Guest Reviewed by Ami
Title: Playing With Fire
Author: Kate Meader
Series: Hot in Chicago #2
Heroine/Hero: Alexandra Dempsey/Eli Cooper
Genre: MF Contemporary Romance
Length: 384 Pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: September 29, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: 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…
Review: I have been intrigued with Alex and Eli’s book after reading them in Flirting with Fire. Probably because they’re not the type of ‘common’ heroes and heroines I read lately.
Eli is, well, a borderline chauvinist male. Some of his thoughts about females, especially those working in strenuous and demanding jobs like firefighters, would probably boil my blood if I heard it in real life. While Alex is a spitfire, stubborn, impulsive, with a mouth that curses like sailors. They are not usual … in fact, I don’t think I’ve read couples like them before.
Their romance dynamic I could only describe as pigtail-pulling on steroids. But because of that, they are both pretty entertaining. The way that Eli manipulates the fake dating with Alex, or how Alex makes Eli work on it, well, it was fun to read. I couldn’t guess what would come out of their mouth, that’s for sure, and usually it just made my eyes go wide and pulled chuckles out of my throat.
The climax before the end that brought the two of them together felt rather like coming out of left field though. It was never really clued in before and for me it was a little bit too forced for a grand gesture.
In the end, I think both characters were too crude for me to wholeheartedly enjoy. Don’t get me wrong, they are perfect for each other. Eli would be terribly bored with a goody-two-shoes woman anyway while Alex will crush any man who can’t stand up to her. However, I imagine in real life, they are probably going to be a couple that I just like to see from a distance. Which is why while this is good and entertaining, but not one that I adore.
Overall Impression: It was good
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*