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on March 24th 2015
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he 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 himin 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 isthe law. And he’s not about to let Kinsey make the rules.
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BOOK REVIEW: 5 MILLION STARS
My first book of Kate Meader was Rekindle the Flame, the novella of Beck and Darcy in the anthology Baby it’s Cold Outside (Read my review here), and I totally loved it, crazy loved it – I still think of Sebastian York saying Querida with a sexy spanish accent *sigh* – and I had the chance to talk a little with Kate in twitter, she’s really amazing, and I she told me about her new novel and I told her I’d love to read it when it was published. I was so excited, jumping up and down like a crazy person *the usual*, when I got an email from S&C telling me about the ARC of Kate’s new book, and I was happier the day I received the ARC paperback *my first one*. Thank you Kate Meader for remembering me and thanks to Simon & Schuster for sending me this amazing book.
Ok, enough of my crazy talking. Flirting with Fire. Sigh. This book was mind blowing amazing and perfect and everything! I loved the plot, the characters, especially the characters, the double love story, the twist of events, and the ending. Kate has a smooth writing style, she knows how to imprint emotions into words, and the description of the firefighter’s actions were so well written I can see it vividly in my mind.
Kinsey was one helluva female character. She was a strong, intelligent, independent, stubborn, bossy, competitive and very practical woman, but she wasn’t a badass all the time. She had insecurities and self doubts. She’s one of the most interesting female characters I’ve read in a while, she didn’t put up with anyone’s B/S, she was willing to sacrifice what she cherished the most and even her own heart for the wellbeing of the people she loved the most. At the end of the book I couldn’t be mad at her for much that I wanted. Her decision was so right, despite the pain she put them both through.
Kinsey. Take-no-prisoners, sexy-as-all-get-out Kinsey.
Luke, Luke, Luke, you sexy brute! Oh. My. God. This overprotective brother, brave firefighter, unstoppable romantic and also not so romantic man. He won my heart with the first smart word he responded to Kinsey. He won my heart with all those kisses he stole from her – I didn’t read her complaining at all, I wouldn’t either *smirk* -. He won my heart with his smoke scent, he won my heart with flip flip event in the beach. He won my heart. Period. And he had to add his sex-pertise to his list of awesome facts. This firefighter knows his way to a woman’s pants. It’s so funny that one moment he said he wanted an easy woman, and the next moment he met this fiercely stubborn woman, who completed him in so many ways.
The guy might have a reputation as one of the bravest and most decorated firefighters in the Chicago Fire Department.
This book has a double love story. Luke’s brother, Gage, has an important role in this book. Gage was awesome. Amazing. Superb. His personality was charming. I was smiling and laughing with line I read of him. The spiderman moment was the best. He was used to get any man he wanted. He had them easy, because he wasn’t only handsome, a baby Thor, but he was also funny, intelligent and a firefighter. He got everything to have all the men he wanted, until he met Brady, the sexy, quiet and muscular chef he was crazy for. They had this crazy attraction between them, that couldn’t be denied. I liked that Gage had to fight to overthrow Brady’s walls. I liked that Brady had to make the last move. I totally loved this second love story.
At the face-painting station, Gage was getting made up like his favorite superhero, Spiper-Man, ostensibly because it was fun for the kids, but really because he was a nine-year-old trapped in a twenty-four-year-old’s body.
The secondary characters were great. Alex, Wy, Kinsey’s family, the Mayor Eli. Every character were very well developed. I loved the short parts with Beck and Darcy *sighing over the word Querida*. I can’t wait to read Playing With Fire. September isn’t close enough.
Dempsey care. Dempsey Love.
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