Under Control by Shannon Stacey
Series: Boston Fire #5
Also in this series: Heat Exchange, Controlled Burn, Heat Exchange, Controlled Burn, Fully Ignited, Fully Ignited, Controlled Burn, Hot Response, Hot Response (Boston Fire, #4), Under Control (Boston Fire, #5)
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication Date: August 28, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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.
Derek Gilman is a man who loves his family. His marriage didn’t work out, but they stayed good friends. He has two children and they mean the world to him. He wasn’t expecting to meet anyone that would catch his eye, but when he gets stuck in an elevator with Olivia McGovern she pushes all of his buttons.
Olivia has no time in her life for dating. She has a plan and a man plays no part of that. Unfortunately for her plans, Derek gets under her skin and she’s soon having to make adjustments. But can she make enough adjustments to her life to include Derek and his two kids and still live her life the way she wants to?
This was a cute story. I liked Derek a lot. I liked how he was with his kids and also the fact that he was such good friends with his ex-wife – kind of like he was before they got married. With Olivia it took me a while to warm up to her because she was so Type A and had every minute of her day/life planned. She needed some warmth and spontaneity in her life…and Derek provided that.
Olivia and Derek fall in love pretty quickly but neither is willing to compromise their lives for the other. They live 40 minutes away from each other. She makes a lot of money, he makes a fair amount but nothing spectacular. Her job is in downtown Boston, his isn’t. Money and location ended up being an issue between them and that annoyed me for some reason because he wouldn’t compromise and his pride was getting in the way. I mean, I could tell how much they loved each other, and their relationship was pretty good, but the story lacked a spark. Maybe it was because the book was so centered on them and lacked outside issues? IDK.
We got some time with the other guys in the firehouse and characters from past books. We also got, woven into this story, a bit about Grant and his girlfriend Wren. I’m thinking the next book will be their book and it looks like it will be a good one.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5