Heat Exchange (Boston Fire #1), by Shannon Stacey

30 Jul

25021287Format: e-ARC, 336 pages

Publisher: Carina Press

To be published: August 25, 2015

ISBN: 9781426899867

Genre: Romance

Back cover blurb: 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.

My review: Hot firefighters who play ice hockey in their downtime… need I say more? Oh, yes, this was hot. Just look at that cover! I’ve read a few of Shannon Stacey’s other works and I have to say this is my favourite so far.

Lydia is a great heroine, no-nonsense and ballsy enough to stand up to her overbearing father and cocky brother. Unfortunately for her, she breaks the firehouse code of brotherhood by giving in to her attraction to her brother’s best friend, the gorgeous Aidan. He is fantastic – a selfless firefighter with a dirty sense of humour and a penchant for answering the door only in his underwear. *sigh*

As well as writing a story that is extremely hot, Stacey has also done her homework regarding the firefighters’ routines, and I particularly enjoyed the way their boss stepped in to sort out the boys’ differences so they continued to have each other’s backs on the job. The secondary storyline involving Lydia’s sister and her firefighter husband was also well done.

This is a quick, easy read and a great start to a promising new series. I can’t wait to read the next book!

***Disclaimer: This e-ARC was provided to me by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Huge thanks to them. ***

My rating: 4/5






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