Sunday, August 30, 2015

Book Review: Melting Point (Hot in Chicago #1.5) by Kate Meader

Melting Point
Hot in Chicago, #1.5
by  Kate Meader

Release Date:
August 31st, 2015

Pocket Star


eARC received in exchange of honest review


Things are heating up at Engine Co. 6 in this original e-novella from Kate Meader’s sizzling Hot in Chicago series! Superhot playboy firefighter Gage Simpson has one particular man on his mind: Brady Smith, a recalcitrant, moody chef who makes Gage melt from the inside out. Features a sexy sneak preview of Playing with Fire! 

Firefighter Gage Simpson has it all: the job of his dreams, the family of his heart, and no shortage of hot guys lining up to share his bed. “Fun and easy” is his motto—and it’s kept him sunny through a painful upbringing and steered him away from trouble. But when trouble comes knocking in the form of a sexy, scarred, tattooed chef with a harrowing past and zero communication skills, Gage can’t help but be drawn to the flame. 

Brady Smith isn’t fun. And easy isn’t in his vocabulary. When cocky Gage swaggers into his restaurant kitchen, the former Marine-turned-five-star-chef is blindsided by the firefighter’s beauty. Then confused that this golden guy with the sparkling blue eyes and the body of a god might be interested in him. As desire flares and temperatures rise, Gage and Brady will have to figure out if the heat between them is just a temporary flash—or the beginning of something real.

Purchase Links:
Amazon | B&N 

Hot in Chicago Series on Goodreads:
My Review of Flirting with Fire Here

My Thoughts:

The Hot in Chicago Series follows the adoptive Dempsey Family, who are all hot and sexy firefighters!  Who doesn't love a man in uniform?  Each of these stories has been endearing, sweet, spicy, and has the added bonus of a close-knit group of family and friends.

Melting Point is a novella that continues the story of Gage and Brady.  Gage is one of my favorites in the Dempsy family!  He has a great sense of humor, is loyal to those he loves, and brings happiness, optimism, and sunshine to all of those he surrounds.  

We were first introduced to the flirtation of Gage and Brady in Flirting With Fire.  However, it quickly became apparent that Brady had some commitment issues, and Gage wanted more than he was willing to offer.  In Melting Point, Gage and Brady still have feelings for one another, and begin to pick up where they left off when Brady is in a motorcycle accident, and Gage is enlisted to help him.  We get a more in depth explanation of Brady's traumatic experience as a prisoner of war in Afghanistan, and learn about the PTSD that he is currently experiencing.

We also get more information about Gage's birth mother, and the way the that he was traumatized and abused at her hands because she was homophobic.  Melting Point was a fast-paced novella.  I really enjoyed it, and was so glad that Ms. Meader gave her readers the rest of Gage and Brady's story.  It was emotional, sexy, and another great addition to the Hot in Chicago Series. 

My Rating:

I give, Melting Point, by Kate Meader, 4 Healing in Each Others Arms, Passion turned to Love, New Beginning Filled Stars!

About the Author:
Book 1 of the Hot in Chicago series, FLIRTING WITH FIRE (Luke and Kinsey) is now available. Look for a novella, MELTING POINT (Gage and Brady), in August 2015, followed by Book 2, PLAYING WITH FIRE (Eli and Alex), in September. Like 'em Tall, Dark, and Texan? Pick up her first Brazen, EVEN THE SCORE! Sign up for her very infrequent newsletter to get updates on sales, giveaways, and new releases. 

Kate writes sexy contemporary romance with alpha heroes and strong heroines who can match their men quip for quip. Her latest series, Hot in Chicago, features firefighting foster siblings. With tattoos.


  1. You had me at hot and sexy firefighters! This book sounds very good, and it's awesome that you enjoyed it so much. Great review, Lindy!

    Sarika @ The Readdicts

  2. Oh la la .. what a lovely cover. I love this type of series, where it follows a close group of characters.

  3. Ooh firefighters! Nice. It's almost like that show Chicago Fire. :) Thanks for sharing. I'm glad this novella was another good addition to the series.


  4. I've read a few reviews and had decided that I needed to read this one soon, but yours is the first to mention that they were introduced earlier in the series. I like getting the whole story so I'm glad for your comment that this is a continuation. Love how you give such a good picture of the story, Lindy!


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