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Nursing a broken heart while everybody around him seems to be drowning in happiness has Grant Cutter wondering whether staying with Engine 59—or even Boston Fire—is in his future. It’s tempting as hell to pack up what fits in his Jeep and hit the road. But then a 911 call brings the woman who shattered his heart back into his life, and he knows he won’t ever be able to fully leave her in his rearview mirror.
For a few months, Wren Everett had thought the nightmare of her past was behind her and she might live happily ever after with Grant. Until she got the phone call letting her know the time her ex had spent in jail for assault hadn’t cooled his temper or determination that she belonged with him. Cutting ties with Grant was the hardest thing she’d ever had to do, but it was also the only way to keep him safe.
Now that Grant is back, he’s not letting Wren push him away again. And even with the trust issues between them, Wren dares to hope she and Grant might have a future together after all…if they’re willing to fight for it.
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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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Grant Cutter had figured this was about as bad as a scene could get. The temperature with windchill well below zero. Their gear and lines freezing up. Stalactites of ice hanging from his helmet blocking his vision until he took the time to break them off with a swipe of his stiff glove. And the water was a hell of a lot more effective at turning the house and street into an ice sculpture than putting out the flames.
But he was wrong. It could always be worse.
The fire had not only jumped, but it jumped to an apartment building they couldn't confirm had been fully evacuated, so the incident commander was sending them in.
Canvassing a residential building that probably should have been condemned by the city before he was even born wasn't exactly the reprieve from the cold he'd been looking for but, after checking their gear, he and the other guys from Engine 59 and another crew went inside.
"Fast but thorough," Danny Walsh said. The LT led the way up the stairs since they'd start at the top and work their way down. The other crew would pound on doors at ground level and if all went well, they'd meet in the middle and get the hell out before it got bad.
The smoke thickened as they reached the top floor. A bare-chested, barefoot guy in undone jeans passed them on the stairs. He was coughing, but waved off their attempts to assist him.
"Is there anybody else up there?" Danny yelled.
"Dunno." The guy didn't even pause.
"Asshole," Scott Kincaid muttered into the radio, but Grant wasn't surprised. They'd responded to these buildings before and they didn't seem to attract the kind of residents who gave a shit about their neighbors.
They started pounding on doors, which was all they could do, but they didn't get any response until they'd worked their way down to the next floor.
"I hear something," Aidan Hunt yelled, pounding a third time on a door. "Something banged. Maybe coughing."
Grant was closest to him, so he used the Halligan bar to pop the door. Smoke billowed out, so dense they could barely see, and he followed Aidan in. The apartment was small — one room and probably barely legal — so it only took a few seconds to follow the coughing to the person on the floor near the window. While Aidan did a quick check of the bathroom and under the bed to make sure there was nobody else, Grant crouched down next to the person he was pretty sure was a woman, despite having a throw blanket over her head.
"Fire department," he said. "Let's get you out of here."
Her cough was so weak and ineffectual, he didn't bother asking if she could get up and walk. Instead he rolled her, intending to lift her and carry her out.
Then the throw blanket slipped away from a sleep-tangled mess of blonde curls, revealing dark blue eyes he saw in his dreams, and Grant's world stopped.
He hadn't seen her in five months, since she'd told him on the phone she didn't want to see him anymore and then ghosted. No explanation. No compromise. Nothing but five months of a broken heart that hadn't even begun to heal yet.
What the hell was she doing in this place?
Grant. Her mouth formed his name, though no sound got through her constricted throat. The grayish cast of her skin and lips terrified him, and he started to hoist her up.
Aidan was at his side. "I'll carry her out."
"I've got her." Despite the shock and pain from seeing her again, Grant wanted to hold her. He wanted to cradle her in his arms and feel that sense of contentment holding her had always brought him in the past.
There was no time for that. After draping her over his shoulder, he stood and headed for the door. It wouldn't be a comfortable ride for her, but the only thing that mattered right now was getting her out of the building and to an ambulance, where they could give her oxygen. Her body had gone totally limp by the time he reached the stairs, but he refused to consider the possibility she'd need medical care beyond that.
They'd gotten there in time, and that's all there was to it.
He heard voices in his radio and was aware Aidan stayed right behind him, but Grant didn't stop moving until he hit the clear, frigid air.
He paused to get his bearings and then headed for the ambulances on standby. Some of those voices in his radio must have warned them he was coming, because Cait opened the back of her truck and waved at him.
Cait Tasker was not only an EMT, but she was engaged to Gavin Boudreau, who was Grant's best friend and with the Ladder 37 crew. E-59 and L-37 were parked side-by-side in the firehouse and always rolled out together, so Gavin was on scene, too. And Cait knew Wren. The four of them had spent a lot of time together before Wren walked away from him and didn't look back.
By the time he reached the ambulance doors, he could feel her stirring. Not a lot, but she had to be breathing in order to regain consciousness and that was enough for now.
Because it was so damn cold and she was small, they didn't bother with the stretcher. He handed Wren up to Cait's partner, Tony, who turned away with her.
"Oh my God, Grant." Cait looked at him, her expression mirroring his thoughts. "What the hell was Wren doing living here?"
"I don't know. She'll be okay, right?"
"We'll take care of her. Are you okay?"
He didn't answer. As he watched Tony fit a mask over Wren's face, her eyes met his and, no, he wasn't okay.
Questions tumbled through his mind. Why was Wren living in this place? Why had she disappeared from his life so abruptly? How could she still be in the city and not miss him enough to at least send a text message?
Had she known he'd been days away from buying her a ring and asking her to spend the rest of her life with him?
"Cutter," he heard Walsh bark into the radio. "Where the fuck are you?"
He had a job to do and people's lives depended on him doing it. But as he started to turn away, his gaze caught Wren's again and he felt the impact all the way to his toes.
God, he'd loved her. And he didn't think he'd ever really be okay again.
The look on Grant's face — his expressive dark eyes going so flat and cold — before he turned and walked away almost finished what the smoke had started and killed Wren Everett.
Five months ago, she'd thought walking away from him would be the hardest thing she ever did. Seeing him again was harder. Even with her lungs filling with smoke and her eyes watering, in that unguarded moment he'd recognized her, she'd seen all the pain she'd caused him.
And as Cait's partner pressed a mask to her face and ordered her to breathe, she watched Grant's expression harden before he turned and walked away.
That hurt even more than her lungs trying to expel the smoke she'd inhaled.
"Wren, you can't cry right now," she heard Cait say. "You need to concentrate on breathing."
She hadn't even realized she was gasping harder and her vision was even more blurry until Cait told her she was crying, but it didn't surprise her. When she'd broken Grant's heart, she'd done a heck of a job on her own, too.
"Deep breaths," Tony said in a kind but firm voice. She tried, but she couldn't stop coughing.
"Were you living here?" Cait asked her while fussing over her, taking her vitals. Since she had a mask over her face and was supposed to be breathing, Wren nodded. "Why?"
All she could manage was a small shrug, and she was almost thankful when another round of hoarse coughs gave her a good excuse not to answer. Cait would have a lot more questions. She'd been somebody Wren considered a friend and the feeling had probably been mutual, but when she'd ghosted on Grant, she'd had to ghost on Gavin and Cait, too.
"Save the questions for later, Cait." Tony looked at Wren for a long moment before turning to his partner. "I think she needs to go in."
Wren didn't even want to think about how much an ambulance ride to the emergency room was going to cost her, but when Cait nodded, she didn't bother to argue. Cait was stubborn.
"You inhaled a lot of smoke and you lost consciousness," Tony explained. "The doctors will check out your lungs and heart and make sure everything's clear."
"That sounds ominous," Wren said, her voice raspy and muffled by the mask.
"Just a precaution," Cait said. "Did the smoke detectors go off? You should have had plenty of warning, with time to get out."
"There were no alarms." It was all a little fuzzy in her head, but she was sure the smoke detectors hadn't gone off.
Tony swore under his breath — but not so under his breath that she didn't hear it — and shook his head. "Asshole landlords, willing to risk lives to save a few bucks. Hell, you can get them for free if you're not too lazy to make a phone call."
"I remember hearing the sirens," she said. "But it's not weird to hear sirens around here and I was exhausted, so I must have fallen back to sleep. When I woke up again, I was already coughing and the smoke was burning my eyes."
She'd panicked and her first thought was that her ex had found her. That the phone call that scared her and made her walk away from the life — and love — she'd found for herself hadn't been enough for him.
Cait set something on her lap. "When Grant picked you up, this was under you, so Aidan grabbed it on the way out."
She couldn't look down far enough to see it because Tony was holding the oxygen to her face, but she put her hand on the object and actually managed a small smile. The black, well-broken in leather wristlet hadn't cost her a lot, but her car keys, license and debit card were inside. They weren't much, but at least she wouldn't have to stand in line at the RMV for hours before she could even start rebuilding her life.
Once they'd secured her for the ride to the hospital and Tony was driving them away from the scene, Wren closed her eyes for a moment and tried not to think about Grant.
The last time she'd seen him in person, he'd knelt on the edge of her bed to kiss her goodbye before he left for work. He'd told her he loved her and that he'd see her later. Whenever the confusion and hurt in his voice when she'd told him on the phone they were done tried to fill her mind, she pictured that morning instead. It still hurt, but it was easier to remember the happy times with him.
She didn't want the expression on his face before he walked away from her tonight to be her new last memory of him.
"As soon as we're released from the scene," Cait said, interrupting her thoughts, "I'll stop in and see how you're doing. I don't think you'll need to be admitted, honestly. And I have tomorrow off, so I can sleep in tomorrow if Gavin doesn't wake me up after his shift."
"You don't have to do that."
"So you already have somebody else who's going to help you out?" Cait folded her arms. "Who is it?"
"What? I don't ..."
"Maybe I didn't know you as well as I thought I did, but if I had to bet, I'd say you'll be alone at the hospital and when they release you, you won't have anywhere to go, but you still won't pick up a phone and call any of us."
Since she'd plugged it in to charge before collapsing on her bed, Wren didn't currently own a phone, but she knew that wasn't the point.
"Am I wrong?" Cait insisted. When Wren refused to answer, she nodded. "That's what I thought. So I'm just going to show up."
Tears blurred Wren's vision again, but this time they had nothing to do with the smoke. She didn't deserve this kindness. She'd done a shitty thing to a man Cait considered family, but she still wouldn't turn her back on her. Maybe it was the EMT in her, but Wren could see the concern and caring in Cait's eyes.
"Thank you," she whispered.
"It's going to be okay, Wren. Whatever happened before and whatever's happening now, it's going to be okay."
She had to believe it would be okay. Maybe she was just being paranoid. The building was a dump and she didn't need an expert to tell her it wasn't up to code. It could have been an electrical fire. Or a toaster mishap. There was any number of things that could have started the fire.
It didn't mean Ben had found her.CHAPTER 2
The beef stew they'd reheated after leaving the scene filled the void in Grant's stomach, but it did nothing to warm him up. The hot shower once they'd returned to quarters hadn't helped, either. Nor would crawling into his bunk once they'd finished their delayed supper.
The chill from seeing Wren had settled into his bones and he couldn't shake it.
There wasn't a lot of conversation in the station's kitchen tonight, which didn't surprise him. They were exhausted and the rest of the guys — the guys whose chills could be cured with hot water and a warm meal — were getting sleepy. If they were lucky, the alarm wouldn't tone again and they could sleep until the next crew came in to replace them.
As tired as he was, Grant didn't think he could sleep.
What the hell was Wren doing in a place like that? That was the question that kept spinning in his brain, maybe because it was the least painful to dwell on. But there were others. Why had she left him? Why did it still hurt so much? And why did seeing her still make his pulse race and his mouth go dry?
On the table between Gavin and him, Gavin's cell phone buzzed, startling him out of his thoughts. It was probably important, since it was almost one in the morning, but he couldn't see the screen.
After several message exchanges, Gavin set his phone on the table and the look he gave Grant made it obvious whatever those text messages had been about involved him. "Was that Cait? What's up?"
"Yeah, that was Cait. She's finally home. And if I tell you, you have to promise not to hit me."
"Why do you make it sound like I go around punching things? I can't even remember the last time I hit anybody. Well, somebody who wasn't on skates, at least."
"Okay, good point. But if you were ever going to hit me, it would be now."
Grant wasn't sure things could get much worse than seeing Wren at the scene and he hadn't hit anything then. "Just tell me whatever it is you have to say."
"Wren's staying at my place."
He was still, trying to process that information without feeling anything. He knew he was wrecked emotionally at the moment and it would be too easy to get hung up on where loyalties should lie and say something he couldn't take back.
Gavin was a firefighter. Cait was an EMT. Helping people was in their nature. And Wren wasn't a stranger. She'd almost been family.
He nodded sharply. "Your place is a one-bedroom. Is she sleeping on the couch?"
"Tonight, yeah. For a longer term solution — you know, until she gets back on her feet — Cait suggested she stay with Cait's mom and Carter, in her old room because it's empty. She said Wren wanted no part of it, and she got really agitated when she suggested Danny and Ashley's, because they have a kid."
Grant connected the dots. "She's scared of something."
A new emotion coursed through Grant, so intense he sucked in a breath. Somebody wanted to hurt Wren. Somebody had hurt Wren, badly enough so she'd run.
She'd run from him.
"Okay, now he might hit something," Chris said, taking a step out of his arm's reach.
"I'm not going to hit anything." The person he wanted to hit wasn't here. He couldn't even be sure there was a person, though it felt like he'd found the missing piece of the Wren puzzle.
It made sense. Her reserve when they'd met. How reluctant she'd been to let him in. Why she'd felt the need to run.
There could never be an explanation for why she'd run from him, though, other than Wren not trusting him to keep her safe. To take care of her. That was never going to make sense to him.
"She can come stay with us," Derek said. "We live a little further from the neighborhood, so maybe far enough away from whatever the problem is. She and Julia really hit it off at the Labor Day barbecue. I know Olivia wouldn't mind."
Memories of Wren, her blonde hair shining in the sun as she laughed with Derek's daughter in Aidan's backyard, slammed into Grant's mind and they hurt. That day had been one of the happiest days of his life — watching the woman he was going to marry fitting right in with the people who were like family to him — and a week later she'd dumped him and taken off.
Rick was washing his bowl, but he looked over his shoulder. "If she wouldn't stay with Danny and Ashley because of Jackson, she's probably not going to stay with you. Especially since she did hit it off so well with your daughter."
"We need to find out what she's afraid of and take care of it," Scott said, and Aidan nodded.
"If she wanted our help," Grant said, "she would have asked me for it when I was her boyfriend. Obviously she doesn't."
Rick dried his hands and leaned against the counter. "Until we know what's going on, we don't know why she's doing anything she does. But we do know she needs help. You know we have your back, Cutter. If you want nothing to do with her, then Cait can set her up with the agencies who'll help her out and that'll be the end of it. It's your call."(Continues…)
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I just didn't care for this book at all. It's the 6th book in the Boston Fire series, and I'd read and enjoyed book 5 (Under Control) so I was looking forward to reading more about these fire fighter folks. It just felt like nothing *happened* and what lead up there was to any sort of a dramatic plot was resolved REALLY abruptly. Not a fan, and I doubt I'll be reading any more by Shannon Stacey.
Nursing a broken heart while everybody around him seems to be drowning in happiness has Grant Cutter wondering whether staying with Engine 59—or even Boston Fire—is in his future. It’s tempting as hell to pack up what fits in his Jeep and hit the road. But then a 911 call brings the woman who shattered his heart back into his life, and he knows he won’t ever be able to fully leave her in his rearview mirror. For a few months, Wren Everett had thought the nightmare of her past was behind her and she might live happily ever after with Grant. Until she got the phone call letting her know the time her ex had spent in jail for assault hadn’t cooled his temper or determination that she belonged with him. Cutting ties with Grant was the hardest thing she’d ever had to do, but it was also the only way to keep him safe. Now that Grant is back, he’s not letting Wren push him away again. And even with the trust issues between them, Wren dares to hope she and Grant might have a future together after all…if they’re willing to fight for it. This was an ok story. I hadn’t realized that the first part of their relationship had played out in previous books. I’m not sure if that would’ve made me like it more or not. I really liked Grant and totally felt for him and his broken heart. I felt wishy washy on Wren so it took me a bit to be ok with her. **I voluntarily read and reviewed this book
4.5 Stars This is book 6 in the Boston Fire series and it features Grant Cutter and Wren Everett. Their past is full of questions and five months later she’s back with answers. The love is strong and sizzling HOT! The sense of family is envious in this book and series. This huge family is made up of Kincaid‘s Pub, Boston firefighters and EMTs and ALL their families. When you enter this circle of friends as Wren did, you have so many people looking out for you. All she had to do was trust in Grant and their extended family. There was so much build up in regards to Ben. He played a large role in this story line and I felt such a big let down when he ended up being nothing more than a sentence towards the end. The story line was still fantastic but I just felt he needed a bigger sendoff. This is a great story to end this series. I loved Tommy’s reflection at the end.
My Rating: 3.5 Stars Grant Cutter has never gotten over the fact that his year-long girlfriend, a woman he really wanted to marry, just left him. He loved Wren Everett to distraction, and with her gone, and everyone around him drowning in bliss, he is thinking of leaving Engine 59, or even Boston Fire completely. But in his latest fire, one of the people he saves is none other than Wren. Sad to have left Grant, Wren had very good reason. She has had a quiet few months and she is convinced that the nightmare she led due to her previous ex is over. But, not only has he been released from jail due to an assault, she is burned out of her temporary home. She literally finds herself in the arms of the one man she truly loves, Grant. He carried her out of a very serious, and completely destructive fire. Grant is truly happy that Wren is okay, but he wants to just walk away. After all, that is what she did to him. Instead, he realizes that he is determined to win her back, even if understanding her actions is near to impossible for him. This second chance romance in Flare Up is wrought with problems. Wren has to regain Grant's trust as to why she left him, but also why she stayed close in Boston. As Grant worked on trusting her again, his hope for a forever future with her definitely had its doubts. I had doubt of my own as it seemed that once the explanation was made and processed, they could move on. Watching Grant and Wren get comfortable in their desire to move ahead was a bit long. However, Grant had a heart of gold and it was truly nice to see him - and all of their friends in common - envelop Wren in their arms. This romance had a bit of suspense as the guy harassing Josie had to have his comeuppance. This is part of the Boston Fire series and is the final book. I enjoyed the limited time I have had with this series and look forward to reading more by Shannon Stacey. Many thanks to Carina Press and to NetGalley for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.
I didn't realize that this was part of a series and unfortunately for me it was the 6th, and I have to say that I wasn't happy with it. Why? Well I didn't like the male character Wren, I found her reasoning for leaving the love of her life whose heart she broke by a ridiculous excuse. She didn't deserve him but he being the lovely man that he is forgave her..I liked the secondary characters better, but maybe if i start from the beginning, however knowing this already maybe not. Rcvd an ARC at no cost to author..(netgalley) voluntarily reviewed with my own thoughts and opinions
Reunited ... but will it last?? With the next book in her delectable Boston Fire series, Shannon Stacey brings us Grant's story. We've seen a lot of him throughout the series and caught a glimpse of his heartache to come in the previous book. This wasn't my favorite in the series, but it's a solid, enjoyable read and brings a glimpse of updates of past favorites as well. Great series! Firefighter Grant Cutter didn't handle the love of his life walking out on him very well. Months later he's still nursing his broken heart and wondering what he did wrong. He was on the verge of proposing to the woman and she up and left with no reasoning behind it. He'd give just about anything to be able to see her and get some answers ... and it looks like his wish might have just come true! A freak accident leaves Wren Everett being rescued by the fire department, and the very man she walked out on without a backward glance ... or so it seemed! Just when she thought life was getting good, danger from an ex reared it's ugly head and ruined her life. She knows the pain he can inflict, she's seen it ... there's no way she's subjecting Grant to that ... even if she had to walk away!
With a dramatic start of the story, the second chance romance between Grant and Wren trigger all the feels from the readers, while trying to understand the reasons behind Wren running away previously, breaking Grant's heart. I'm a huge fan of Shannon Stacey's writing, there's so much to love about the regular people she writes about, whose lives and loves we get to know through her stories. There are tight families and friends who are closer than brothers, there are mature feelings, life challenges, and romance that is easy to relate to and believe in because of the life-like nature of it. The Boston Fire series has been a great addition to her resume, filled with passionate, vivid, true to life love stories. Grant and Wren are both old acquaintances to the readers of the series. The puzzling way Wren disappeared from Grant's life in the previous book baffled my mind and I was eagerly waiting for them to get a second chance to work things out between them. Grant is such a sweetheart of a hero, commanding alpha when needed, yet caring, loving, deeply feeling man, who is not afraid to talk about emotions and feelings and showing how much he cared for Wren and how broken he was when she left without any explanation. I loved him, felt for him, and cheered for him to find his happiness again. His close relationship with his family, as well as with the men in the firehouse, shows his characters and his values, the kind of man he is, and what he wants from life. His ability to forgive and move on from the hurt was the best part of the story, his willingness to give a second chance to Wren confirmed everything we had learned about him previously. Wren had made some bad choices in her past that had caused sorrow and pain to others as well. Some of her actions were truly just reactions to fear, and the author demonstrates Wren's reasons well and clearly, in a way that makes them understandable. Wren is such a beautiful person, she feels deeply, she cares passionately, yet all the brokenness inside her has left her reeling, in need of solid friendships and some who believes in her to be able to heal and feel complete, love freely, without fear of being left behind or punished for her feelings. Together, Grant and Wren were truly two parts of a whole, they belonged together, they had seamless chemistry with each other, they got each other, understood and accepted each other in a way that made them the perfect match for each other. The epilogue gave the impression that this might be the last book in the series, I hope not, as I have loved hanging out with guys and girls of the Boston Fire series, as it has been an entertaining, emotional, true to life type of series that has captured my heart. ~ Four Spoons
What a sweet and amazing story that helps a person believe in happy endings and root for the characters to get theirs. I loved Grant from beginning to end. He was supportive, protective, and went after what he wanted. I loved how even though Wren crushed his heart, he helped her pick up the pieces of her shattered life. Wren was a simple, beautiful woman inside and out, cared for others, but let her fear get in the way. I have never felt that kind of fear, but it was truly powerful to make her leave her love. I hated that for her. But when Grants friends and family rallied around her, the moments were heartwarming. I have read many of Shannon Stacey's books and have loved them. This one is no exception. She has a great way of telling a beautiful story, bringing it to life in your mind, and making the characters come to life. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
I have to confess that I did not read the previous books in this series. Thus the reason I feel I was not able to totally be engaged in the story. The story about Grant Cutter and his ex Wren Everett was interesting but this push and pull of their relationship and second chance romance just didn’t pull me in. He was too nice, and she was just going back and forth with the poor man. A good story, but that was it. I was entrusted a copy of this book by Netgalley. The opinions expressed are solely my own.
2.5stars Another Boston firefighter finds his love. And this time Grant finds her former girlfriend in the fire who bailed on him a few months ago without real reason. Wren is once again surrounded with the people that she left behind because of her past. But this time she is willing to take a second chance and starts a relationship with Grant without secrets. So they start to get to know eachother again and fall even deeper n love. If a book wasn't given me free from the publisher in exchange for a review I would feel robbed to buy such a bland, dull, empty story. It literary nothing significant happens. Wren doesn't fight Garet and treys to hide her secret when she is rescued from him. Grant just feels a little bit angry but it seems that that is not so strong reason to keep a distance from when they start dating and that is it. One time the horrible ex is making them a problem but the book has no suspense, no action and I am sorry because previous books were interesting to read. I volunteered to review an ARC of this book for Netgelly
Finally, Grant's story! If you've read the book before this in the series ( Under Control ) you were undoubtedly as anxious as I was to figure out what was going on with Wren and Grant. (If you haven't, no worries--this could work as a standalone, and honestly, you'll probably be more sympathetic to Wren from the start if you're coming in fresh, not having seen Grant in prior books) And yeah, characters running away from a problem isn't my number one favorite response, but Ms. Stacey does a good job of helping us to see things from Wren's POV and understand why she felt that it was her only choice at the time. We'll still struggle with it--as does Grant and everyone else who cares about him--but seeing things from Wren's perspective definitely helps. I liked that Grant and Wren didn't rush back into things here and took it slow even when their hormones weren't 100% on board with that plan. They really are good together, and it was fun to see them work to rebuild their relationship again, this time with less secrecy and more honest conversation. I also liked that his friends and family were honest about their reservations, yet still gave Wren a chance--it felt very realistic. The suspense portion of the book (Wren's reason for leaving in the first place) was always there in the background, and needing to know what was going to happen there kept me turning the pages as much as wanting to see Wren and Grant get to their HEA. Though the way that that part was resolved felt a teensy bit anticlimactic, it also felt a lot more realistic than another method would have. Once again one of the best parts of this book was seeing the relationships between the guys and girls of E59 and L37 and their significant others. The epilogue makes it feel as if this might be the last in the series and is a bittersweet wrapping up for all of the characters. I'm a bit bummed, but console myself with the thought that surely Ms. Stacey will be working on a new series soon--that, and knowing I still have books 1-3 of this series in my TBR to keep me company until her next book comes out ;) Rating: 4 stars / B+ I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
"Flare Up" is a well-written and engaging romance that begins with a bang. Grant is entering the scene of a burning building when he finds his recent ex-girlfriend (whom he had hoped to marry) and pulls her out of the fire. He did not know where she went after she suddenly broke up with him and disappeared, and he's surprised to find her in this building that isn't up to code. Wren ran when her emotionally abusive ex-boyfriend who had beat her brother near to death got out of jail. She was terrified and did not want to put Grant in danger. Now that he is back, Wren is willing to reluctantly tell him about it. Together, they have a lot to work through, including the pain the separation had caused for both of them and the damage to trust. Adding to that Wren's fears that her ex-boyfriend may come to find her, and they have some big concerns. As they slowly rebuild trust and their relationship, we get to watch them renew their love for each other in what ends up being a great story. With the added suspense around the ex-boyfriend, this book ends up being a fast read. The Boston Fire series is really great, with adult relationships (a touch of drama but very mature) and a great firefighting backdrop. I really enjoyed diving into Wren and Grant's story, and I liked the steady build of their renewed relationship. This book ended up being a fast read for me, because I had to know what would happen and I enjoyed it all the way through. I recommend for people who love contemporary romance with a touch of suspense. Please note that I received a copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
This Boston Fire novel is an emotionally gripping romance that has readers willing to fight for this couple’s future. Grant and Wren are two strong, compelling characters that readers can easily connect to therefore they become emotionally caught up in the story right from the start. Wren and Grant both have heart rending emotional turmoil that are valid and quite real so their romance is in no way a sure thing and readers can feel their pain as the couple try to overcome what happened in the past in order to fight for the present. The story flows at steady pace that keeps readers interest in what is happening in the world of the Boston Fire Unit and suspense builds as Grant tries to determine what made Wren run and why she is afraid to let him help her and the danger that Wren faces becomes a reality Wren has to face that she may have made the wrong decision in leaving Grant and his friends behind. The author writes the story is such a way that readers can easily picture each and every scene which makes the events vivid and the emotions poignant ensuring that readers become completely engrossed in this gripping romance.
Firefighter Grant Cutter thought he had it all when he met Wren Everett, but just before he could buy an engagement ring, Wren broke things off with no explanation and then disappeared. I've been very excited for Grant and Wren's book ever since they were introduced earlier in the series. It was obvious Wren was hiding something so I knew this would be at the root of their breakup. Flare Up was an excellent read and once again, Shannon Stacey did an amazing job of exploring a complicated relationship. Grant was devastated after Wren left and five months later he's still not over her. I worried that Grant's anger would come between them working things out but he ended up really putting in the effort to let it go and be with Wren in the present. Grant does struggle to understand why Wren didn't come to him when she got afraid and I liked how Stacey explored these emotions. Grant acknowledges that he can't understand Wren's fear because he's not vulnerable like she is and this made him very self-aware. Overall, Grant is a really lovable character and even when he makes mistakes, he admits to them and always does better. I also enjoyed Wren and watching her begin to let more people into her life. She's been let down over and over again and doesn't really know what family is like. Wren doesn't trust easily but the Boston Fire crew and their wives are hard to push away. As much as Wren grows in her romantic relationship with Grant, she also grows in her friendships, especially with Cait. Wren might be living alone and keeping others at a distance but once she agrees to try again with Grant, she goes all in on their relationship. I didn't realize until the end that Flare Up was the last Boston Fire book and I'm sad to see it go but I thought the ending was a beautiful send-off
Oh boy! Shannon Stacey's Boston Fire series is one of my faves and this story does not disappoint. Action packed from the start, it keeps the reader enthralled right until the end. Great story!
4.25 stars--FLARE UP is the sixth instalment in Shannon Stacey’s contemporary, adult BOSTON FIRE erotic, romance series focusing on Boston’s first responders. This is fire fighter Grant Cutter, and Wren Everett’s story line. FLARE UP can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story lines is revealed where necessary. Told from dual third person perspectives (Grant and Wren) FLARE UP follows the rekindling romance and relationship between fire fighter Grant Cutter and Wren Everett. Five months earlier Grant’s life was destroyed when the woman he loved disappeared without a trace. Fast forward to present day wherein Grant Cutter will come face to face with his past as the crew from Engine 59 respond to an apartment fire. Enter Wren Everett, the woman who broke our hero’s heart but a woman with secrets that are about to be exposed. What ensues is the second chance romance between Grant and Wren, and the potential fall-out as Wren’s past is targeting the people she loves including the man she destroyed months before. Wren Everett never thought her past would connect with her present but focusing on the protection of the people she loved Wren bolted, but in doing so, broke the heart of someone close. Grant Cutter never got over the betrayal of Wren’s disappearance but discovering our heroine at the scene of a fire, Grant’s emotions went into overdrive thinking he could have lost her, again. The relationship between Grant and Wren is one of second chances; a rekindling romance destroyed by threats and fears, secrets and sins. The premise is engaging and impassioned; the characters are energetic and spirited; the romance is sensual and encouraging. Most of the previous story line couples and characters play secondary and supporting roles: Lydia and Aidan, Rick Gulloti, Chris, Danny Walsh, Jamie and Scott, Gavin and Cait, Derek and Olivia, as well as Kincaid Pub owner Tommy Kincaid. We are introduced to Wren’s employers Mr. and Mrs. Belostosky, as well as Cait’s mother Patty. FLARE UP is a story of family, friendships, betrayal and love. The premise is intriguing and exciting; the characters are fun, sassy and friendly; the romance is passionate and intense. FLARE UP is a welcome addition to Shannon Stacey’s BOSTON FIRE.
Wren and Grant’s second chance story contained a few of my favorite things; sexy, hot fireman, an independent, strong woman and a strong community of supportive and caring friends. I absolutely enjoyed Flare Up by Shannon Stacey, book six in her Boston Fire series. Wren ran away from the comfort and safety of Grant’s apartment after receiving a threatening phone call from her controlling, violent ex-boyfriend; figuring it was the only way to keep Grant safe. Grant was heartbroken and devastated that Wren left and basically ghosted him. He looked all over the city of Boston trying to find her, to no avail. It wasn’t until he was at a fire scene that he found her; almost unconscious in her apartment. After saving her Grant is not letting Wren push him away again. Despite the trust issues, Wren is hopeful that she and Grant can recover from her desertion and have a future together; that is, as long as her ex-boyfriend doesn’t locate them. Ms. Stacey wrote a wonderful, steamy, suspenseful and emotional story that is not to be missed. She provided a tale rich with sexual chemistry, amusing banter, and endearing characters. giving Wren and Grant a second chance at having a true love. I love that Grant has a community of friends from the fire station who accepted Wren as part of their family. I highly recommend Flare Up to other readers. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Flare Up is a fabulous romantic suspense by Shannon Stacey. Ms. Stacey has delivered a well-written book and loaded it with outstanding characters. Wren disappeared after her boyfriend beat her brother until he had to be hospitalized. She felt safe enough to begin a new life and a new romance. A phone call was all it took to leave her boyfriend and go into hiding again. Grant was angry and hurt when Wren left him, but when he found her as her apartment burned he wanted answers. Wren and Grant's story is packed with drama, humor, action, sizzle, suspense and just a tiny bit of angst. I enjoyed this book from cover to cover and look forward to reading more from Shannon Stacey in the future. Flare Up is book 6 of the Boston Fire Series but it can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book that I received from NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
4 1/2 stars. I love this series so much!! This group of firefighters is such a great bunch od people and a wonderful family. They all have each others backs in and out of work. I am so happy to finally get Grant Cutter's HEA. I have been waiting for it, and to find out what the heck was up with Wren. Poor Grant! She absolutely gutted him when she left. I had a hard time with Wren sometimes, but Grant is amazing!! They are able to rekindle the flame they once had but this time it burns brighter and hotter with total trust and honesty!!
I've so enjoyed this series and this book is one of my favorites. While this book is the sixth in the series it can easily be read standalone. It returns us to the firehouse and Engine 59. It seems everyone is happy and deliriously in love. Everyone except Grant Cutter who recently had his heart shredded when his girlfriend Wren walked away from him. He was certain he had found "the one" right up until the point she left. Now a 911 call has brought Wren back into his life and Grant is determined to get the answers about what went wrong and make things right again. He just has to convince her to really let him in this time. Perfectly written story with amazing characters, a nice flow, and a storyline that will capture your heart. This is a must read. I highly recommend it.
Very boring. Wren was such a blah character.