Flirting with Fire (Hot in Chicago, #1)Flirting with Fire

Kate Meader

  • Series: Hot in Chicago
  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (March 24, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476785902
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476785905

Blurb from Amazon:

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

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I’m not sure where to start with this one. FLIRTING WITH FIRE is book one in the Hot in Chicago series and starts off with some HEAT. We have several stories going on within this one, first and foremost we have Kinsey and Luke’s story. But in the background you have Gabe and Brady’s story (yes that’s a m/m relationship that does get a hot but is handled well IMHO, more on that later.), you also have other smaller stories going on that leave you wanting to read more and knowing that these characters, Luke’s sister and his brothers will get their own stories. At least we can hope so! I have to say I went into this one expecting a great read, mostly because hello it’s about a hot fireman, so yeah you expect some heat. But I came away with a deeply emotional story, a fun sexy read, a story that I stayed up all night to read. The characters are fun, feisty, well written and keep you attached to the story. The setting of Chicago is fun, while I’ve visited Chicago I can’t say how true the setting is. I can say it left me wanting to visit Chicago again (summer only). FLIRTING WITH FIRE does contain what appears to be an ongoing storyline about two men, Gabe (Luke’s foster brother) and Brady. There are moments when Gabe is very open about his desire, while I won’t tell you if there’s even a hint of a HEA for these two I will say that it’s not a tame storyline. For me while I don’t read m/m romances I found Gabe too great a character to want to skip those parts of the story. For the main romance we have Kinsey and Luke. Both strong “alpha” type characters. Kinsey has been hurt and is unwilling to make decisions based on a man again. Luke likewise has been hurt by a strong woman and is thinking he needs a meek mild woman. Both learn they are wrong. Love doesn’t fit any kind of set plans, it just happens, usually when we least expect it. I loved watching these two fall in love, fight, struggle with their own fears and doubts and wonder if they’d really get a HEA. Fans of hot firemen will love this one.I can’t wait for book 2, PLAYING WITH FIRE. FLIRTING WITH FIRE was a great fun quick read. I loved it from beginning to end, honestly I hated to turn to the last page. I’d recommend this one to fans of contemporary romance who like heat and love.

Rating: 5

Reviewed by WendyK

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