Heat Exchange by Shannon Stacey (Boston Fire #1)

Heat Exchange by Shannon StaceyAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Carina Press

My Copy: NetGalley

Reviewer: Pam

Lydia Kincaid left Boston to get away from the firefighting community—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. She’s his mentor’s daughter. His best friend’s sister. The ex-wife of a fellow firefighter. But his plan to play it cool fails, and soon he and Lydia have crossed a line they can’t uncross. As 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—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.

I always enjoy a book written by Ms. Stacey, she creates engaging characters that come to life on the page. This is a great start to a new series featuring Boston firefighters, family and romance.

Lydia Kincaid is currently living in New Hampshire working at a fancy restaurant. She hates her job but needed to distance herself from Boston and the life that is there. Most in her family are firefighters and her life in Boston is surrounded by that lifestyle, and she had enough. However when her sister needs her, she comes home and realizes it is a welcoming feeling.

Aiden Hunt has felt the affinity for firefighting ever since he met the Kincaid family. He is best friends with Scotty Kincaid and considers Tommy a father figure. He is four years younger than Scotty’s sister Lydia but always liked her, even when she teased him. But when she comes back to help the family he realizes his feelings are more intense, but is reluctant to pursue her because of her brother and the guy “code” about dating sisters. Yet something’s can’t be denied and they cross the boundaries spending heated moments together.

I have always liked the forbidden best friend’s sister trope and thought this was extremely entertaining and fun. The series features family and colleagues and while focusing on Lydia and Aiden there also a second storyline that shares page time.

I like Lydia, she was raised around both firefighters and the family bar so is independent and strong willed. She needed to get away after a marriage mistake yet when she returns to help the family she immediately feels welcome, there is just something about being home. Although she still has plans to leave, the draw of Aiden has her thinking second thoughts.

Aiden is adorable, a sexy firefighter who is ready to find that special someone. When he sees that Lydia is back in town the chemistry between them sizzles and they can’t stay away from each other. This causes problems because of his relationship with her brother, he wants to be loyal to Scotty but the pull is too much, he feels the weight of keeping secrets and has a hard time getting past a feeling of betrayal.

Lydia’s sister Ashley and her husband Danny are the second storyline, their troubled marriage is in the background and it has upset most of the characters in this close-knit community. The story will tug at your heartstrings as they figure out how to either fix their issues or move on, but their lives are so intertwined, that it is heartbreaking.

As you can tell secondary characters play huge roles here, the Kincaid’s are a tightknit family with the firehouse comprising just as tight of a unit, no wonder Lydia needed to get away for a while. I enjoyed meeting Rick (next up in the series) and Grant; two other firefighters that we will get to see more of in the future. The pace works well, a slow build up as the two work through their relationship issues, mainly Lydia needed to trust Aiden and the team, but she seems to work through quickly. I am looking forward to more in this series as it was a great start.

I give Heat Exchange by Shannon Stacey 4 stars!

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