Heat Exchange by Shannon Stacey

Heat Exchange by Shannon StaceyHeat Exchange by Shannon Stacey
Series: Boston Fire #1
Published by Carina Press on August 25th 2015
Pages: 336
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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.

Lydia Kincaid’s had it with firefighters, so much so that she’d moved to New Hampshire to start a new, anonymous life, with a job she hates. Her sister’s sudden marriage crisis however, precipitates a sudden move back to the bar in Boston that she’s been around all her life and suddenly, her kid brother’s best friend Aiden isn’t quite just a friend anymore. What starts out casually turns into something much more, but it means hiding this relationship from her brother and her family as much as they can.

Heat Exchange enthralled me strangely, despite the predictable plot (and the lack of firefighting action) and the family drama that I shy away from as much as possible. Lydia was hard to like at times, but her commitment to her family and eventually, to Aiden was admirable even though I didn’t exactly think her relationship with Aiden warranted (or deserved) such extreme reactions from them. I could also appreciate the strong family bonds that Shannon Stacey was trying to portray from the cast of secondary characters – the brotherhood, the marriages, the girl friendships, etc – all of which which probably made this book a thoroughly absorbing but enjoyable one.