Author: Kate Meader
Series: Hot in Chicago, #1
Release Date: March 24, 2015
Length: Novel (376 pages)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Buy: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Blurb from the back of the book:
A MAN THIS SMOKING SHOULD SET OFF ALARMS...
PR guru Kinsey Taylor is done with men--especially ones who refuse to respect her talents just because she's a woman. Given the assignment of rehabilitating the reputation of Chicago's Engine Company 6, she isn't going to let anybody tell her how to do her job, including firefighter Luke Almeida. Even if he does make her hormones rage like a blazing building.
... BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE TO DOUSE THE FLAMES
Luke figures he knows how to run his firehouse just fine, and that doesn't include having to prance around half-naked for the Men on Fire calendar scheme cooked up by some ice princess publicist in a tight skirt and man-killer heels. But if he's going to be driven mad by this media circus, he's determined to have his revenge by making Kinsey crazy, too--for him.
And when fire meets ice, one thing is certain...there's going to be plenty of steam.
Drea's Review:Luke is a member of the Firefightin’ Dempseys--foster kids raised by the Dempsey's who all look out for each other now that their foster parents have passed. He's the second oldest and feels the responsibility of making sure his younger sister Alex and brother Gage don't get into trouble. That makes him a bit bossy and protective. And that's what gets him in trouble himself. After Luke's brawl with a Chicago cop for touching his sister lands on YouTube and goes viral, Luke has to play nice to keep his job.
In steps Kinsey, PR princess to the Mayor. The mayor can't afford to lose his biggest campaign donor and the donor has it in for the Dempseys, Luke chief among them. Kinsey has problems of her own. She's recently discovered the fiancé she moved halfway around the country to be with was cheating on her and is expecting a kid with his mistress. Newly single and determined to make her time in Chicago worth the move, she's not about to let dominant Luke call any shots. No matter how ripped he is.
They butt heads from the start, but Kinsey quickly gets Luke on board with the campaign (thanks to job threats). From half naked calendars with kittens to a block party barbecue with the cops, Kinsey makes Luke swallow his pride. And he makes her wallow in lust. Their chemistry is awesome, and explodes in the best of ways.
This book had me laughing all the way through (okay, almost all the way. There were some heavy spots). Both Kinsey and Luke had some great lines in and out of their heads. There's plenty of verbal fireworks, plus fireworks in bed (and not in bed *waves a hand over her face*).
In addition to Luke and Kinsey, there's a sultry side plot with Luke's younger brother Gage and a taciturn chef Brady. And Ms. Meader sets up the plot of the second book between the Mayor and Alex that will prove to have loads of fireworks in it, too. I'm definitely checking that one out!
I took snapshots of a two key quotes that made me laugh out loud. Check them out:
So if you like your heroes bossy and fiery hot and the heroines who can tame them, check this one out!