Review: Playing with Fire by Kate Meader

Posted 29 September, 2015 in Reviews / 1 Comment

Review: Playing with Fire by Kate MeaderTitle: Playing with Fire
Series: Hot in Chicago #2
Author: Kate Meader
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 29, 2015
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Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review. Read more

About Playing with Fire:

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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Recommended for: Scandal fans (especially #TeamOlitz). I’m not sure why, but I feel under-the-surface similarities between them and this couple.

Loved this! Even more than the first book in the series. In Flirting with Fire, I loved the chemistry, the relationship, and Luke on his own. But I didn’t love Kinsey on her own – mostly just as part of “Luke and Kinsey.” In Playing with Fire, I loved both main characters on their own as much as I loved them together.

Alex reminded me of someone who was just born to be Wonder Woman for Halloween…or in real life. 😛 Not just because the body types match, but because Alex was a strong, female superhero. I mean, she was literally a hero. And hilarious. And strong. And basically just a character I wanna read about.

As for Eli, let’s be real. How am I not going to love him? Book politicians are attractive for me, as unpolitical as I am.

And the two of them together, oooof. You know how I love banter, and this book had so. much. banter. Eli and Alex were constantly challenging each other, going back and forth, trying to get the last word in. It was so much fun to read. 🙂

And the excerpt at the end had me so excited for the next book!

About Kate Meader:

Kate Meader is the author of the sexy new series Hot in Chicago, coming soon from Pocket Books. When not writing she works in an academic library in Chicago. Visit her at

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