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"It's still a bad idea," he said, his voice low. "I agree." She stepped into the curve of his arm. "So after you kiss me, we should make another agreement about how we won't do it again."-Rick and Jessica
Wow it is so nice to read a sweet, low drama, light-hearted read. Lately some of the books I have read, have been big misses for me, and they gave me a horrible case of the Rants! I really needed a fun, easy going book. And I got that with Controlled Burn by Shannon Sta ...more
It was a nice, easy story. I skimmed a bit and, as usual, I thought it was a bit too long (longer than it should have been anyway). Frankly, if not for the ending, I would have given it 3 stars. But gah, the fact that I could guess (almost word for word actually) the last 10, 15 pages, made me rethink this book.
On the other hand, it was a pretty easy, fast read. I can't say I felt the almost 400 pages it has. It was the perfect junk fo ...more
The H/H : I loved everything about them. Their characters , how they got together and how they handled their situation.
The grandparents: I always enjoy reading books featuring adoring grandparents. These two were 2 of the best.
The humor and cuteness: I think I was either laughing or smiling the whole time I read this.
I didn't like:
Rick's age: How old is Rick? 40? 50? They kept calling him old but his exact age wasn't mentioned. This is one of my pet peeves. To relate to a chara ...more
Heat Exchange, the latest book in the Boston Fire series, is a nice contemporary romance featuring a Boston fire fighter and a smart, savvy business woman from California.
Jessica Broussard did not know she had grandparents. Her father has been alienated from his parents for many years and has refused to speak of them. By accident, Jessica picks up a phone call and it changes her life. Rick Gullotti is a seasoned fire fighter and confirmed bachelor. Recently, he has been wondering wh ...more
Jessica Broussard grew up without a mother and tales of her father's parents not being the "right kind" of people. When Jessica receives the message that her paternal ...more
I'm a fan of Ms Stacey's Kowalski family series - sweet, sexy romances with great side characters and family/friends atmosphere.
I was excited to try her new series and while this book was nice, it didn't wowed me. I expected a lot more of the story and felt disappointed in the ending.
This is a tender, somewhat tame love story of Rick, a firefighter in his late thirties who is already starting to thi ...more
I just love firemen, probably because of the uniform ;-), which is why I really wanted to like this book, but the beginning and end just didn't work for me.
I just didn't like Jessica in the beginning, she was too cold, too unfeeling to understand. But then by the middle of the book she changed for the better, and I liked how she was with her grandparents and with Rick, and I started to think and hope that things would continue to be great. Unfortunately she reverted back to her old self at the...more
He rents a room on the top floor of a sweet little old couple's house, and while he's there he does the hard chores, watches out for them, and basically fills in as a surrogate son. They are ...more
1. The story is actually boring, nothing really happens that pulls you into their lives. We follow them page after page in the daily minutia of cell phones, cooking, eating, watching the news, etc. There is the long distance aspect of a relationship as she's from San Diego and he's from Boston, but it doesn't really create enough of an interesting story-line. It's a should we or ...more
Both Jess and Rick were strong characters, with the odds stacked against them, thus making Controlled Burn both beautiful and a little melancholy.
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I know it seems like I'm really far behind on this series. And I am a little bit but I also forget to review this one so...
What can I say, things get away from me every once in a while. So since I found that I missed reviewing this one I thought I better get to it.
I really love Stacey's writing and her Boston Fire series has been really fun to read. Lovable characters, good writing and fast moving story line. All t ...more
Tatiana Sokolov is growing on me as a narrator.
I kinda like the stories about older men who haven’t settled down yet, but finally decide the single life is getting old. And they decide this before some beautiful woman waltzes into their life. I liked the hero, Rick - he dated plenty, but had actual relationships, not just a series of one night stands. That he remained friendly with several of them says he’s a good guy, but just hasn’t found the right person yet.
When fire fighter Rick meets finan ...more
"Is licking a pole on your list of things to do whilst in Boston or what?
The second book in Shannon Stacey's Boston Fire series focuses on Rick's blossoming relationship with his elderly ...more
I loved this book! Controlled Burn, the 2nd book of the Boston Fire series, by Shannon Stacey has me hooked. I mean who doesn't love a hot firefighter who in his spare time helps out his elderly neighbors?
When Jessica Broussard shows up on her grandparents doorstep to "help" them out Rick is instantly suspicious. After all, Jessica is an adult woman who has never showed any interest in visiting her grandparents let alone help them.
Rick Gullotti is a great character who ...more
Before meeting Jessica, he tho ...more
- Again the characters and plot were really good
- There was a great balance of including characters from the first book so we knew what was happening with them, but not including them so much that the book became about them. Too many romance series forget about the couple from the first book, and it makes you wonder why bother making them into a series a ...more
Jessica Brou ...more
What is heart breaking about this story is Jessica Broussard is in her mid-thirties and has never been married. That’s not the sad part. The sad part is she has never really had a mother’s love or her dad’s for that matter. You see her mother ran out on them when she was thr ...more
This book is a sweet, easy, entertaining read with a very light romance. There's no heavy angst with this one...just pure romance featuring one very hot firefighter and one slightly uptight financial advisor. The romance was fairly easy and happy and I enjoyed the chemistry between Rick and Jessica.
But it felt like the meat of the story fell within Jessica's family. She's in Boston (although she lives in San Diego) to meet and take care of a situation with her grandparents. The thing ...more
Controlled Burn is the second book in the Boston Fire series by Shannon Stacey. Each of the books can be read as a standalone, and I have to admit that I had no idea this was book 2 in a series, until I pulled it up on goodreads to write this review. (That should tell you that it really can be read a true standalone.) Now I am very curious to check out who book one is about, and get my hands on a copy of that as well. ...more
CONTROLLED BURN started out a bit slowburn-ish in the romance front as it took up to the 60% mark to get a bit of sexy action other than 2 quick kisses. But I didn't really mind as sometimes that's a nice and refreshing break from the dirty sexy books I have been reading and those next on my reading list. Also, and more importantly, it fit this book and didn't turn in into an insta-love romance. I don't mind insta-love but sometimes that just doesn't fit the story and I'm glad this aut ...more
She doesn't waste any time in packing up her stuff, and flying from San Diego to Boston. She doesn't know how she'll introduce herself to her grandparents because she's positive they don't even know she exists.
She's prepared for everything except love and care. When she meets her grand ...more