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New Release Review! SPARKING THE FIRE by Kate Meader (Hot in Chicago #3)

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!”

Sparking the Fire
by Kate Meader


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…





He was the strong, silent Dempsey in the rest of the series, with just a hint of some kind of mystery going on, especially in the book just before (Playing with Fire). It seemed as if he was a mystery even to his family, though–and in the loud, no-holds-barred, who-cares-if-we’re-in-public environment that is the Dempsey clan, he definitely appeared to be the one that fit the “one of these things is not like the other” jingle.

I was dying for him to get his own book. And thank goodness, he did not disappoint.

It turns out that quiet, practically-fades-into-the-background (no small feat–have you seen that cover? ;)) Wyatt has a past. A past in which he spent a week seducing and being seduced by America’s fallen from grace sweetheart before she was America’s sweetheart. Before she married the Hollywood star who cemented her career and then trashed it. Long before she decided to resurrect that career by creating a fictionalized film version of everyone’s favorite female firefighter’s story…the firefighter who happens to be the younger sister of Wyatt Fox.

So now not only is his past in town for a movie shoot, but Wyatt’s on leave from the CFD to heal his shoulder and suddenly finds himself the on-set technical consultant. Which of course puts them in close contact. Very close contact. Not only is Molly the star, she’s also the owner of the film’s brand new production company. And those sparks that they had back then? They’re quickly turning into a full-fledged conflagration.

But Wyatt’s a private guy, and suddenly he’s got an even bigger reason to want his family out of the spotlight…something that’s next to impossible with one of Hollywood’s biggest stars literally living next door….

Wyatt and Molly together seemed like they’d never work in the real world, but OMG did they ever. Molly fits right into the crazy Dempsey clan, and she helped Wyatt to finally find his place in it as well. At times their HEA seemed like a distant dream, but fortunately they managed to pull it off in a more than believable way in the end.

I’m not really a big fan of beards, but I think I was as disappointed as Molly when Wyatt finally shaved his off. The things he did with that facial hair…well, let’s just say he’s creative. And thorough. 😉

Ms. Meader once again brought us right into the middle of the big, crazy Dempsey clan and made us love every single minute. I can’t tell you how bummed I am that there’s no more unattached Dempseys left (well, there are two–but they’re a tad on the young side still) but I know that whatever she’s got in store next for us is going to be just as good.

Even if it’s Dempsey-free. (Sigh.)

In the mean time, no worries if you haven’t read the rest of the series yet–pick this one up anyway! It might take you a few to remember which sibling and significant other is which, but that should be the worst of it. Sparking the Fire would work just fine as a standalone, though you absolutely see more than enough of the rest of the Dempseys that you’ll be adding the rest of their books to your TBR before you can say, “Fire!”

Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

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