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Flare Up

(Boston Fire #6)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  810 ratings  ·  190 reviews
Meet the tough, dedicated men of Boston Fire - and the women who turn their lives upside down.

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 brin
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published January 29th 2019 by Carina Press
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Followers of Shannon Stacey's Boston Fire series have already met both of the main characters in Flare Up: Grant and Wren. Readers have watched the meet and greet, they've lived the romance, and they witnessed the damage left behind when the heroine left without any warning. In this 6th installment, Wren re-enters the picture. Explanations are given and a hesitant romance resumes with fear and trust issues as constant companions.

Admittedly, I was not a huge fan of this fictional couple from the
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
I love a second chance romance and after seeing how broken hearted Grant was following his break up from Wren and her subsequent disappearance in the previous book in Shannon Stacey’s Boston Fire series, I was looking forward to seeing how their reacquaintance played out.

description I’m not sure excited is the word I’d use.”

Sadly, Flare Up was an uninspiring end to what has been a great series. The opportunity was there to give Grant and Wren the story deserved and the guys a decent send-off—their ban
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
Mixed feelings on this one. 3.5 stars.
I have read one of the prior books in the series so I was familiar with the characters for the most part. It took me a little bit to recall everyone, but I was looking forward to getting back in the Firehouse.

I have mixed feelings about the story however. While I can appreciate Wren’s situation and thought process, I think it was chicken crap that she ran. I actually held a grudge against her until about halfway through the story because
Boston firefighter Grant Cutter still hasn’t healed from the wounds left by his girlfriend, Wren Everett, who inexplicably broke up with him five months ago and disappeared without explanation. Now on the scene of a dangerous apartment building fire, he’s shocked to discover the woman he’s rescuing is Wren.

This was the story I wanted to read because of how mysterious Wren’s departure seemed, knowing she had a troubled backstory. I loved how she was rediscovered, fitting for these first responde
**Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for giving me the ARC in exchange for an honest review**#FlareUp #NetGalley

This was a 3 star for me!! A second chance tale! Although firefighters are always fun to read about and it was a sexy read there was smth missing! Overall it was an sweet romance read!
Shannon Stacey’s second-change romance trope begins with a character’s rather illogical stupidity—Wren leaving Grant because she’s afraid of hurting him as an ex hunts her down—is how ‘Flare Up’ begins. The backstory quickly unravels (Stacey doesn’t take too long in expounding this history after Wren walks away) and from there on, the story rolls on without too much angsty rehashing. Past Grant’s heartbreak and the bit where he gets justifiably angry, there’s still the hero-complex that insists ...more
Steph's Romance Book Talk
3.75 Stars / 2 Steam Fans

Sadly I really need to read the five previous books to catch any feelings for Wren and Grant. Grant works for a Boston Fire house that is like family and when Wren left him months ago he really went through it. When his fire house responds to a fire Grant saves Wren and when she loses everything she owns in the fire Grant and his friends rally to help Wren. Much of the story beat the fact that Wren left for a crap reason without telling anyone to death and when it fina
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
ARC received for review

Another great book in this series.

I was unsure about this one, because I thought Wren was shady in the last book. But of course, she had good reason to be. I liked how Ms. Stacey didn't drag it out, but we found out pretty quickly what Wren's reasons were. Grant is just as yummy as all the other guys. I'm thinking this is the last book with the way the epilogue was written, but I could be wrong.
Jun 08, 2019 rated it liked it
I really loved this. When I requested this title, I didn't know it was book six in a series and in my opinion you can read this book without having read the previous titles.

I really liked the thriller element to the story. Wren, the main character, has a stalker ex-boyfriend and he followed her to Boston. When Wren got a whiff of him being around, she took off, leaving Grant in the hopes that her ex would not hurt him as he had hurt her brother years ago. Her ex had beaten her brother to a pulp
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"He hadn't seen her in five months, since she told him on the phone she didn't want to see him anymore and then ghosted. No explanation. No compromise."

Now life offer Grant the chance to know why the woman he was dating disappeared without a word, to know that she lied when she told him she was done with him, the chance to show her that she can trust him, and the opportunity to reconnect and see if there's still a future for them.

When she learned that her ex boyfriend (who went to prison after s
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There was a whole lovestory that we missed, instead the book opens with them meeting again. And what a meeting. Grant saves Ren from a burning building.

I get why Ren broke up and ran from him. Sometimes the answer is s silly but here, I got that she was scared and needed to run. Yes she should have talked to him, but I understood. And she was such a great person!

Grant, poor guy, he was all heartbroken and still he was willing to help her out after the fire. He as such a great guy, the best! Awww
There was nothing objectively wrong with this, I just didn't feel anything about it. Bummer way to end a series I mostly enjoyed. ...more
Juliana Philippa
It felt surreal, Grant picking her up from work. Being in his Jeep. The way he smiled at her and the sound of his voice. It was too easy to imagine the nightmare of the last five months hadn't happened. But it had, which was why he didn't reach across and take her hand or rest his on her thigh like he used to do.
3.25-3.5 stars [ARC REVIEW]
Bottom Line, Up Top. An unusual second-chance romance with a lot of potential, but the heroine, underdeveloped subplot (with the most anticlimactic ending
Sofia Lazaridou
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Flare up is the final book in the Boston Fire series, but it can be read as stand-alone. If you are familiar with the series you will be already familiar with Grant, Wren and the way she ghosted him. In this book, they will get their happily ever after and some things are not for fun for them. I will begin with the good stuff. I liked how everyone reacted to Wren been back to Grant's life. They are hesitant because she broke his heart, but happy at the same time because she is back and
Anne Z.
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shannon Stacey is a new author to me and I am glad to have discovered her. This was a lovely romance and I am now looking forward to reading the books on the other couples!

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Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
An unexpected second chance…

I so hoped Grant and Wren would have another chance to get things right! Danger had led Wren to make a devastating decision that brought Grant to his emotional knees. While Wren didn’t fare much better, she had to live with that choice and, now, see the results face to face…

Wren and Grant made the most of their reunion, working through all the emotions they were feeling. Friends and family were along for the ride, not letting either of them make snap decisions that co
Good second chance story with a little bit of suspense thrown in. Five months after his girlfriend broke up with him, Grant was still nursing his broken heart, contemplating leaving Boston and his memories of Wren behind. But that came to an end when the response to an apartment fire brought her back into his life.

I ached for Grant and the pain of his broken heart at the beginning of the book. His hurt over the way she left was clear, as was the way he still worried about where she was. His shoc
Books and Spoons
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 challen

I enjoyed all the books in this series but Flare Up is my favourite out of all, just because Grant is #husbandmaterial. I love how soft he is with Wren, but also how protective he is without overpowering her or disregarding her feelings. Wren breaking up and ghosting Grant was a shitty thing that's happened and there was a deeper story to that, but I love how they dealt with it--by honest communication and Wren acknowledging and apologizing for hurting him.

The epilogue made me cry.

Ann Lorz
Jan 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Reviewed for Romancing the Readers Blog: https://romancingthereaders.blogspot....

This has been a fun series to read. I've been enjoying each and every book in it. I love Shannon Stacey's writing. Her books are just effortless to read. I love that when I'm reading. I just want to dive right in, not stop and think...why the hell am I reading this?

I can't believe we are already on book 6! Where did the time go?

For me Flare Up wasn't my favorite book in the series. I hated Wren!!! She is just...I ca
Elley Murray
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
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. ...more
Jan 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Okay, but the best books of this series are the first two...
Alex (HEABookNerd)
Series: Boston Fire #6
Rating: 4 stars - really enjoyable

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 Sta
This was my first in this series but I would say that it can be read as a standalone. However, I really wished I'd read the earlier books since the friends and family from previous books are such a central part of the world in the book and I just wanted to know all the back story! I loved the hero from the first few pages - he's just one of those characters that grabbed my heart immediately. I took time to warm up to Wren but I did eventually get there. Some of her choices didn't make a ton of s ...more
A Klue
The best part of this book for me was the brief rescue at the very beginning. The emotions and uncertainty of where this second chance main couple were now headed set the stage for an engaging, romantic read. As a lover of relationship angst, I knew I was up for it, folks. I was just surprised how mild the angst turned out to be.

Other than the temporary flare up of tempers and hackles getting slightly raised by lots of people over Wren’s out of the blue reappearance after taking flight several m
Mary Mooney
Jan 25, 2019 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.
3.5-4 stars
Grant Cutter is nursing a broken heart because the one he loved ran from him several months ago and he has no idea where she went. What a surprise for him when the fire house goes to an apartment fire and he finds the love of his life in one of those apartments. He saves her but wants to quiz her about why she left and didn't tell him what was going on.
Wren Everett thought she was hiding from
Robin Loves Reading
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
I don’t know if I’ve ever talked about how much trash I am for second-chance romances, but I am absolute trash for second-chance romances. So, I may be just a tad bit biased, but I enjoyed this one exactly as much as I expected to.

Things did tend to move too quickly in regard to the second-chance relationship, but I feel like it was handled really well in this novel because both characters were aware that some things (like saying those three words, or even thinking about moving in together) were
Ruthie Taylor
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

3.5*s rounded up

This is the sixth in the series, and as I have not read them all, I can say that this works as a standalone. Undoubtedly there are themes which move through the series, and ongoing relationships which we get to revisit.

Wren disappeared out of Grant's life five months ago, when he was about to propose. Then he saves her from a fire, and they get a second chance, as finally Wren accepts help from him and h
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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.

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Boston Fire (6 books)
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