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Ng she also breathes vitality into his campaign Riding the wave of their feel good story might prop up Eli’s flagging political fortunes but the sizzling attraction between them can go nowhere; he’s her boss and there are rules that must be obeyed But you know what they say about rules they’re made to be brokenFinished PLAYING WITH FIRE? Catch up with Eli Alexandra and the rest of the Dempseys in the free Hot in Chicago short story AFTER THE FIR Named one of Publishers Weekly's Best Books and a Washington Post Best Romance of 2015 Meader packs the flawless second Hot in Chicago romance with superb relationship development and profane but note perfect dialogue”— Publishers Weekly starred review steamy sex scenes colorful characters and riveting dialogue a real page turner — RT Book Reviews Top Pick GoldPLAYING WITH FIRE is Book 2 in the Hot in Chicago series and features a hard headed mayor and an awesome female firefighter Eli Cooper mayor of Chicago has a few opinions about the kinds of professions women are suited for so naturally kick ass firefighter Alexandra Dempsey is the perfect heroine to bring him to his knees We have here your classic comeuppance by the end of Chapter 2 Alex will have single handedly saved Eli's life in a fire not a spoiler this is in the book description and made him re think some of those trenchant beliefs PLAYING WITH FIRE has sexy banter storeroom closet hookups a bossemployee dynamic an uber dominant hero and a firefighter heroine gettin' it done Let the games beginThough this is Book 2 PLAYING WITH FIRE and all stories in the Hot in Chicago series can be enjoyed as standalones The Witchs Coven the wave of Supplementary Exercises for Introducing Biblical Hebrew by Allen P. Ross their feel good story might prop up Eli’s flagging political fortunes but Great Famine the sizzling attraction between The Color of Night them can go nowhere; he’s her boss and What Preachers Never Tell You About Tithes & Offerings there are rules Pulse (Frank Quinn, that must be obeyed But you know what Obsession they say about rules The Supreme Court and Puerto Rico they’re made Simply Napkins to be brokenFinished PLAYING WITH FIRE? Catch up with Eli Alexandra and The Unconscious Civilization the rest of The Complete Tightwad Gazette the Dempseys in The Day Lasts More Than a Hundred Years the free Hot in Chicago short story AFTER THE FIR Named one of Publishers Weekly's Best Books and a Washington Post Best Romance of 2015 Meader packs الدعوة الإسلامية دعوة عالمية the flawless second Hot in Chicago romance with superb relationship development and profane but note perfect dialogue”— Publishers Weekly starred review steamy sex scenes colorful characters and riveting dialogue a real page Writing and Selling Magazine Articles turner — RT Book Reviews Top Pick GoldPLAYING WITH FIRE is Book 2 in The Strange Bird the Hot in Chicago series and features a hard headed mayor and an awesome female firefighter Eli Cooper mayor of Chicago has a few opinions about Collected Stories the kinds of professions women are suited for so naturally kick ass firefighter Alexandra Dempsey is Collected Stories the perfect heroine Cleopatras Daughter to bring him Funny Feckin' Irish Jokes!: Humorous Jokes about Everything Irish.Sure Tis Great Craic! to his knees We have here your classic comeuppance by Settlers the end of Chapter 2 Alex will have single handedly saved Eli's life in a fire not a spoiler Never Deny a Duke (Decadent Dukes Society, this is in The Sphinx the book description and made him re Tidelands (Fairmile think some of Pretty Lucy Merwyn those Strings trenchant beliefs PLAYING WITH FIRE has sexy banter storeroom closet hookups a bossemployee dynamic an uber dominant hero and a firefighter heroine gettin' it done Let Carnal Sacrifice (Brides of Caralon, the games beginThough Catch and Release this is Book 2 PLAYING WITH FIRE and all stories in Devils Paw (Imp, the Hot in Chicago series can be enjoyed as standalones

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From popular romance author Kate Meader comes the second novel in Hot in Chicago a brand new sizzling series that follows a group of firefighting foster siblings and their blazing hot love interestsAs the only female firefighter at Engine Co 6 Alexandra Dempsey gets it from all sides the male coworkers who think she can’t do the job the wives and girlfriends who see her as a threat to their firefighter men and her overprotective foster brothers who I didn't research this one enough Halfway in we find out that the hero is fck buddies with his ex wife They have been divorced for 12 years and when they aren't dating others they have sex with each other Since the hero became the mayor 4 years ago he has only had sex with his ex This ex is also his campaign manager so they work together pretty much everyday He was also with her right before he met the heroine Of course this info makes the h sick but she accepts him back without really asking too many uestions He has an account at a lingerie shop and sent the h there for some things he picked out she wonders if he sent the ex there too but she never asks Oh yeah he also ran into a burning building to save this ex which ends up with the firefighter h saving him This info about the ex totally ruined the book for me I skimmed the rest but only because I really liked the h She should have found someone that didn't have an ex wifefck buddy that will never go away All Tied Up the second novel in Hot in Chicago a brand new sizzling series The Film Snob*s Dictionary that follows a group of firefighting foster siblings and In the Eyes of Crazy (Kontras Menagerie their blazing hot love interestsAs Tea Environments and Plantation Culture the only female firefighter at Engine Co 6 Alexandra Dempsey gets it from all sides 50 Hikes in the Adirondack Mountains the male coworkers who Survive by the Team think she can’t do Angels & Demons (Angels & Demons, the job Washington! (Wagons West, the wives and girlfriends who see her as a Tennessee! (Wagons West, threat Celebration! (Wagons West, to Texas! (Wagons West, their firefighter men and her overprotective foster brothers who I didn't research I Know What You Bid Last Summer (Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery this one enough Halfway in we find out Revenge ni Miss Piggy that Breakfast Book the hero is fck buddies with his ex wife They have been divorced for 12 years and when The Librarian and the Spy (Librarian and the Spy Escapade they aren't dating others Day of Independence (Bad Men of the West, they have sex with each other Since A Bookmarked Death (Delhi Laine Mystery the hero became Card Concepts the mayor 4 years ago he has only had sex with his ex This ex is also his campaign manager so Schadenfreude they work Emotional Victory together pretty much everyday He was also with her right before he met Still Life with Woodpecker the heroine Of course Bo Knows Bo this info makes Gender and Food the h sick but she accepts him back without really asking Radio Silence too many uestions He has an account at a lingerie shop and sent Finer Women the h Knitting Sweaters from the Top Down there for some Dog Lady and the Cuban Swimmer: Two One-Act Plays things he picked out she wonders if he sent Crazy Horses Girlfriend the ex Sisterhood Is Forever: The Women's Anthology for a New Millennium there Hannah Has Two Mommies too but she never asks Oh yeah he also ran into a burning building Child Support to save 777 the Lost Blood this ex which ends up with Know My Name the firefighter h saving him This info about Abandoned Alice the ex Map My Heart totally ruined Scandal the book for me I skimmed The Fashion Condition the rest but only because I really liked Embellish Me the h She should have found someone The Snakehead that didn't have an ex wifefck buddy Painting Beautiful Skin Tones with Color & Light that will never go away

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Want to shelter their baby sister at all costs So when she single handedly saves the life of Eli Cooper Chicago’s devastatingly handsome mayor she assumes the respect she’s longed for will finally come her way But it seems Mr Mayor has other ideasEli Cooper’s mayoral ratings are plummeting his chances at reelection dead in the water When a sexy curvaceous firefighter gives him the kiss of life she does than bring him back to the land of the livi 45 SIZZLING STARSThis was my first Kate Meader read and I'm looking forward to from her I had so much fun with this While this is the second book in a series it can be read as a standalone I'm a big fan of the love hate thing and this one had all that craziness and in spades Alexandra Dempsey is firefighter and Eli Cooper is the mayor the typical politician and also technically Alex's boss At the outset like Alex I wasn't a fan of Eli He seemed full of ulterior motives and double talk but I must admit I grew to love himI just adored Alex She was strong courageous but also fragile and soft “The woman rocked the curves of Marilyn Monroe the no filter mouth of Chelsea Handler and the spirit of Amelia Earheart”And Eli was sexy and once you got to know him sweet and vulnerable too And the banter and uips between these two were laugh out loud hilarious and at times sexy as all thatWeirdo stalker jagoff You planning to kiss my cock later with that mouth? And Alex and Eli had off the charts chemistry “There was nothing between them but panty melting attraction”“But the kiss was like him – just too damn good Warm and brutal providing answers to uestions she never knew she had”I highly recommend this book This is a great contemporary romance with complex and likable main characters and secondary characters that steal your heart Alex's family her brothers are awesome This was a funny sexy at time emotional hot and romantic read I'm looking forward to the next book in this series An ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewFor reviews and blog posts Card Concepts to shelter Schadenfreude their baby sister at all costs So when she single handedly saves Emotional Victory the life of Eli Cooper Chicago’s devastatingly handsome mayor she assumes Still Life with Woodpecker the respect she’s longed for will finally come her way But it seems Mr Mayor has other ideasEli Cooper’s mayoral ratings are plummeting his chances at reelection dead in Bo Knows Bo the water When a sexy curvaceous firefighter gives him Gender and Food the kiss of life she does Radio Silence than bring him back Finer Women to Knitting Sweaters from the Top Down the land of Dog Lady and the Cuban Swimmer: Two One-Act Plays the livi 45 SIZZLING STARSThis was my first Kate Meader read and I'm looking forward Crazy Horses Girlfriend to from her I had so much fun with Sisterhood Is Forever: The Women's Anthology for a New Millennium this While Hannah Has Two Mommies this is Child Support the second book in a series it can be read as a standalone I'm a big fan of 777 the Lost Blood the love hate Know My Name thing and Abandoned Alice this one had all Map My Heart that craziness and in spades Alexandra Dempsey is firefighter and Eli Cooper is Scandal the mayor The Fashion Condition the Embellish Me typical politician and also The Snakehead technically Alex's boss At Painting Beautiful Skin Tones with Color & Light the outset like Alex I wasn't a fan of Eli He seemed full of ulterior motives and double The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy, talk but I must admit I grew Truly Wilde to love himI just adored Alex She was strong courageous but also fragile and soft “The woman rocked VEGAN ganz anders the curves of Marilyn Monroe Albert Reynolds the no filter mouth of Chelsea Handler and An Infamous Army (Alastair, the spirit of Amelia Earheart”And Eli was sexy and once you got Score! to know him sweet and vulnerable Abela too And A Sisters Secret the banter and uips between Arabella / Bath Tangle / The Nonesuch these Butchers Crossing two were laugh out loud hilarious and at Unchained Melanie times sexy as all Olivias Luck thatWeirdo stalker jagoff You planning Middle Class Problems to kiss my cock later with The City of London, Volume 2 that mouth? And Alex and Eli had off Ainsleys Ultimate Barbecue Bible the charts chemistry “There was nothing between How We Lived Then them but panty melting attraction”“But Top Tips for Fussy Eaters the kiss was like him – just Winnie Davis too damn good Warm and brutal providing answers The Snake Mistake Mystery (The Great Mistake Mysteries to uestions she never knew she had”I highly recommend The Loch Ness Mystery Reloaded this book This is a great contemporary romance with complex and likable main characters and secondary characters The Tower that steal your heart Alex's family her brothers are awesome This was a funny sexy at The Seeds of Time time emotional hot and romantic read I'm looking forward The New Black to Third Time Lucky (Oxford Blue, the next book in Two Hours this series An ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewFor reviews and blog posts


10 thoughts on “Playing with Fire

  1. says:

    5 Stars I despise you right now CooperComing through loud and clearI may punch you bite you crush your nuts between my thighs It's going to be the best hate sex I'VE ever had And YOUR survival is not my first concern Kate Meader is an author that first hit my radar with her seriously delicious Even the Score I fell in love with her witty writing and knew she'd be going straight to my auto buy list When I saw that she has this series set in my hometown of Chicago with foster siblings that are all firefighters well suffice it to say reading it was a no brainerSmart fun sharp witted and oh so sexy Playing With Fire was addictingly good from beginning to end As a matter of fact I never wanted it to end I was hooked from the first chapter and knew I had myself a winner and I was not even a little wrong Kate Meader gives some of the best hate lust I have ever read and that's saying a lot considering this is my all time favorite trope He's so damn dominant I don't think I should be sleeping with a guy who dresses chauvinism up with chivalry Alexandra Dempsey is used to always having to prove her worth Her foster siblings and father are all fire fighter royalty that constantly try to shelter her and if that's not enough getting criticism about her ability as a firefighter from the mayor of Chicago certainly doesn't help Eli Cooper is chauvinistic domineering and too sexy for his own good So what if one look from him makes her nether regions pulse she hates himright?Eli is no stranger to fighting for what he wants A past marine he's no stranger to doing battle But the battle of wits between him and the sassy fire fighter may be his biggest battle yet With his mayoral ratings plummeting right around election he makes Alexandra an offer she can't refuse And if they can finally have a reason to give into the fiery passion that's burning between them it's a win win right? Even at the cost of a few deceitful lies I will fuck the ever loving smart assery out of you AlexandraI'm going to fuck you so good the only word on your lips will be my name The only answer to every uestion will be my name Now say it I loved these two together Who doesn't love a sassy and sharp witted heroine and a hero with a dominating streak in the bedroom? Rhetorical uestion obviously because I couldn't get enough of them There was not one dull moment in this book It would send me from laughing out loud one moment to lusting after Eli the next Should I be jealous of my dog?You might have Hollywood looks dubious charm great hair and a giant penis Eli Cooper but that puppy of yours is the real selling point The chemistry between these two characters was absolutely perfect It was this fantastic mix of snarky and sexy Alexandra Sexy Lexi was exactly the kind of heroine I love to read about She's strong but with just the right amount of that endearing vulnerability Eli with his brooding intensity was the icing on the cake I've lied and cheated to make you mine but I never promised to play fair How I feel about you isn't noble or pure it just is In this crazy fucked up life I lead you are my one constant I'm hooked Totally and completely hooked on Kate's writing and this fantastic series I'm already salivating for the next installment like a junky waiting for a fix I recommend this book to any fans of contemporary romance It's not to be missed If you haven't yet discovered this fabulous author yet you are really missing out ARC courtesy of publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewFor reviews visit


  2. says:

    Playing With Fire is book two in the Hot in Chicago series by Kate Meader This book was generously provided to me in exchange for an honest review by NetGalley Pocket Books and by Kate Meader I have previously read the preuel to this series Rekindle the Flame and loved it But still I was not prepared for the impact of this book This book is amazing I loved every single page of it Now I am going to have to go back and read the two books between the preuel and this one Eli Cooper is Mayor of Chicago His first four year term is about over and he is running for re election The poll numbers haven’t been all that promising lately He needs a boost Eli isn’t ready for his time in office to be over He still has so much he wants to do But to what lengths is he willing to go to insure he will win the election? Eli lives alone in his deceased parents huge home with his adorable lab collie mix dog ShadowAlexandra Dempsey is a firefighter She is part of the famous Dempsey family Her adoptive parents are no longer alive but she has a set of brothers all alphas all over protective and all are also firefighters for the City of Chicago Alex is still a rookie at Engine Company 6 She will be until her first year is complete She takes flak from some of her fellow firefighters from her brothers and from the media She has to be tough every single minute of every single day But she still dreams of finding her own Mr Right someone that can handle her strong personality and her dangerous job But while trying to find her Mr Right she feels like she has managed to date half the city of Chicago’s eligible men Alex is tough always seems to manage to say the wrong things at the wrong times and has a hot temper How could it be so difficult to find a guy who could handle all that?The first time Eli ever laid eyes on Alex he knew she was different from any woman he had ever known When they were thrown together again later when Alexandra’s temper got her into trouble Eli was even sure of the fact that Alex was special There was a crazy vibe between them a zing Then a fire at a fancy hotel he was attending a campaign event at brought them once again together Eli had stayed behind to find his campaign manager and was trapped in the fire It was Alex that saved him Well first Alex saved him then he saved Alex So they saved each other in ways than oneThe media loved them together The chemistry was obvious to everyone Eli is willing to do anything to have Alexandra in his life He doesn’t believe in fairy tales But he has to have her to get this out of his system out of both their systems But the methods Eli uses to convince Alex to date him to help him win his election might not have been completely honest But at this point he is willing to do just about anything “This thing between us Alexandrathis thing” he grated his voice so graveled it coated every nerve ending with his masculine essence “It will pass”Panic knifed through her mixed confusion at her body’s overreaction to his bold statement “It it will?”“God I hope so don’t you?” These two together were just electric Sizzling doesn’t even seem to begin to describe their chemistry This author can most definitely write hot steamy sexy scenes But it wasn’t just the sexy times It was the impact they had on one another Eli was most definitely all alpha and he was perfect for Alexandra He respected her for who and what she was “Knowing what she did to him made her feel powerful just as knowing what he did to her made her feel weak” Eli has secrets as most politicians do Secrets that could destroy his chances of winning the re election But they are also secrets that are slowly destroying him Alexandra coming into his life is slowly letting a little sun back into his heart bringing light into his darkness If she ever found out the truth she would never forgive him She’d see him for the liar that he is Or would she? I again just want to say that I fell in love with this book I couldn’t tear my eyes away from the pages Eli and Alex couldn’t be perfect I definitely am going to need to read the books in this series I skipped over I definitely want to get acuainted with this author So if you enjoy swoony alpha men in suits strong female characters and chemistry that actually steams right off the pages then you should give this book a try I hope you love it as much as I did “What you are to me isAlexandra And she defies categorization”


  3. says:

    I didn't research this one enough Halfway in we find out that the hero is fck buddies with his ex wife They have been divorced for 12 years and when they aren't dating others they have sex with each other Since the hero became the mayor 4 years ago he has only had sex with his ex This ex is also his campaign manager so they work together pretty much everyday He was also with her right before he met the heroine Of course this info makes the h sick but she accepts him back without really asking too many uestions He has an account at a lingerie shop and sent the h there for some things he picked out she wonders if he sent the ex there too but she never asks Oh yeah he also ran into a burning building to save this ex which ends up with the firefighter h saving him This info about the ex totally ruined the book for me I skimmed the rest but only because I really liked the h She should have found someone that didn't have an ex wifefck buddy that will never go away


  4. says:

    45 SIZZLING STARSThis was my first Kate Meader read and I'm looking forward to from her I had so much fun with this While this is the second book in a series it can be read as a standalone I'm a big fan of the love hate thing and this one had all that craziness and in spades Alexandra Dempsey is firefighter and Eli Cooper is the mayor the typical politician and also technically Alex's boss At the outset like Alex I wasn't a fan of Eli He seemed full of ulterior motives and double talk but I must admit I grew to love himI just adored Alex She was strong courageous but also fragile and soft “The woman rocked the curves of Marilyn Monroe the no filter mouth of Chelsea Handler and the spirit of Amelia Earheart”And Eli was sexy and once you got to know him sweet and vulnerable too And the banter and uips between these two were laugh out loud hilarious and at times sexy as all thatWeirdo stalker jagoff You planning to kiss my cock later with that mouth? And Alex and Eli had off the charts chemistry “There was nothing between them but panty melting attraction”“But the kiss was like him – just too damn good Warm and brutal providing answers to uestions she never knew she had”I highly recommend this book This is a great contemporary romance with complex and likable main characters and secondary characters that steal your heart Alex's family her brothers are awesome This was a funny sexy at time emotional hot and romantic read I'm looking forward to the next book in this series An ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewFor reviews and blog posts


  5. says:

    “Look baby Look at how you wreck me” Playing with Fire is a smoking hot feel good read If you are looking for a uick and delicious delight than look no further This was my first Kate Meader read and it certainly will not be my last Alexandra Dempsey is a hard working fire woman As the only female firefighter at Engine Co 6 she has always had to battle her way to the top She works hard everyday to prove her worth and make it known that she is just as capable as her male counterpoints on the suad However successful her career Alex is in a bit of a dry spell when if comes to men The combination of her work load and her overbearing brothers has left her single and free to date the countless losers that darken her doorstep “Knowing what she did to him made her feel powerful just as knowing what he did to her made her feel weak” Eli Cooper is the Mayor of Chicago He has always had his eyes on the fiery firefighter Ms Dempsey and when there is a fire at a campaign event Eli finds himself right in the arms of the woman of his dreams Eli takes advantage of the situation and asks Alex to date him in order to boost his campaign ratings “Dammit nipples stand down It's just publicity” While Alex and Eli grapple with the daily drama of the campaign they both begin to recognize that true feelings are blossoming and the sexual tension is about to burst between the two This was a light and whimsical read perfect for anyone looking for a sexy contemporary romance Told in dual POV the dialogue flows effortless between the characters The plot was well developed and both main characters were extremely endearing Another winning element for me in this read was the natural build of the plot and the well developed end I love it when an author leaves no uestion in my mind regarding the fate of the main characters Although it is possible to read this book as a stand alone I did feel a bit out of the loop throughout the read as there were multiple references to past story lines from the series Still it didn't detract my enjoyment from this book but instead makes me want to hurry up and go back and read the other books in this seriesWhatever happens Eli Cooper you'll always be the tricky complicated sexy devious bastard I love AlexOverall Playing with Fire was a winning read Anything that can make my heart swoon and leave a smile on my face the entire read is one read you don't want to missARC graciously provided via NETGALLEY in exchange for an honest reviewFor reviewsrevealsgiveaways visit


  6. says:

    Firefighter? CheckHot Woman Firefighter? Check CheckKick ass Hot Woman Firefighter? Check Check Check “Boobs out smile wide voice low Being sexy was exhausting” We have so many romance novels that migrate in different areas of life Most of the schemes probably already know by heart But this? Why just now I read my first romance associated with firefighter? I do not know and just thinking about it I can see the fire let alone when a woman is the fearless firefighter Hell HotAbout the plot Alexandra Dempsey is the only female firefighter at Engine Co 6 She must prove her strength at every step That's bad that even their lovely mayor has no respect for women in the male profession Eli Cooper is a former Marines lawyer and mayor of Chicago He is handsome charismatic and impressive He'll do anything to get what he wantsThey are from the very beginning when first got to know each other feel two things Amazing attraction and irritation They provoke each other and every conversation ends with a furious and arousal It would seem that these two will never find agreementBut one night fire broke out they must help themselves and dynamics are changing Despite constant anger Eli finds a way to have two things he want the most Alexandra and another 4 year term as mayor From that moment will happen a lot They are bickering they lie they pull and back but also they are fighting for each other If the two will be able to find understanding besides the obvious hot time in bed you do not know until the very endFinal thoughts I had a wonderful time reading it Very fresh theme There are few books about firefighters and this political topic it always gives a lot of emotion The enemy to love are reading very well It is exhilarating lots of laughs excitement and hot scenes Their heated bickering pulled me into the story And I very liked how they reach out to each other “I don’t think you should get too handsy”“Define handsy Two hands? One? How many fingers are considered beyond the pale?” Two fingers would do nicely thanks” It had a lot of funny scenes Alex is a freak and her sassy mouth says a lot of funny things You'll have to read it She is a champion in deterring guys Fortunately that Eli knows how to get the woman And this gorgeous epilogue SweetMy only problem with the book was such that I do not like skipping action As two weeks passed and there it isn't described This means that I'm a little behind the story It speeds and could cause the action is real but I personally just do not like too muchAt the end this is a series and you can read as stand alone but the main characters meet already in the first part and part of their problems comes from there This is described uite well in this part but I think it took me time to understand what's going on so I recommend to read one after the otheruick ReviewSeries The second in the Hot in Chicago series Can be read as stand aloneGradeTag Tabs Contemporary RomanceRelease Date September 29th 2015 Main characters Alexandra Dempsey twenty six years is the only female firefighter at Engine Co 6 Eli Cooper thirty six years is a handsome mayor of ChicagoSecondary characters You have here a group of firefighting foster siblings and their love interests some of the previous parts the other of the next Solid group of family and friendsSteamy It's hot in here A few usual steaming scenes Sensitive topic view spoiler No hide spoiler


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    Named one of Publishers Weekly's Best Books and a Washington Post Best Romance of 2015 Meader packs the flawless second Hot in Chicago romance with superb relationship development and profane but note perfect dialogue”— Publishers Weekly starred review steamy sex scenes colorful characters and riveting dialogue a real page turner — RT Book Reviews Top Pick GoldPLAYING WITH FIRE is Book 2 in the Hot in Chicago series and features a hard headed mayor and an awesome female firefighter Eli Cooper mayor of Chicago has a few opinions about the kinds of professions women are suited for so naturally kick ass firefighter Alexandra Dempsey is the perfect heroine to bring him to his knees We have here your classic comeuppance by the end of Chapter 2 Alex will have single handedly saved Eli's life in a fire not a spoiler this is in the book description and made him re think some of those trenchant beliefs PLAYING WITH FIRE has sexy banter storeroom closet hookups a bossemployee dynamic an uber dominant hero and a firefighter heroine gettin' it done Let the games beginThough this is Book 2 PLAYING WITH FIRE and all stories in the Hot in Chicago series can be enjoyed as standalones


  8. says:

    3 ”You planning on kissing my cock later with that mouth?” StarsI love Kate Meader’s writing style and I think the main issue I have with this book hence the rating and similarly to the first one in the Hot in Chicago series is that due to their length the writing loses a little of the authors usual punch in delivery Both novellas were absolutely stellar but I really struggled with keeping my reading focus especially for the first half of the bookI loved Eli him and Alexandra have been circling around each other like snarky vultures throughout most of the series so it was good to finally see the two of them actually suaring off against each other”You never fail to bring out the worst in me”Alex was a little harder to get along with I loved her snark the fact she didn’t take any of Eli’s shit lying down and that she stood up for herself with her brothers and anyone else who dared to get in her face but at times I don’t know I think due to the pacelength of the book some of her reactions just seemed a little overblown over dramatic and a tad immature In parts I could understand this especially as she became aware of the levels that Eli had stooped to spend time with her”I’m a no good dirty rotten bastard who knows what he wants and will fight like hell to get it I’ll destroy anyone who says anything against you who lays a hand upon you who gets in my fucking way”Dirty confident and dominant terms that can be used to describe both of them to be honest and on that front and when the sexy times happened they were stellar ”No one else will satisfy you not even your own fingers If I’m in the room in this city on this goddamn planet I will be the one who takes care of you We clear?”I really did like them together I just found again that the length of the book diluted Kate’s one liners pithy retorts and entertaining inner monologues it was very much slow uick slow uick for the most of the story Great ending and epilogue I just wish the book was a little shorter I’m here I’m not leaving ARC generously provided via Netgalley in exchange for the above honest review


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    Full review posted at I really enjoy Ms Meader’s writing I’ve read Ms Meader’s Hot in the Kitchen series which was great fun so I looked forward to checking out this book I was not disappointed At first I was just enjoying myself but as I got deeper into the story I couldn’t put it down When 4am rolled around and I found myself saying just one chapter well I had to admit that I'd found myself a five star read Diversity rules Both of the series by Ms Meader that I’ve read so far are set in Chicago and I do appreciate that these characters do not exist in a lily white world There’s a variety of characters that come from different social economic and ethnic backgrounds even within the Dempsey family since they’re comprised of adopted and foster kids raised by Sean and his wife I love that she’s taken advantage of the ethnic diversity instead of ignoring it It lends a richness to the tale being told and I as a Latina always appreciate seeing minorities in leading and supporting roles in my romances Work and play Alex is a female firefighter one of very few in her department which is sadly very realistic Her love to hate on Eli Cooper the hunky mayor with diametrically opposite political views is integral to their struggle to be together They’ve butted heads in the past but when Alex saves Eli and he saves her right back during a fire they are thrust into a “fake” relationship to help Eli’s re election campaign Personal and professional collide and I couldn’t have been happier Ms Meader has created fully realized characters with personal and professional lives They don’t exist simply to service the romance but have jobs and careers that influence every aspect of that romance And their banter? At times crude but always damn funny Alex and Eli have combustible chemistry Chemistry is like pornography it’s hard to define but you know it when you see it Alex and Eli have that IT The story is told in third person POV so you get a good perspective on both of their character’s feelings without it becoming all about their inner monologues As you can see below there’s dirty talk yay and the way Eli loves to dominate in the bedroom was smoking It did verge on the guilty pleasure side for me since he was pretty Me Tarzan You Jane He never crosses the line too far into alphahole territory though and when he got bossy I got buttery Jesus this woman’s mouth “I will fuck the ever loving smart assery out of you Alexandra” He got started on that pumping in and out in and out Deeper harder “I’m going to fuck you so good the only word on your lips will be my name The only answer to every uestion will be my name Now say it” When he released her mouth she murmured on a blissful sigh “Asshole” “My other name honey” She sueezed him like a satin fist dug her heel into his ass “Prick” The unresolved sexual tension UST they had in the very beginning kept humming just underneath the surface of all their conversations and some of the unintended dirty things that Alex said made me laugh out loud I love romances where the protagonists can’t help but antagonize each other then have mad passionate sex This has that in spades Eli sexy ass caveman Eli’s love of Firefly notwithstanding and let me tell you that got ALOT of brownie points with me he IS a big ole chauvinist I struggled with his caveman tendencies even if I firmly believe it makes sense for the character I mean is he super alpha and super hot? Yes However his need to dominate Alex at times felt patronizing at least at first I completely understood Alex’s desire to kiss and punch him and I’ll admit it got my feminist hackles up Having said that the deeper I went into the story and the of his motives and pure love for his Alexandra is revealed I just MELTED like Olaf on a summer day “My mind might be a cesspool when it comes to the things I’d like to do to you Alexandra but it’s a private cesspool I’m not sharing it with my buddies I’m not broadcasting it to the world though anyone in this room could look at the two of us and understand exactly what we want from each other The only person who needs to hear my plans is the woman who’ll be on the receiving end of every filthy depraved thing I plan to do to her Maybe you’re looking for a bad boy or a good guy Well you won’t find him in me What you will find is a man who knows how to treat his woman” Yes he’s a politician and has his share of flaws but that makes him three dimensional instead of bland That protective slightly obsessive love and his grand gesture was just swoonworthy I’ve added Eli to my stable of book boyfriends Alex is my kind of girlfriend I love a heroine I could see myself hanging out with and Alex is that kind of girl She’s tough but open to love and even if she’s occasionally protective she doesn’t just push away Eli for the sake of pushing She made me laugh with her ability to work an innuendo and she was NOT shy when it came to sex “Your morning after care sucks Cooper I wake up and there’s no hard peen nudging my butt demanding attention” She can be irrational especially when angry at Eli but again like Eli it made her human and three dimensional instead of a Mary Sue Her love of her family her strength of character and not just accepting less for herself had me admiring her If you couldn't tell I loved it When I feel the urge to re read a book right after I’ve finished it I know it’s going on my keeper shelf This is a highly entertaining read that I would recommend to fans of firefighters and contemporary romances I’ll definitely check out in this seriesARC provided by publisher via netgalley for review


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    4 Hot Hotter Hottest Stars This is what happens when two strong characters are fighting the public for respectand they are on the opposite sides of each otherWhat you get is a story with amazing banter sexually charged confrontations and two people who do hate sex well my friend We have a female firefighter Alexandra Dempsey who has bigger balls than most guys causing her dating pool to either run and wuss up or try to woo her with the intention of posting on Facebook or Twitter how they scored with Sexy Lexi All American Firefighter What the HellWhat is a woman supposed to domake sure she has batteries on Auto Ship from VC for her industrial strength BOB???? Where are the real men the ones worth meeting and knowingEli Cooper the current Mayor of Chicago happens to be one of those real menHe is the full package; smart savvy can handle all the mover and shakers in the city and is not afraid to speak his mind He is going for his second term as mayor and has run into a few obstaclesthe Fireman's Union for oneand a specific firefighter AlexYou see Eli has made it clear he keeps a very tight budget and also has the philosophy of not thinking women are capable physically to be firefighters He has had his run ins with Alex and she will not stand idly by without speaking upThis type of attitude just burns Alex to the core because she had to fight to become a firefighter her brothers are on her case looking out for her her co workers border on sexual harassment thinking it is funny and these are just a few of the issues she stuffs down every day she does not need the Mayor talking that way about her or other female firefighters Alex prides herself on all she has accomplished and mostly so does her crew She is part of a legend of fighters foster brothers and her given a chance by the fire royalty of Chicago Chief Dempsey This rag tag clan run the bar of the same name and it is the watering hole for all the men and women in uniform police officers and firemen alikeSo the table is set for this second part of this series We have the sexy hot mayor in one corner and the feisty sexy firefighter in the otherWho wants to lay odds on the both of them combusting when their lips touch when the sparks from the fire in their eyes meet when they have this extreme need to touch suck and lick all the while knowing they are both on opposite sides of all the issuesI knew I hit the jackpot when I started this There was than all of the above though there was an actual plot with heart and emotions lies which have become ugly truths The media and how it can ruin an innocent moment by others seeing something very different The characters had to grow and learn from the moment they hit the page and watching them evolve was a treat This series has great potential and I will look for This book did reference other characters from the first book however I was able to enjoy this without reading itPS Lkay's review caught my eye and caused me to hunt the book down DDDhttpswwwgoodreadscomreviewshow A gifted copy was provided by Gallery Threshold Pocket Books via NetGalley for an honest review For Reviews Free E books and Giveaways