Monday, August 24, 2015

Heat Exchange by Shannon Stacey [Review]

 Heat Exchange by Shannon Stacey
Heat Exchange (Boston Fire #1) by Shannon Stacey
Format: ebook
Source: provided by Carina Press through NetGalley
Date read: May 16, 2015

Boston Fire
1. Heat Exchange - Paperback | Kindle
2. Controlled Burn

Shannon Stacey
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
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.
Thoughts on Heat Exchange: I really enjoyed the family dynamics going on with this book. Lydia has some issues with the way the brotherhood always takes first place in a fire fighter's life. She's fierce when it comes to defending those she loves and she's rather uncompromising when it comes to her views.

Her views being that she won't play second fiddle to a fire fighter's job again.

So she lies to herself when she and Aidan tumble into a relationship. She sees their time together as having a built in end date since she's not sticking around Boston.

Except, she's falling for the guy. Because, you know, he's sweet and sexy and he's NOT her ex. Or her dad. Or her brother. Which is good, because EWWW.

I liked Aidan. I liked that he was willing to go for what he wanted. I liked that he was torn up about lying to Lydia's brother. I liked that he listened to Lydia and found a way to make things work.

I just liked him. Part of that might stem from the way he sheds his clothes whenever he's not working. I appreciate a man who likes to strip down when he's relaxing. It's a thing.

Sweet, sexy, and downright steamy when these two hit the sheets, I am very much looking forward to the next book.

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