I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.by Shannon Stacey
Published by Carina Press Controlled Burn (Boston Fire, #2) on November 24th 2015
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.
I love Stacey, add in sexy firefighters and I was a puddle of mush reading this book. She definitely makes me want a firefighter of my own!
Rick loves his living arrangements. His landlords are also his neighbors, and he loves helping them out as they continue to get older in age. Taking care of them and the house is something he enjoys doing, discount on the rent or not.
When Jessica, his landlords’s granddaughter shows up to help them examine their options, Rick’s life is thrown into a tailspin. He falls hard and quick for the sweet and sexy Jessica, despite his reservations about her intentions. As Jessica sees Rick interact with her grandparents, she starts falling hard too, despite the pull she feels to head back to California to be with her father and live she left behind.
I really enjoyed Rick and Jessica. I thought they had a super sweet romance that built up at a nice slow pace. They took their time dancing around each other, especially because Jessica knew that being in Boston was going to be a temporary situation. However, her attraction to Rick was so strong that she couldn’t deny their chemistry, and after awhile, she forgot all the reasons she was holding herself back from him. I love that kind of build up. It was sexy and a fun slow burn.
I loved getting to see more of the Boston Fire crew as well, especially since Rick was 110% dedicated to the firehouse. Stacey does such a great job of writing heroes that band together through thick and thin and make you want to fall in love with each and everyone that walks onto the page.
One of the problems I had with this book was the relationship Jessica had with her father, and his relationship with her grandparents. I get that family dynamics are fluid and at times messy, but I never really understood what the problem was behind their being estranged. It never completely made sense to me, and I wished that Stacey would have gone into a little more detail. The little insight we got just didn’t make sense to me given the way they all reacted.
I’m anxious to read more in the series and love Stacey’s writing. The Boston Fire is a great series about sexy firefighters that I just can’t get enough of. I’m dying to see who’s next!
I give Controlled Burn a B+