While Heat Exchange is well written, it seems that none of the book's characters have ever heard of establishing personal boundaries. Lydia loved work..Show More »ing in her father's Boston pub, yet moved out of state after getting divorced from a fireman because she couldn't negotiate a mature working relationship with her retired fireman father.
Lydia returned home temporarily to help out at the pub when her sister who was having marital problems. When Lydia becomes attracted to her younger brother's best friend Aidan (fireman), they lie to everyone, fearing that Lydia's family and other firemen will not accept their relationship. Really? Are these people still in high school?
Aida gets grief from his rich & snotty family, but continues to go back for more. Lydia's brother-in-law (another fireman) still takes crap from his abusive parents, creating distance from his wife. While these brave firemen would risk their lives for strangers, they were such emotional babies, afraid of expressing feelings or demanding respect from family and co-workers.
This book may appeal to teens and young adults, but I wanted to slap them all silly and tell them to grow the hell up.
Over the past year or so I’ve just about given up on all romances, because nothing ever happens, just pages and pages of nothing, so I’ve been readin..Show More »g murder mysteries, spy stories, stalker stories, serial killer stories, those kinds of books, books with some meat to them. But I thought I’d try this one since it was about firemen so there was bound be some excitement. And there was, plus a nice love story.
This was about a worthless father (as far as I’m concerned) who was embarrassed by his parents when he was a young that he left and didn’t come back for forty years and didn’t tell his parents, Joe and Marie, they had a granddaughter so they were stunned when Jessica showed up on their doorstep when she was 34. What an A-hole her father was. I didn’t like him at all.
And this was about the firefighter, Rick, who was as sweet and kind as he could be, and fell in love with Jess, who lived in San Diego, while Rick lived in Boston, in the upstairs apartment of Joe and Marie’s house.
It was a good story of the trials and tribulations of Rick and Jess. Of the attraction they fought, of fires and tragic accidents, of Marie and Joe’s love for a son that was gone from their lives for so long, of Rick and Jess trying to figure out how to have a relationship when they lived thousands of miles apart. It was good.
There was definitely a lot of desire, and explicit sex! There was swearing, they are firefighters after all, but the F-bomb was only used 4 times.
As to the narration: Marvelous! Ms. Sokolov/Tanya Eby is one of my favorite narrators. She never disappoints. Between her reading with such emotions and the wonderful men’s and women’s voices she does you really can’t go wrong.