Saturday, October 3, 2015

Book Review: Playing With Fire (Hot in Chicago #2) by Kate Meader

Playing With Fire
Hot in Chicago


Kate Meader

Release Date:

Sept. 29, 2015


Pocket Books

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GR's Summary:

From popular romance author Kate Meader comes the second novel in Hot in Chicago, a brand-new, sizzling series that follows a group of firefighting foster siblings and their blazing hot love interests! 

As the only female firefighter at Engine Co. 6, Alexandra Dempsey gets it from all sides: the male coworkers who think she can’t do the job, the wives and girlfriends who see her as a threat to their firefighter men, and her overprotective foster brothers who want to shelter their baby sister at all costs. So when she single-handedly saves the life of Eli Cooper, Chicago’s devastatingly handsome mayor, she assumes the respect she’s longed for will finally come her way. But it seems Mr. Mayor has other ideas… 

Eli Cooper’s mayoral ratings are plummeting, his chances at reelection dead in the water. When a sexy, curvaceous firefighter gives him the kiss of life, she does more than bring him back to the land of the living—she also breathes vitality into his campaign. Riding the wave of their feel-good story might prop up Eli’s flagging political fortunes, but the sizzling attraction between them can go nowhere; he’s her boss, and there are rules that must be obeyed. But you know what they say about rules: they’re made to be broken… 

Hot in Chicago Series:
My Review of Flirting With Fire Here
My Review of Melting Point Here

*Add this Series to Goodreads Here

My Thoughts:

The Hot in Chicago series by Kate Meader has been a blast and a half.  I'm in love with the Dempsey family and their love and loyalty for one another.  Each member of this family, has made quite an impression on me with the passionate way that they lead their lives.  The Dempsey's are foster and adoptive siblings, who each joined the Chicago Fire Department after their father and brother died heroically. 

Playing with Fire is Alex Dempsey's story, and this woman is a trail blazer.  She is a female firefighter that demands respect, and doesn't put up with chauvinism or misogyny.  She met the delicious mayor, Eli Cooper, in Flirting with Fire.  While these two shared a scorching chemistry; they also pushed each other's buttons like crazy.  In this installment, Eli convinces Alex to "pretend" they are in a relationship, to help him get re-elected for mayor because Alex is known as "America's sweetheart."  With her support, he hopes to get the blue collar vote.  Alex isn't quick to agree, but Eli puts her in a position where she feels like she cannot refuse.  

Alex and Eli give us a very entertaining story.  Alex's feistiness and sass were one of my favorite things.  Eli loves this about her, and enjoyed bringing it out in her time and time again!  Eli had some secrets that added a level of suspense to the story, and I was biting my nails anticipating how all would be revealed to Alex.  These two had raw chemistry, and were already two very passionate individuals, but when they came together, "Kaboom!!!"  

Of course I loved how all of the characters from previous installments in the series had a role to play.  Next, we will be getting Alex's brother, Wyatt's story, and from the teaser excerpt I got, it's sure to be as good as all of the other books in this series! 

My Rating:

I give, Playing With Fire, by Kate Meader, 4 "It's getting Hot in Here" Saucy, Sexy, and Thrilling Stars! 

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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. haha love the teasers and I love a spirited heroine. Great review...I always love a book that has great chemistry.

  2. I love that the lady is the firefighter in this one. Fun quotes! Nice review, Lindy!

  3. Ahhh the pretend relationship! Love it! And a female fire fighter *fist pump*

    Naomi @ Naomi’s Reading Palace


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