Wednesday, October 7, 2015


Pocket Books
September 29, 2015
ISBN 9781476785929

“Meader packs the flawless second Hot in Chicago romance with superb relationship development…and note-perfect dialogue…The secondary characters play their parts beautifully, and Eli and Alexandra are a captivating couple…”
Publishers Weekly starred review

“Thank you, Kate Meader, for creating a heroine who does not fit the status quo! The idea of a plus-size female firefighter being described as sexy and irresistible makes this book stand out. Meader also provides readers with steamy sex scenes, colorful characters and riveting dialogue. The themes of staying true to yourself and the impact of family legacies make for an interesting storyline. This tale is a real page-turner.”
—RT Book Reviews four and a half star “scorcher” TOP PICK GOLD review

About the Book:

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!

This is the second book in a new amazing series that I am already in love with. I haven't read the first book or the novellas yet but as I was reading this book (book 2) I fell head over heels in love with the characters. 

Eli is a former marine, a ex lawyer and is currently mayor and running for his 2nd term. He is sexy, confident, and alpha all the way. I liked Eli as the hero. I thought he brought out the best and the worst not only in himself but with Alex. 

Alex is strong, determined and spontaneous in acting first then thinking. Her family business is fire fighting and running the family bar. I loved Alex and her personality. She was a great match for Eli and kept him on his toes. 

Normally I love sibling books because you get to know the family and get a feel for each and everyone of them. This book was a tad different. Yes they are all siblings but they are all adopted. It was so unique I loved it. I loved how close they all were and how they are always there for one another. Each and every character stood out in this series in there own way which only made me enjoy this book more. 

This story was written so well that once I started it I actually devoured it and couldn't put it down. I enjoyed the banter and name calling between Eli and Alex. This story has so many laugh out loud moments but it also has the moments when I had some tears in my eyes. 

I enjoyed how Eli chased and tried to win Alex. The sex scenes were detailed and not overly done. I am glad this book was mainly about romance but it had a little suspense and a little drama that didn't overshadow the romance. 

Meader writes a fresh new romance that is amazing. I can't wait to catch up on this series and read about more of the siblings in the future. This book just adds to my favorite 2015 books so far. 

A must read if you love alpha males, funny banter and a happily ever after that will have you reaching for the tissues.

About the Author:

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 webat katemeader.comTwitterFacebookGoodreads and Pinterest.

Watch this interview with Kate Meader!

You can visit all sites on the blog tour to enter the Fire Giveaways – but keep in mind you can only win once! U.S. only. Please leave your email addresses !

Hot in Chicago buy links:

Playing with Fire (9/29/15) is second in the series.

Rekindle the Flame is the prequel e-novella which will publish 11/30/15for $1.99!

Flirting with Fire (3/24/15) is first in the series.

Melting Point (8/31/15) is the mm romance e-novella from the series.

Kate Meader’s PLAYING WITH FIRE blog tour:

9/28:      Night Owl Reviews, Author Chat

Week 1, three Fire Giveaways per day Description: Description: cid:image001.gif@01D0F52E.605442E0Description: Description: cid:image001.gif@01D0F52E.605442E0Description: Description: cid:image001.gif@01D0F52E.605442E0
9/29:      A Book Whore’s Obsession
                Abigail Books Addiction
                Night Owl Reviews
                Mrs Leif’s Two Fangs About It Book Blog
                In Between the Pages
10/1:      Talk Supe
                The Romance Dish
                Four Chicks Flipping Pages
10/2:      Harlequin Junkie
                Bea’s Book Nook
                Collector of Book Boyfriends

Week 2, two Fire Giveaways per day Description: Description: cid:image001.gif@01D0F52E.605442E0Description: Description: cid:image001.gif@01D0F52E.605442E0
                Fire and Ice Book Reviews
10/6:      Cocktails & Books
                Art Books Coffee
                WTF Are You Reading?
                Fiction Fangirls
                Red Cheeks Reads

Week 3, one Fire Giveaway per day Description: Description: cid:image001.gif@01D0F52E.605442E0


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  2. Love reading about sexy firemen.

  3. Wow sounds good and I really the cover
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