Lydia Kincaid is the daughter of a fire-fighter, sister of a fire-fighter and her ex-husband was a fire-fighter. The very last thing she needs in her life is another fire-fighter. Lydia even moved out of state to get away from her family's bar that is the local fire-fighter hang-out. But when her sister and father need her to come home, she reluctantly and temporarily agrees to tend bar there again. The time away allows Lydia to look at everything with fresh eyes, and she can't help noticing Aidan Hunt. Aidan Hunt is her little brother's best friend, and he has grown up into an irresistible man.
Aidan can't keep his eyes or his hands off Lydia even knowing that the last thing she wants is to get involved with another fire-fighter. Aidan loves his career, pursuing it despite his white-collar family's disapproval. Becoming secretly involved with Lydia might cost him friendships, mentors and risk his life by bringing tension to their company.
I really enjoyed this romance. I loved the internal and external conflicts faced by Aidan and Lydia. They click emotionally and sexually but are nearly torn apart by their baggage. Lydia has always resented her father's devotion to the fire-fighter brotherhood, and her sister's marital struggles only serve to remind her of her own doomed marriage to a fire-fighter. I loved how much Lydia had to struggle to see, love and value Aidan for who he is and not punish him for the sins of other men.
I loved Shannon Stacey's Kowalski Family series and I'm very excited to read the rest of this series. There is a great potential the extended cast. Complicated people, with various hangups and issues.
I received a review copy of Heat Exchange from Carina Press via NetGalley.