I received this book for free from SocialBookCo 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.
I am a big fan of Shannon Stacey’s Kowalski Family series and I have all her other books on my TBR so it was a no-brainer to jump at the opportunity to review Heat Exchange via SocialBookCo‘s book review program.
One of the reasons I really enjoy Stacey’s books is the strong family connection her characters share and Heat Exchange is all about those strong ties with actual families and those that are bounded not by blood but by the brotherhood of firefighting. That brotherhood can have it’s drawbacks and especially the way the women in those firefighters lives.
Lydia is convinced that brotherhood is the reason her first marriage didn’t work out. So what’s a gal to do when her dad, brother and pretty much every male in her life is a firefighter? Lydia’s answer to that is to move away from home, but now she’s coming back home to help out her sister that is currently dealing with issues in her own marriage to a firefighter.
Adian is the best friend to Lydia’s younger brother and he is feeling the loneliness of being a bachelor, but all the women he meets just wants him for his job as a firefighter. Adian just wants a girlfriend that wants him for himself, not the hose he carries around all day. (he he) When he sees his best friend’s sister he has an instant attraction to her and her to him but because of the code of not dating another firefighter’s ex or family member he tries to tap down the lust he is feeling.
Heat Exchange is all about forbidden lust that turns into love. Through in some family drama and some sexy firemen and you have a classic Shannon Stacey romance.
After 17 years I've finally finished my BA in English (no I do not want to be a teacher). Before majoring in English I would not have touched anything labeled "classic", but I have enjoyed a few along the way in my college career.
While I hated to read growing up, I am now an avid book reader and audiobook listener. I love rejecting reality one book at a time. I only read fiction within my favorite (at least to date) genres which include: most romance (paranormal, contemporary, D/s, BDSM, M/M)Urban Fantasy, and a few YA (mostly PNR or UF from favorite adult authors, but I'm slowly stepping out of my comfort zone after enjoying a few contemporary YA novels in adolescent literature class I took).
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