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Heat Exchange by Shannon Stacey

Heat Exchange

by Shannon Stacey

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Series: Boston Fire (1)

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Good start to the new series. Lydia left Boston two years earlier, desperately needing to get away from the firefighting community. Between her divorce from her cheating firefighter husband and worry over her firefighter brother, brother-in-law, and friends, she couldn't handle the stress any more. But life in New Hampshire isn't all that great either, and when her sister calls and asks for her help, Lydia reluctantly heads back to Boston. She easily slides back into her old routine, but something is a little different. Her younger brother's best friend Aidan is looking a lot more interesting than he did before she left.

Aidan has always been attracted to Lydia, but there are too many obstacles between them. She's his best friend's sister, his surrogate father's daughter, and the ex-wife of another firefighter. All big reasons to stay away from her. But the chemistry between them is undeniable, and soon they are finding ways to be together.

I liked both Aidan and Lydia, but both of them had some serious baggage to deal with. Lydia has made the decision that she will never get involved with another firefighter. Between growing up with them and then marrying one, she always felt that the brotherhood came first with them, with their families coming in second place. She wants to feel that she is more important to the man in her life. Aidan grew up feeling out of step with his own family, who has never understood his need to be a firefighter. Instead, he became a part of the Kincaid family, and his feelings for Lydia are in direct conflict with what he feels for them.

It was interesting to see how their relationship developed. At first, they were just indulging in the attraction for the short time that Lydia was going to be in Boston. Keeping it a secret wasn't too big a deal because it would only be for a little while. But it didn't take long for the guilty feelings to really start to get to Aidan. I hurt for him and the conflict he felt. He was really beginning to care for Lydia and wanted more with her, but was afraid that making things public would ruin his friendship with Scotty. He also knew her feelings about getting involved with a firefighter. Lydia also felt the strain of their deception. After all, it was her brother they were lying to. She kept trying to convince herself that it was just a fling, because she couldn't consider the idea of something permanent with him, but eventually she had to admit that she had fallen for him. I loved their connection and how they could be lighthearted and fun together, but also share more serious conversations.

I thought that Aidan was really a pretty sweet guy. He understands Lydia's hangups and tries his best to show her that he's not like her ex. His acceptance of her fears and his attempts to alleviate them were terrific, and showed just how much he wanted her to stay in his life. I sometimes got a bit frustrated with Lydia because of her tunnel vision regarding firefighters. She couldn't seem to see past Aidan being a firefighter to how right he was for her. She also couldn't see that she had changed in the time that she had been away from Boston, and was better able to deal with the firefighter life.

Of course, eventually they get found out and things get just as messy as they had feared. I understood Scotty's feelings, but I also agreed with Lydia that he shouldn't get to interfere in her relationship. I liked seeing the typical man way that Scotty and Aidan dealt with the issue. Even better was Scotty's sudden insight and what he told Aidan then. I really liked the soul searching that both Aidan and Lydia did that made them realize that they belonged together. The ending was really sweet and romantic.

There was also a secondary story involving Lydia's sister Ashley and her husband Danny. The two of them were dealing with a rough patch in their marriage because of communication issues. Ashley needs Danny to be willing to talk to her about his feelings, but goes about it in a way that he doesn't understand. Danny grew up with parents who didn't get along and spent a lot of time yelling at each other. This caused him to go the other way of keeping his emotions under tight control, which made Ashley doubt his feelings for her. I understood her frustration with his reticence, but I also got Danny's confusion about just what it was she wanted. I hurt for both of them as they tried to find their way back to each other.

Family was a big theme, as the Kincaids work through their issues. I really understood Lydia's frustration with her father and his attitude. She worked hard to keep the peace with him, especially since holding in her feelings wasn't something that was easy for her to do. She had the same kind of frustration with her brother. But in spite of those frustrations, the love among them all was obvious and the support was there when it was really needed. There was also time spent on Aidan's and Danny's relationships with their own families, and the effects those relationships had on their ways of dealing with their women. I'm looking forward to more books in the series, especially seeing whoever gets to deal with Scotty. ( )
  scoutmomskf | Apr 22, 2016 |
Okay, so to me, Firefighters are über-sexy. They're all over calendars, posters and now book covers like this for Heach Exchange: Boston Fire, by Shannon Stacey. I normally don't ogle men's bodies and I definitely didn't over this one, but you can't say it doesn't look good! And it fit the character of Aidan Hunt to a "T"!

Heat Exchange is a total romance story! I am not in to romances like this, but I really liked this one. It was about a tomboyish girl like me, from a family of hard men who are... Firemen. The story is cool but I didn't like Lydia. Her position in the story was good though- she had to choose between being doing what she needed to do and her own selfishness. Life can be hard and Aidan didn't make it easy.

The rest of Engine 59 and characters made this book a fun read, but this sort of romance isn't for me. I need more! And though I wasn't totally into the story, I can't say that I didn't like it enough to rate it well. I may never read another Stacey book, but I will say that this story was Flaming Red Hot!...

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**Book offered by author, Shannon Stacey, for an honest review. ( )
  AReneeHunt | Jan 28, 2016 |
Shannon Stacey has been an automatic buy author for me every since I read the first Kowalski book and I've gotta say, even though that is one of my favorite series, the Kincaid family and Boston Fire is looking to be another favorite. I mean, you really can't get much sexier than a firefighter except maybe a hockey playing firefighter...oh, Aiden is a firefighting hockey player! I can just imagine him now with the Boston accent. Yummy. Lydia was a good choice for him. She was just your average girl that I could totally relate to. I'm excited about the rest of this series and can't wait for more Boston Fire.

Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. ( )
  amdrane2 | Jul 4, 2015 |
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"Stacey writes whoodamn fine contemporary romance." —Sarah Wendell, Smart Bitches, Trashy Books 



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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