Flirting with Fire by @KittyMeader

Flirting with Fire (Hot in Chicago, #1)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.

ARC received from: Publisher

Rating: ★★★★½

Cover: Yay

Trope: Some flirty firefighter fun

Chemistry: Off the charts Scorchio

POV: 3rd Person

One-Sentence Summary: Kinsey Taylor, almighty PR guru, is tasked with reforming bad boy firefighter Luke Almeida and *spoiler alert* sparks fly

Review: I’m a big big fan of Kate Meader and ever since I first met the Dempseys in the ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’anthology, I have been eagerly awaiting the first full length novel in the series and it did not disappoint!

From the opening scene where Kinsey ‘takes no prisoners’ Taylor lays down the law to Luke ‘I’ve got that whole protective don’t-mess-with-my-family thing going on’ Almeida, the sparks fly.

Whilst both characters have a very tough exterior, they have both had a rough time when it comes to past relationships and throughout the book they both have to learn to put aside their fears in order to give their new relationship a real chance.

I love Kinsey and admired the way she handled just about everything that was thrown her way throughout the book (plus she has an Kate Meader - Lukeawesome father and there are a couple really enjoyable Kinsey/Kinsey’s Dad/Luke scenes).

Whilst I like Luke (I mean, c’mon, he’s the love of our heroine’s life and is ridiculously hot), I have to say that he wasn’t the Dempsey that I was most invested in in this book – that award goes to Alex.  Or Gage.  I can’t decide, I love them both!  I’m so excited for Alex’s book which is up next so I will save my love for her until then, but let’s take a minute to appreciate Gage.

I’ve never read a M/M romance novel before (nothing against it, there’s just so many hetero romances on my ‘to read’ list, I plan to Kate Meader - Gageget through all of them first (ha!) before expanding my horizons) so it was really nice for me to experience my first M/M romance through it being the secondary romance in this book.  Gage/Brady!  I love them!  More specifically Gage who is just so confident in his sexuality at the start of the book but becomes adorably unsure of himself around the angsty tortured chef.  I guess we will just have to wait to find out what Brady’s deal is.

Finally, if you’re still not convinced that you need to go out any buy this book right now, let me tell you that there is a ridiculously hot ‘straight out of every woman’s romance novel wishlist’ scene which involves a certain sexy hot firefighter having to strip and model his rock hard abs for a photoshoot and, did I mention, cuddle kittens ….. now there’s an image!

Dempseys Final

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