Thursday, August 20, 2015

The Hot in Chicago Series by Kate Meader!!

Publisher: Pocket Books
Pub. Date: March 24, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Source: Print ARC
Rating: 4 Stars

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 fiancĂ© 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.

Flirting with Fire Review-
Sigh... To say I loved this book is an understatement. So I'll say it again, I loved Flirting with Fire. It had sexy firemen, witty dialogue, and strong, independent heroine. Kinsey Taylor is sent by the Mayor of Chicago to do PR damage for Engine 6 after a viral fight between them and CPD. To clean up their act, Luke must follow a strict regimen assigned by Kinsey, in order to get back on everyone's good side. But here's the thing - Luke and Kinsey don't like each other, in fact, it borders on hate. So what if they have an undeniable attraction and sizzling hot chemistry? It doesn't mean they need to like each other. 

The more time they spend together though, the more and more hard it gets to resist. Things start getting murky when she starts getting close with all of Luke's foster siblings and wondering how she could still keep being loyal to the mayor, along with trying to remain loyal to the Dempsey family. I think the family dynamic was what made the book great instead of good. I like books that make the secondary characters just as important as the main characters. Even better is that we will get to see them all in their own stories!

Overall, I'm in love. Bottom line is that I think you need to get in gear and read this author! If you're in need of a new book boyfriend, look no further. Meader brings us a fresh new look on family dynamics, fiery hot sex scenes, and a wonderful story to make us feel all gooey inside. Can I get book two stat? I just know Alex and Eli's story is going to be damn good!

*Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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Publisher: Pocket Books
Pub. Date: August 31, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Source: Print ARC
Rating: 5 Stars

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.

Melting Point Review-
This was my very first ever M/M story. Yes, I know, I should probably get with the times, eh? I like to pride myself when it comes to reading books because I try to literally put my feet in characters shoes. Which explains why I couldn't ever read a gay romance before. How would I relate to two men falling in love or having sex? Well I shouldn't have been such a worry wart. That was HOT. Omg, that was way hot. 

This is the story of Gage. Oh Gage, I think I love you the most out of all the characters. When you go on to start a passionate relationship with Brady, I found my eyes glued to the book itself. Glued! I want more. More of Gage and Brady that is. I think they have successfully turned me? I guess that's the way to say. 

Overall, I'm glad I had the chance to read Melting Point. It's opened my eyes and now I'll likely read more in the genre. Plus, getting to know more about the wonderful characters Kate has created, feels nice. They feel like family. I can't wait to read Playing with Fire! It's Alex's story and we all know how amazing she is. Comes out at the end of next month!

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Publisher: Pocket Books
Pub. Date: September 29, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance 

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…

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About the Author-
What's next for Kate?
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!
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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.

Order of the Hot in Chicago series about sexy firefighters:
0.5 REKINDLE THE FLAME (Beck and Darcy), in the BABY, IT'S COLD OUTSIDE anthology
1. FLIRTING WITH FIRE (Luke and Kinsey)
1.5 MELTING POINT (Gage and Brady) - coming August 2015
2. PLAYING WITH FIRE (Eli and Alex) - coming September 2015
3. SPARKING THE FIRE (Wyatt and ?) - coming Spring 2016

Order of the Hot in the Kitchen series about sexy chefs:
1. FEEL THE HEAT (Jack and Lili)
2. ALL FIRED UP (Shane and Cara)
3. HOT AND BOTHERED (Tad and Jules)

... however each book can also be read as a standalone novel or novella.

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