Controlled Burn by Shannon Stacey

Controlled Burn by Shannon StaceyControlled Burn by Shannon Stacey
Series: Boston Fire #2
Published by Carina Press on November 24th 2015
Pages: 304
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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.

Rick Gullotti takes centre stage in this one, when his landlords’ granddaughter suddenly turns up from California to deal with the sudden medical emergency of the grandparents she’s never met. Finding a connection with her long-lost relatives, Jessica Broussard never expected that leaving Boston would be so difficult, especially when Rick starts to play a bigger than expected part during her stay.

It was Aiden’s and Lydia’s story that made me eager to see where Ms. Stacey intends to take the Boston Fire series. Like Aiden and Lydia, Rick and Jessica are believable characters that float through the pages of the book, and Ms. Stacey gives us yet another pair whose connection and shared chemistry are palpable. Light on the angst, avoiding the deep troughs and high peaks of emotional volatility, Controlled Burn is an easy read, but at times a boring one, with a rushed and very abrupt ending that seems to short-change the whole story.