Controlled Burn

Shannon Stacey
Controlled Burn
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Carina Press
Release Date
November 2015
Book 2 of Boston Fire
Contemporary Romance

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 Review by Delta (reviewer)
Dec 30, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
126 people found the following review helpful
I'm thinking that I have a new contender for my book boyfriend, and thy name is Rick!

The longtime tenant of seniors Joe and Marie Broussard, firefighter Lieutenant Rick Gullotti has been a surrogate son to the couple for years, helping them out when and where he could. Until their granddaughter Jessica Broussard breezed into town, shocking everyone since nobody knew she even existed!

Estranged from their only son for 40 years, the Broussards were over the moon to meet Jessica, inviting her into their home and hearts immediately. Jessica always knew she had grandparents, but that her father had cut all ties to them before she was born. When an opportunity to find out more about the evil people her dad claimed them to be, Jessica took it…but she was pretty shocked to find out just how lovely they are. Just as lovely is their tenant Rick, and though they start out suspicious of one another's motives, that caution soon turns combustible as the pair can't seem to stay away from each other. But at the end of the day, Jessica has a full life in San Diego, and the long distance thing never works…even if she wished she didn't have to leave Boston. Ever.

CONTROLLED BURN is book 2 in the excellent Boston Fire series by the talented Shannon Stacey. This book had more of a romance feel to it than the previous book, but I really enjoyed it. The chemistry between Rick and Jessica had that slow, simmering intensity but it exploded when the two made it to bed. I was only disappointed that it took them so long to make it there! For a good chunk of the book, their relationship took a passenger seat to the relationships both of them had with the Broussards. Rick filled that son role that they desperately missed, and he adored them right back. Jessica was working on coming to terms with her new reality, learning to cook and hearing stories about Boston and falling hard for a firefighter. The whole book was emotionally charged, and I enjoyed this softer side of Ms. Stacey almost as much as her devilishly funny and crazy hot side from other reads. My only complaint about CONTROLLED BURN is that the ending was waaaay too abrupt! It felt unfinished and was a more than a little unsatisfying, quite frankly.

That aside, serious kudos to the author for dealing with the rough stuff too. People tend to forget that firefighters aren't just kitty rescuing sexy calendar models, that their lives are in crazy danger that few of us can relate to. We appreciate all you men and women do out there (and, yea, ok, you also look damn good doing it)!!

Bottom Line: Fab addition to one of my favorite series. Even though you can read these individually, do yourself a favor and pick up the smokin' hawt safety junkies of Boston.
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