Saturday, September 26, 2015

Melting Point by Kate Meader

Title: Melting Point
Author: Kate Meader
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Hot in Chicago #1.5
Main Characters: Brady and Gage
Release Date: August 2015
Publisher:  Pocket Star
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
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.

My Review:
Whoa...I LOVED the pairing of these two guys. Gage is the fun, party guy...always smiling, always happy. Brady is the exact opposite. He'd be happy if he never has to see anyone else again. He doesn't want to be near anyone else (besides Gage) and doesn't know how to relate to other people anymore. Six years ago, he got caught up in an ambush while in the military and hasn't been "right" ever since. As a result, he doesn't see himself as something desirable and knows that there's no way Gage could really be interested in him. 

Gage has pushed and pushed and pushed...and finally has given up on Brady. This one step forward, five steps back isn't working for him anymore. He can't continue to get hurt like this...and my heart bled for him. Actually for both of them. 

Seriously, these guys tore at my heartstrings. They both want each other so much, but Brady is just a mess...and is making a mess of them. But when he lets his inhibitions down...wow, I LOVED them together. His motorcycle accident...the best thing that ever could have happened to the two of them. 

I love how impossible things feel between them, even when their yearning floats off the page with the strength of it. It was a great set-up for this angst-loving reader. I LOVED them. But at the heart of this story is two guys who've had really awful backgrounds...find one another. An interesting aspect of the story is how those backgrounds have so differently molded the two of them and who they are today. I adore Gage's attitude, especially in the face of the really difficult things he's facing right now. Choose Happy...it's a good thing...and something I can admire in a character like him. 

I definitely recommend this one AND the first book in the series, too. Kate Meader has a GREAT series going right here!!

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