Sunday, December 6, 2015

Book Review: Controlled Burn by Shannon Stacey

Synopsis: 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.


If you're a fan of Chicago Fire like I am, the Boston Fire series is a great book series to get into.

Stacey did a great job with the backstory involving Jessica and her father and how it relates to not knowing her grandparents. Even though Jessica had a lot of preconceived notions and ideals thanks to her father she didn't let that get in the way of developing a relationship with her grandparents once she arrives in Boston.

I thought the fact that both Rick and Jessica were fighting their mutual attraction, not just because it seemed that she wouldn't be there for the long haul, but because neither one of them wanted to disrupt their relationship with her grandparents. Once they finally stop fighting it, can they make a long distance relationship or do they even want to?

This is the second book in the series and I really think each book can be a stand alone because I have yet to read the first book, Heat Exchange but I didn't feel like I was missing a huge chunk of the back story just maybe how one couple got together.

Shannon Stacey was one of the first Contemporary Romance authors I read back in 2012 when I made a conscious effort to stop reading Twilight fanfiction, lol. For awhile she was an automatic read for me, and up until recently I hadn't read anything new from her but I happened to see Controlled Burn on Netgalley and was so excited to be approved because I knew I would love it.

The next book in this series comes out in February and I'm really looking forward to seeing what friends are up to!

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I was provided with a copy of Controlled Burn in exchange for my honest review.


  1. You had me at Boston!! I'll need to check this book out! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  2. That sounds like a good series. I love the Chicago series and being from Boston I can totally get behind this one.

  3. Ahhhhh I love Chicago Fire!!! And Med!!! And PD!!! So I clearly am adding this to the list! Mmm firefighters!


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