Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Flare Up by Shannon Stacey

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 brings the woman who shattered his heart back into his life, and he knows he won’t ever be able to fully leave her in his rearview mirror.

For a few months, Wren Everett had thought the nightmare of her past was behind her and she might live happily ever after with Grant. Until she got the phone call letting her know the time her ex had spent in jail for assault hadn’t cooled his temper or determination that she belonged with him. Cutting ties with Grant was the hardest thing she’d ever had to do, but it was also the only way to keep him safe.

Now that Grant is back, he’s not letting Wren push him away again. And even with the trust issues between them, Wren dares to hope she and Grant might have a future together after all… if they’re willing to fight for it.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆
M/F Second chance Romance
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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 for all of his buddies that found love and women to stand by them. When Grant finds himself at a fire of a building that shouldn't really be housing people, the last person he expects to find is Wren. Even though he has questions, he realizes that he needs to know that Wren is okay.

Wren is living a lie. She knows that what she did to Grant was wrong, but her instinct to protect was stronger than her instinct to run. Wren realizes that she lost a lot when her ex started hassling her again. But she also realizes that Boston is her home and she isn't willing to live in a city where she might never run in to Grant or "accidentally" see him.

When things come to head, Grant and Wren are able to talk about the major issue in their relationship quickly. I think that was to the benefit of the story. However, with that out of the way, I thought that the story was somewhat slow afterwards. There was a resolution, but I felt that there was a lot unresolved in this story and perhaps that resolution was too tidy.

I liked that we were able to see Grant and Wren work through their relationship. It helped their relationship be more relatable. But again, I wanted more after their talk to keep me interested.

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 firehouse 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 her past until the apartment building she lived in was burning. When she was trying to hide from the smoke, a familiar voice came through and saved her. Now her close past is back, and she wants to stay close to him because she has missed Grant.

As Grant and Wren spend time together, they begin to pick up where they left off. Although Grant is a little scared she might run again, he will do all he can to keep her with him. And Wren wants things with Grant to grow but she doesn't want her past to destroy either of them.

Can they work through her fear and move forward together? Will her past come back to hurt someone she cares about? Will she run to save those she loves? Will Grant finally get the chance to pop the question?

I love a second chance romance but some of this story seemed rushed even though their story began in the last book. It's a good story and I loved Grant and Wren and the rest of the crew and hope to get time to go back and read the rest of the series. So if you like firefighter stories, read this series and please start from the beginning, it is what I should have done.

3.5 stars 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 his friends. I found the fact that he cannot see how she could not trust him with her secret to be dealt with really cleverly – because when he faces a similar fear for his family, he too has to understand that you can love someone and want to protect them... and trust is not the motivating factor.

The story progresses somewhat slowly to that point, and the perceived threat is done well, but it does feel like it is overly drawn out at times. It is good to see them spend some time regaining the ground that they had previously covered, and the family visit is sweet too... especially the guest room rules!

Fans of the series get plenty of input from Cait and Gavin in particular, and the rest of the clan join together to keep them safe. By the end, Wren finally gets that she really is part of a wider family now.

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 driving her UTV through the mud.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Flare Up (Boston Fire #6) by Shannon Stacey to read and review.

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