Thursday, December 3, 2015

Controlled Burn by Shannon Stacey

Title: Controlled Burn
Author: Shannon Stacey
My Rating: B

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Boston Fire #2
Main Characters: Rick and Jessica
Release Date: December 2015
Publisher: Carina
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
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.
My Review:
This book is a sweet, easy, entertaining read with a very light romance. There's no heavy angst with this one...just pure romance featuring one very hot firefighter and one slightly uptight financial advisor. The romance was fairly easy and happy and I enjoyed the chemistry between Rick and Jessica. 

But it felt like the meat of the story fell within Jessica's family. She's in Boston (although she lives in San Diego) to meet and take care of a situation with her grandparents. The thing is...neither Jessica nor her grandparents knew the other existed for the first 34 years of her life. David/Davey is estranged from his parents and never told them about his daughter or his daughter about them. But they're getting older and their doctor was concerned so he called David as their next of kin. Jessica took the call and with her father "unavailable" flew to Boston to figure out the situation. See, you can tell...this is where the really emotional aspects of the story come into play. 

Rick is a part of all this because he rents the upper floor of Jessica's grandparents house and has for a lot of years. He keeps an eye on them and takes care of the house along with being a firefighter. It's a complication because of the house situation and the fact that Jessica lives on a whole other coast, but Rick and Jessica are drawn to one another.

There was a lot about this book that I really enjoyed:
*of course the fact that Rick is a firefighter is a major WIN. I really enjoyed the scenes of him at the fire station.
*Jessica's grandmother cracked me up, but I also really loved her and her attitude toward David. It would be so easy to be bitter about the fact that he's stayed away for so long, but she actively tries to keep from putting Jessica in the middle of a difficult situation.
*I liked the glimpses of change that we saw in David although he was really never a truly active part of the story. 
*Like I said the book was just an easy, entertaining read. It's nice to not have the huge, heavy drama in a lot of other romance out there (and I laughed when Jessica was detailing the sexy times in the romance book she was reading and how unlikely sex was in those situations.)

I've always like Shannon Stacey's writing and I'd definitely recommend this one and any of her other books. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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