Flare Up by Shannon Stacey @shannonstacey ‏ @HarlequinBooks ‏@Barclay_PR

Posted January 29, 2019 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Blog Tour, Book Review, Giveaway / 16 Comments

Flare Up by Shannon Stacey

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Flare Up by Shannon Stacey   @shannonstacey  ‏ @HarlequinBooks ‏@Barclay_PRFlare Up by Shannon Stacey
Series: Boston Fire #6
Published by Carina Press on January 29, 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
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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.


The past for Grant and Wren is tough.  Because when bad things happened, Wren shut him out and ran. She thought she was protecting him.  It’s hard to believe this in some ways. She knew Grant had not just himself but a close-knit group of friends in helping and protecting jobs even who would stand up for him. His work makes him strong and skilled also.

The thing is Wren hasn’t had those type of friends and family connections, so she didn’t trust they could keep him safe. I get it.  Me, I wouldn’t be able to leave him or pretend to break up with someone I loved, even if I thought it was better for him. (I could change, work harder, be better if I loved him.)

I love the way they came back together. They took things at the right pace, they talked and dated. I am envious of Grant’s support from his friends, who showed Wren what friends and family should be.  They also had Grant’s back when things got dangerous.

It was great to see all of the couples and see bits of their lives. Btw, I love Olivia; she would get me.  I think Flare Up is more enjoyable as a reader of the Boston Fire series, as one would understand the history. Since the whole series is great, it shouldn’t be a problem to read them all.  I hope there are more stories in this service-oriented group of family and friends.


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About Shannon Stacey

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.

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Posted January 29, 2019 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Blog Tour, Book Review, Giveaway / 16 Comments

16 responses to “Flare Up by Shannon Stacey

    • Yes, I’m more of a stronger together, 2 heads are better than 1 type. I think maybe a big (unstated) fear was he would reject her because of it. She was an emotional mess which is not surprising. I was happy to see this couple, but also the whole gang involved in this one.

  1. Jen

    Overall, I liked this one. I can see why she ran, and I’m glad they talked it over… but I was pissed at him because of that big secret he kept from her. Oh well. This has been a good series and I agree, it can be standalone, but probably better if you read the stories.

    • Well they both needed to look at everything and reconnect. I like how they took their time and tried to be more honest with each other.

      Authors ? publishers?lately always want to claim each book in a series to be standalone but I don’t buy into it. I always want to read the series from the beginning to get all the nuances, know all the characters more completely. It doesn’t hurt the author or publisher unless I really dislike the first book. After all, I’m reading the entire series not just book 5 or something in the middle. Perhaps this is why I am such a UF whore, it’s one huge story arc, with smaller ones. lol