The Hot in Chicago series by Kate Meader was brought to my attention by another author that I love, Lauren Layne. Lauren has a weekly newsletter that she ends out, and in one of them she mentioned that she was reading the latest book in this series and she was in love with it. So I checked it out. Now, the book she was reading was not Flirting with Fire, which is book one. But you can’t start a series in the middle, so I bought book one and I was hooked.
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.
I will be the first to admit that I love romance series that follow a family of siblings. If done correctly, you end up falling for not only the main characters that the book is about, but with the family as well. And when that happens you’re hooked. You want to know more about the family, and you want to belong to the family – if only for a little while. Flirting with Fire is definitely done correctly.
Kinsey and Luke have fantastic chemistry and great banter. These are two very alpha characters who are use to getting their way, and who are use to making the rules, so compromise for them is challenging. And it’s highly entertaining watching them try.
Luke is also seen as the patriarch of the family of siblings, and so there’s an extra layer to the story where he also has to do what is good for his family, as well as learning, or maybe remembering would be better to say, how much family boosts you up and cares for you.
This book was a fantastic start to a series, and I absolutely loved it. I’m so excited to read the rest of this series. Looks like I’ve found a new favourite author!