Author: Shannon Stacey
Book Name: Heat Exchange
Series: Boston Fire
Blurb: 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 importantly, 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 un-cross.
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.
Review: I’m not sure if it was that I just wasn’t in the mood or if I’m getting too old to think that some of this kind of stuff is sexy or romantic, but so much of this just felt a bit too middle school for my tastes and I just wanted to yell at everyone to grow the hell up already.
The idea that you have to keep your relationship secret when everyone involved are supposedly mature, rational adults just didn’t do it for me. Then, when the secret finally gets let out, the adult men end up like school yard idiots beating each other up. These are not the makings for a mature relationship.
I also couldn’t wrap my head around the fact that every single family mentioned in this book was seriously messed up. Not only that, but that it was okay that those families were messed up, treated each other like crap and yet the not messed up members of the family kept coming back for yet another emotional beat down. I don’t see it as noble or grand for a person to take care of or continue to participate with a family that is horrible. I see it as a form of self flagellation and that isn’t an appealing trait.
The main female character and her family were nearly as bad. When you combine that with the fact that she is so wishy washy on getting involved with another fireman drove me a bit nuts. Either accept that you have feelings for someone that might live in a way that could be difficult for you and deal with it or be willing to draw the hard line on what may not be an emotionally healthy relationship for you. There is nothing wrong with the fact that some people just don’t have what it takes to be in a relationship with someone that has a highly risky job, but have the guts to own that you may be one of those people. Oh, but it isn’t even the risky job that is the issue, it is the fact that Lydia wants to be a priority and come first. Again, that is fine, but open the mouth and have the words come out to have that conversation rather than expecting someone else to read your mind and just do and be what you want them to be.
Maybe it is a combination of too old and not in the mood because, while this was okay, it just wasn’t that great.