Tuesday, February 23, 2016

ARC Review: FULLY IGNITED by Shannon Stacey

Fully Ignited
by Shannon Stacey


When Jamie Rutherford takes a temporary assignment as lieutenant of Boston Fire’s Engine 59, she doesn’t anticipate any problems. She’s been in the fire service for a long time and, even though she’s fairly new to Boston, she knows how to make any firehouse her home. What she’s not prepared for is her reaction to firefighter Scott Kincaid.

Scott is looking for a wife. It’s been a fun ride as a single guy, but he’s tired of being the third wheel, and nearly losing his brother-in-law finally made him realize just how much he wants a family of his own. When the new guy at the firehouse turns out to be a capable, confident and very attractive woman, his plan is completely derailed.

Hooking up with a fellow firefighter has never been part of Jamie’s plan, but she’s tempted by Scott—even though getting involved with him could tarnish the reputation she’s worked so hard for. And Scott can’t stop thinking about Jamie, despite the fact that she’s his superior and not sticking around. Chemistry can crush the best-laid plans, though, and while Jamie and Scott might not be each other’s future…there’s no resisting the right now.

I don't know if this is unfair, but I have high expectations for books that feature reformed playboys.  Because of their doggish ways. I want them to fall hard, but I want them to struggle to get there and, if possible, I want them to have a good grovel.  Unfortunately, although this was a nice contemporary, it did not meet my expectations.

Scott is a legacy firefighter.  Having watched his best friend fall in love with his sister and one of his supervisors take the plunge, he is feeling the void in his life.  He wants a wife, so much so that he has put a moratorium on dating.  Then enters Jamie Rutherford, a fill in lieutenant for an ailing Danny.  He's immediately attracted to her, but is also sensitive to her wishes to not get involved with someone she is supervising.  But, of course, that doesn't last very long.

I think there could've been far more tension in this story.  The relationship, the capitulation is far too easy. I think she gives in to the physical attraction way too easy, especially given everything that is at stake with her career.  I can't help but think that it is much harder than it is portrayed for a female fire fighter, especially given the fact that fewer than 4% of firefighters are women. There is so much built in drama, and I think this is a missed opportunity.  

This is not a horrible book, but I believe the weakest in the series so far.

Thank you to the author, publisher and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review. 

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