REVIEW: Flare Up by Shannon Stacey
KaetrinB Reviews / Book ReviewsBoston / Contemporary / Firefighter / second chance / stalker ex5 Comments
Kaetrin started reading romance as a teen and then took a long break, detouring into fantasy and thrillers. She returned to romance in 2008 and has been blogging since 2010. She reads contemporary, historical, a little paranormal, urban fantasy and romantic suspense, as well as erotic romance and more recently, new adult. She loves angsty books, funny books, long books and short books. The only thing mandatory is the HEA. Favourite authors include Mary Balogh, Susanna Kearsley, Joanna Bourne, Tammara Webber, Kristen Ashley, Shannon Stacey, Sarah Mayberry, JD Robb/Nora Roberts, KA Mitchell, Marie Sexton, Patricia Briggs, Ilona Andrews, just to name a few. You can find her on Twitter: @kaetrin67.→ Kaetrin
Sadly I started and DNF’d this book. I was hoping that we’d see more of the history of their relationship since not a lot was shown in the previous books but no, didn’t happen. Then I read other reviews that talked about how anti-climactic the end was. It was a bummer ending to what had started out as a great series.
I think I’d like to read this despite its issues. Thanks for the review, Kaetrin.
@Jayne: The ending was anticlimactic in some respects yes, but also, the ending was realistic because neither main character tried any ridiculous heroics. So, while part of me mourned a little about lack of drama, part of me also celebrated that these characters were acting smart.
@Kareni: Let me know what you think?
I loved the “anticlimactic” ending as the point was never actually about her ex, but rather Wren’s fear of him. So I was glad he didn’t get any more actual page time than he did as he wasn’t worth it.
I also appreciated that in this series the focus was just as much on the characters’ friendships and their relationships with their co-workers and families and not just the romance.
@library addict: Yes, I agree. I am a sucker for a good rescue but I really appreciated that Wren wasn’t the one in physical danger from her ex in the book and that she wasn’t put in a position during the narrative where she was a victim to be rescued. I particularly liked that there was no sexual violence in this book.
I can and do enjoy books where those things happen but it was a nice surprise that a controlling ex backstory for the heroine went a different way – it’s not one I’ve read before. I realise my response is a bit contradictory but what can you do?