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.Heat Exchange by Shannon Stacey
Series: Boston Fire #1
Published by Carina Press on August 25, 2015
Genres: Contemporary 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.
Lydia Kincaid returns to Boston when her sister’s marriage starts to fall apart. It’s a tough decision since she left to establish her independence from her family of firefighters following her divorce from a man in the same line of business. So it came as a huge surprise to her when her younger brother, Scotty, enters the family bar with his best friend and fellow fire fighter, Aidan Hunt, and she feels the urge to take a second look.
I loved all of the conflicts in this story. First, Aidan is younger than Lydia and her image of him was as her kid brother’s friend. He had the hurdle of getting her to see him differently. Then there’s the issue of him being not only Scotty’s best friend but his firefighting partner. That whole “brotherhood code” includes a ban on “touching” sisters. Lastly, Lydia’s struggles with her father lay beneath all of her issues. Lydia and Aidan had to have very strong feelings for each other to risk all of their other relationships in being together.
While Lydia’s strong personality could be a bit much at times, I admired her passion and commitment to family in spite of their very real issues. Aidan was hard not to like with his easy manner and sweet nature. I also liked how their romance developed in the midst of subterfuge and secrecy. The conflicts were realistic, thorny and not easily resolved, making this a more substantive read, especially with an interesting cast of secondary characters. What a great start to the series!
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