Review: Playing With Fire (Hot in Chicago #2) by Kate Meader

I am so excited to share my review for Playing With Fire. Loved this book! Alex was so awesome. I love a strong woman lead. And Eli… swoon!


Playing with Fire 2

Playing With Fire (Hot in Chicago #2)
by Kate Meader



The scorching-hot Dempsey siblings continue to fight fire with fire…

Her heart’s in his line of fire…

Heating up reading lists and leisure time long after the summer heat has cooled will be Kate Meader’s PLAYING WITH FIRE, which tells the story of rookie firefighter Alex Dempsey. She may be the only woman in Engine Company 6—and may have burned through thirty-four dates in the last ten months—but she’s got everything under control. At least until she rescues Eli Cooper, Chicago’s devastatingly handsome mayor, from a hotel blaze. These two have clashed before—Eli’s a brilliant politician, used to the spotlight, and Alex has no use for a man who can smooth-talk anyone into anything, including his bed. But after their headline-grabbing encounter, Alex is the one starting to sizzle…

...but first she’ll set his world aflame…

Eli Cooper has one goal: winning the next election, and Alex, his sassy savior, may be the spark he needs to light up his sputtering mayoral campaign. “Dating” the female firefighter who saved his life is political gold, but her total lack of filter makes Eli incensed—and more than a little hot and bothered. For the sake of ratings, their bickering will have to wait until they get some privacy…

And once these two are alone together, there’ll be no way to extinguish the flames in Kate Meader’s second sizzling installment in the Hot in Chicago series, PLAYING WITH FIRE!



5 out of 5 stars

This was so fantastic! Excellent story with the perfect build. Loved it. And holy hot! Mr. Mayor has my vote. ;-)

Eli and Alex were great characters. Eli was super sexy, commanding, a go-after-what-you-want kind of guy. Seriously HOT! Alex was fan-freaking-tastic! I've got a total girl crush on her. I loved how she just put it all out there, was so fiery and full of life. These two together had the best chemistry. I loved their verbal sparring and innuendo. They definitely give good fight. Holy sexual tension and build up batman - these two when it comes to the hotness... WOW! So much passion between the two. I love that she's all woman-hear-me-roar but she also likes his powerful, commanding ways in private. I loved the story of them coming together, the challenges they faced, and really getting to learn their secrets as they opened up.

The intensity and need between Eli and Alex made this great story hard to put down. It had such an awesome build as all the details unfolded. It was just so well developed, and I thought they both had great back stories.  

I love all the Dempsey siblings and their passion for family and how that really comes through in the story. I am so excited that their were hints about Wyatt, his story is next and I can't wait to learn his secrets.

There were ups and down with drama and tension. There were funny times as well with some great one-liners. Alex's free flowing speech can be pretty priceless. I cannot say enough about their fun yet argumentative ways and just how challenging they could be to one another - that type of connection and all that it creates for a storyline is one of my favorite things ever.

Loved the ending and the epilogue. I was actually surprised which is always refreshing. Great everything! Just an incredible story with really in depth characters. It was full of sexual tension, drama, and love. Just awesome!

5 votes for the major!

Complimentary copy received for honest review.




Kate Meader was raised on romance. An Irish girl, she started with Catherine Cookson and Jilly Coooper novels, and spiced it up with some Mills & Boon. Now based in Chicago, she writes romances of her own, where sexy contemporary alpha heroes and strong heroines match each other quip for quip. When not immersed in tales of brooding mill owners, oversexed equestrians, and men who can rock an apron or a fire hose, Kate lives on the web at, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads and Pinterest.

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I’m excited to giveaway a paperback of Kate Meader’s PLAYING WITH FIRE as well as Baby, It’s Cold Outside (which includes Kate Meader’s Rekindle the Flame, the prequel Hot in Chicago e-novella which will publish 11/30/15 for $1.99!). U.S. only. Ends Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 12am CST. Winner will have 24 hours to claim their prize. Thank you!


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