Review: Playing with Fire by Kate Meader


PLAYING WITH FIRE is the magnificent, hot hot hot follow up to Flirting with Fire. What makes it hot? Dominant hero, saucy-mouthed heroine, power games in and out of the bedroom. Combine that with witty dialogue, and you’re in for an amazing ride you don’t want to end!

When firefighter Alexandra Dempsey saved major Eli Cooper’s life, it helps bring up his ratings in his bid for re-election. And the fake dating’s a win-win. But what happens when the fake turns all too real?

I’ve read a lot of books, and it’s rare to find one where both the hero and the heroine are larger than life. Rarer still for me to love both so much that I wish the book would just go on and on and on. (Ms. Meader, that’s a hint for Eli and Alex to have meaty cameo roles in the next book, if not a novella.) In some books, the hero would overshadow the heroine or vice-versa, but not so here! They’re both just so loud (in a good way) and bold and they’re just perfect for each other. Continue reading


Quote from My Favorite Book: Playing with Fire by Kate Meader

She leaned in, a tip she had read today on HuffPo’s Love & Sex section. Boobs out, smile wide, voice low.

Being sexy was exhausting.


She pushed him back to the desk, poking his chest.
“I may punch you, bite you, crush your nuts between my thighs. It’s going to be the best hate sex I’ve ever had. And your survival is not my first concern.”   Continue reading

Series: Hot in Chicago by Kate Meader

This series is drawing to a close, the third book will be out next year, I think, but it’s such a phenomenal series for me that I can’t help but highlight it.

Series Overview:

The series is about this group of foster siblings, the Dempseys, who all followed their foster father into firefighting in Chicago.

The Books:

This is the prequel to the series, featuring Beck Rivera and Darcy Cochrane.

This introduces the siblings and how they got the tattoos on their arms, but is nothing noteworthy, so it can be skipped.

Review to come soon. 4 stars.

Get it here.


Flirting with Fire is about one of the older Dempseys, Luke Almeida, and Kinsey Taylor. I started here in the series, and it was fun, funny (I laughed out loud several times) and there’s just something compelling about Kate Meader’s writing style that compels you to read onward. Ooh, and it’s also hot hot hot! Alexandra and Gage, the two younger siblings, also feature somewhat here with their eventual partners, Gage more than Alex, and his scene with Brady was hot and raw. If you love  to read mm, you’ll love the glimpses you’ll have of them here and you’ll probably run to get the next novella, which features them. Continue reading