REVIEW: Under Control by Shannon Stacey

Shannon Stacey-Under Control

4 Stars Rating


My Review

Under Control by Shannon Stacey
Boston Fire #5
Contemporary Romance

When Olivia McGovern gets trapped in an elevator with firefighter Derek Gilman she finds herself captivated by the sexy man but also frustrated for not asking for his number. When Derek realizes the new charity board member is none other than Olivia, he sees a change to fix his missed opportunity. With her pressed suits and perfectly scheduled day, Olivia appears to be out of Derek’s league but he can’t stay away from her.

I’ve long been a fan of the Boston Fire series and Under Control was a great addition. Shannon Stacey really excels at writing contemporary romances that feel real while also allowing her reader to get swept up in the fantasy of romance. Unlike some of the earlier books, I felt the firefighter focus was downplayed but I didn’t mind it because it just increased the focus on the relationship. With busy schedules, lots of commitments, and a long commute between homes, Derek and Olivia have to put in a lot of work to make a relationship happen. I liked that Stacey shows the complexity of modern dating between two people who have busy lives. Olivia is focused on growing her business and she’s also a bit of a control freak when it comes to work so she doesn’t delegate the best. Derek has a very set schedule as a firefighter and he has two kids that he values spending time with when he’s not working.

I really enjoyed Derek and Olivia’s chemistry and while they each weren’t sure about a relationship at first they quickly move into one with open arms. Of course nothing is perfect and both worry about how to make a lasting relationship fit into their already hectic lives. Compromises have to be made and while I was happy with them, I also felt like some of the issues just magically stopped being issues, especially Olivia’s worries. Granted, they were probably each blowing their issues out of proportion anyway, but it just felt like it wrapped up a little quickly. That being said, I really loved this one and can’t wait for the next!

4 stars – it was enjoyable
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Book Details

When faced with the opportunity to change shifts while staying in the same house, veteran firefighter Derek Gilman jumps at the chance. His new schedule means not working Saturdays, which means more time to spend with his two kids. His divorce may have been amicable, but being a firefighter and a single dad is a lot to juggle. And when fate brings a gorgeous, wealthy woman into his life, he’s pretty sure he can’t handle more than he already is.

Olivia McGovern loves plans. She planned to start her own business and planned its growth. It’s earning her seven figures now, but her personal life simply doesn’t exist. Getting trapped in a broken elevator figures in exactly nowhere, and freaking out in front of a sexy firefighter definitely isn’t on the agenda. Especially not one with two kids and an ex.

What would have been a random incident with an attractive stranger becomes something more when a charity event brings them back together. They’re from different sides of the tracks, literally—with friends, family and careers to consider. But as Derek and Olivia are discovering, chemistry doesn’t allow for plans, and love doesn’t bother with logistics.

Published by Carina Press on August 28, 2018

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