Monday, October 5, 2015

Review & Giveaway ~ PLAYING WITH FIRE by Kate Meader

Playing with Fire (Hot in Chicago, #2)
by: Kate Meader
Series: Hot in Chicago
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 29, 2015
Source: Publisher ~ Simon and Schuster: Pocket Books

The scorching-hot Dempsey siblings continue to fight fire with fire…
Her heart’s in his line of fire…

Heating up reading lists and leisure time long after the summer heat has cooled will be Kate Meader’s PLAYING WITH FIRE, which tells the story of rookie firefighter Alex Dempsey. She may be the only woman in Engine Company 6—and may have burned through thirty-four dates in the last ten months—but she’s got everything under control. At least until she rescues Eli Cooper, Chicago’s devastatingly handsome mayor, from a hotel blaze. These two have clashed before—Eli’s a brilliant politician, used to the spotlight, and Alex has no use for a man who can smooth-talk anyone into anything, including his bed. But after their headline-grabbing encounter, Alex is the one starting to sizzle…
...but first she’ll set his world aflame…

Eli Cooper has one goal: winning the next election, and Alex, his sassy savior, may be the spark he needs to light up his sputtering mayoral campaign. “Dating” the female firefighter who saved his life is political gold, but her total lack of filter makes Eli incensed—and more than a little hot and bothered. For the sake of ratings, their bickering will have to wait until they get some privacy…
And once these two are alone together, there’ll be no way to extinguish the flames in Kate Meader’s second sizzling installment in the Hot in Chicago series, PLAYING WITH FIRE!


“Meader packs the flawless second Hot in Chicago romance with superb relationship development…and note-perfect dialogue…The secondary characters play their parts beautifully, and Eli and Alexandra are a captivating couple…”
Publishers Weekly starred review
“Thank you, Kate Meader, for creating a heroine who does not fit the status quo! The idea of a plus-size female firefighter being described as sexy and irresistible makes this book stand out. Meader also provides readers with steamy sex scenes, colorful characters and riveting dialogue. The themes of staying true to yourself and the impact of family legacies make for an interesting storyline. This tale is a real page-turner.”
—RT Book Reviews four and a half star “scorcher” TOP PICK GOLD review

Playing with Fire, the second full length novel in Kate Meader’s Hot in Chicago series is a standalone read.  As with the previous books, Kate brings heat.  But I found this one to be a little more humorous than others.  After all, this is a enemies to lovers romance with a fiery heroine and a buttoned up politician hero.

I don't think I've been so conflicted about a hero before. I love Eli Cooper. I’m not even sure how that is even possible.  Eli is arrogant, chauvinistic, and does whatever it takes to get what he wants.  But all of his actions come from a good place.  Thus in the end, he leaves you with no choice but to love him.

I’m not sure how I missed it, but Alexandra Dempsey is a full figured heroine.  I love that!!! Even better, she’s comfortable in her own skin.  Alex a league all on her own.  She isn't a damsel who needs rescuing.  She has the mouth of a sailor.  She defends herself and her family without thinking.  She's a loose cannon.  But this is what makes her perfect for prim and proper Eli Cooper.

The Dempseys and the Coopers go back a long way.  In fact, the fathers were partners in Dempsey’s on Damen back in the day.  Today, that friendship and camaraderie doesn’t exist.  Eli is the mayor of Chicago.  Alex and her foster brothers are Chicago firefighters, known as the Firefightin’ Dempseys.  As mayor, Eli has been coming down hard on the Dempseys in the last couple of months, due to their actions both on duty and off.

It’s no secret there are sparks between these two.  When Alex saves Eli from a fire, the frenzy about them being a couple goes crazy.  With Eli’s poll numbers dropping and with election day only weeks away, the idea forms to use Alex to get voters and the unions on his side.  In order to accomplish this, Eli turns to extortion/blackmail to get Alex to pretend to be his girlfriend in public.  Lines get blurred and the spark between these two turns into a full fledged fire.

I generally know what I’m going to get when I pick up one of Kate Meader’s books.  It’s a given there will heated moments.  It’s a given she will have you laughing.  It’s a given you will embrace the characters.  What surprised me was the back and forth banter between Eli and Alex.  The two have this push and pull relationship where Eli wants to control Alex and get her to conform to his ways.  Unfortunately for him, he’s never met anyone like Alex.  Something else that surprised me was Eli himself.  Underneath his thousand dollar suits and his calm cool demeanor this very refined man is a dirty talker. Hello.

If you’re looking for an enemies to lovers romance that will make you laugh and fall in love with the characters, Playing with Fire is for you.  I’m really looking forward to the next book in this series.  The mystery of just who oldest Dempsey sibling Wyatt Fox is will finally be revealed.  I can’t wait.

**Received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.**

Rating: 4

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Reviews of previous Hot in Chicago Series books:
Flirting with Fire ~ Review
Melting Point ~ Review

Hot in Chicago buy links:
►Playing with Fire (9/29/15) is second in the series.
►Rekindle the Flame is the prequel e-novella which will publish 11/30/15 for $1.99!
►Flirting with Fire (3/24/15) is first in the series.
►Melting Point (8/31/15) is the mm romance e-novella from the series.

I’m excited to do a Fire Giveaway today for Kate Meader’s PLAYING WITH FIRE blog tour.  The Fire Giveaway will include Flirting with Fire and Baby, It’s Cold Outside (which includes Kate Meader’s Rekindle the Flame, the prequel Hot in Chicago e-novella which will publish 11/30/15 for $1.99!) You can visit all sites on the blog tour to enter the Fire Giveaways – but keep in mind you can only win once! U.S. only. *Giveaway lasts TODAY ONLY!*

Kate Meader was raised on romance. An Irish girl, she started with Catherine Cookson and Jilly Cooper novels, and spiced it up with some Mills & Boon. Now based in Chicago, she writes romances of her own, where sexy contemporary alpha heroes and strong heroines match each other quip for quip. When not immersed in tales of brooding mill owners, oversexed equestrians, and men who can rock an apron or a fire hose.

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Follow the tour.

9/28:      Night Owl Reviews, Author Chat
Week 1, three Fire Giveaways per day
               Abigail Books Addiction
               Night Owl Reviews
               Mrs Leif’s Two Fangs About It Book Blog
               In Between the Pages
10/1:      Talk Supe
               The Romance Dish
               Four Chicks Flipping Pages
10/2:      Harlequin Junkie
               Bea’s Book Nook
               Collector of Book Boyfriends
Week 2, two and three Fire Giveaways per day
               Fire and Ice Book Reviews
10/6:      Cocktails & Books
10/7:      Bookish Temptations
               Art Books Coffee
               Lush Book Reviews
               WTF Are You Reading?
               Once Upon An Alpha
               Fiction Fangirls
               Red Cheeks Reads
Week 3, one Fire Giveaway per day
10/16:   About That Story



  1. Replies
    1. Thanks for stopping by Melissa. Good luck.

  2. I've always been fascinated by the men and women braving fires. It's not a job I can do.

    1. They are definitely to be admired. Good luck with the giveaway.

  3. Great giveaway! Thanks for the chance!😊


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