ARC Review: Sparking the Fire by Kate Meader

cover92138-mediumTitle: Sparking the Fire (Hot in Chicago #3)

Author: Kate Meader

Publisher: Pocket Books

Expected Publication Date: September 27, 2016

Genre: Contemporary, Romance

Format: eBook, Paperback

Page Count: 400

Rating: 2 Stars



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…


♦ Personal Thought ♦

It’s really to sad to say goodbye to the Dempseys. And even sadder for me under the circumstances, because… Wyatt’s story just didn’t work for me. To be fair, considering the blurb, that should give me gist of what the story be based on:sizzling affair reunited. I put emphasis on the sizzling affair, and those who love steamy scenes aplenty in their books would love this. Me? Not so much.

The story took place a few months after Playing with Fire, in which Alex Dempsey got to be America’s Favorite Firefighter and some people wanted to adopt it into motion pictures. And who came knocking on Engine 6 House if not Wyatt’s past anonymous weeknights stand. Cue the sparks ignited.

I really did not begrudge Wyatt his happy-ever-after. But – personally – I thought the attraction between Molly and Wyatt was mostly based on physical, lust and so on, and not much else. This really did not impress me with the story at all. Don’t get me wrong, Kate Meader‘s writing is still wonderful, it’s the characters here that I had trouble with. Despite her self commitment, MOlly Cade failed to show the stronger self she projected to be. Well, at least that was my take on her.

There was the secrets that Wyatt’s been sneaking for the past year, that would have given the story more weight. Yes, readers had glimpses of Wyatt’s past with his only blood sibling and all. But overall, I felt this issue played second fiddle to Wyatt’s affair with Molly. And aside for Gabe, there was not much of Dempseys’ interactions with Wyatt here. After the previous stories of the Dempseys and how close-knitted these siblings were, this came as a bummer.

As a consolation, the epilogue appeased my whimsy to the ideal of Dempseys clan. But overall, as a closing to the Hot In Chicago series, this book lack of the oomph I expected like its previous installments.

Advanced copy of this book is kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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