SPARKING THE FIRE
Hot in Chicago #3
Author: Kate Meader
Reading Level: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 27, 2016
Review Source: Pocket Books
Kate Meader’s blazing Hot in Chicago firefighter series has “everything you want in a romance” (RT Book Reviews, Top Pick)! The flames of desire burn out of control in this sexy third novel when ex-lovers unexpectedly reunite for a sizzling affair that will have the director yelling, “Quiet on the set!”
Actor Molly Cade, America’s fallen sweetheart, finally has her shot at a Hollywood comeback with a dramatic new role as a tough-as-nails firefighter that promises to propel her back to the big time and restore her self-respect.
Wyatt Fox, resident daredevil at Engine Co. 6, needs a low-key job to keep him busy while he recovers from his latest rescue stunt. Consulting on a local movie shoot should add just enough spark to his day. Especially when in struts Molly Cade: the woman who worked his heart over good, and then left him in the Windy City dust.
Their story is straight out of a script: irrepressible, spunky heroine meets taciturn, smoldering hero. But these two refuse to be typecast, and when the embers of an old love are stoked, someone is bound to get burned…
The Story: Sparking the Fire starts out five years in the past where Molly Cade, a theater actress, has a week long fling with a very sexy stranger. It isn't just any fling because she hasn't had any intensity to revival her time with the mysterious Marine since. Molly goes away to Hollywood to pursue her dreams of becoming a movie star. Skip ahead five years and Molly has had a very publicly failed marriage and has dealt with media scandals. She wants to make a come back with her new film based on a female firefighter. To make it truly authentic she reaches out to the best, professional fire fighters of Chicago, to help. What she was not expecting was for the fire fighter hired help to be none other than her sexy fling that she has never forgotten. He also happens to be the brother of the woman her movie is based on.
The Likes: This is my first book that I have read by Kate Meader. Due to coming in on book three, I feel like I did miss out on a few key points but I was not lost to the point of frustration. I was able to quickly understand what was going on without any problems. The chemistry between Molly Cade and Wyatt Fox WAS OFF THE CHARTS right from the prologue. Wyatt, *sigggggh*, he is such an amazing hero. I've always liked fire fighters but Wyatt takes the fire fighter sex appeal to a whole new level. Not only is he a former Marine which is extremely sexy on its own, but then he chose to continue being a bad ass hero as a fire fighter. Not only that but he is so mysterious and quiet at the same time. Wyatt is a force to reckon with, without the cocky attitude that sometimes comes along with strong, alpha characters.
The Dislikes: I felt like there was some cliches throughout the story. I like there to be a little bit of a "fate" factor in the books I read but I also like a little bit of believe-ability. Some things seemed too coincidental in my opinion. Molly drove me a little crazy throughout the book as well. Without giving away key points, I will just say, her attitude and treatment of Wyatt at times made me want to throw my book.
The Rating: I am giving Sparking the Fire 4 stars. I was extremely impressed by Kate's writing and her ability to hook you from the very beginning. There were far more positives than negatives in my opinion and I would definitely recommend this book. I will for sure be reading more from Kate, starting with the first two books in this series.