October 1, 2015

Suped Up: Playing with Fire Kate Meader + Giveaway

Series: Hot in Chicago 2
Format: ARC
Release Date: September 29, 2015 
Publisher: Pocket Books
Source: Publisher
Genre: Contemporary Romance

From popular romance author Kate Meader comes the second novel in Hot in Chicago, a brand-new, sizzling series that follows a group of firefighting foster siblings and their blazing hot love interests!

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.

Yasss!!! PLAYING WITH FIRE by Kate Meader is The Hot In Chicago installment that I've been dying to read, and it's so worth the wait! See, Alexandra Dempsey and Eli Cooper's hate-love relationship has been building up since Flirting with Fire. Tension has been brewing since, and it turned into this one big, delicious, blazing, explosive romance.

Somebody hose these two down! By "these two" I mean me. 

It's impossible not to get swept away by the story. I love enemies-to-lovers trope, and Eli is the perfect antagonist in this situation. He was harping at the Dempseys in the beginning, was a total jerk, and borderline chauvanist. Eli made it easy for everyone to hate him and label him all sorts of things. Things took a slight turn in Melting Point when Eli lent a helping hand in Brady and Gage's imploding relationship. I was reluctant, yet I found myself liking Eli for that small gesture. Who knew he is a champoin for love? So this tidbit added to my excitement for PLAYING WITH FIRE

And OMG this romance is delicious to the core! I don't have enough adjectives and superlatives to describe how great this romance is. We have Alexandra Dempsey, a badass super chick, who was forced to be a damsel in distress when really she's a modern day Xena. How Eli managed to pin down Alex was an outrageous, but sweet tale, definitely worth reading and experiencing. Only Eli and his "machine" can pull off this Princess-like tale meaning Eli Cooper will do anything, everything, and will stop at nothing, to win Alex Dempsey. And I can't blame the dude because Alex is simply ravishing: rocked the curves of Marilyn monroe, the no-filter mouth of Chelsea Handler, and the spirit of Amelia Earhart. Need I say more? 

So, hopeless romantics, believers of true love, addicts to swoontastic tales, please, pretty please with cherry on top, join the Kitty Meader bandwagon and start reading Hot In Chicago series! I promise you will not be disappointed. 

And here's my Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts 
(hosted by Unconventional Book Views) for the week:

"Is there anything you won't claim credit for?"  
Eyeing her speculatively, he took a suip of his scotch, likely something expensive and triple-distilled from the tears of Scottish virgins. everything about him screamed privilege, from his monogrammed cuff links to his Wall Street suspenders.


Originally from Ireland, Kate cut her romance reader teeth on Maeve Binchy and Jilly Cooper novels, with some Mills & Boon thrown in for variety. Give her tales about brooding mill owners, oversexed equestrians, and men who can rock an apron or a fire hose, and she’s there. Now based in Chicago, she writes sexy contemporary romance with alpha heroes and strong heroines who can match their men quip for quip.

Follow Kate
Website | Facebook | @KittyMeader | Goodreads | Pinterest

We are excited to be on the blog tour for Playing with Fire by Kate Meader. Please note that each participating blog will do a Fire Giveaway: one copy each of Flirting with Fire and Baby, It’s Cold Outside (which includes Rekindle the Flame, the prequel e-novella which will publish 11/30/15 for $1.99!) 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.

9/28:      Night Owl Reviews, Author Chat

Week 1, three Fire Giveaways per day Description: Description: Description: cid:image001.gif@01D0F52E.605442E0Description: Description: Description: cid:image001.gif@01D0F52E.605442E0Description: Description: 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 and three Fire Giveaways per day Description: Description: Description: cid:image001.gif@01D0F52E.605442E0Description: Description: Description: cid:image001.gif@01D0F52E.605442E0
                Fire and Ice Book Reviews
10/6:      Cocktails & Books
10/7:      Bookish Temptations
                Art Books Coffee
                Lush Book Reviews
                WTF Are You Reading?
                Once Upon An Alpha
10/9:      Romance Obsessed Book Blog
                Fiction Fangirls
                Red Cheeks Reads

Week 3, one Fire Giveaway per day Description: Description: Description: cid:image001.gif@01D0F52E.605442E0
10/14:   The Book Enthusiast
10/16:   About That Story

Talk Supe


  1. I haven't tried a book about foreman/woman but I confess that I'm very curious and I heard so many great things about the series and I know I need to try it! Glad ti was a great one again!

    1. Let this series be your first, you won't be sorry

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    1. Lots of reason to *take off all your clothes*... singing Nelly :D

  3. Braine. BRAINE! I *promise* I'll pick up this series. I know it's going to be good when you gush. And you've gushed before but this review? Yeah. I can't wait to see for myself how Eli won Alex's heart...and yours. ;)

    1. They will win you over! You'll make your hubs dress up like a fireman on Halloween!

  4. Sounds like a fun hot little read!

  5. More hotties! I <3 firemen! *happy* The only thing that would make me happier is if you told me it was Friday lol

  6. man everone seems to be enjoying this one, how exciting.. fireman? mmm

  7. Hot! Yes, the true love sounds nice in this one.

    1. It was! I loved every page of their romance :)

  8. Damn, that's a hot cover! And your review makes a very, very convincing case for me to check out this series. :D

  9. Delicious to the core, huh? Gotta say: not really surprising since there are FIREMEN involved, lol! They're like... delicious-to-the-core gods! ;)

  10. I do love firemen and I haven't read this book or this author and it sounds really good.

    1. She is an amazing romance author, you should try any of her books, you will love it!

  11. Those enemies-to-lovers stories are always hot. Well, if they're done right. And who doesn't love a hot fireman?!!

  12. I don't do a lot of romance, but after that HOT recommendation, I jumped into the giveaway. How could I resisit?
    sherry @ fundinmental

    1. I'll keep that in mind, I know you read a lot of mystery/thrillers. Maybe romantic suspense is better for you?

  13. Great review Braine, I've seen this one reviewed by other blogger friends who also loved it, I'm thinking I need to add this one to my list :)

    1. You won't be sorry for adding it. It's a fab series!

  14. Yep, I need to start reading this series. The firefighter and the mayor is a fun idea for a couple.

    1. Oh my lord, they will make you laugh and swoon at the same time. A

  15. Terrific review, Braine!! This sounds like a fantastic read full of all kinds of sexy, romantic tension (my favorite) and I definitely need to check this series out. :)

    1. I am very in love with this series. Auto-read, auto-buy

  16. YES...Braine. I am loving this series and author. Eli got to me and I adored Alex.

  17. OMIGOSH. I need to read this series! Hook me up. I'm not beyond begging at this point. Lol.

  18. That's sounds awesome how their relationship has been building in other books already, I like that when you meet the character of the next book in earlier books already and see their story develop before you really get their story. The enemies to lovers trope usually doesn't work for me, but it sounds like it fits this book. It sounds like a great romance!

    1. It fits because she didn't exaggerrate the antagonism between the two. They're just so stubborn!

  19. I saw this book, but now regret not requesting it. This book sounds great. I like that the relationship has been building in the other books. I'm glad that you loved it.

    Grace, your SW...

  20. Oh yeah, this sounds saucy! Though guys that start out chauvinistic is annoying I can getting over is for a good, hot read.

  21. I have been waiting for this one, too! So glad you liked it. Need to get my grimy paws on it now, too <3


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