – instead walking away from the love of her life and opting to have his baby without his knowledge. Both have tried to move on but neither is really able to do so. They might have been with other people but their love has never gone away. When Kate comes back to Hidden Cove to try to win Rafe ...more
Tina Todd shobe
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is Book 9 in the Hidden Cove FireFighters Series but can be read as a stand alone. Though I highly recommend you read the series in order as I feel you'll get a greater appreciation of the series as a whole.

Kate Cassidy has done the absolute worse thing you can do to a man in my opinion and now she's back with a surprise for Rafe Casella fully hoping for forgiveness and to have a future together as a family.

I truly felt Rafe's heartache. How do you move on from the news that Kate gives to h
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Rachel
Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Sharon
Apr 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a good book. I discovered Kathryn Shay's books a few years ago and she is a "go to" author for me. The story line in Take Me Back did not flow smoothly for me, it seemed a bit dis-jointed in places with a few threads left hanging. Rafe is a rally great guy and watching him grow and mature added to the story. Kate, I struggled with. I did not feel she had the depth of character that Ms. Shay usually brings to her people. I did not really like Kate but I really did not dislike her either. ...more
Loy
Apr 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley

I have read all the books in the Hidden Cove Firefighters. I was excited to receive the advance copy for an honest review. I really enjoyed meeting up with the characters from all the other books.
I was not sure about the Kate and her reasons for coming back after six years. She left Rafe without warning and hurt him deeply. She introduces him to his child and want to come back into his life.

The attraction is still there, and they grow close again. There are setbacks, which makes a great Kathry
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Andrea Akers
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review.

Kate has major trust issues and when she got pregnant with Rafe's child Tommy, she ran away. Rafe did not know about Tom until he was five and ready for kindergarten. Even though there are many emotions Rafe is experiencing, deep down he is still in love with Kate. The problem is, can he ever trust her again.

Join Ms. Shay as she takes us back to Hidden Cove to visit with our friend's from HCFD to see what they are up to and meet the new
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Cindy
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read this book in one sitting. Stories with firefighters drag me in, and this was no exception. Rafe is a firefighter, Kate was too, before she ran away. Now she’s back and wants Rafe back, too. And surprise, she comes back with a 5-year-old son, Rafe’s son. I enjoyed their struggles, their chemistry, Rafe’s family, and the relationships old and new. I wasn’t a fan of how Rafe dealt with one of his significant relationships. But then, I wasn’t a fan of the calculated way Kate returned, either. ...more
Merle
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
I generally enjoy the Hidden Cover series, but this one had problems, in my opinion. The story is not that engaging, and the outcome seems preordained. Also, someone missed a step or two in proofreading. For example, the former firefighter who is wheelchair bound and now teaches at the Academy is called both Woodward and Chandler. His name has been Ian Woodward since On the Line, so not sure why the change. Jenn is referred to as Zach Malvaso's wife, when she is really his sister, and is married ...more
Shari
Apr 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-arc, 2020-e-book
I love visiting Hidden Cove and this was no different. Kate left Rafe six years ago and has now returned to Hidden Cove with her six year old son and wants to get back together with Rafe. Rafe is involved with another woman but his heart still belongs to Kate. Can two broken hearts mend and have a happily ever after?

This story is full of emotion, strong family ties and friendships. Well written firefighting. It was great to catch up with previous characters, but this book can be read as a stand
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