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Heat Exchange

(Boston Fire #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  3,022 ratings  ·  358 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published August 25th 2015 by Carina Press
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Ann Green No love triangle -- serial cheating ex is out of the picture. Not even sure he needed to be included at all. The new romance is the point on this stor…moreNo love triangle -- serial cheating ex is out of the picture. Not even sure he needed to be included at all. The new romance is the point on this story and it's a great one!(less)

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This was exactly my kind of book!

Shannon Stacey delivers another winner with Heat Exchange. It had everything I want in my contemporary romance read.

Sweet romance. Check.
Forbidden love/relationship. Check.
Hot and irresistible firefighter hero. Check.
Adorable heroine. Check.
Older woman/Younger man romance. Oh yeah, check!

See? I couldn't ask for more! I loved everything about this book, from an engaging storyline to true-to-life characters, and to the wonderful ending. I was so engrossed in the st
Heat Exchange is the first installment in Shannon Stacey's adult contemporary/fireman romance series titled: Boston Fire. I love, love, love Shannon Stacey!!! Heat Exchange was my first "fireman" book, but seeing one of my favorite authors jumping on the bandwagon of fireman-themed romances had me super excited to read it.

My thoughts: Heat Exchange felt like the football-themed romances I have read in the past when the football player has a forbidden romance with the coach's daughter. I've read
Apr 10, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shit-hot-series
3 - "I sound like a self-centred bitch." Stars!

Heat Exchange is the first book I have read by Shannon Stacey, although not totally in love with it, I would still recommend it. My reasons for disliking the story were more due to the author’s characterization of Lydia Kincaid, than my actual dislike of the writing and storyline, in those areas everything was really enjoyable. I just really struggled with Lydia’s judgemental and somewhat selfish attitude.

I think my main issue was the fact that she
Originally posted on The Book Nympho

Lydia Kincaid returns to Boston when her sister's marriage starts to fall apart. It's a tough decision since she left to establish her independence from her family of firefighters following her divorce from a man in the same line of business. So it came as a huge surprise to her when her younger brother, Scotty, enters the family bar with his best friend and fellow fire fighter, Aidan Hunt, and she feels the urge to take a second look.

I loved all of the confl
Al George
I'm not the right target market for this particular series. Too many lies, too much terrible communication and to many expectations. The characters in this book were flat out arseholes. Maybe I'm having one of those need to suspend reality moments and remember this is fiction, but my answer to that is "suck it!" If I'm wrong, I'm happily wrong in saying this book sucked like vacuum. Ugh.

Lydia, our fair heroine had unrealistic ideas and a big mouth which needs some serious washing with a nice fl
Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
Heat Exchange is book one in the Boston Fire series by Shannon Stacey.

I’ve seen some excellent review’s for this series that have made me want to check it out; besides that just look at that cover. Who doesn’t want a sexy hot firefighter.

This was my first taste of Shannon Stacey. It was a nice start. I enjoyed the premise and the heat.

Lydia know’s what life entails as a fireman’s wife. She doesn’t want that again. I can see her perspective, but I felt she shouldn’t close herself off; because n
Mar 13, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Between 2 and 3 stars - literally skimmed to the end. Just could not get into it! Another time, another day it might have been bettter for me!
Lover of Romance
This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance My Review
When Lydia's sister Ashley, is having marriage problems and asks that Lydia comes home for a little while to help out, Lydia reluctantly comes. Lydia isn't quite ready to return home yet, but she will do anything for her sister no matter how uncomfortable it makes her. When she comes home, she sees that Ashley is really struggling, and takes over her job at their fathers pub and she runs into Aiden Hunt. Lydia has k
Michelle [Helen Geek]
Jun 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: If you want good characters dealing with normal stuff, this is your book.
12/05/2015 --

Pretty simple read, but really perfect for my mood. I think I have a few other Shannon Stacey books on my Nook or Kindle, but never read one before. I'd heard she was a pretty decent read, and I'd have to agree. I enjoyed this one. I got it for a dollar on sale. I purchased the next in the series and even pre-ordered the one after that -- that's how much I enjoyed it. She creates really believable characters in an everyday setting. Little angst [thank the good lord .. so sick of the
Apr 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
ARC received for review

Great start to a series. There was a little angst plus lots of hot fireman. Loved Aidan and the rest of Engine 59. I can't wait to see who falls next. Plus there's a the bonus romance line of Lydia's sister, Ashley, and her reconciliation with her fireman husband.
Apr 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
ARC Review

I’m a sucker for stories about first responders. I love their heroic nature, their courage and self-sacrifice. But also know that all that comes at a cost to both the first responder and the people they love. Shannon Stacey does a great job highlighting this struggle in this first book of her Boston Fire series.

I really enjoyed this contemporary romance. In a cohesive manner, Heat Exchange features a poignant theme faced by many families – taking a secondary priority to the needs of t
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
I picked this book up from a referral off of another another book I was looking at. I have read another series regarding hot firemen but has been a while, so it was kind of like a perfect book for me this week. I was in the mood for some hot guys!

I've not had the pleasure of reading anything by this author before so I was excited to have a new author to read. I enjoyed the story premise and the heat was off the charts. I was a little annoyed with the female lead, Lydia, but her steamy fireman, A
Jun 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: cute, relaxing, romance
Well, this was a cute one.

It was cute and fast-paced, it didn't get boring and the characters were nice.
The chemistry wasn't too present but it was good enough for me.
It's everything you'd expect form a romance novel, form beginning to end. So yeah, it's cute and worth trying, especially if you have a few hours to spare and not in the mood for anything too complicated.
Aug 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
And yet another major case of "it's me, not the book". I get why this has such a high rating, but there were just too many things that annoyed me to no end that made me stop caring about any of the characters involved. There was just too much juvenile drama going on for my taste.

The main romance is between two people with a severe case of "we can't be together" nonsense. On his side there was "I want her! But she's my best friend's sister. But I have wanted her since I was 17! But her father is
CD {Boulder Blvd}
How to rate?

For the most of the book I didn't enjoy this story or most of the characters, so at the end of the day it was just OK which is two stars.

Shannon Stacey is a good writer and I have liked a lot of her stories, just not this one. I fully intend to read the next in the series and have high hopes for it and definitely liked the preview.

What I liked: mmm, thinking, still thinking, get back with you on that...

What I didn't like:

I really had issues with most of the attitudes of the character
Apr 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: for_review
2.5/5, kind of meh and ended up skimming toward the end.
3.5 stars
Mar 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Lydia escaped Boston and her overbearing firefighting family and finally feels like she has a life of her own. Even though she doesn’t love being a waitress, she has an apartment and her own parking space. But when she gets a call from her sister Ashley, who tells her she has separated from her husband, she knows she is needed at home. Ashley works at the family owned bar, but knows if she goes into work the entire town will come in and ask her why she has left her husband, so she begs Lydia to ...more
Brianna (The Book Vixen)
Review copy provided via NetGalley

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 a
I liked this! I liked it significantly more than the small owns that have been Stacey's output lately. (And weirdly, given that this is actually set in Boston, there was much less obnoxious Patriots fangirling going on than there usually is.) It does contain one of my favorite things (a man being willing to make a significant sacrifice for the woman he loves), but frustratingly, it ends up being mitigated by the woman telling him it's not necessary. The option is still left open for the future, ...more
Maria Rose
Ah, the sibling's best friend trope. When executed well, you usually get some angst from both parties involved (guilt for sure) and the difficulties the relationship (whether secret or out in the open) causes with the sibling. But because it's generally a forbidden love affair type of story, the sex can be pretty hot. This story has it all and then some, taking the trope a little out of the norm by having an older sister falling for her younger brother's friend (not a huge age difference, but de ...more
**This was an ARC copy given free by Netgalley in exchange for a honest review**

3-3.5 stars

This was a good story. I liked both Lydia and Aidan. Their story was enjoyable but there were some detractors for me that kept me from rating it higher.

Lydia is a nice woman that grew up with a firefighter for her father. Lydia, her sister Ashley and brother Scott had a lot on their shoulders after their mom died and Lydia became the default caregiver. When they grew up, Scott, became a fourth generation
Shannon Stacey graces her readers with a brand new series with the release of Heat Exchange, the debut novel of the Boston Fire series. Lydia Kincaid is forced to return to her hometown, albeit for a little while, when her sister requires her presence back home. Lydia had walked away from the life she had lived after being through it all. The daughter of a fireman and moving onto become the wife of one had taught her the hardships and the stress related to living the life of the one who stays ba ...more
Lynn Spencer
Sep 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
With Heat Exchange, Shannon Stacey kicks off a new series based around Boston firefighters. If they're all going to be as good as this installment, I'm definitely coming back for more!

I first encountered Stacey with her Kowalski series. I enjoyed her writing because while her stories contain some of the time-honored sweetness of small-town romance, her characters also felt quite modern. I like her voice a lot, and as she moves into a more urban setting with this new series, she writes characters
Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Flirty firefighter? Check. No nonsense chick? Check. Wicked cool cast of characters? Check. HEAT EXCHANGE is a sexy, fun read that'll make your summer even hotter!!

Lydia Kincaid left Boston but returns when her sister and husband separate. Lydia gets her sister's frustration and reticence to work in dad's pub while having trouble with her husband…after all, he's a firefighter along with their brother and dad…and her own ex-husband. When Lydia reconnects with her brother Scott's BFF Aidan Hunt,
Apr 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Review copy provided by publisher

I'm a huge Shannon Stacey fan and was loved every single one of her Kowalski books. I was super excited to start reading her new Boston Fire series.

I totally and completely loved Heat Exchange. Lydia Kincaid comes from a family of firefighters, and even was married to one for a while. She has sworn off every being in a relationship with another firefighter, so of course the only man she is attracted to is Aidan Hunt, who happens to be her brother's best friend in
Oct 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
I've long been a fan of Ms. Stacey's Kowalski family books and it looks like she has another good series started with Heat Exchange.
Lydia and Aidan have known each other for a little while. Lydia has been immersed in the 'firefighting family' all her life. Her father was a firefighter, her brother is a firefighters, her sister is married to one and he ex is one as well. So in order to get away from this family after her marriage fell apart, she moved to another city. But she is back to help fill
Bette Hansen
May 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome! Lots of favorite things in this book. Hunky hot firemen, tight close-knit family, witty banter to name a few. Also, even though the setting is Boston the neighborhood bar and familiar community give it a small town feel. Definitely a book I recommend to everyone and I can't wait to read the next one in the series! ...more
A nice enough read, simple and easy, but that also means nothing really stuck out. It was perfectly "okay", but nothing special for me. The ending felt rushed, and I wasn't completely sold on their love through the book. ...more
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shannon Stacey lives with her husband and two sons in New England, where her favorite activities are writing romance and really random tweets when she’s not riding her ATV. She loves mud, books, football & watching way too much TV.

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