Under Control

Shannon Stacey
Under Control
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Carina Press
Release Date
August 2018
Book 5 of Boston Fire
Contemporary Romance

When faced with the opportunity to change shifts while staying in the same house, veteran firefighter Derek Gilman jumps at the chance. His new schedule means not working Saturdays, which means more time to spend with his two kids. His divorce may have been amicable, but being a firefighter and a single dad is a lot to juggle. And when fate brings a gorgeous, wealthy woman into his life, he's pretty sure he can't handle more than he already is.

Olivia McGovern loves plans. She planned to start her own business and planned its growth. It's earning her seven figures now, but her personal life simply doesn't exist. Getting trapped in a broken elevator figures in exactly nowhere, and freaking out in front of a sexy firefighter definitely isn't on the agenda. Especially not one with two kids and an ex.

What would have been a random incident with an attractive stranger becomes something more when a charity event brings them back together. They're from different sides of the tracks, literally—with friends, family and careers to consider. But as Derek and Olivia are discovering, chemistry doesn't allow for plans, and love doesn't bother with logistics.

Book Review by Pip (reviewer)
Jul 05, 2018   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
63 people found the following review helpful
Since Shannon Stacey's books deals with firefighters finding their better halves, it's always a treat to find out who the unknown other half is in every book, as well as the very different story that Ms. Stacey tells for every one of them.

For Derek Gilman, it's corporate highflyer Olivia McGovern who's quite the opposite of his type, it seems, especially for a divorced man who's caught up in his job and handling his 2 kids.

Past their first tension-filled encounter in a stalled elevator however, things past their second meeting fell into a bit of a lull for me despite their paths crossing repeatedly via mutual friends (the details of Olivia's corporate career and the charity they were involved in didn't interest me that much) as I impatiently waited for things to heat up between Olivia and Derek. And heat up they do, though gently and without any (unpleasant) surprises, even if I'd hoped for a bit more first-responder action.

The pluses here however, do outweigh the lull for me: the progressive, natural attraction between them, no clichéd evil ex running interference, no excessive denial of attraction or feelings, everyone generally behaves like the adults they are, working towards a happy home--all refreshing to read. Olivia's fear of compromising her career plans with a relationship is her biggest worry; the fear of Olivia fitting into his domestic life is Derek's, though the general lack of angst makes UNDER CONTROL an easy read without the overt strife that can sometimes accompany blended-family-type stories.
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Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Aug 09, 2018   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
60 people found the following review helpful
Just his luck. Firefighter Derek Gilman gets stranded with a hot woman in an elevator…and didn't get her digits. But with two kids to think about, he doubts Olivia McGovern is the type of woman who wants baggage in her relationship anyway. She's both classy and ultra-organized, while his life is constant chaos. And besides, she's completely out of his league.

Olivia hasn't stopped thinking of Derek since their brief encounter, and when they start dating, she finds her carefully scheduled world becoming unpredictable. She rolls with the punches, and her work starts to slide, but she's falling hard and fast for Derek and can't get enough of him. But between his insecurity about her wealth and her nerves about his ex-wife and kids, do the two even stand a chance of making it when neither are willing to compromise?

As one of my favorite series, I was so looking forward to UNDER CONTROL, book 5 in the Boston Fire series…and Ms. Stacey didn't disappoint!! I adored Derek and Olivia's love story and getting to know their backgrounds, and my heart squeezed at the way they tried to move past their differences. He was so focused on her money and perceived class that he constantly judged her (and himself), and made inappropriate comments that she really tried to brushed off. Meanwhile, she was so focused on his kids and past marriage that she couldn't let herself live in the moment without feeling like the other shoe was about to drop. I did feel like the overall conflict could have been more dramatic, it was lukewarm and overcome pretty quickly and with minimal drama. Even so, I dug UNDER CONTROL, and can't wait for more from this über talented author!

Bottom Line: No OM/OW or sharing; condom use; no BDSM/kink; no sexual assault; no violence/murder.
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