Review: Heat Exchange by Shannon Stacey
Release Date: 08/25//2015
Publisher: Carina Press | Format: E-Book
Genre: Romance | Contemporary Romance
Series: Boston Fire | Source: Purchase
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.
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Heat Exchange is the first book in author Shannon Stacey’s Boston Fire series. It’s a well-written, fast-paced read with a captivating cast of characters and intriguing storylines. In the story, Lydia Kincaid has come home to work at her family’s bar while her sister deals with her troubled marriage and though Lydia been gone two years, she finds herself right at home again. She also finds herself attracted to her brother’s best friend, firefighter Aidan Hunt, an unexpected development since Lydia has sworn off getting involved with another firefighter.
Shannon Stacey is one of my auto-buy authors. She’s so good at blending a well-rounded cast of characters and creating a natural, effortless sense of camaraderie and community. Her brand of humor is one of my all time favorites to read because I know every single time I pick up one of her books I’m not only getting a great story, but I’m getting a witty, sexy story, too. Such is the case with Heat Exchange.
I loved the connection between Lydia and Aidan. I also loved the side story between Ashley and Danny. I think both stories blended well together and made for a great read with plenty of angst, longing, and passion. I believed every word of this story because the characters were so well-drawn I could picture them, walking around in their world, living their lives while doing their best-and worst-to deal with their problems. That’s what I’ve come to expect from this author and I love, love, love that she delivers that for me time and time again.
If you love feisty heroines who fall in love with their brother’s best friend, Heat Exchange by Shannon Stacey is a fantastic read guaranteed to make you smile and sigh and long for a visit to Boston…and a firehouse.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shannon Stacey lives with her husband and two sons in New England, where her two favorite activities are writing stories of happily ever after and riding her four-wheeler. From May to November, the Stacey family spends their weekends on their ATVs, making loads of muddy laundry to keep Shannon busy when she’s not at her computer. She prefers writing to laundry, however, and considers herself lucky she got to be an author when she grew up.
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