Review : Controlled Burn by Shannon Stacey

Posted November 24, 2015 by Nix in review / 0 Comments

Controlled Burn by Shannon Stacey
Series: Boston Fire #2
Published by Carina Press on 2015-12-01
Genres: Contemporary, Erotic Romance
Pages: 180
Format: eBook

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.

FTC : I got this from NetGalley for a review.

Why I read this book

I read the first in the series and thought it was fairly good so thought I would give the next one a shot. I have a lot of Shannon Stacey books on my keeper list and this one had hot, older firemen in so it was always going to grab my attention! Also, have you seen the cover ……  *fans*

What genre-tags would I give this book?

Contemporary romance, smexy times, fireman, reluctant hero, controlling Father, Older hero, series read

Quick Scores

  • Romance between the MC – 4/5
  • Heat level – 4/5
  • Plot – 3.75/5

What I liked about this book?

Shannon Stacey writes good, character driven romances. This one is no different and the actual set up of the book was fabulous; we have an older, fireman who refuses to get involved in any sort of long-term romance and a woman who seems to do nothing she wants to do but everything her controlling Father wants (his “team” terminology really squicked me out all the way through .. the manipulation fluctuated between overt and so so subtle but it was ever present). Then they meet and the sparks start flying and what I was left with was a solid, mature love story with sex, affection and a sweet humor.

What I really liked was the attempt to de-fetishize (if that’s even a word!) Fireman. Shannon Stacey showed the realities of being/living with a Fireman and I appreciated it even if I found some of the scenes hard to read.

What I didn’t like about this story

I didn’t like the fact that the conflict, of which there wasn’t a lot, fell away in the last chapter. It felt slightly rushed and unfinished which was disappointing as I enjoyed the rest of the book. It wasn’t a book with a particularly heavy conflict and I felt the lack of resolution quite heavily because of it (come on, no one magically lets go of all their hang ups … I need to see it end properly!).

Favourite quote

Jessica stepped back, feeling a hot flush over her face. “Rick’s showing me how to play pool”

She had to respect Aidan for holding the straight face for as long as he did, about fifteen seconds before he laughed. “I was going to tell Gavin he should ask Rick for some pointers on how to beat Scotty, but he might want to watch some Youtube videos instead.”

Would I read this book again?


Would I read the next in the series?

Already marked on GR!


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