Wednesday 26 August 2015

Review - Heat Exchange by Shannon Stacey

Title: Heat Exchange
Series: Boston Fire #1
Author: Shannon Stacey
Release Date: August 25, 2015

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.

Hot firefighters. Enough said….

Aidan Hunt is a firefighter and has everything you would want in a strong, leading man, all encased in tidy turnout gear. 

Lydia Kincaid has been married to a firefighter. Her dad, her brother, her brother-in-law even, all belong to the fraternity of brothers who fight beside each other and have each other’s back on, and off, the fire truck. Moving away after her divorce was a fresh start for her but now she was back to help run her family’s pub. 

She wasn’t planning on staying so the attraction she feels for Aidan is something she wants, she needs, to fight against. Even though there are good reasons to stay away—he is younger than she is, he is her brother’s best friend and, oh—he’s a firefighter, she is having a hard time convincing herself of that.

“Like sticking a fork in a toaster while sitting in a bathtub cocked off your ass kind of bad idea.”

Aidan feels the attraction but also knows there’s more to it than a meaningless fling. Both will have to make some tough decisions before their story is done.

Someone mentioned firefighters and I was all in! Hot, delicious, firefighters… Happily, these firefighters are not only handsome and sexy but also men you would want to take home to Mama. 

This is a sexy romance but it’s also a story about family, friendship and the messiness that all entails. Loyalties are challenged and divided and old hurts and hang ups are hard to ignore when strong feelings are at stake. Full of emotion and drama, there are also the sarcastic bouts of humor that keep it from being over the top drama.

“Who is Blonde from market?”… “Wait. I’m the one who called you a dumbass. You have me saved in your contacts as Blonde from market?”
“It’s a long story.”

The story gets a bit diluted by a sub-plot that almost needs its own story, but overall Heat Exchange is a great read and solid start to a new series that is solidly on my TBR list. 
~Review by Diane

I absolutely love Shannon Stacey, so anything she's written is an instant read for me. Heat Exchange didn't have a much of her customary snark and humor as I'm used to, but it was just as sweet and romantic as I've come to expect. 

Lydia has been raised in a family of firemen. Her father, her brother, her brother in law, even her ex-husband. She worked hard to leave the small town and the little bar her family runs—literally a place where everyone knows your name. But when she gets a call from her sister, she drops everything to come home and help. 

I love the family aspect. They are so real, depending on each other for love, support, and even hurtful honesty. It's when she runs into her younger brother's best friend that everything changes. Aiden has grown up, and oh, what a man. The things he can do to her in a utility closet... 

I have a huge weakness for firemen and this book gave me a whole station full! There were really two love stories taking place here, and they didn't disappoint! Lydia fighting herself over loving another fireman, Aiden struggling over breaking some bro code of dating his best friend’s sister. And Lydia's sister struggling to save her marriage. Such a sweet story, I loved it, as I always do with this author! 
~ Review by George

Shannon Stacey, a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, 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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