Rick Gullotti lives the good life. He fights fires, dates beautiful women—though none long enough so they cast wistful glances at jewelry stores—and has great friends. And thanks to helping out the elderly couple who own his building, his rent is low. But when concerns about their health lead him to contact their only son, his life starts getting away from him.
Jessica Broussard has no interest in leaving sunny San Diego or her cushy corner office for Boston, but her father—who happens to be her boss—dispatches her to deal with the grandparents she’s never met. She’s unprepared for the frigid winter, loving relatives who aren’t the monsters she’s been led to believe, and the hot, scruffy firefighter who lives upstairs.
At first, Jessica is determined to get back to her comfortable life as quickly as possible. All she has to do is talk her grandparents into selling their monstrosity of a house and moving to a retirement community. But she underestimates Rick’s dedication—and his considerable charm. Nobody’s taking advantage of his friends on his watch, even if that makes the tempting southern California girl with the long legs his adversary. Unfortunately for them both, the only thing more urgent than the matter at hand is their sizzling chemistry, and it’s quickly becoming too strong to resist.
This is the second book in the Boston Fire series by Shannon Stacey and one thing that I’ve noticed after finishing the first book in this series is that her heroines drive me up the freaking wall. I want to neck Lydia (teenage slang for smack them in the neck for doing something stupid) so many freaking times in Heat Exchange. The book ended up being good, but there were a lot of things that got on my nerves.
I’m now reading this book and haven’t gotten too far into the story but I’m crossing my fingers that Jessica is a lot better than the last few Stacey heroines that I read. So far, so good.
Seven Nights to Surrender by Jeanette Grey: This was a great freaking read for me. It took me a long time to read it but that was because I wasn’t in the mood to read but once I settled in, I came to love the heck out of both Rylan and Kate. I can’t wait to jump into the next book in this series.
Heat Exchange by Shannon Stacey: This was a quick read and ended up being a 3 star read for me. The romance was kind of ridiculous in the sense that all of the secrets and behind the back banging made me roll my eyes. The brother’s reaction to the news of Aidan and Lydia was over the top and don’t even get me started on Lydia’s attitude toward everything. More than once, I wanted her to just shut up. Still, I enjoyed the other characters and am mighty curious to see how everyone else’s stories come together.
Redemption Road by Katie Ashley | 1.5 out of 5
There’s my week in books. Not bad, considering I’m doing next to no reading these past few weeks. How was your week in books for the readers out there?