Sunday, March 29, 2015

Book Review: Flirting with Fire (Hot in Chicago #1) by Kate Meader

Flirting with Fire

Hot in Chicago #1


Kate Meader


March 24, 2015


Pocket Books


ARC from publisher for a honest review

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GR's Summary:

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. 

My Thoughts:

I read Kate Meader's short story, Rekindle the Flame, in the Baby It's Cold Outside Anthology, as well as Hot and Bothered.  I enjoyed both stories immensely, and have been excited to read more of Ms. Meader's writing.  Flirting with Fire was a stunning new beginning to the Hot in Chicago Series that is going to focus on the Dempsey's, who are foster siblings that are all part of the fire department in Chicago.

In Flirting with Fire, we get Luke Almeida and Kinsey Taylor's story.  Luke got into a bar brawl and it was caught on YouTube resulting in bad P.R.  The mayor, Eli Cooper, is up for re-election, and brings in Kinsey Taylor, P.R. Specialist to revamp his image.  While at first Luke and Kinsey bump heads, there is no denying the sexual chemistry that sizzles between them.  As Kinsey begins to spend more time with Luke and the rest of the Dempsey's, they begin to bond, and feelings grow.  Unfortunately, Kinsey is put into a difficult position in which she will have to choose between her boss, and the Dempsey's, and each choice has a different set of repercussions.

Someone is going to need a fire extinguisher to put out the soaring and all encompassing flames between Luke and Kinsey!  The flirtatious banter, intense chemistry, and passion between these two made for a great dynamic.  I loved Ms. Meader's character's humorous dialogue, her witty writing style, and the imagery that she created with her words.  I could easily imagine the Hunky Firefighting Dempsey Foster Brothers, Luke, Beck, Gage, and Wyatt, and the Gorgeous Firefighting Foster Sister, Alex.  They all made for an extremely entertaining cast of characters.

We also get two side plots shared in this story.  One is between Gage, and his love interest, Brady, as well as Alex and the mayor locking horns but also sharing a sizzling attraction.  I am looking forward to getting both of these Dempsey's stories.        

My Rating:

I give, Flirting with Fire, 4 Ravishing, Witty, Hot Fireman Filled Stars!  If you are looking for a fun, witty, humorous, and romantic story, this one is an excellent pick!    

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About Kate Meader:

Originally from Ireland, Kate cut her romance reader teeth on Maeve Binchy and Jilly Cooper novels, with some Mills & Boon thrown in for variety. Give her tales about brooding mill owners, oversexed equestrians, and men who can rock an apron or a fire hose, and she’s there. Now based in Chicago, she writes sexy contemporary romance with alpha heroes and strong heroines who can match their men quip for quip.


  1. Great review!! I'm looking forward to reading this! I've enjoyed other books by Kate Meader.

  2. I am her biggest fan. Love Kate Meader's books look forward in reading this one. Hot Fire Fighters in Chicago you got me right there. Thanks for the wonderful review

  3. I haven't read this author. But that quote in the frame? Love that.

  4. Oh my! Firemen! I have to read this one! Sounds hot! HAHA It does sound like it would be a sexy, witty read :)

    Lovely review!

  5. I love good flirty banter between characters! I think I'd like this one!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  6. Hahaha! "Someone is going to need a fire extinguisher to put out the soaring and all encompassing flames between Luke and Kinsey!" You're so funny, Lindy! This sounds like a very stunning and promising read. I would never have picked up Flirting with Fire on my own, but you have tempted me to defy my own preferences. Beautiful review!

    Sarika @ The Readdicts

  7. this is the first I've come across this author and book and it's going on the top of my wantlist ;) thanks for the fun review and giveaway!

  8. I rarely read anthologies, but it's cool when you discover a new author from one and want to read more of their work. This sounds good.

  9. Hot firefighter what more could a girl want <3


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