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Retour de flamme

(Hot in Chicago #2)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  2,249 ratings  ·  380 reviews
Alexandra Dempsey, la seule femme pompier de la caserne 6 de Chicago, ne sait plus où donner de la tête entre des collègues masculins qui la sous-estiment et ses frères adoptifs qui la surprotègent. Lorsqu'elle sauve des flammes Eli Cooper, le séduisant maire de Chicago, elle s'attend à ce que tout change. Mais il semblerait que le maire ait d'autres projets. Les courbes ...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published December 1st 2017 by Milady (first published September 29th 2015)
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Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾
5 Stars

I despise you right now, Cooper."
"Coming through loud and clear."
"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."

Kate Meader is an author that first hit my radar with her seriously delicious Even the Score. I fell in love with her witty writing and knew she'd be going straight to my auto buy list. When I saw that she has this series set in my hometown of Chicago with foster
Carol [Goodreads Addict]
Playing With Fire is book two in the Hot in Chicago series by Kate Meader. This book was generously provided to me in exchange for an honest review by NetGalley, Pocket Books and by Kate Meader.

I have previously read the prequel to this series, Rekindle the Flame, and loved it. But still, I was not prepared for the impact of this book. This book is amazing. I loved every single page of it. Now I am going to have to go back and read the two books between the prequel and this one.

office of the mayor, city of Chicago:

Eli Cooper is
I didn't research this one enough. Halfway in we find out that the hero is f*ck buddies with his ex wife. They have been divorced for 12 years and when they aren't dating others they have sex with each other. Since the hero became the mayor 4 years ago he has only had sex with his ex. This ex is also his campaign manager so they work together pretty much everyday. He was also with her right before he met the heroine. Of course this info makes the h sick, but she accepts him back without really ...more
S.M. West

This was my first Kate Meader read and I'm looking forward to more from her. I had so much fun with this!! While this is the second book in a series, it can be read as a standalone.

I'm a big fan of the love-hate thing and this one had all that craziness and more in spades. Alexandra Dempsey is firefighter and Eli Cooper is the mayor, the typical politician and also, technically, Alex's boss.

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At the outset, like Alex, I wasn't a fan of Eli. He seemed full of ulterior motives

“Look, baby. Look at how you wreck me.”

Playing with Fire is a smoking hot feel good read! If you are looking for a "quick and delicious" delight than look no further! This was my first Kate Meader read and it certainly will not be my last!


Alexandra Dempsey is a hard working fire woman. As the only female firefighter at Engine Co. 6, she has always had to battle her way to the top. She works hard everyday to prove her worth and make it known that she is just as capable as her male
Firefighter? Check!
Hot Woman Firefighter? Check Check!
Kick-ass Hot Woman Firefighter? Check Check Check!

“Boobs out, smile wide, voice low. Being sexy was exhausting.”

We have so many romance novels that migrate in different areas of life. Most of the schemes probably already know by heart. But this? Why just now I read my first romance associated with firefighter? I do not know, and just thinking about it, I can see the fire... let alone when a woman is the fearless firefighter. Hell Hot!

Kate Meader
Mar 10, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-wrote-this
Named one of Publishers Weekly's Best Books and a Washington Post Best Romance of 2015!

"Meader packs the flawless second Hot in Chicago romance with superb relationship development and profane but note-perfect dialogue.”
Publishers Weekly starred review

"... steamy sex scenes, colorful characters, and riveting dialogue ... a real page-turner."RT Book Reviews Top Pick Gold

PLAYING WITH FIRE is Book 2 in the Hot in Chicago series and features a hard-headed mayor and an awesome female firefighter.
Claire Robinson
3 - ”You planning on kissing my cock later with that mouth?” Stars!

I love Kate Meader’s writing style, and I think the main issue I have with this book (hence the rating) and similarly to the first one in the Hot in Chicago series is that due to their length the writing loses a little of the authors usual punch in delivery. Both novellas were absolutely stellar, but I really struggled with keeping my reading focus, especially for the first half of the book.

I loved Eli, him and Alexandra have
Ivy Deluca
Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: _arc-reads, firemen
Full review posted at

I really enjoy Ms. Meader’s writing : I’ve read Ms. Meader’s Hot in the Kitchen series, which was great fun, so I looked forward to checking out this book. I was not disappointed. At first, I was just enjoying myself, but as I got deeper into the story, I couldn’t put it down. When 4am rolled around and I found myself saying "just one more chapter," well, I had to admit that I'd found myself a five star read.

Diversity rules : Both
Oct 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kate Meader Fans, Romance
Recommended to Wendy'sThoughts by: Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾
4 Hot, Hotter, Hottest Stars * * * *
This is what happens when two strong characters are fighting the public for respect...and they are on the opposite sides of each other...

What you get is a story with amazing banter, sexually charged confrontations and two people who do hate-sex well, my friend.

We have a female firefighter, Alexandra Dempsey, who has bigger balls than most guys... causing her dating pool to either run and wuss up or try to woo her with the intention of posting on Facebook or
ARC provided by author/publisher in exchange for an honest review

4.5 Fire Engine Red Stars

Ring the alarm because Kate Meader has once again turned up the heat in her newest scorching sizzling sexy read, Playing With Fire. It's definitely getting hot in Chicago as the only female Dempsey sibling tries to find her one true love that will set ablaze her heart and soul.


Alexandra Dempsey is the only female firefighter at Engine 6 where she works alongside with her foster brothers. The Dempsey
Lyndy Ann ♫
Apr 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Since I read Flirting with Fire six months ago I have been dying to read Alex and Eli's story in Playing with Fire and I was not disappointed, this has sexy romance, funny banter and plenty of alphas.

Alexandra Dempsey is a firefighter in Chicago along with all her brothers. Alex is strong willed, hot headed and has a potty mouth she is happy being one of the guys. She is a serial dater looking for her Prince Charming but she always ends up with the frogs.

Eli Cooper is ex Marine and has been the
A blazing hot and deliciously swoony page-turner romance about a fierce and untamable woman firefighter and the hot, bossy, alpha male who sought to possess her heart.
“I wanted you. Just you. In a selfish, ruinous, soul-destroying way. From the minute I saw you… I’ve wanted you with a ferocity I can’t even fathom.”

Alexandra Dempsey is part of a firefighting legacy, her adoptive father and foster brothers are all part of the Dempsey clan of Engine Co. 6. Even though she wears pink
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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
Feb 15, 2018 marked it as no-way-jose  ·  review of another edition
3rd one today. This cements the fact these women are here to stay and they’re stuck to make sure they stay alive. Lol
I read this book at the perfect time. I haven't read the previous book in this series. I rarely just dive in to the 2nd book in a series. I just loved this premise.
I wasn't lost at all. Alexandra (Alex) is the only sister to foster brothers. The story is set in Chicago. Alex is a firefighter for the City of Chicago, as are her brothers. The book is 3rd person POV, alternating between Alex and Eli. Oh, wow, Eli. He's the Mayor of Chicago, and he's running for re-election. Alex
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
If you are looking for a hot read to snuggle up with on a cool fall day, this is one that you need to grab.

Kate Meader has the knack for creating strong female leads with smart mouths that seem to always land them in a heap of trouble. Alex is not only strong physically, but also mentally. She is quick witted and the banter that is involved between her is Eli is fun and humorous.

Like her other books, this one is loaded with plenty of steam, fun between the family ties, and a hot hunk or two.
Feb 01, 2019 marked it as nope-not-for-me  ·  review of another edition
I don't even know where to start with this mess...(view spoiler) Run, girl! Run!
I really love this authors writing style..the men are hot and the women feisty, just how I like it ;)
Lacey (Booklovers For Life)

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I loved reading Playing with Fire! It’s a solid, entertaining read that is just SO good. It’s also seriously hot and sexy – I was totally not expecting the hero, the mayor of Chicago, to be as smokin’ as he was! Kate Meader has written a fantastic enemies-to-lovers romance that I was seriously invested in.

The first thing that attracted me to this book was the fact that the heroine is a female firefighter. I don’t think I’ve ever read about one before, so I was
Bindi Boo
WOW, this was really,really good!! Chicago's arrogant mayor falls for sassy, sexy lady firefighter. The banter (and sexy times) was out of this world!! So glad I found this gem.
Need to check out her other books as I loved the other characters that appeared in this book
Maria Rose
Eli Cooper, Mayor of Chicago and sexiest man alive (according to People Magazine) may have the average woman in the city fooled, but to firefighter Alexandra Dempsey he’s just a smug, infuriating ass who has become the bane of her existence. When a chance rescue at a hotel fire results in a case of ‘who saved whom’, Eli’s mayoral candidacy team is quick to use the situation to their advantage in his upcoming re-election bid. Not above using any means to get Alexandra to toe the line, Eli’s got ...more
“I’m a no-good, dirty, rotten bastard who knows what he wants and will fight like hell to get it. I’ll destroy anyone who says a word against you, who lays a hand upon you, who gets in my fucking way.”

Alex Dempsey, a rookie firefighter knows just how difficult it is for a woman to get respect in the male-dominant profession she works in. She’s also got first-hand experience, or thirty-four dates of them recently, to know that most men don’t like dating strong women. However, she’s

I have to say, I love the "enemies to lovers" theme, which is one of the reasons I wanted to read this book. and I was not disappointed.
This book is everything one could want in a contemporary romance - although it is the second book in this series, it could be read as a stand-alone (as I did)

I loved Eli and Alex - both characters are just great. as well as the secondary characters.

the chemistry between the two of them is over the top and I really enjoyed how the relationship developed. there
I enjoyed the first book in this series but this one just did not capture the same chemistry and steam.

I liked Alex more than I thought I would. Felt bad for her always trying to measure up to her brothers. Eli not so much. Absolutely, WAY too career focused for me. Willing to give her up for his job. Willing to let her sit in the sidelines. Willing to lie to her. I am not an Eli fan. Don't care what he did in the end. Telling the truth after you get caught is NOT redemption!

Keeping his ex wife
Oct 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 to 4 Stars
Jessica Lemmon
May 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-buy, arc, ipad
So after my gushing review of Flirting with Fire, it should be a foregone conclusion that Eli Cooper would capture my heart. YOU GUYS. I love him. That smarmy, puckish, sharp-edged man. Mayor McAsshat not only earned his name in book 1, he kept earning it in book 2! Alexandra, the female firefighter lead was at once tough and soft, and a woman you can identify with whether it's over her waistline, or that ever-present female feeling of "I'm not enough." She was enough though, and the thing was, ...more
Partially this low rating is because I took too long to read this! But that sexism also got hard to take and that wasn't ever fully addressed.

Also, some of the conflicts were just too much for me. I . . . might partially just not have been in the right mood.
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“Watching him walk over, Alex mused that Eli Cooper was the sort of man who knew how to use his physicality. Beneath his handmade shirts and tailored suits, a street fighter hummed through every loose-limbed motion. But that impression did not extend to his face, which was structurally perfect. Skyscraper-high cheekbones. Superhero jaw. A mouth that should have a government warning. There were no signs of past trouble with a jealous husband or an abandoned girlfriend. No one had ever broken his nose. No one had busted his lip.

Strange, because her first instinct on seeing him was to roundhouse kick him into the next millennium.”
“She should pull away, even though she had begged for it with her smart mouth. She should punish him for every crime he’d perpetrated. For being too good-looking, too sexy, too everything. But the kiss was like him—just too damn good. Warm and brutal, providing answers to questions she never knew she had. He teased with his tongue along the seam of her mouth, seeking that last nudge of acceptance as if it was his God-given right.

She parted her lips, and like a predator hinged on her threshold, he took.”
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