Monday, November 30, 2015

Controlled Burn by Shannon Stacey [Review]

 Controlled Burn by Shannon Stacey
Controlled Burn (Boston Fire #2) by Shannon Stacey
Format: ebook
Source: provided by Carina Press through NetGalley
Date read: November 13, 2015

Boston Fire
1. Heat Exchange
2. Controlled Burn - Paperback | Kindle
3. Fully Ignited

Shannon Stacey
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
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.
Thoughts on Controlled Burn: I liked book 1 in this series and I was excited to see where Rick's story took him. While there wasn't as much focus on the brotherhood this time, there was still plenty of family--both of the blood and bond variety.

I liked Rick. I liked Jessica. I never quite got the feeling their romance burned as hot and bright as Lydia and Aiden's did, but I liked them together. To be honest, other than the long distance thing and the idea that Rick wasn't the marrying type, Rick and Jessica didn't have a whole lot of speed bumps on their road. They had a pretty immediate attraction (which they waited to act on) and all Rick's friends and family welcomed Jessica into their fold with open arms. Jessica's grandparents certainly had no issues with the two of them having a relationship.

So while I liked them together and got a kick out of their sexy times, there wasn't a whole lot of question about whether or not they'd eventually end up going with a full-on relationship.

That said, their resolution seemed somewhat abrupt. I went back and read the end a second time to see if I had missed something. I'm pretty sure I didn't, though. While the potential for them being together full time was laid out, it wasn't a done deal. The issue with the house was never resolved. I was left feeling a wee bit let down by the abrupt ending and wish we could have had another chapter or two to really seal the deal.

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