Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Review: Playing with Fire by Kate Meader

Playing with Fire
Hot in Chicago #2
by Kate Meader
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: 29 September 2015

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…

5 'sexy firefighter + Mr. Mayor' stars

After loving Even the Score and Playing with Fire by Kate Meader, she is on my list of must read authors. She knows how to write sexy, edgy, expert in cranking up the heat and building up the sexual tension between characters and an engaging unputdownable plot. Is the kind of easy to read dirty romance that you will want to finish in one sitting and end up with a big smile on your face.

Alexandra Dempsey is the female firefighter who had to work extra hard to prove her worth. She had it with her overbearing and protective brothers and her colleagues can't wait to make a snide comment about her gender every chance they got. Is no wonder she is a spitfire, a hothead and a tough a nail chick. But under her hard exterior, is a woman looking for her one true love and wouldn't mind going out on countless dates and kiss enough frogs to finally meet her prince.

Here comes, Eli Cooper, Mr. Mayor of Chicago, a chauvinistic pig and all around caveman who doesn't believe in Alex and her capability. He loves calling her Alexandra, to remind her of her femininity. 

"Splinter. Short for Splinter in My Side. I was going to call you Thorn, but you're not worthy of being a thorn, Alexandra. You're a minor annoyance."

There seems to be a lot of backstory in regards to Alex's family and why they hate Eli so much. Although I wish I read the previous books in the series, it didn't deter my enjoyment of this one.

I love the whole sexy-hate thing that they have going on. It just pure deliciousness to see them going head to head and wonder are they gonna bang or kill each other off.

"Oh, God. Please stop talking. I hate you so much right now."
"That's okay, because I'm crazy enough about you for both of us."

After Alex saved Eli from a fire in a hotel, Eli decided that Alex is the best bet for him to win some blue color votes. Is winning is his only agenda or is there something more?

What can I say? Eli and Alex are such great match, the whole opposite attract and all that. Eli is all he-man and everything that Alex despise, but she can't ignore the fact that his dominance makes her feel oh so very female and for the first time she might just want to be care for.

"I guess what I'm asking is: What am I to you, Eli? Am I a woman or a firefighter?"
"What you are to me is... Alexandra. And she defies categorization."

Honestly, I don't know whether is it wrong of me to forgive the things that Eli did so easily. He is such a pathological liar, maybe is comes with the job description. I sympathize with him though and wish Alex wouldn't be so hard on him. Does this woman need to be so holier than thou.

Eli is a man living with some big secrets and guilt. I'm still wondering about his motivation behind being a mayor. Because knowing the truth about his backstory, I thought he might follow another path. Anyway, nothing beat Mr. Sexy Mayor. 

"Eli, heroes don't all wear capes or fire helmets or badges. They also wear dog tags."

Okay, my fantasy of reading a sex scene on the fire truck did not come to fruition. But this book had enough sexiness and hotness to tide me over. With the hint I got from seeing Brady and Gage, I think I will head over to read their book next. I'm sure is gonna be a yummy M/M. 

"Who needs the fairy tale when crazy, messy, sexy reality with the woman I adore is a million times better?"

Kate Meader

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.