Hot in Chicago Series, Book 1 by Kate Meader
Overall Rating: 3 (sXe)
Quick & Dirty summary: Kinsey Taylor is not having a good time in Chicago. First she moves to the Windy City from her hometown of San Francisco for her long-term boyfriend and fiancé, after finding a job and taking a pay cut. Then her fiancé breaks up with her and she can’t get her deposits back because it was too close to the wedding date. Then her handsome but jerk boss makes her rehabilitate bad boy firefighter Luke Almeida. When the sparks between Luke and Kinsey can no longer be contained, their love ignites. But Kinsey’s been burned before and Luke is stuck. He can’t ask her to stay, but can he leave Chicago after Kinsey makes a big sacrifice for him?
This book has an excellent balance between sexual tension and sex scenes. In other words, the pace of this book is great. The relationship between Luke and Kinsey builds as they work on his reputation, and then when Kinsey’s job is done, they move on to having a real relationship. Sometimes characters dance around getting into a relationship too much and it drives me crazy. That didn’t happen here which is awesome. Also for a nice change of pace, the use of fire in the title is a useful metaphor for how sexy HOT the sex scenes are rather than just being an overused romance convention.
Towards the end of the novel I was a little annoyed with Kinsey. I just wanted to tell her to get over her ex-fiancé and that Luke isn’t like him. I mean, the ex was a complete douche and she should be too smart to be taken in by his insecure crap. But, I appreciated the underlying issues Kinsey brings up, namely that it can be difficult to be a strong, confident, competitive woman because the stereotype of women is to be the oppose of all those things. There was this wonderful tension between being a feminist and in charge of her career and life, and being a woman who is in love and has to take into account another person’s career and desires. The two don’t HAVE to be at odds, but often times it feels like they are because there’s a sense of losing when you, as a woman, change your life for a man. The resolution of this tension is great in the novel. I just love it and I absolutely agree with it (a bonus!).
Also, if you’ve been reading my blog posts, I’m happy to report that in this novel, Luke enjoys Kinsey’s boy short panties. He doesn’t know what the hell they are, but he thinks they are sexy! Finally! Thanks Kate Meader! If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you can read the post here.
Lastly, isn’t that cover H-O-T hot?!
Is it worth buying? (Kindle $1.99)
Yes, absolutely. This is a case of a good book at an excellent price. Warning though, the second book in the series is $6.99. So if you get hooked on this series, don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Something else you might enjoy:
Chasing Fire by Nora Roberts is amazing. The fire fighters aren’t just traditional fire fighters but fire jumpers, who jump out of planes to help put out fires. Amazing! And a well written novel by a classic romance author.