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.
This is the first time I’ve read anything by Shannon Stacey and I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed it! Heat Exchange is filled with sweet and sexy moments, a good dose of humor and a cast of characters that felt like family, whether they were family by blood or by choice.
I really liked Aiden and how he dealt with his attraction to Lydia and her issues. He was honest with her and called her on her bs when she needed it without being a jerk about it. And even though he knew he was breaking the fireman bro code by even looking at Lydia as more than just a friend, he still went with his gut and his heart, not an easy task and one that left him quite conflicted most of the time. Lydia, I liked as well. She did frustrate me at times, but I understood why and even when she was frustrated with a few of her family members, she still had their backs. I liked the way that their relationship progressed and Aiden’s take charge attitude while still showing his caring and understanding side. And really liked that their differences in age didn’t play a huge role in it.
There is also a secondary HEA story going on with Lydia’s sister Ashley and her husband Danny and the funny thing I found was that I was just a tad more interested in them and how they would work things out than I was with Aiden and Lydia. There was just something about the situation that Ashley and Danny found themselves that drew me in and had me needing to know just how they’d work everything out.
The writing style was engaging and I really liked the multiple 3rd person POV’s. The secondary cast of characters in the story were all well written and really added extra depth the to the story gave it that family feel. I also really enjoyed the attention to detail that the author gave to the various aspects of what a firefighter, and their families, go through on a daily basis.
The Bottom Line: Heat Exchange is a quick, engaging read and a great start to a new series.
~ ARC received from Carina Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shannon Stacey lives with her husband and two sons in New England, where her favorite activities are writing romance and really random tweets when she’s not riding her ATV. She loves mud, books, football & watching way too much TV.