Author: Kate Meader
Genre: Contemporary Romance
My Copy: Review Copy via Simon & Schuster
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Synopsis: Actor Molly Cade, America’s fallen sweetheart, finally has her shot at a Hollywood comeback with a dramatic new role as a tough-as-nails firefighter that promises to propel her back to the big time and restore her self-respect.
Wyatt Fox, resident daredevil at Engine Co. 6, needs a low-key job to keep him busy while he recovers from his latest rescue stunt. Consulting on a local movie shoot should add just enough spark to his day. Especially when in struts Molly Cade: the woman who worked his heart over good, and then left him in the Windy City dust.
Their story is straight out of a script: irrepressible, spunky heroine meets taciturn, smoldering hero. But these two refuse to be typecast, and when the embers of an old love are stoked, someone is bound to get burned…
Woo-hoo! Kate Meader is back with a new Hot in Chicago book! Sparking the Fire is the third and final book in her Hot in Chicago series and if you haven’t read any of the books in the series, it’s not necessary in order to enjoy Sparking the Fire. I’ve read all of them and while Meader will mention an event or two from the previous books, it’s nothing that I consider to be a huge spoiler.
We have great character development. Molly Cade is a Hollywood actress struggling to get her career back on track. At first, Molly comes off as bit vulnerable, but she quickly establishes herself as a capable woman. She’s not afraid to fight for what she wants and isn’t afraid to stand up for herself. Then there’s Wyatt Fox…dependable, strong, and quiet. You’re not sure what to make of him and while he has a past, he isn’t scarred by it. Your heart will break for Wyatt, but you’ll realize he wouldn’t want your pity and you’ll quickly come to adore him. We have a few secondary characters that play a vital role including Roni, a young teenage girl trying to find where she fits in the world. I don’t want to go into detail regarding Roni’s situation because I don’t want to spoil things, but you’ll love her!
Fans of the film, Notting Hill might point out similarities between Molly and Julia Roberts’ character. In the film, Roberts pursues a relationship with a humble bookstore owner played by Hugh Grant, but that’s where the similarities end. If you’ve seen the film, you know there’s a scene where Julia Roberts’ character tells Hugh Grant, “I’m just a girl, standing in front a boy, asking him to love her.” While Molly’s conversations with Wyatt don’t come close to what Julia Roberts says, I couldn’t help but think of the line as I read Sparking the Fire. In Sparking the Fire, we have a famous woman who has it all, but at the end of the day, she just wants a private life and to be loved for who she is and not what she is.
What I love about Meader is that she gives us characters that make us take notice! Meader makes us part of the family in her books and it’s no different in Sparking the Fire. I love being an unofficial member of the Dempsey family and it’s all thanks to Meader. I adored seeing Molly and Wyatt fall in love and through it all, handle the storm of fame and all that comes with it. She also brings a city to life. I’ve never been to Chicago before, but the description of the neighborhoods and the city itself, it’s easy to imagine yourself there.
Overall, Kate Meader’s Sparking the Fire is an enjoyable read! If you’re looking to try a new series or author, I highly recommend you do so. She quickly become a favorite in 2014 and has never let me down. I’m saddened this is the last book in the series, but I know it won’t be the last we’ll hear of the Dempseys!
In celebration of Kate Meader’s Sparking the Fire, Pocket Star is giving away the first 2 books in the Hot in Chicago series: Flirting with Fire (Book 1) and Playing with Fire (Book 2). You can visit all sites on the blog tour to enter the giveaways, but you can only win once! U.S. only and no POBs.