Flare Up by Shannon Stacey
Series: Boston Fire #6
Published: January 29, 2019 by Carina Press
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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.
I’ve been very excited for Grant and Wren’s book ever since they were introduced earlier in the series. It was obvious Wren was hiding something so I knew this would be at the root of their breakup. Flare Up was an excellent read and once again, Shannon Stacey did an amazing job of exploring a complicated relationship.
Grant was devastated after Wren left and five months later he’s still not over her. I worried that Grant’s anger would come between them working things out but he ended up really putting in the effort to let it go and be with Wren in the present. Grant does struggle to understand why Wren didn’t come to him when she got afraid and I liked how Stacey explored these emotions. Grant acknowledges that he can’t understand Wren’s fear because he’s not vulnerable like she is and this made him very self-aware. Overall, Grant is a really lovable character and even when he makes mistakes, he admits to them and always does better.
I also enjoyed Wren and watching her begin to let more people into her life. She’s been let down over and over again and doesn’t really know what family is like. Wren doesn’t trust easily but the Boston Fire crew and their wives are hard to push away. As much as Wren grows in her romantic relationship with Grant, she also grows in her friendships, especially with Cait. Wren might be living alone and keeping others at a distance but once she agrees to try again with Grant, she goes all in on their relationship.
I didn’t realize until the end that Flare Up was the last Boston Fire book and I’m sad to see it go but I thought the ending was a beautiful send-off.
**Reader Safety: Heroine was in an abusive relationship (referenced, off page)
4 stars – it was enjoyable
ARC provided by NetGalley for honest review
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