{Review} Playing with Fire by Kate Meader

{Review} Playing with Fire by Kate MeaderPlaying with Fire by Kate Meader
Also by this author: Melting Point, Taking the Score, Sparking the Fire
Series: Hot in Chicago #2
Also in this series: Melting Point, Sparking the Fire
Published by Pocket Books on September 29, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Character(s): Politicians
Pages: 384
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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…

Erin: What do you get when you cross one sassy, strong, FIERCE female firefighter with a biting tongue with a gruff, sarcastic, uber cool, ex-Marine turned mayor? Well, of course that would be the wickedly delightful Playing with Fire, the next installment in the Hot in Chicago series by Kate Meader. And trust me when I say this one … it’s on fire, y’all.

I won’t say you need to have read the first two books in this series to understand the how’s, when’s, where’s and who’s in Playing with Fire—it IS meant to be a standalone—but you’re missing out if you don’t. The tension that has been building from the beginning of the series between Alexandra Dempsey AKA America’s Favorite Firefighter, and the honorable Mayor Eli Cooper literally explodes in this book … and oh what fun it is. These two, the chemistry is like whoa and their sharp, sexually tinged banter is so fabulous it’s not even funny. I love when an author portrays a woman as strong and confident but is willing to follow her heart.

Alex walked into the firehouse, tripping like a schoolgirl through a field of daisies. Feeling that swoop in her stomach that could mean only one thing.

She was in love.

Desperately, hopelessly, drawing-hearts-in-dusty-surfaces in love. And boy, did she know how to pick ‘em.

Eli Cooper was not the kind of man a girl should fall in love with. Oh, she acknowledged he was exactly the type of hunk women the world over would give their left tit for a chance to kneel at his feet. Which she had, many times. And she didn’t have to surrender any body parts.

But he was bad news for her because he could not be tamed. Put a woman who believed fiercely in the power of love at loggerheads with a man who thinks love exposes him to potential betrayal and the math was always going to be fuzzy. He might have done a smash-and-grab of her heart, but he didn’t love her, maybe never could. Yet…She wanted to believe that beneath that jaded exterior there existed a heart that wanted to beat again. She felt these deep pockets of sadness in him, voids she knew she could fill if he’d let her.

All. The. Swoons.

Kate Meader’s writing is truly a treat. Dialog that is witty and snarky but laced with humor and emotion. She writes sex like nobody’s business, and the way she lets the characters evolve and grow is a definite plus. I love all the dynamics that are in play in this book and in this series as a whole. And a super big plus for me? Lots of appearances by none other than the VERY sexy Gage Simpson, Alex’s foster brother and star of book 1.5, Melting Point. Yum!

Really, y’all, this book has everything. Two fantastic main characters that are engaging and so well developed they leap off the page. A plot that’s fast moving and will totally pull you in from the very first sentence and will leave you wanting more when you get to the end. Steamy, intensely emotional sex scenes that ADD to the story, and some of the best one-liner’s I’ve read in a really long time. I loved this book, I love this series and I’m TOTALLY dying for Wyatt Fox in Book 3. When you get done with Playing with Fire, trust me, you will, too!

Erin

Erin is a book addict! She loves books of all kinds, but her favorites are Contemporary Romance or YA (and she reads both boy/boy AND boy/girl, sometimes even girl/girl!) She's been reading since she could hold a book in her hands and doesn't see that changing any time soon. Give her a Coke, kick ass tunes from her favorite playlists, and a book, and she's in reading heaven.

She's a Texan, though she drinks her tea plain and NOT sweet. She loves cheesecake, strawberry limeade's from Sonic and her favorite color is purple. In her books, she loves an HEA, but she never minds if the road is rough to get there, as long as the reward is worth the struggle.

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