The first installment in Hot in Chicago, a brand-new, sizzling series from Kate Meader that follows a group of firefighting foster siblings and their blazing hot love interests!
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.
Meader (the Hot in the Kitchen series) provides a strong start to her Hot in Chicago contemporary romance series. Kinsey Taylor, who handles PR outreach for the Mayor of Chicago, is trying to spin fireman Luke Almeida's image. Luke was caught on video in a fistfight with a policeman and is the new designated public proof of institutional insubordination; the Mayor is up for re-election and doesn't need a scandal. But Kinsey, armed with charity calendar shoots and community block party plans, finds Luke almost too stubborn to work with. A large and eclectic cast of side characters and a charmingly real-feeling Chicago provide lightness and fun. Sadly, the central couple never feel fully three-dimensional, and their romance has a few too many plot-required bumps in it. The setup for eventual future books in the series is more interesting than the central situation. Still, Meader's general writing skill and good humor go a long way.