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Flare Up

(Boston Fire #6)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  60 ratings  ·  48 reviews
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 brings the woman who shattered his heart back into his life, and he knows he won’t ever be able to ful ...more
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Expected publication: January 29th 2019 by Carina Press
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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 bante
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
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.
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 ev

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.

Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Reviewed for Dear Author. Link to come.
E-Reader Addict
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
Well, apparently this is the month of disappointing series enders. 😩

And for this one in particular, I am TRULY pained to write the review I’m writing.

I really enjoyed the five previous books in the Boston Fire series (the first three I listened to the audiobooks, the last two I read). I loved the humorous banter between the firefighters of Engine 59 and Ladder 37. I loved these manly men who loved their women - but were without the grunting, chest banging, order barking behavior of the stereotyp
Amy A
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
The last thing Grant Cutter expected when his crew is called out to an apartment house fire, is to run into his ex, Wren Everett, who basically ghosted on him five months ago. On the verge of proposing, Wren's sudden disappearance without any explanation given, really gutted him. So, he's not exactly sure how to feel when he sees her again. All he knows is Wren needs his help, and he still cares enough about her to offer it. But can they get over the hurt her leaving caused to try and build toge ...more
Meghan Lloyd
Jan 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Sexy firefighters are always fun to read about, and this book was no exception! Shannon Stacey definitely knows how to turn up the heat (pun intended!) and get readers excited about the buff, alpha men in this series. The relationship between our hero and heroine was well developed but largely off screen, so to speak. I felt like a prologue was needed in order to help the reader understand the couple's past sooner. It took me a while to understand what exactly had happened between them and why t ...more
2.5 Stars

What a bummer. I was actually intrigued how the author would spin Wren’s ghosting on Gavin and the circumstances that brought them together. Yet when it finally arrive, I was left dissatisfied as the delivery wasn’t quite what I expected them to be.

The glaring stumbling block was the question why Wren had done what she did to Gavin. The logic she came up with just flabbergasted me. Her violent ex trying to make contact weirded her out into disappearing, but she didn’t want to completel
Matilda Dix
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’ve really enjoyed this series and this book wraps everything up nicely. I do not recommend this book as a standalone because there is so much backstory, I think readers would miss a lot if this was the only book read in the series. This book is about Grant and Wren. We were introduced to them in a previous book, but then Wren suddenly disappeared on Grant right when he was about to propose. Grant has been pretty depressed about his situation and I like that as an alpha male, he showed vulnerab ...more
Avid Reader
Jan 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Flare Up (Boston Fire #6) by Shannon Stacey
3 stars
M/F Second chance Romance
Triggers: Stalking, Abuse
I was given this book for an honest review by Wicked Reads.

I highly suggest that you read the previous book in this series, at the very least, so that you can see more of Grant and Wren's relationship. It helps give context to this book.

Grant is still hurt from his breakup - or rather, being ghosted by Wren, the woman he believed he was going to marry. Despite having his heart broken, he is happy
Book Him Danno
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Boston Fire series seems to trade off between on story being more mystery\suspense and the other more romance with a small tiny little bite of a mystery\suspense.

Flare Up is romance with a small bite of mystery\suspense that might disappoint readers if they are expecting the stalker part of the story to be the lead. Its not and it only gets a slight mention at the end.

The story is a second chance romance that readers of the series have been waiting for.

The story had me scratching my head tryin
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I loved this book as much as the rest in the series! Grant Cutter and Wren Everett dated and got quite serious before she disappeared into thin air. When Grant rescues her, they have no choice but to deal with their emotions.
I loved how the characters and situations were so real and yet there was no drama for the sake of drama. When Wren is scared, she talks:) When Grant is worried, he talks to friends. Wow these characters actually communicate!!!
I also loved the background cast of all the other
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh, man. I felt for Grant when Wren walked out on him in the previous book. Buuuuut, running like she did made me think something was up and I'm glad to see I was right. (because I like being right!)

Stumbling over Wren throws Grant's world into a tailspin. He's nowhere near over her and that makes him willing to listen to see what sent her running from their relationship in the first place. Which is awesome. Finding out about the fear she's been living with eases some of his hurt, but it's not a
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a sweet and amazing story that helps a person believe in happy endings and root for the characters to get theirs. I loved Grant from beginning to end. He was supportive, protective, and went after what he wanted. I loved how even though Wren crushed his heart, he helped her pick up the pieces of her shattered life. Wren was a simple, beautiful woman inside and out, cared for others, but let her fear get in the way. I have never felt that kind of fear, but it was truly powerful to make her l ...more
Deb Diem
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Flare Up is a fabulous romantic suspense by Shannon Stacey. Ms. Stacey has delivered a well-written book and loaded it with outstanding characters. Wren disappeared after her boyfriend beat her brother until he had to be hospitalized. She felt safe enough to begin a new life and a new romance. A phone call was all it took to leave her boyfriend and go into hiding again. Grant was angry and hurt when Wren left him, but when he found her as her apartment burned he wanted answers. Wren and Grant's ...more
Whispers From
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wren moved from Virginia to Boston to get away from her controlling ex. He went to prison after beating up her brother. She meets Grant, a firefighter, and slowly lets him in. She gets a phone call and believes it her ex. She breaks up with Grant and goes into hiding. Five months later, the crew gets called out to an apartment fire and Grant finds Wren in one of the apartments. He is shocked and angry for her breaking up over the phone. They never stopped loving each other but Wren was just terr ...more
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I volunteered to read and review an advanced readers copy of Flare Up thru Netgallery . I really enjoyed reading this story . This is a story from The Boston Fire Series . This story is a well written .
It's full of suspense and intrigue that keeps you on the edge and definitely flipping pages . The characters are fantastic .The fire fighters and their women are like a big wonderful family .
They all watch out for each other and support each other thru think and thin .
Grant Cutter and Caitlin Task
Dec 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: earc, kindle
Grant Cutter got his heart broke by the women he loved and was about to proposed to. Debating on weather to stay with Boston Fire or pack it in and move on a fire call he runs smack dab into the women who left him. All is not as it seems though when he finds that woman living in a run down apartment and living quiet. Wren Everett was hoping the man who shattered her life would leave her alone but hints are coming that he hasn't. She left Grant to protect him. Now though she's faced with telling ...more
Dec 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher, for this free eARC.

Flare Up was my 1st book by Shannon Stacey. When I requested this book, I did not realize that it was number 6 in the series. 🙈 From now on, I'll have to pay better attention. Even though I knew nothing about the characters or their back stories, I jumped right in, and enjoyed this book.

This book was about second chances. Grant is nursing a broken heart. Right away we get thrown into action, and Grant is responding to a fire call, wh
Flare up is a second chance romance for another member of the ladder 57 team. Grant had the one or so he thought until one phone call ended the relationship. Now months later after responding to a call rescuing a woman from a run down apartment turns out to change his life.

Wren left Grant in a bad way. But she did it because she loved him more than anything. Now that he’s saved her life they are back in each others path and well those feelings haven’t gone away. But is she strong enough to trus
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Grant is a firefighter done with love after Wren - the woman he intended to propose to - left him/broke up with him over the phone. Harsh, right?
Poor guy.

Imagine his surprise when 5 months later he sees Wren while at a fire. In an apartment that was practically condemned to begin with.
We soon learn why Wren broke it off with him, but I gotta say, she was an idiot. I enjoyed this book even though she annoyed me at times.
Grant was amazing the while time. I kinda think he was too good for her... s
Yvonne Cruz
Dec 25, 2018 rated it liked it
I have to confess that I did not read the previous books in this series. Thus the reason I feel I was not able to totally be engaged in the story.
The story about Grant Cutter and his ex Wren Everett was interesting but this push and pull of their relationship and second chance romance just didn’t pull me in. He was too nice, and she was just going back and forth with the poor man.
A good story, but that was it.
I was entrusted a copy of this book by Netgalley. The opinions expressed are solely my
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4 1/2 stars.
I love this series so much!! This group of firefighters is such a great bunch od people and a wonderful family. They all have each others backs in and out of work. I am so happy to finally get Grant Cutter's HEA. I have been waiting for it, and to find out what the heck was up with Wren. Poor Grant! She absolutely gutted him when she left. I had a hard time with Wren sometimes, but Grant is amazing!! They are able to rekindle the flame they once had but this time it burns brighter an
Dec 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, dropped
I've received a ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Novel was a little longer than what I thought it should've been. Felt like the story dragged on. Unfortunately I felt no connection to the content not characters. 'Meh' storyline that I just couldn't resonate with. Sadly this just wasn't my cup of tea.
Heather andrews
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Grant sometimes questions his woman's decisions, “why are you wearing a Giants sweatshirt ? With rhinestones on it, for chrissake. Footballs don’t have bling. Even in New York.” Grant puts up some great arguements, “my head is fine. It’s my ***k that aches right now.” He shrugged. “Plus, *** releases endorphins, which are your body’s natural painkillers.” I liked this book, I loved Grant.
Nikki Young
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This series is a really good one, and you don’t have to read them all but it really does put the whole story together. I didn’t think I’d like Wren, but when I found out her back story I really could enjoy this book fully. Grant was a great character and I love the communication he and Wren had together in this book. I loved the epilogue!
A second chance romance with a bit of suspense and a whole lotta sexiness. Then toss in sexy firemen and you have an enjoyable read.

It’s fun seeing how they’re all finding their loves and moving forward. I need to get caught up with all the other books.

I received an arc.
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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.

Other books in the series

Boston Fire (6 books)
  • Heat Exchange (Boston Fire, #1)
  • Controlled Burn (Boston Fire, #2)
  • Fully Ignited (Boston Fire, #3)
  • Hot Response (Boston Fire, #4)
  • Under Control (Boston Fire, #5)