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Controlled Burn by Shannon Stacey
Series: Boston Fire #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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.
This is a stand alone book which is great since I haven’t read the first one (yet because I bought it last night) that has hot, sexy firefighters! Is there really anything more that needs to be said? Right off the bat I really liked both Rick and Jessica. They are simply great characters who are genuine and down to earth. Rick is Jessica’s grandparent’s tenant. Grandparents she has never met until while checking her father’s messages she discovers her Grandfather has been int he hospital. So off she goes to meet these people for the first time. She meets Rick right away and neither of them trust the other’s motives while they are of course fighting their attraction to one another.
This was such a sweet read! They don’t just jump into bed together, there is very nice, slow build up to it. They share some flirting a few kisses and such until they finally get there. It made the book unique in that aspect and I found that I enjoyed all the more for it. The ending though is my only complaint. My hope is that it will be explained more in the next book. It just felt a bit rushed to me especially after the way the rest of the book was.
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