Heat Exchange by Shannon Stacey

Posted January 10, 2016 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments

Heat Exchange by Shannon StaceyHeat Exchange by Shannon Stacey
Series: Boston Fire #1
Format: eBook
Published by Carina Source: Purchased
Genres: Best Friends Sibling, Contemporary Romance, Firemen, Romance
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Lydia Kincaid's shipping back to Boston, but she's not happy about it. She left to get away from the firefighting community—her father was a firefighter, her brother's a firefighter and, more important, her ex is a firefighter. But family is number one, and her father needs her help running the pub he bought when he retired. Soon, Lydia finds it hard to resist the familiar comfort and routine, and even harder to resist her brother's handsome friend Aidan.

Aidan Hunt is a firefighter because of the Kincaid family. He's had the hots for Lydia for years, but if ever a woman was off-limits to him, it's her. Aside from being his mentor's daughter, she's his best friend's sister. The ex-wife of a fellow firefighter. But his plan to play it cool until she leaves town again fails, and soon he and Lydia have crossed a line they can't uncross.

As Aidan and Lydia's flirtation turns into something more serious, Lydia knows she should be planning her escape. Being a firefighter's wife was the hardest thing she's ever done, and she doesn't know if she has the strength to do it again. Aidan can't imagine walking away from Boston Fire—even for Lydia. The job and the brotherhood are his life; but if he wants Lydia in it, he'll have to decide who's first in his heart.

I love me some hot firemen! But what I also love in a romance is characters with big families, and oh did this romance have that in spades. So when we open this book we have Lydia coming back to Boston because her sister is in a tough spot, she and her husband are separating and she works at the family bar, which is also the local firemen’s hangout, and her husband is a fireman, so she wants to avoid that whole scene for a while. So Lydia goes back home, where it’s kind of very clear she really wants in no way to be there. But she’s a good sister so off she goes.

So Lydia was a mixed bag for me. I loved how much she is invested in her family, especially when she gives up some of the things she wants in order to be there for her family. But on the other side of things I also think she lets her family kind of say things or do things that she shouldn’t. Like honestly, I think her sister is kind of selfishly putting herself ahead of her sister, in the beginning I didn’t feel that way, but as time passes I almost felt like she was taking advantage of Lydia’s kindness. Also Lydia has a strong personality. Like super strong. There are moments where she comes across as super intense, sometimes to sappy sometimes too harsh, let’s just say she doesn’t really ever phone anything in.

Now as for Aidan, well shockingly I loved that he was younger than Lydia. For me personality, I don’t really enjoy the whole younger guy thing, but in this case it was fine for me, maybe because Aidan was a mature guy, sometimes I felt maybe a little bit more mature then Lydia. I loved that she used to think of him as her little brother’s friend, and now that he has turned into a super hot guy, well looking at him differently lead to some super fun times. These two have great chemistry, there are some super hot scenes in this book between the two of them. But there is a lot of angst in this book, there is a lot of family drama on the part of Lydia’s family and how her family reacts to Aidan being involved with her. But even better than the family drama is how little Lydia wants to be involved with a firemen, it creates so much push and pull between them. Will they work out? Will they go their separate ways?

This was definitely some angst worthy romance. I love angst. The writing was good, I was invested in the characters (even the ones that I didn’t totally love). I think this was a pretty strong start to the series, and I am looking forward to seeing how the series progresses. If you like firemen romances this is a book you should check out.
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About Shannon Stacey

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shannon Stacey lives with her husband and two sons in New England, where her favorite activities are writing romance and really random tweets when she’s not riding her ATV. She loves mud, books, football & watching way too much TV.

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