Tuesday, December 22, 2015

ARC Book review: Controlled Burn (Boston Fire #2) by Shannon Stacey


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eARC provided by publisher through Netgalley

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.

Book two in the Boston Fire series Shannon Stacey shows us just where the sizzle is! Rick Gullotti has been renting a apartment  on the top floor of a big house from a older couple who have become like family to him. He's enjoyed low rent while taking care of anything that needs to be done around the house. When the older man falls and gets hurt a woman claiming to be a granddaughter they didn't know they had shows up. Jessica Broussard finds herself at the grandparents home she's never met. Now she's determined to get to know them and help them if necessary. Unfortunately or fortunately Rick is already there helping and they have to decide if they can trust each other. Loved this one. Rick is a great guy but faced with Jessica and his feelings for her he's unsure of himself sometimes. Being vulnerable is hard for a guy and Rick is no exception. Jessica has only ever had her dad for family. Jesssica has no idea what family is and between her new found grandparents and Rick she likes the feelings she's experiencing. I liked the grandparents and Rick and Jessica were great together. Of course the firefighters and friends are a great addition to the story. The one thing missing for me at the end is Jessica's dad. There's no resolution there. He abandoned his parents years ago and was slowly inching his way to a reconciliation and then nothing. Hopefully we find out what happens in the next book. I'm definitely looking forward to book three.

Find out more about the Boston Fire series and Shannon Stacey here www.shannonstacey.com

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