Stubbornness meets sexy!
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Firefighter Romance
Book Length (Est.): 400 Pages
The first installment in Hot in Chicago, a brand-new, sizzling series from Kate Meader that follows a group of firefighting foster siblings and their blazing hot love interests!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 is the law. And he’s not about to let Kinsey make the rules.
*I received this book free from Simon and Schuster in exchange for an honest review*
I read this book expecting a story about Kinsey and Luke, but it felt more like three stories rolled into one. There’s Gage and Brady’s story that mingles throughout the pages and also a hint of Alex and Eli mixed in, but mostly just Eli and his political games.
Kinsey gave up everything in order to follow her man and his dreams, only things didn’t work out like she’d planned. Now single in a city far from home, working a job she doesn’t quite enjoy or want, she’s left with only her will not to give up or give in.
“She wondered how long it would take to get over her own relationship fail. Or, if a certain streak of walking, breathing temptation might be willing to indulge in a spot of naked sex therapy.”
Luke is like a father figure to his siblings. They all look up to him. But at the same time they want him to get a life and stop smothering them. And he does have wants of his own, but to him following them would be selfish. He would never abandon his family to follow a different path.
“Find woman, claim woman…”
Kinsey is stubborn, Luke is even more stubborn, they’ll mince words, butt heads, and wanna kill each other, but in the end sparks ignite and emotions explode. Thank goodness he’s a fireman because things between them can get hot hot hot!
“The thing about fires, Kinsey, is that it does something to me. To all of us. Around the Fourth is one of our busiest times. Lots of calls with barbecue and firework accidents, and when I finish my shift I’ll be all hopped up on adrenaline. Horny as hell, too, and I usually need to take the edge off quickly.”
“Are you warning me about your premature ejaculation problem?”
Gage is Luke’s hottie, definitely not shy, younger brother. I would have enjoyed a little bit more of his and Brady’s story. The glimpses here and there were kind of a tease and I really want to know if and how Brady finally opens up to Gage. Perhaps in another book maybe.
“I’m about to go down on Spider-Man. This is mighty fucked up.”
Eli is a sexist ass, but there’s something underneath that I can’t quite figure out. I can’t quite decide if I like him or hate him. I’m strongly leaning toward hate.
Alex is fierce and protective and I feel sorry for the man brave enough to take her on.
Flirting with Fire has a fantastic underlying family vibe with a hot and sexy appeal. It was an interesting read and I look forward to seeing what’s in store in the next Hot in Chicago novel.
My Favorite Laughable Moment: Drunk Kinsey is hilarious.
“Mr. Almeida. I like that thing we do, Mr. Almeida. It’s sexy as hell. You’re sexy as hell with all these hard muscles.”
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