Author: Kate Meader
Genre: Contemporary Romance
My Copy: Review Copy via Simon & Schuster
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Synopsis: As 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 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 ideas…
Eli 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 more than bring him back to the land of the living—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 broken…
The Dempsy clan is back and this time it’s Alex’s story! If you haven’t read the first book in the Hot in Chicago series, it’s not necessary to enjoy Kate Meader’s Playing with Fire. I do recommend it because you’ll get introduced to the Dempsy family and everyone around them. Meader does a pretty good job at keeping spoilers out of books in the series and I do believe you’ll be okay delving into book two.
We have really good character development. Alexandra Dempsy is a female firefighter trying to prove to the boys she can handle any job thrown her way. She’s tough, can kick ass, but also is vulnerable. Alex really is a woman who can handle her own and isn’t afraid to take matters into her own hands. And then we have oh so sexy and dreamy, will you marry me, Chicago mayor, Eli Cooper. What can I say about Eli? He’s a bit reserved, but there’s a reason behind it. I won’t go into detail, but let’s just say, when the truth about his family comes out, I was a bit surprised. I loved Eli and I’m sure you’ll love him too! We have a wide array of secondary characters that play a role, but I’ll let you meet all of them.
I’ll be truthful, I was a bit put off by Eli’s name, but only because my dad uses it as a shortened version of his name. And when you read a romance, do you want to see your dad’s first name? No, right? Anyway, I quickly saw past that and by the end was really glad I did because I can’t imagine my life without having met Eli Cooper! And, no this review isn’t all about him. 😉
What I really enjoyed about Playing with Fire was the sparks between Eli and Alex! I knew from the moment I read, Flirting with Fire that these two belonged together! The best part of it all? Meader doesn’t make us wait for the sparks! Ah, I love it! I also really liked that this was about a female firefighter and her struggle to be recognized as a legitimate firefighter. It’s hard for women to work in a male dominated career and Meader does a great job showing us Alex’s struggle. And if you’re looking for a book that is about two characters falling in love despite their differences, this is the book for you. My favorite scene is the rescue scene and I won’t say anymore because I truly believe if you love a good romance book, that you’ll enjoy Playing with Fire!
I’ll admit, I’ve read Meader’s Playing with Fire more times that I probably should have since the book was released last year! And, I’ve been avoiding writing this review not because I didn’t want to, but because I didn’t want to introduce you to Eli Cooper and share him with you. And no, I don’t love this book because of him (although he does help! ;)), but because it’s just a really great romance book!
I love Kate Meader’s books! And if you haven’t read her before, I highly recommend you do so!