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Flare Up by Shannon Stacey
Series: Boston Fire #6
Published by Carina Press on January 29, 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Publicity team
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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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The ‘leave for your good’ thing is always a tough sell for me, too. Sounds like it was a good second chance story.
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.
I love this series and am looking forward to listening to this one. So glad you liked it and are a series fan.
I wanted to listen but wasn’t sure I could do it for the tour, scheduling issues. I had a LOT of audiobooks, and now I have a better balance. Anyway, I do love the series. I hope you enjoy it as well.
I’m not familiar with this series but I do like the sound of this one! It can be frustrating when a character makes a decision “for the good of the other person” without even discussing it with them. Even when their heart is in the right place, I sometimes want to shake some sense into them. 🙂
This whole series has firefighters and EMTs and I love it. It’s set in Boston with a family bar, hockey and a great support network of friends and families.
it’s great that it continues to be good after 6 books
It is good and hot firefighters for the win.
Oh this sounds like such a sweet romance. The trope of the untrusting person falling in love will never get old.
Personal growth always makes it easier to know the character and a more interesting story
A new fireman series for me. I’m adding these to my wish list. Also a new author!
I started with her Kowalski family series and loved it. This one I managed to get all on audio but this one. I enjoy how realistic her characters are. I hope you enjoy them.
I’ve read and enjoyed this author previously. I should add this series since I love fireman.
It’s a great series on audio too!
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