by Kate Meader
Series: Hot in Chicago #1
Published by: Simon and Schuster
Genres: Contemporary Romance
The first installment in Hot in Chicago, a brand-new, sizzling series from Kate Meader that follows a group of firefighting foster siblings and their blazing hot love interests! Savvy PR guru Kinsey Taylor has always defined herself by her career, not her gender. That is, until she moved from San Francisco to Chicago to be with her fiancé who thought she wasn’t taking her “job” of supporting him in his high-powered career seriously enough—and promptly dumped her for a more supportive and “feminine” nurse. Now, as the new assistant press secretary to Chicago’s dynamic mayor, she’s determined to keep her eye on the prize: no time to feel inferior because she’s a strong, kick-ass woman, and certainly no time for men. But that all changes when she meets Luke Almeida, a firefighter as searingly sexy as he is quick-tempered. He’s also the second oldest of the Firefightin’ Dempseys, a family of foster siblings who have committed their lives to the service—if Luke’s antics don’t get him fired first. When Luke goes one step too far and gets into a bar brawl with the Chicago Police Department, Kinsey marches into Luke’s firehouse and lays down the law on orders from the mayor. But at Engine Co. 6, Luke Almeida is the law. And he’s not about to let Kinsey make the rules.
Oh baby, wait until you meet the Dempsey family! Flirting with Fire is the first in Kate Meader’s Hot in Chicago series. She delivered a sweet, humorous, hot, and heartwarming romance all while introducing secondary characters whose books I cannot wait to read.
Coffee dates with Flirting with Fire
- First Date: Our tale begins when we meet Kinsey Taylor a PR guru working for the mayor of Chicago. She is walking into a Firehouse right into the lockers wearing a pair of Jimmy Choo heels and mentally questioning (despite the terrific sale) why folks wear these painful things. Right away, I like her. She is on a mission to find Luke Almeida a firefighter who caused a PR nightmare for the city when he slugged one of Chicago’s finest at an afterhours bar. She has been tasked with fixing things. I love Kinsey’s snark and the chemistry between her and Luke has me giggling. Their banter mixes annoyance, anger and sizzling attraction. My friends this could get interesting.
- Second date: I love strong, intelligent and competitive woman. Despite the shitty reasons for this Callie girl to be in Chicago and a few hang-ups from the fallout she is polished, thinks about all parties involved and dang if she doesn’t like our boy Luke. I love sibling stories and Meader made my heart melt with her unruly Dempsey family. Luke is not the oldest, Wy is but Luke is the one that takes care of the others. By nature he is a fixer and his promise to his father only boosts his determination to protect and care for them. From his tats to his curly long dark eyelashes, Luke will make you swoon. He is invested in the community and his backstory will pull at your heartstrings. Luke and Kinsey work together to fix the PR nightmare and get him reinstated. The banter and slow building heat made their interactions a blast. We also get side-stories involving Luke’s sister, Alexandra, and his sexy confidently homosexual brother Gage, as he pursues a reluctant local chef. The Mayor and Alex have a little something brewing me thinks and I am curious.
- Third date: Now that the PR project is completed things can finally heat up between Kinsley and Luke and oh baby. These are both strong characters and the heat is off the charts, but Meader gives us tenderness too. Each giving the other something that has been missing. Ah, dang things were going so well and BAM enter miscommunication, fears and airplanes. Things get a little bumpy but I closed this book with a smile. I was given a lovely epilogue as a parting gift. One of the things I liked was that despite the short span of the actual romance Meader gave us a realistic wrap-up. I am eager for more stories regarding the Dempsey’s and this fine Chicago Firehouse.
Caffeinated Conclusion: My dates were a success despite a few bumps and I loved how developed the characters, even the secondary ones are. I am excited for book two, Playing with Fire, scheduled to release September 29, 2015. The synopsis indicates it will be about firecracker, female, fire fighter- Alexandra Dempsey.
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