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Controlled Burn
     

Controlled Burn

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by Shannon Stacey
 

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From New York Times bestselling author SHANNON STACEY

Meet the tough, dedicated men of BOSTON FIRE—and the women who turn their lives upside down

Rick Gullotti lives the good life, fighting fires and dating beautiful women—though none for very long. And thanks to helping his elderly landlords, his rent is low. But when his concerns about their

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From New York Times bestselling author SHANNON STACEY

Meet the tough, dedicated men of BOSTON FIRE—and the women who turn their lives upside down

Rick Gullotti lives the good life, fighting fires and dating beautiful women—though none for very long. And thanks to helping his elderly landlords, his rent is low. But when his concerns about their health lead to a long-legged girl appearing on his doorstep, life as he knows it starts getting away from him.

Jessica Broussard has no interest in leaving sunny San Diego for the rougher side of Boston, but she's been dispatched to deal with grandparents she's never met. She's wholly unprepared for the scruffy-but-hot danger-junkie firefighter who lives upstairs.

At first, Jessica is determined to get out of Boston Fire country as quickly as possible. All she has to do is talk her grandparents into selling their monstrosity of a house. But nobody's taking advantage of Rick's friends on his watch, even if that makes Jessica 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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
10/19/2015
Stacey’s second Boston Fire contemporary (after Heat Exchange) builds a satisfying romance atop a cast of strong, realistic characters. Firefighter Rick Gullotti rents an apartment from retirees Joe and Marie Broussard and thinks of them as his own family. When Jessica Broussard, the granddaughter they never knew they had, shows up on their doorstep, Rick gets extremely protective. Despite the long-standing rift between Jessica’s father and his parents, he’s still their next of kin. A doctor leaves a voice mail saying that Joe is ill; Jessica overhears it and impulsively heads to Boston. At first she’s intent on convincing her grandparents to sell their home. She definitely isn’t expecting to go up against a sexy firefighter who doesn’t trust her motives. As the chemistry crackles between Rick and Jessica, she must decide whether to agree with her straitlaced father’s judgmental view of the parents he abandoned, or embrace her grandparents and the man who takes her breath away. Stacey’s engaging novel is pure comfort food: readers know just what to expect, and it’s deeply satisfying. (Dec.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780373002900
Publisher:
Harlequin
Publication date:
11/24/2015
Series:
Boston Fire Series
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
193,105
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.00(d)

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"Five bucks says she requested Ladder 37 when she called 911."

Rick Gullotti glared at Gavin Boudreau, then shook his head. "That's bullshit."

They were back at the station after a run and, as the lieutenant of Boston Fire's Ladder 37, he had to stay in the bay with the guys and take care of the gear. Even if they were being idiots. In the bay next to him, the guys from Engine 59 were doing the same. Stowing the gear, checking tanks and supplies. The ladder truck and the pumper engine that shared the three-story brick firehouse always rolled together, and the guys of L-37 and E-59 operated well as a team.

A team whose members loved to give each other shit, Rick thought as Scotty Kincaid yelled from the other side of the bay. "That's the fourth time that woman's needed the fire department in six months, Gullotti. Must be rough when all your emergencies happen while you're still in your lace nightgown."

"Maybe it's you she's after," Gullotti called back.

"It wasn't me she hugged with so much…gratitude."

Yeah, that had been awkward. He didn't mind being offered cookies or invited to stay for lunch, but the hugging he usually managed to avoid. Thankfully he hadn't taken his bunker coat off, so the feel of a curvy woman in satin and lace hadn't gotten through, but he was going to have to be more careful in the future.

"She was definitely grateful." Chris Eriksson—who was one of the older guys in the house, but avoided promotions due to an extreme aversion to paperwork—paused in the act of wiping down L-37's bumper to smirk at him.

Rick's phone vibrated in his pocket, and he pulled it out, anticipating a summons from upstairs. It wasn't going to take long for the story to circulate, and he knew they'd have to come up with a way to gently discourage the woman's attempt to date via frivolous emergency calls. Not only was it a waste of time and money but, if it escalated, she could accidentally burn down her house.

But the text was from Karen Shea. She was a nurse he'd dated for a while before she met a guy who had the potential to be the one she wanted to spend the rest of her life with.

They just brought Joe into the ER. Stable, but he took a fall and Marie got upset.

Shit. He'd rented the third floor of Joe and Marie Broussard's house for years, and the elderly couple had become more than just landlords. They were like family, and worry settled in the pit of his stomach.

We're wrapping up after a run. I can sneak over for a few mins.

I'll tell them. Marie's having tea and Joe's griping about having to wait for scans.

They were okay, then. And he knew Karen would keep an eye on them until he got there.

"Tell me you didn't give her your number," Eriksson said, nodding at the phone in Rick's hand.

"Who?"

"The grateful lady in the lace nightgown."

"Hell, no. It's Joe and Marie. They're in the ER with Karen."

"Damn. Is it serious?"

"Joe fell and she got upset, I guess. Nothing critical, but I need to tell Cobb I'm heading out and get over there. If a call comes in, bring my gear and I'll meet you there."

"Will do." Chris snorted. "And we'll leave you some of this grunt work to do, too. Trust me."

The emergency room wasn't busy, so he asked if Karen was free instead of asking for the Broussards. He wanted more information before he saw the older couple. About five minutes later, Karen came into the waiting room and smiled at him.

He gave her a quick hug because they'd stayed friends, but a flash of light caught his eye. There was a diamond ring on her left hand, and he took hold of her fingers to give it a look.

"That was fast," he said.

She was practically beaming. "Yeah, but when it's right, it's right. And we have a little incentive to make it legal."

It took a few seconds for her words to sink in, and he realized she was pregnant. Genuine happiness for her came first, but on the heels of that was a pang of regret. He really liked Karen and he wished they'd had whatever chemistry it was she shared with the lucky guy she was going to marry.

But how many times had he heard himself referred to as not the marrying kind? More times than he could count, even if he wasn't totally sure what that meant.

"Congratulations," he said, making sure she could see his sincerity on his face. "He's a good guy."

"He is." It looked as if she was going to get all misty-eyed, but then she put her nurse face back on. "Okay. I probably shouldn't have texted you. Marie's calmed down and it's looking like Joe's going to be punted out as soon as the scans are done. But her blood pressure was up and she looked a little dizzy when they brought them in."

"Always text me," he said. "Where did he fall?"

"At the bottom of the stairs. He was trying to measure to see about putting in a stair lift so Marie can get upstairs to her craft room and he says his sock slid on the hardwood tread because she didn't get all the Murphy Oil Soap wiped up."

Rick sighed and rubbed the back of his neck. "The house is too much for them. And Marie won't let me hire a cleaning service for them no matter how hard I push."

"I hate to tell you this, but Joe's doctor was here making rounds, so the ER doc pulled him in. They want to talk about elder care options."

"It's probably time to start having those discussions, I guess. If he sets up a time, I can be with them and keep them honest. They're still in denial when it comes to their limitations."

Karen hesitated, then exhaled. "The other nurses and I call you because we know you, but Joe and Marie haven't updated their legal information. Dr. Bartlett already left a message at the last known contact for their son."

"They called Davey?" Rick shook his head. "That douche bag probably won't even return the call."

"I just thought you should know before you see them."

"Do they know? About the call, I mean?"

"I don't think the doctor's been in to follow up with them yet, so probably not."

He should tell them himself, before the doctor did, so Joe and Marie wouldn't be taken off guard. Their son was a painful subject and they were already having a shitty day. "We should probably make sure Joe isn't making a break for it."

Recognizing the change of subject for what it was, Karen led him through the security doors and down the hall to a curtained-off room.

Marie stood when she saw him and held out her arms. Rick hugged her, some of his worry eased by the steadiness in her slim, tall figure. Even at seventy-eight, Marie was strong. Neither of them was as strong as they used to be, though, and it was becoming a problem.

"They shouldn't have called you," Joe grumbled from the bed. Rick let go of Marie to put his hand on the man's shoulder. Taller and four years older than his wife, but not quite as thin, Joe had once been rugged as hell. Age and a stroke had taken a toll, though, and Joe was having trouble reconciling with the fact he wasn't fifty anymore.

"If a call comes in, I'll have to go, but we'd just finished a run. Pretty lady in a lace negligee thought she smelled smoke."

"Same one as last time?" Joe asked, leaning back against the stack of pillows.

"Yup."

"You said she was pretty," Marie said. "Maybe you should ask her on a date. She obviously likes you."

"Jesus, Marie." Joe scowled at his wife. "You can't encourage that or half the women in the city will be setting their tablecloths on fire."

Rick laughed and sat on the exam stool, leaving the visitor's chair for Marie. Hoping it would be a few more minutes before the doctor came back, he listened to the familiar banter between the two people who'd come into his life as landlords and become like family. And he tried to figure out how to tell them the hospital had reached out to their son because Joe and Marie knew as well as Rick did that Davey probably wouldn't reach back.

Jessica Broussard parked her rental car at the curb and flexed her fingers because they practically ached from her death grip on the steering wheel. Driving in Boston was certainly no joke.

Having learned through previous experience that navigation systems weren't infallible, she squinted to make out the brass numbers tacked to the front of the tall blue house. Then she looked at the address she'd punched into the GPS and took a deep breath.

This was it. Her grandparents' home.

The flight from San Diego to Boston had given her plenty of time to obsess about all the ways this trip made no sense. Whenever her father was unavailable, Jessica checked his voice mail in order to keep Broussard Financial Services running, but she hadn't known what to do about the call from the Boston doctor. Reaching out to her father had resulted in a brusque demand for her to deal with the problem before she even got a chance to tell him it was personal.

But she couldn't deal with it. The doctor wouldn't speak to her about Joe and Marie Broussard, the grandparents she'd never met, because she wasn't on the form. And, when she was tossing and turning at two in the morning, she wondered if it was because they didn't know she even existed. The plan formed—seemingly brilliant as many insomnia-born plans were—to deal with her father's problem and to meet the people David Broussard had barely spoken of, and never kindly.

A curtain in the house twitched, and Jessica realized she'd been staring. It was time to get out of the car, or drive back to the airport and force her father to call the doctor.

She climbed out of the car, bracing herself for the blast of cold air, and walked toward the front door as a pickup drove past and then turned into the driveway. Jessica paused with one foot on the bottom step, but the man who got out of the truck definitely wasn't one of her grandparents.

"Can I help you?" he asked, walking toward her.

"I'm looking for Joe and Marie Broussard."

He nodded. "I'm Rick Gullotti. I rent the apartment upstairs. They expecting you?"

No, they most definitely were not. That two-in-the-morning plan had also included not giving the Brous-sards the opportunity to tell her not to come. "No, they're not. But I'm…their granddaughter. Jessica."

The man froze in the act of extending his hand to shake hers, and his eyebrows rose. He had great eyebrows, which was ridiculous because when had she ever noticed a man's eyebrows before?

"I wasn't aware they have a granddaughter," he finally said, and she could tell he was trying to be careful with his words.

"To be honest, I don't know if they're aware of it, either."

"Okay." He dropped his hand. "Do you mind if I ask why you're here? Is your visit related to the doctor calling Davey?"

Davey? Not once in her entire life had Jessica heard her father referred to as anything but David.

She took her time answering, assessing her options. On the one hand, it would be easy to dismiss him as a tenant who should feel free to mind his own business. But on the other, he knew her grandparents well enough to call their son Davey and she didn't know them at all. When it came to moving them into a better living situation and getting the house on the market, he could be her strongest ally.

"The doctor refused to talk to me and my father is unavailable. If Joe and… If my grandparents add me to their paperwork, I can help them navigate their options."

After a long moment spent staring at her as if trying to read her mind, he nodded. "I'll introduce you."

When Jessica stepped down to let him go in front of her, she realized how tall he was. She wasn't sure she had an actual type, other than a preference for men taller than she was, but circumstances had led to her last few relationships being with younger men. Judging by the hint of gray peppering his short, dark hair and scruff of a beard, Rick Gullotti definitely wasn't younger. His blue eyes were framed by laugh lines, and she got the feeling he laughed a lot.

Worn jeans hugged his bottom half, and a T-shirt did the same for the top. He'd thrown a hoodie on over it, but it wasn't zipped—which meant he had to be crazy—so his body was well displayed. Very well.

"How can it be this cold already?" she asked, trying to divert her attention away from the view before she said something stupid, like asking him just how many hours per day he worked out to look that amazing.

Rick shrugged. "It's that time of year. It's going to be warmer the next few days—maybe back up to fifty—and then there's snow in the forecast. Welcome to Boston in December."

"Snow." She'd gone on a ski trip once, during her college days. There had been a fireplace and alcohol and as little snow as possible.

"I hope you brought boots."

"I won't be here that long."

He gave her a hard look she couldn't quite decipher and then opened the front door without knocking. She followed him in, trying to block out her father's voice in her head.

Crass. Alcoholic. Bad tempers. When she was eleven, she'd had to do a genealogy project in school. They 're just not our kind of people, Jessica, and you're upsetting me. I don't want to hear about this nonsense again. That was the last time she asked about her grandparents. Her project was entirely fictional and earned her an A.

"Rick, is that you?" she heard a woman call from the back of the house, and Jessica's stomach twisted into a knot. "Did you get the… Oh. You have company."

Jessica looked at her grandmother, emotions tangling together in her mind. Marie was tall and slim, with short white hair and blue eyes. And Jessica knew, many years from now, she would look like this woman.

"Where's Joe?" Rick asked, and Jessica was thankful he seemed to want them together because it bought her a few more seconds to gather herself.

"He's in the kitchen. Come on back."

When Marie turned and walked away, Jessica looked up at Rick. He nodded his head in that direction, so she followed. Other than a general sense of tidiness and a light citrus scent, she barely noticed her surroundings. Her focus was on her grandmother in front of her and an awareness that Rick Gullotti was behind her.

Her grandfather was sitting at the kitchen table, working on some kind of puzzle book with reading glasses perched low on his nose. When he looked up, he frowned and then took the glasses off to stare at her.

"I found Jessica outside," Rick said. "She says she's your granddaughter."

Meet the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shannon Stacey lives with her husband and two sons in New England, where her two favorite activities are writing stories of happily ever after and off-roading with her friends and family. You can contact Shannon through her website, www.shannonstacey.com, as well as sign up for her newsletter.

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Controlled Burn 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Good read
Anonymous 10 months ago
Loved the characters and how they developed. You were constantly hoping that each would get their happily ever after. Little disappointed that the story ended too quickly. The fate of Joe and Marie was not resolved, plus does Dad (David) come back to the fold. I will definitely be reading the rest of the series because I want to know more about the rest of the characters introduced in this series. mjw
Anonymous 12 months ago
Love, love, love, love.
Rhodes123 More than 1 year ago
Rick Gulloti lives above his elderly landlords that he has taken under his wing and looks after them. Rick is a firefighter with the BFD, Ladder 37, he is an all around good guy but tired of being told he isn't marriage material. Rick is called to the hospital when his landlord has taken a fall and the son cannot be reached. Jessica Broussard lives in California, has a business with her father in finance but has always had a curiosity about the grandparents she's never met. She is called to Boston to deal with her grandparents failing health and their finances. Her grandparents didn't even know she existed, she's getting to know them and in walks the sexy tenant who mistrust's her on the spot. Jessica is determined to talk her grandparents into selling the house that is too big for them and get back to California. Rick isn't letting anyone take advantage of the couple that he has come to love. So, these too dance around one another, kiss, deny the attraction and continue to dance some more until the sizzling chemistry cannot be denied and one of them has to make a life changing decision.
feather_lashes More than 1 year ago
Controlled Burn is the second installment in Shannon Stacey's adult contemporary/fireman romance series titled: Boston Fire. I didn't love the first book and was uncertain about continuing the series but the opportunity presented itself to read Controlled Burn so I thought what the hell. I ended up really liking it! I loved the theme of bonding with extended family (which is one of Ms. Stacey's specialties in my opinion) and I admired the tribute she paid to loved ones of firefighters and the anxious waiting game they go through every time that alarm rings. As far as the romance goes, the heroine and hero had great chemistry and their relationship drama was minimal which was a nice change. The stressful climax came right at the end of the story which was a bit odd and created a much too quick ending in my opinion, but overall I thought this was a great book. I'm glad to finally say I will be continuing this series for sure. If you enjoy adult romances featuring men in uniform then check it out! My favorite quote: "Families look a lot of different ways and there's no right or wrong or supposed to about any of them." Note: The Boston Fire series includes the following installments as of May 2016: #1-Heat Exchange #2-Controlled Burn #3-Fully Ignited
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it and had to keep reading it
Cynthia181 More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful read. Rick helps out his landlords who are an older couple buy doing little repairs, making sure that the sidewalks are shoveled and other little things. He is a Boston Firefighter and loves living in the remodeled apartment on the 3rd floor of their home. Everyone gives him grief for not being settled down yet and he doesn't think there will be a one. Then along comes Jessica, his landlords granddaughter, she came when she received the message from the doctor about her grandfather recent fall and they need to make decision on moving. The message was left for her dad but he wasn't available and she knows nothing about her grandparents. She flies from San Diego with one thing in mind, helping them sell their home and get them either to move to San Diego with her or to a Senior Living Community. She meets and falls for Rick and he tries not to fall for her because he knows she is going back to CA. But you can't make the heart stop getting what it wants. Jessica goes back and talks with her dad, who is not ready for making peace but doesn't begrudge her the time with them and Rick and Jessica finally admit they love each other.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
This is the second story in the Boston Fire series (all standalone) and is about Rick, the guy whom no-one thinks will ever settle down with one woman, and Jessica. Jessica is the heretofore unknown granddaughter of Rick's landlord's Marie and Joe, who makes a trip to Boston to meet them when she handles a message for their estranged son (her dad) about a medical problem. Her dad is still on their contact list even though he's had no interaction with them in years, and Jess decides that she wants to meet them. What she doesn't expect is to meet Rick, and share an instant attraction to him. The situation is awkward at first, but eventually their chemistry takes over and a fling ensues. But Jess's life is in San Diego - can Rick convince her that he'd be worth staying for? I always enjoy Shannon's stories, because they they are (for me anyway) heartwarming, low angst lovely romances and this one is no exception. Rick and Jess are rightfully wary of each other at the start, and it takes a bit of time to build up the trust between them. For all Rick knows, Jess could be there to fleece her newfound grandparents, and as far as Jess is concerned, Rick might be out to do the same. But it becomes obvious pretty quickly that they are both decent and friendly people (not to mention attractive to each other). Though getting involved with her grandparent's tenant is a mistake for Jess, especially because she doesn't plan to stay, she can't help but give in to that attraction. Their love scenes are smolderingly sexy, and deepen the connection between them. Jess's father David is a bit of an enigma - he has cut off all contact with his parents for several reasons (none of which he ever shared with Jess until now) and Jess is torn between her loyalty to the man who raised her and his parents who are not at all the way she's been told they are. The scenes with Rick and his firefighter comrades add some great camaraderie as well as action scenes (it is a firefighter book after all) that move the plot along and add just the right amount of tension. There are bumps in the road for Jess and Rick as they navigate their new relationship and whether a long distance affair is possible. My one complaint was that the ending felt rushed - it's kind of a happy for now one, but there were a few too many unanswered questions for me. I kept trying to turn the page on my ereader, thinking I'd somehow missed a chapter or an epilogue! So with that in mind, it's a 3.5 stars for me. I hope that the next story in the series will answer some of those questions.
sbart84 More than 1 year ago
I was so excited to return to Boston Fire, and it did not disappoint me. A beautiful slow building romance between Rick and Jessica. How can you not fall in love with Rick, a sexy fireman and a tenant to Jessica's elderly grandparents, who will do anything for them. Jessica comes to Boston to help her grandparents, whom she has never met. I so enjoyed the bonding between Jessica and her grandmother. The biggest problem between Jessica and Rick, is that they live on opposite coasts. Can they survive a long distant relationship? Fireman are a true Brotherhood, once again. I highly recommend this book, it is book two but a completely stand alone book. I was great to see some of the characters from the first book though. I received this book from netgalley for an honest review.
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA More than 1 year ago
Fans of Erin Nicholas and Jennifer Bernard will love this story. Though this is the second in the series it can be read standalone (though you will immediately run out to get the first one Heat Exchange (Boston Fire, #1) and pre order Fully Ignited (Boston Fire, #3). If you like hot firefighters that are more than Ken dolls immerse yourself in the world of Boston Fire. Not only is it a fun romance but Shannon Stacey takes you behind the scenes of a Boston, MA fire company and shows what it is like to fight a fire in the middle of winter. The story is fun and the characters are real. If a romantic escape is what you are looking for try Controlled Burn by Shannon Stacey
mslizalou More than 1 year ago
Shannon Stacey is an auto-buy author for me. I fell in love with her stories with her Kowalski series and am just as hooked on her Boston Fire series 2 books in. I really loved Rick from the moment he appeared on the page. He is super protective of all his friends and especially the Broussards, who are his landlords. He truly cares for and about them, which only made me love him more. Add in the fact that he has remained friends with so many of his ex-girlfriends, which shows what a nice guy he really is, and he is one of my favorite heroes. While I didn't love Jessica the minute she appeared on the page, I kept an open mind about her from the beginning. I was so mad at her father for keeping her away from her grandparents all those years and loved seeing her become more open the more time she spent in Boston. I think she was always pretty strong, but really felt like until she came to Boston, she didn't have the gumption to stand up to her father and really make him talk about her grandparents and even why her mother left her when she was so young. Honestly Jessica ended up being one of my favorite characters from the series so far. I really loved Jessica’s relationship with her grandparents. While it built slowly at first, I loved that she kept coming up with reasons to stay in Boston to be with them. Since I was raised down the street from my grandparents, I can’t imagine not meeting mine until I was an adult. I loved how close they all grew so quickly. I adored Rick and Jessica as a couple. I loved that they kept kissing and saying they weren't going to do it again. Totally cracked me up. They had such amazing chemistry both in and out of bed. Yes things were bumpy in the beginning since Rick was so protective of Jessica's grandparents, but I think that only made Jessica fall for him a little bit faster. I worried for a bit when they tried the long distance relationship, because being on different coast is pretty hard, but I knew in my heart their love was strong enough to make the relationship work. Controlled Burn hooked me from the first page. All I wanted to do was read until I could finish the book. Now I'm ready for my next fix in the Boston Fire series.
Linda__ More than 1 year ago
A wonderful contemporary romance in the Boston Fire series. While this is book 2 in the series, it is a stand alone novel. In fact, it is the first book I've read in the series or by the author, but it will not be the last. This novel follows Rick as he meets his landlords' granddaughter - the granddaughter that they didn't know they had. Jess, the granddaughter, seems to be at cross purposes with Rick despite their intense attraction to each other. The author made me care about the characters and feel invested in their outcome. If you are looking for a contemporary romance that will captivate you, you have it in Controlled Burn
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
This was a fun book to read. You have a sweet guy, protective of his elderly landlords who is suspicious of the granddaughter he never knew existed suddenly showing up. There's sexy flirting and hot sex, and then there's the heartwarming side of watching Jess and her grandparents embrace knowing each other. Boston firefighter Rick Gullotti lives upstairs in the Broussard house. Joe & Marie are like family to him, so when he gets a message that Joe has fallen and they are at the hospital, he rushes over to check in on them. Jessica Broussard receives a message for her father, David, from a Doctor in Boston about her grandfather. Her Dad isn't in the office right now, so she decides to fly to Boston to check on the grandparents she has never met and get them situated in an assisted living facility. Jessica and her grandparents enjoy getting to know each other, and when it's time to go back to San Diego, she's sad to leave them. She also doesn't want to walk away from whatever it is she and Rick have been sharing as they spent time together over the last few weeks. Will they find a way to make a long distance thing work? ** Received free in exchange for an honest review **
BooksAndSpoons More than 1 year ago
Another charming and delightful firefighter romance from Shannon Stacey in the Boston Fire Series. It is easy to like this story, and let it sweep you away, with the adorable family of heart, the brotherhood of the firefighters, cold Boston winter, and the sizzling romance between Rick and Jessica are all valid points to enjoy it. The author clearly knows a lot about the daily life of firefighters. The daily challenges, triumphs and trials of the job. The dangers as well as the satisfaction of a job well done, the expectations of the community at large, and the community of firefighters, the feelings and the solidarity of the tight knit family they form, was so well described to the readers. Joe and Marie are fantastic, I love them. They are honest, straight shooters, caring, and genuine people. The relationship they have with Rick is something so special, something to be treasured, and something that tells a lot about what kind of man Rick is. Jessica was the odd ball for me in this story. I understand her father wasn't very emotionally stable, I guess you could say, and that Jessica can come off a bit cold. Her relationship with her father was the oddity, just didn't sound like a woman in her mid thirties, not standing up to her father before, having the difficult conversations with him earlier in life. But when she is with Rick, she is a different person, the chemistry between them is churning, she is filled with wit and passion, despite the freezing weather outside, they are burning up the scenes. There's several completely swoon worthy scenes, that made me sigh, and at least as many where I was chuckling aloud. I loved how they had to build part of the relationship over the long distance affair, giving them time to really get to know each other by long talks on the phone, with no distractions. Yes, those two won my heart completely. This is a story I can definitely recommend, it will warm up your heart with the sweet moments, heat up the pages with smoldering passion, and make you look at the hockey jerseys in a new way. Just a 'don't do it at home', or while travelling, advice to you all... If you already checked your luggage at the airport, and then for whatever reason decide you are not travelling after all, take care of your luggage first, before leaving the airport. Please. The chances of the airplane leaving without you, but with your luggage, is just about 0%, and there's other people sitting on the hot airplane, waiting for the airline to fix the matter, and might end up being late for the connecting flight. Yes, I have experience of this... But the story itself, that was pure fun and romantic entertainment! ~ Four Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
Until recently firefighter Rick Gullotti hasn't given much thought to finding the right woman and settling down. But after watching his friends all start to get married and have families, he is beginning to wonder if it will ever happen for him. He likes his bachelor lifestyle, but he is starting to feel like it's time to give it up and start a family of his own, only problem is he hasn't found the right woman yet...that is until he meets Jessica Broussard. Jessica Broussard's father has always kept her sheltered from his family, and she has never gotten the chance to meet her grandparents. He has molded her into the perfect business woman, and paved the way for her to follow in his footsteps when he finally retires. And while she enjoys her charmed life, she also feels like she is missing out on something, a family of her own. When a hospital calls to notify her father of his father's minor accident, she decides to take matters into her own hands and head to Boston to meet her grandparents for the first time, and help them get their affairs in order. But what she finds when she gets there is nothing like the picture her father has painted for her through the years. Her grandparents welcome her with open arms, and show her the love and affection she has longed for since she was a child. She also meets their tenant, a handsome firefighter named Rick, and suddenly she isn't so sure she wants to return to her charmed life in San Diego, the family she has always wanted might just be waiting for her in Boston... This story captivated my attention right from the start and had me flying right through the pages, I got so wrapped up into it that I ended up having myself a little reading marathon and finishing it up in one sitting! I loved these characters, they had amazing chemistry that sizzled the whole way through, and left me blushing a few times too!! I think it's fair to say Ms. Stacey knows her firefighters and has a hit on her hands with this one!! ARC requested through NetGalley, and kindly provided by Carina Press in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cozy read. Not surprising though.