I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Fully Ignited by Shannon Stacey
Series: Boston Fire #3
Published by Carina Press on February 23, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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.
Firefighter Jamie Rutherford temporarily assumes the role of lieutenant for Engine 39 when their permanent leader, Danny Walsh, is seriously injured in a fire. She’s one of the few women firefighters, let alone one in a command role. Scott Kincaid recently decided to stop being a serial dater because he’s ready to settle down and is waiting for “the one.” When Jamie first walks through the door, he’s stung but she can’t risk her career by getting involved with another firefighter under her command. And, the rules for women are very different from the rest of the men.
I loved this story as it blended so many issues extremely well. Jamie is seven years older than Scott; is one of the few female firefighters in the country let alone Boston and is in a command position; needs to prove herself as a leader and hold her own as a firefighter; and, becomes romantically involved with someone under her leadership. As enlightened as Scott is about women being as capable as their male firefighting counterparts, he’s challenged when he considers that it could be his wife in a risky career role. Gender equality issues were really well addressed without belaboring the topic.
I liked that these issues were realistically portrayed instead of taking a fictional approach to the story. Workplace romances are common, no matter how controversial, and their problems and concerns were real. I also really liked how much I learned about some of the routine aspects of a station’s duties, how their shifts actually work and the many types of non-emergency calls they must respond to. These were nicely woven into the developing romance between Jamie and Scott.
I’m really enjoying this series and the balance between the roles of firefighters and their relationships. It’s very well done and I loved everything about this story.
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