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.Elizabeth's Thoughts:
I have a new addition to my “must buy” author list! Flirting with Fire is the first book in Kate Meader’s Hot in Chicago series and it is just that… a very hot novel.
We meet the Dempsey family of fire fighters, all foster siblings who work at the same fire house. They are incredibly close and have each other’s backs at work and at home. Luke, is one of the older Dempsey “kids” and currently in trouble with the mayor after a run-in with a former friend and detective. Kinsey is part of the city’s PR team and was assigned to “fix” Luke’s mess. She has her own issues, but when they meet the spark is instant. I really liked both Luke and Kinsey and I liked them together. They seemed to balance each other very well. The other members of the Dempsey family were huge players in the story and it will be entertaining to see where their stories go. There is just the right amount of drama involved in the story, both between Luke and Kinsey and with outside forces. You can understand where the characters are coming from and are anxious to see them work it out, but things don’t cross the line to frustrating. My only complaint, and it’s more of a concern, is the amount of time spent setting up the story lines for other characters. Gage and Alex are the siblings that will be featured in upcoming works by Meader and time is spent establishing the relationships we will see them explore in future work. The secondary story lines do not detract from the Flirting with Fire story, but it makes me curious to see if subsequent books will work well as stand-alone novels.
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