“Flare Up” – Shannon Stacey

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3rd Person. Dual POV.
Heroine: Domestic Abuse survior
Hero: Boston Firefighter

I have a sweet spot for Romances set in Boston. Even more so when it *Feels* like they’re actually in Boston.
Shannon gets the sassy, ornery nature of Bostonians right. We’re in your face either ’cause we hate you or we love you.
It’s up to you to figure out which it is.

CW/TW discussions of emotional & domestic abuse & stalking

This story was building for a while. Wren left Grant earlier in the series and now we find out why she disappeared.

Wren’s fear may have seemed irrational, but as one of my favourite quotes from the book says:
“When there’s a concrete problem you can fix it. But fear is, it’s personal and doesn’t always make sense to other people”.

Grant struggles to not ALPHA all over the situation. There was a level of emotional intelligence that made this hero the best kind of Beta-Hero instead. I really liked that he stepped back to give Wren the opportunity to take control of how things were dealt with.
The on going relationships with the other firefighters was delightful, and with Wren gaining a “Found Family”, this was a thoughtful grown up kinda Second Chance romance.

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#CurrentRead “Consumed” – JR Ward

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Releases Oct 2nd. 3rd Person. Multi POV.
Everything I love in a book. Found Family. Curmudgeonly Hero. Kick Ass Heroine. Competence P0rn. Suspense. Broken, fallible people.

I really, really enjoyed JR Ward’s Bourbon Kings Series. There was a kind of grandeur, & vastness to it, within the confines of a familial unit. I likened it to Dallas/Dynasty; It’s about one family, but also their impact on the world around them. They knew they had impact, but some members knew and cared, others knew and truly didn’t care.

This had the same feeling of expansiveness but within a “Found Family” this time. As the first in a series you know you’re going to get introduced to a whole cast of characters, and as a romance reader it’s always fun to try and spot the sequel bait. However, you also have to be careful to keep the main pairing central to the story. This story wasn’t just Danny and Anne’s story however, they were consistently central, the lynch pins holding this tale together. Their internal and external conflicts,  and their relationships with other characters, were realistic and well balanced.

Given the subject matter, I’d liken it to Dick Wolf’s Chicago (Fire/PD/Med) franchise with the overlaps of those Emergency Service providers giving JR Ward the perfect breeding ground of characters and storylines. 5 Star Read from me, can’t wait for more. (Also a few clicks & I’ve discovered JR Ward also writes/wrote Contemporary Romance as Jessica Bird)

ARC received via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
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