Author: Shannon Stacey
Publisher: Carina Press
Rating: 5 stars
Type: Novel in a Series
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Blurb: Rick Gullotti lives the good life. He fights fires, dates beautiful women—though none long enough so they cast wistful glances at jewelry stores—and has great friends. And thanks to helping out the elderly couple who own his building, his rent is low. But when concerns about their health lead him to contact their only son, his life starts getting away from him.
Jessica Broussard has no interest in leaving sunny San Diego or her cushy corner office for Boston, but her father—who happens to be her boss—dispatches her to deal with the grandparents she’s never met. She’s unprepared for the frigid winter, loving relatives who aren’t the monsters she’s been led to believe, and the hot, scruffy firefighter who lives upstairs.
At first, Jessica is determined to get back to her comfortable life as quickly as possible. All she has to do is talk her grandparents into selling their monstrosity of a house and moving to a retirement community. But she underestimates Rick’s dedication—and his considerable charm. Nobody’s taking advantage of his friends on his watch, even if that makes the tempting southern California girl with the long legs his adversary. Unfortunately for them both, the only thing more urgent than the matter at hand is their sizzling chemistry, and it’s quickly becoming too strong to resist.
Review: Shannon Stacey’s latest Boston Fire book is so hot, and I don’t mean in a temperature way! The compelling, emotional storyline about families reuniting combined with the raw, sensual chemistry between the two characters is intoxicating–I started it and just kept reading. Like most of her books, Controlled Burn is funny too, with lots of quick banter and double entendres that make reading fun. Having read the series before, I’m more aware of the characters and it’s great to watch them develop and grow over each book.
Rick has shown up on the periphery in past books and he’s always seemed nice. It was both funny and sad to read about how his history of “not being the marrying kind” seemed to become more of a negative thing as time went on–I’m sure a lot of men and women can relate. It showed a lot about his character that his old girlfriends, like Karen, were always friends with him after. He wasn’t a jerk, he just didn’t seem to have met “the one” yet.
Jessica’s character was a complete surprise to several characters in the book. It was very different and set the stage for the whole story–it felt really emotional and kept me invested. Great angle! I loved how the characters felt conflicted and challenged by their different positions regarding Joe and Marie, and how the author carefully kept the differences from coming out too much. I also appreciate how she didn’t drag it out or make it too angsty. Shannon Stacey handled it beautifully!
This book also was great in that it really went back to characters that were highlighted in the previous books and really included them as an ongoing part in the storyline. They didn’t just disappear off stage to only be seen in cameos ever after. I really liked that–it’s like I’m getting part two of the first books in this one and I hope the author continues that.
But what’s with the ending? I’ve got so many questions!!! ACK! I hope the next book comes out fast and that she continues the thread of keeping the old characters in, because I’ve got a lot of questions, missy! Great book, and I (obviously) can’t wait for the next!