Book Review: Heat Exchange by Shannon Stacey

Heat Exchange by Shannon StaceyTitle: Heat Exchange
Series: Boston Fire, Book 1
Author: Shannon Stacey
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Sensuality Rating: Steamy
Source: review copy provided by publisher
Published: August 25, 2015 by Carina Press

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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Why I Read This Book: I had to read Heat Exchange because – hello, FIREFIGHTERS!! Plus, Shannon Stacey writes fun, sexy romances. I discovered this author by her Kowalski Family series, and I plan to read through her other books as well.

What I Liked: Friends to lovers romances are one of my favorites. Add in the off-limits BFF sibling and it’s even better. I like the clandestine romance, the tension, and watching it all unfold when the secret’s out – and I got all of that in Heat Exchange.

The Kincaids are a close-knit family that reminded me of the author’s Kowalski Family series, which I loved. You get the fun natured family who are hilarious, fun to be around, and sarcastic at times but there for each other through thick and thin.

I loved Aidan’s connection to the Kincaid family. His backstory of how he became a firefighter brought a tear to my eye and gave me chills. The brotherhood among Engine 59’s firefighters is strong and tough. They’re there for each other and have each others’ backs no matter what. That just makes these guys even hotter.

What I Didn’t Like: There’s a secondary storyline following Ashley’s (Lydia’s sister) on the rocks marriage with a fellow firefighter. I would’ve liked this more if it had been a lower dose. The lack of communication between Ashley and her estranged husband, Danny, was frustrating.

Memorable Moment:

“Damn right you wouldn’t make a move. You don’t date the other guys’ ex-girlfriends. Or ex-wives or sisters or…hell, mothers or daughters. You don’t fish in the station’s pond.”
"Your hose fully charged, is it?"

Overall Impression: Heat Exchange was a good start to the series with great, well-developed characters, and I’m looking forward to reading the next book.

Brianna’s Rating:
4 Frogs

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