Book Review - Controlled Burn by Stacy Shannon


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.


As you might guess, the Boston Fire series focuses on a group of men who work in a Boston firehouse.  The focus in this story is Rick, a bachelor who lives in a private apartment attached to an elderly couple's home.  When the couple's grand-daughter they didn't even know exist, he immediately feels protective of them and is suspicious that her intentions are not just to get to know her grandparents.

Jessica's entire life is focused on the business that her Father runs and since he is currently MIA recovering from the latest in a long string of divorces, she has to handle the company herself.  When a call comes in for her Father about her grandparents, she can't resist the urge to get to know the grandparents she has never met.

As soon as Rick and Jessica meet, there are sparks, but both of them are skeptical about the others intentions toward her grandparents.  As the days go on the spark increases until they can't help but give in to the passion, but the doubts still linger.

These were sweet characters that were easy to relate to and understand.  While this is not the first book in the series, it was easy to follow, but for fans of the series it was nice catching up on old characters.  I recommend this for anyone who loves a sweet romance.

MATURITY RATING - 18+ a little steamy


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shannon Stacey lives with her husband and two sons in New England, where her two favorite activities are writing stories of happily ever after and riding her four-wheeler. From May to November, the Stacey family spends their weekends on their ATVs, making loads of muddy laundry to keep Shannon busy when she's not at her computer. She prefers writing to laundry, however, and considers herself lucky she got to be an author when she grew up.

You can contact Shannon through her website,, where she has maintains an almost daily blog, or visit her on Twitter at, her Facebook page,, or email her at


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