Thursday, February 07, 2019


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. 

Release Date: January 29, 2019
Carina Press
Boston Fire #6
Contemporary Romance
Review copy provided by publisher

Liza's Review:

Flare Up is the newest book in the Boston Fire series from Shannon Stacey. We finally get Grant and Wren's second chance story with this book, and it was worth the wait. While the series is set in Boston, the family-feel is strong in these books as the fire fighters have become a family.

Wren completely disappeared from Grant's life with no explanation just as Grant was looking at rings to propose. Grant went off the rails a bit after Wren disappeared and only his fire fighter family got him back on track. So when they get the call for a fire in a building in a really bad section of town, Grant is completely shocked to have to save Wren's life. 

Wren left Grant and all her new friends because of an ex-boyfriend, who has spent time in jail for assault. I have to admit, that was one of my only issues with the story. I felt like if she really loved Grant she would have been open about her past to him. I also didn't really love that a convicted felon somehow crossed state lines with no notice, even knowing it happens daily. I just expected Grant to figure out what was going on a bit sooner.

I adored Grant and Wren as a couple. There was something about them that just gave me all the happy sighs and feels. Add in their smoking hot chemistry and they were the perfect couple, even with all they had to work through together. 

I've enjoyed Flare Up and can't praise the entire series enough. There is romance, action, and a bit of suspense in each book and I love getting to visit with couples from other books in the series with each new installment. I highly recommend this series of books to any contemporary romance fans that love reading about sexy fire fighters.

Rating: 4 Stars (B+)

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