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Under Control

(Boston Fire #5)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  824 ratings  ·  154 reviews
When faced with the opportunity to change shifts while staying in the same house, veteran firefighter Derek Gilman jumps at the chance. His new schedule means not working Saturdays, which means more time to spend with his two kids. His divorce may have been amicable, but being a firefighter and a single dad is a lot to juggle. And when fate brings a gorgeous, wealthy woman ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
Published August 28th 2018 by Carina Press
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Look for my review of Under Control by Shannon Stacey on the Harlequin Junkies Website in the near future. Check out more great reviews and spotlights at ...more
Business consultant Olivia McGovern and firefighter Derek Gilman find themselves trapped in a stalled elevator. They’d checked each other out right before entering and their attraction was undeniable. They went their separate ways following rescue but days later had an unplanned reunion at a charity meeting. This time they wasted no time in moving forward after having failed to exchange contact information the first time. So what could go wrong?

Olivia’s highly successful and her lifestyle is pro
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Everything about this series so far has worked for me and divorced single dad, Derek’s romance with career-focussed, Olivia keeps up that trend.

description ...for the first time in her life, she was very tempted to make out with a total stranger in an elevator.”

This was such a departure from many stories containing a divorced couple sharing custody of their kids, and rather than taking the clichéd, yet often all too realistic route of exes at war, Derek and his ex-wife have a great relationship focussi
Some readers love firefighter romances. Alas, I am not one of those readers. Sure, I see the appeal. Firefighters are prepared to sacrifice everything to save lives, and the men in this profession are stereotypically viewed as rugged and super sexy and somehow always single. Although I haven't historically been a fan of Shannon Stacey's Boston Fire series (only because of the firefighter theme), I adore her storytelling and will read everything she writes. I am happy to say, this time my loyalty ...more
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I really enjoyed this romance. I have had this series on my radar since it got started and have even collected a couple of the installments but have never had the chance to pick one up. I am so glad that I finally jumped into the series. I am happy to report that this book works perfect fine as a stand alone despite being the fifth book in the Boston Fire series. I had a lot of fun with this really well done novel.

I found that this b
➳Single father who is a very swoon worthy, romantic, and very enticing fire-fighter? Oh heck yes is this going to be your next favorite read...

➳Yet again, another review that I am going to keep short and sweet. And also, yet again I have found another romance that I ended up enjoying from a brand new author. When combining a hot fire-fighter who has a heart of a true fighter who will never give up to be with the woman of his dreams. When sparks fly, everything is put together in one piece. T
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
ARC received for review

Another great Ladder 37 and Engine 59 book. Loved see all the old gang again, and their help with Derek and Olivia.

Olivia has a life plan that doesn't include a serious relationship and kids when she meets Derek. She agrees to sex (smokin hot sex) but of course that leads both of them to the big L word, and heartbreak when it doesn't fit into her plan. And he's got issues with money (his lack and her not). Luckily for both of them plans can be rewritten and there's a happi
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Amusing, sweet, and romantic!

Under Control is a lighthearted, engaging tale that features the organized, driven Olivia and the rugged, devoted, divorced father of two, Derek as they discover that even though they come from different backgrounds and have different goals they might just be perfect for one another. 

The writing is fluid and effortless. The characters are charming, quirky, and authentic. And the plot is an enticing, delightful mix of instant attraction, steamy chemistry, friendship,
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Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Who says we can’t have it all?

I love this series based in Boston and centered on the lives and loves of the firefighters who serve there. Derek is a firefighter, a job he loves, but he is much more. He is a dad and his two kids are everything to him. He’s shaped his life around their wants and needs as well as his desire to remain a big part of his life while they live with his ex-wife. It’s a juggling act but one he is happy to make. Olivia is single, successful and devoted to her business and
The romance itself was kind of underwhelming (it was fine, I was just in no way passionate about it), BUT THE FUNCTIONAL CO-PARENTING AND THE NEGOTIATING BOUNDARIES AND RELATIONSHIPS AND COMPROMISE. THAT was dreamy.
Derek Gilman is a happily divorced father of two and a fireman. His life is all about the job and making the most of the time that he gets with his children.

Olivia McGovern has built a very successful business teaching others how to better manage her time. She writes books, she lectures and she helps people and companies one-to-one to improve productivity. Her entire life is mapped out and meticulously planned. When she gets stuck in an elevator with a sexy firefighter and has a panic attack he
Anne - Books of My Heart
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, 7arcs, audio
This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart

Review copy was received from Publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I've been loving this Boston Fire series on audio . Some friend was reading or listening to them and they sounded great. I was happy to find them available on audio at the library.  I've really enjoyed all the couples. The characters are likeable, relatively normal, believable people so I can relate to them.  Of course,
Since Shannon Stacey’s books deals with firefighters finding their better halves, it’s always a treat to find out who the unknown other half is in every book, as well as the very different story that Stacey tells for ever one of them.

For Derek Gilman, it’s corporate-highflyer Olivia McGovern who’s quite the opposite of his type, it seems, especially for a divorced man who’s caught up in his job and handling his 2 kids.

Past their first tension-filled encounter in a stalled elevator however, thi

I've had my ups and downs with this series, and I think that it's a case of me not fitting with the author's writing style. I found this installment to be somewhat weak and boring.

This was clearly a case of opposites attract, but Olivia w
E-Reader Addict
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Under Control is another great addition to Shannon Stacey’s Boston Fire series about the men of Ladder 37 and Engine 59. This story is about firefighter Derek Gilman.

Derek is on his way down a high rise building when he asks a woman to hold the elevator for him. Just moments after the doors close, the elevator stops and Derek finds himself stuck with beautiful Olivia McGovern. But once they are rescued, Olivia scurries off to a meeting, and later they both regret not getting more than a first na
Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
In a total meet-cute moment, Olivia and Derek are introduced to one another while stuck in an elevator. Although it’s not for a long time, it’s long enough to feel the pull of sexual attraction. On paper, these two are complete opposites, but you know what they say about opposites… Olivia is driven: an only child and product of a nasty divorce, she lives a well-structured life according to her own plan. She’s started her own highly successful business and lives in the nicer end of town. She isn’ ...more

Listen 3/9/18 | 4 stars

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

When faced with the opportunity to change shifts while staying in the same house, veteran firefighter Derek Gilman jumps at the chance. His new schedule means not working Saturdays, which means more time to spend with his two kids. His divorce may have been amicable, but being a firefighter and a single dad is a lot to jug
Renee Entress
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 star

The story has laughs, twists & turns, and heartbreak.

If you have not read the below I would recommend reading those books(s) first
Heat Exchange (Boston Fire, #1)
Controlled Burn (Boston Fire, #2)
Fully Ignited (Boston Fire, #3)
Hot Response (Boston Fire, #4)

This is Olivia and Derek’s story. Derek has all he can handle on his plate right now. He is moving shifts, so he can spend more time with his two kids and still working the job he loves. When he meets Olivia, she is stick in an elevator.
I enjoy this one quite a bit. The couple really needed to talk more, but I liked how they eventually worked it all out.

I listened to the audio and it was ok. Tatiana Sokolov was the narrator.
Julie (Jewlsbookblog)
Under Control was a relatively smooth read, but I had a few hang ups. Derek and Olivia had the requisite sizzle for first time attraction down, but their romance fell into the alright department as things developed between them. Olivia was hung up on control and her 5 year plan while Derek was stuck on Olivia’s income and lifestyle compared to his. However, sometimes I felt he had more chemistry with his ex-wife Amber. Maybe it was because they had more conversation on the page rather then me be ...more
Eva Millien
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Being a firefighter and a single dad is a lot to juggle, so Derek Gilman is pretty sure adding a gorgeous, wealthy woman to his life is more than he can handle. Olivia McGovern loves plans so getting stuck in an elevator with a sexy firefighter has freaking out. They’re from different sides of the tracks, literally, but chemistry doesn’t allow for plans and love doesn’t bother with logistics.

The blazing hot chemistry that heats up the pages of this enchanting romance will singe readers as they g
Mary Mooney
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads, so here is my review.
What happens when a sexy firefighter and a sexy self-made businesswoman gets stuck in an elevator together? The firefighter is calm and calls for help while the woman starts to panic because she is going to be late for her next appointment. And her business is teaching people how to make their work life more efficient and it wouldn't look good for her to be late.
Derek Gilman loves being a fireman and c
Sep 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Olivia McGovern plan everything to the last detail. So being stuck in a an elevator certainly wasn't on her agenda. At least she was lucky enough to be stranded with a sexy firefighter who probably prevented her from a panic attack.

Divorced and a dad of two little kids, Derek Gilman also have a busy life. But he wouldn't mind dating the woman he met in an elevator. Too bad she was late for a meeting and he didn't have a chance to ask for her number. What a great coincidence, she's there to help
Danielle  Gypsy Soul
There is a lot to like about the 5th book in Boston Fire and it can definitely be read as a stand alone.

Olivia’s is highly successful women and I love that she didn't downplay that and yet still made Derek feel like he was diminished in any way. I also loved that Derek didn't feel like his masculinity was threatened as happens all to often in books with successful women. There is obviously an income disparity and Derek was a single father which comes with issues of its own.
What I loved was that
Jaymy M.
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, romance
A fun read with just enough heat to flame the path through each chapter.
This couple is hit by attraction as strong as the cables holding the elevate the meet and get stuck in. Rescued before they can swap information, fate brings them together for charity.
I like that the author does not throw them together in a glass slipper fit, but in stead more or less shoehorns their lives together.
She's a successful, single organization expert who moved cross country to escape her divorced parents very ugl
Connie N.
#5 in the Boston Fire romance series

Thanks to NetGalley for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

As with the previous books in this series, Stacey has created a warm and exciting world surrounding the firefighters in a Boston fire station. I love Derek and his strong love for his family, both his kids and his firefighting guys. He even has a friendly relationship with his ex-wife and her new husband. He doesn't have a lot of money, but he gets by and is happy with his lifesty
3.75 stars

"I see what you're doing here," she said, her voice husky.
"I told you I was distracting you."
"You think if I associate orgasms with Die Hard, it'll become my favourite movie, too."
He laughed and kissed the side of her neck. "You're too smart for me."

I can always count on Shannon Stacey to deliver cute romances.

I love how Olivia and Derek met the first time (stuck in the elevator! a classic). I feel like this book has lesser firefighting than its predecessors and more the development o
Sep 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, earc
Derek Gilman meets Olivia McGovern in a office building when the elevator breaks down with the two of them in it. There's instant attraction between them but after their rescued Olivia has to run off for an appointment before Derek can talk to her. Fortunately for him they end up together on a charity fundraiser board. Derek and Olivia are from opposite sides of Boston and maybe opposite sides of the tracks as well or so Derek thinks. Olivia doesn't care about money but it's something Derek has ...more
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love Shannon Stacey's characters. They have a lot of heart. I always think she writes well but I think in this one there are her more complex and more complete characters. I think her writing was more refined because of it. It starts with a dedication for every people who takes time to help each other.

I really like the story of Derek and Olivia. From the begining we know how it's going to be difficult for them to conciliate their life:

- Derek's often thinking Olivia is out of his league (But
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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 favorite activities are writing romance and really random tweets when she’s not riding her ATV. She loves mud, books, football & watching way too much TV. ...more

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