Title: Flirting with Fire
Author: Kate Meader
My Rating: A
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Hot in Chicago #1
Main Characters: Kinsey and Luke
Release Date: March 2015
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Sexual Intensity: hot
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 isthe law. And he’s not about to let Kinsey make the rules.My Review:
This is the first time I've read this author, but I can guarantee you it won't be the last time. I really truly enjoyed reading this book. This book is the set-up for a new series about a family of firefighters in Chicago...the Dempseys. This firefighting family is made up of foster kids who were taken in by the family and have taken on the same firefighting careers after father and the oldest were killed in the line of duty while fighting a fire. There are five of them left to carry on the name...Wyatt, Luke, Beck, Gage, and Alex.
(Beck actually got his HEA in a novella that was in Baby, It's Cold Outside, that I need to go back and read because it is on my TBR shelf...I just didn't realize that was a precursor to this series...although I think all of the books will stand up fine as reads on their own.)
This book is about Luke. He's the hothead of the family and that's where the story starts out. Luke and a Chicago Police Department officer got into a huge fistfight in the family bar and the video went viral...which makes the mayor look bad...something that isn't acceptable. Kinsey's job is to clean the mess and get Luke under control.
Luke and Kinsey have incredible chemistry, but they are both coming off incredibly heart-shredding break-ups. Luke is newly divorced from his cheating wife. Kinsey uprooted her life to move to Chicago to marry her boyfriend of 10 years, only to have him dump her for someone else 3 weeks before the wedding and only a month or two after she moved there...for him. Neither one of them are willing to dip their toes into the relationship pool again, yet.
While nothing in this book is very different from what we've seen before in other stories for the basics of the storyline, the book was written incredibly well and I found myself enchanted by it. The siblings are completely devoted to one another. If one of them is in trouble, they are all right there for support and help. I loved that relationship that runs so deep between all of them. They all come from really horrible home circumstances and that means there's some great angst under the surface for all of them. And we get to see a lot of all of them except Beck who's away with his girlfriend throughout most of this book.
I especially loved the side story with Gage and Brady...aw, I really loved them and hope we get to see lots more of them together in the other stories, because they are still working things out...more angst there.
I also really enjoyed Kinsey's view of everything with the mayor. It will be interesting to see how that all plays out, especially since it looks like he plays a pretty major role in the next book, too. I can't wait. I'm really excited about how well the series started. It is very promising and I highly recommend this first book!
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.