Author: Kate Meader
Genre: Contemporary Romance
My Copy: Review Copy via Simon & Schuster
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Synopsis: 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.
Woo-hoo! Kate Meader is back and this time with a brand new series that features firefighters. Can we take a moment to drool over the cover? It’s stunning and ah, the look in his eyes screams determination!
We have great character development. Meader has always written strong characters and Flirting with Fire is no exception. Our heroine, Kinsey Taylor, is feisty, competitive, and isn’t one to easily intimidate. I’ll admit, I thought I wasn’t going to like Kinsey because of how self assured and strong she is, but Meader made her relatable. How many of us have fallen for a guy only to realize he’s intimidated by us? Kinsey’s ex-fiancé can’t handle her awesomeness, but that’s okay because Meader has given her someone who isn’t afraid of her. And oh boy…Luke Almeida is everything Kinsey dreamed of and more! He’s protective of his family and dedicated to his job. And on top of that, he’s a fireman who isn’t afraid to pose for worthy cause. We have several secondary characters that play a vital role including his foster brother and sister, Gage and Alex.
I have yet to read a Kate Meader book I didn’t like and Flirting with Fire was no exception. Meader gives us a well written romance that is developed and believable. I enjoyed watching Kinsey and Luke fall in love. This truly was a romance between two equals and it’s hard for an author to pull that off because somewhere along the way, a character changes and at times loses their way. Not here. Meader really knows her characters and stays true to them. Her writing is natural and conversations between characters are real. At no point did I find myself rolling my eyes or saying how unreal a situation was. And that’s what I enjoy about Meader’s books, she gives us characters and situations are that real and sigh worthy.
I know some readers might be turned off regarding a secondary storyline featuring Gage, but Meader establishes who he is early on and I wasn’t bothered by it. I won’t go into detail because this is about Luke and Kinsey, but honestly, I can’t imagine Flirting with Fire written without Gage’s story. To be honest, I’m not a fan of secondary storylines because sometimes they take away from our main couple and are often more interesting than our main characters. In this case, I equally adored both storylines and in the end, both are needed in order to tell Luke and Kinsey’s story.
I’ve never been to Chicago, but Meader makes me want to visit even more each time I pick up one of her books. She truly brings the city to life and it’s easy to imagine walking the city alongside her characters. I’ve said it before, but I love how Meader makes us feel and think. I loved that Flirting with Fire was not only about firefighters (who in real life share a very close brotherhood), but also about foster siblings. In romances we often see adults who grew up in the foster system grow up dysfunctional, but Meader shows us the other side to the system. I personally really enjoyed the interactions between the Dempseys and wanted to be part of their family!
If you’re a fan of contemporary romances or are looking for a great romance, I highly recommend Kate Meader’s Flirting with Fire. I do have to warn you, Kate and I are not responsible if you decide to visit Chicago to look for your own Dempsey brother. 😉 I personally can’t wait for book two, Playing with Fire and see the sparks fly between Eli and Alex (Ahhh! Can it be September already?)